Monthly Archives: November 2006

THE LAST TRAPPER

Reviewed by GREG KING. This dramatised documentary follows almost a year in the life of Norman Winther, one of the few remaining trappers living in the wide-open spaces of Canada’s Rocky Mountains and the Yukon. For nigh on fifty years, Winther has been eking out a living by trapping for food and fur, which he [...]

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THE DEPARTED

Reviewed by GREG KING. This fabulous remake of the Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs heralds a return to form for Martin Scorsese after the vaguely disappointing Gangs Of New York and the overlong and overblown Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator. It is, arguably, Scorsese’s best film since GoodFellas. Writer William Monahan (whose previous film was [...]

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STONED

Reviewed by GREG KING. There have been many biopics and films looking at the self-destructive lifestyles of rock musicians – from Oliver Stone’s The Doors through to the fictitious The Rose, and even the Streisand version of A Star Is Born. Add to that distinguished list the decidedly inferior Stoned, a sometimes muddled biopic about [...]

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AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH

Reviewed by GREG KING. Al Gore served two terms as Vice President under Bill Clinton. Ever since he lost the 2000 US election under controversial circumstances, the man formerly known as “the next President of the United States,” has reinvented himself as a champion of the environment. He spends a lot of his time now [...]

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STEP UP

Reviewed by GREG KING. Set against the background of a school where budding performers get a chance to briefly pursue their dreams and perfect their talent, Step Up combines familiar elements from films like Fame, Save The Last Dance For Me, and even Dirty Dancing. But this one is a real crowd pleaser! Tyler (Channing [...]

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JINDABYNE

Reviewed by GREG KING. Robert Altman’s sprawling, multi-layered Short Cuts (1993) was based on the short stories and occasional writings of American author Raymond Carver. One of the narrative strands of that omnibus told of a group of friends on a weekend fishing trip who discover a body in the water. Rather than report their [...]

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BEERFEST

Reviewed by GREG KING. Beerfest is yet another deliberately dumb and low brow comedy from Broken Lizard, the writing/directing team that previously gave us the gross-out humour of Supertroopers and the dreadful parody of teen slasher films with Club Dread. After the death of their beloved grandfather (an uncredited cameo from Donald Sutherland), Jan and [...]

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