Monthly Archives: April 2006

WATER

Reviewed by GREG KING. Water is the third film in Deepa Metha’s so-called “elemental” trilogy, which includes Earth and Fire. In these films, Metha largely explores the contradictions in India, where thousand year old Hindu laws and religion clash with a modern and changing society. Like the previous two films, Water sets an intimate and [...]

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BALLETS RUSSES

Reviewed by GREG KING. This fascinating and carefully researched documentary tracks the rise and fall and fluctuating fortunes of the Ballets Russes, the premier ballet company in the world in the middle part of the 20th century. This famous dance troupe featured the likes of Nijinksky, and even tv’s future Batgirl Yvonne Craig. The company [...]

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TWO FOR THE MONEY

Reviewed by GREG KING. Set against the background of the high-pressure, macho world of high-stakes sports betting, Two For The Money is essentially a morality play about the corruption of innocence that cautions against selling your soul purely for monetary gain. It’s a familiar and worthwhile theme, but it somehow seems a little tired in [...]

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THE HILLS HAVE EYES

Reviewed by GREG KING. The hills are alive with the sound of mutants? Most recent horror films have been bland, cliché-ridden remakes aimed at an easily pleased teenage audience (When A Stranger Calls, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, etc) and have lacked genuinely scary moments. However, there is also a demand for more adult-oriented fare that [...]

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KOKODA

Reviewed by GREG KING. Along with Gallipoli, the exploits of Australian soldiers in holding back the Japanese advance on New Guinea’s famed Kokoda Trail in 1942 has become an enduring legend in our military history. Unfortunately, first time feature film maker Alister Grierson fails to do the legend justice with this rather prosaic re-enactment of [...]

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THE SQUID AND THE WHALE

Reviewed by GREG KING. The Squid And The Whale combines pathos with wry humour in a film that compassionately explores divorce, joint custody and the damage done to the children caught in the middle. The title may seem a bit obscure, especially given the subject matter, but its significance becomes apparent at the end of [...]

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FAILURE TO LAUNCH

Reviewed by GREG KING. Statistics have shown that today people are living at home with their parents longer before eventually moving out into their own home. This syndrome, apparently, is known as “failure to launch”, and this concept kick-starts this latest romantic comedy. Tripp (Matthew McConaughey) is in his 30’s, and although articulate, handsome, fully [...]

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THE WORLD’S FASTEST INDIAN

Reviewed by GREG KING. Forget your Peter Jackson epics, the Lord Of The Rings trilogy or even his recent remake of King Kong! One of the most commercially successful films to emerge from New Zealand is this warmly affectionate, humourous and hugely entertaining biopic of Burt Munro, a veteran motorcycle racer who broke a number [...]

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