Monthly Archives: March 2006

V FOR VENDETTA

Reviewed by GREG KING. A big budget studio film that has brains to match its brawn! That is V For Vendetta, the latest film from Andy and Larry Wachowski, the film making siblings who gave us The Matrix trilogy. Set in a bleak vision of a Britain in the near future, a masked man tries [...]

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INSIDE MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING. Dalton Russell (Clive Owen) has committed what he believes is the perfect robbery. He and his crew enter a busy New York bank disguised as painters. They quickly force the hostages to dress in similar garb, designed to create confusion and fear amongst their captives. The situation quickly develops into a [...]

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MARCH OF THE PENGUINS

Reviewed by GREG KING Narrated by Morgan Freeman. In a year that produced a number of compelling, controversial and rewarding documentaries, this is the one that won the Oscar? What about something more challenging, innovative, informative, cutting edge, contemporary, or intensely political? Of course, March Of The Penguins appealed to conservative, middle America, and it [...]

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THE WEATHER MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING. For Chicago tv weatherman Dave Spritz (Nicolas Cage), life sometimes fails to turn out as predicted – just like the weather. When we first meet him, Spritz’s life has entered a stormy and turbulent patch and he seems unable to navigate his way out of the maelstrom. People throw fast food [...]

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HAPPY ENDINGS

Reviewed by GREG KING. A favourite at the recent Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Don Roos’ Happy Endings is one of the few festival films to get a commercial cinematic release. With its multi-layered narrative structure and colourful ensemble cast of characters whose stories are interlinked, Happy Endings is reminiscent of Robert Altman’s Short Cuts, in [...]

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THE GARTH METHOD

Reviewed by GREG KING. There have been a number of low budget, independent films made about trying to succeed in show business over the years, most from America, and the ultra-low budget, locally produced The Garth Method follows in this tradition. Garth Petrides (played by writer/director Gregory Pakis) is a struggling actor who dreams of [...]

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FATELESS

Reviewed by GREG KING. A haunting and often depressing, but ultimately beautiful and inspiring tale of survival, Fateless is based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertesz, and is one of the more powerful and moving of recent dramas set against the horrific background of the Holocaust. Gyuri Koves (Marcel Nagy) is [...]

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WHEN A STRANGER CALLS

Reviewed by GREG KING. This very loose and unsatisfactory remake of Fred Walton’s When A Stranger Calls takes the opening twenty minutes of the 1979 original, in which a teenaged babysitter is menaced by a sinister phone caller (incidentally, the best bit), and unnecessarily stretches it out to feature length. (Ironically, the original version itself [...]

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