Monthly Archives: May 2006

DON’T COME KNOCKING

Reviewed by GREG KING. Twenty year ago American playwright Sam Shepard and director Wim Wenders collaborated on Paris, Texas, an. enigmatic but evocative film that has garnered something of a cult following in the decades since its release. Paris, Texas told of a man who wanders out of the desert after four years and attempts [...]

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THE BREAK UP

Reviewed by GREG KING. Jennifer Aniston probably felt a personal connection to the themes of this romantic comedy, having recently undergone her own very public break up from Brad Pitt. The Break Up charts the turbulent break up of the relationship between Brooke (Aniston) and Gary (Vince Vaughn), who meet at a baseball match and [...]

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SOLO

Reviewed by GREG KING. Jack Bartlett (Colin Friels) is an enforcer for the Sydney mob, whom he refers to as “the gentlemen”, but after 20 years of breaking bones and killing people on order he has had enough and wants out. He would prefer to go quietly without any fuss, but his bosses have other [...]

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STICK IT

Reviewed by GREG KING. Bring It On set against the background of competitive gymnastics? After one brush too many with the law, Hayley Graham (played by newcomer Missy Peregrym,), a rebellious tomboy, is arrested. The judge offers her the choice of being sent to either military school or gymnastics academy. Reluctantly, Hayley returns to the [...]

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TRISTRAM SHANDY

Reviewed by GREG KING. British director Michael Winterbottom is certainly a prolific filmmaker willing to tackle different genres and ideas. Films like 24 Hour Party People and Wonderland show that he is prepared to take risks and experiment with both form and structure, although with varied success. Having recently courted controversy with the semi-pornographic 9 [...]

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AMERICAN DREAMZ

Reviewed by GREG KING. Writer/director Paul Weitz is probably best known for the deliberately gross out adolescent humour of the American Pie series. But Weitz has also shown that he is capable of more mature, thoughtful and engaging comedies with About A Boy and In Good Company. For his latest film American Dreamz, Weitz has [...]

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CLICK

Reviewed by GREG KING. Adam Sandler seems to be going through something of a Frank Capra phase at the moment. He has followed his recent misguided remake of Mr Deeds with a modern riff on the perennial Christmas favourite It’s A Wonderful Life. However, Sandler and his writers add a darker spin on the material, [...]

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THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT

Reviewed by GREG KING. Nice cars, shame about the film! The third, and easily the weakest in the adrenaline charged series, this new entry in the Fast And The Furious franchise lacks the energy and pace of the original. Although the formula remains pretty much the same, this time around, the producers have relocated the [...]

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