Monthly Archives: January 2007

THE ILLUSIONIST

Reviewed by GREG KING. It sometimes seems that Hollywood produces two movies on the same theme at the same time – it happened with Deep Impact and Armageddon, and just last year there were two films dealing with Truman Capote and the writing of the classic true crime novel In Cold Blood. And now we [...]

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LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA

Reviewed by GREG KING. Who would have thought, thirty years ago, that Clint Eastwood, an actor better known for his portrayals of taciturn, violent vigilantes such as his iconic man with no name or maverick cop Dirty Harry Callahan would make a subtitled film released mainly in art house cinemas? Or that, ironically, the man [...]

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THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND

Reviewed by GREG KING. This searing film about megalomaniacal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, is not your conventional biopic. Rather, events unfold from the perspective of his fictitious personal physician, an idealistic young doctor who has come to work in Uganda. Upon graduating from university in Glasgow, Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy, probably best known for his [...]

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STRANGER THAN FICTION

Reviewed by GREG KING. As with films like Groundhog Day and The Truman Show, Stranger Than Fiction examines the deeper mysteries of existence and just how much we are in control of our own destiny. Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) is a lonely, mild mannered and somewhat anal auditor for the IRS, who leads a quiet, [...]

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EPIC MOVIE

Reviewed by GREG KING. The Zucker brothers more or less established the template for movie parodies with their very successful string of comedies – Top Secret, the Naked Gun series, and, of course, the best of them all, Flying High, which still elicits hardy laughs 20 years later. Over the years there have been many [...]

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THE FOUNTAIN

Reviewed by GREG KING. Indescribably awful! This tedious mix of historical action, heart-breaking romance, and high-concept sci-fi and mysticism spans one thousand years and concerns the search for eternal life and everlasting love. But it is also bizarre, beguiling and virtually unfathomable. The Fountain is an ambitious film from Darren Aronofsky, who previously gave us [...]

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LEONARD COHEN I’M YOUR MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING. One of the iconic figures of the ‘60’s music scene, poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen is renowned for his poignant, melancholic and deeply personal songs about love, loss, pain and longing. He is also known for his distinctive gravelly voice and a unique style, in which he didn’t so much sing [...]

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MARIE ANTOINETTE

Reviewed by GREG KING. With her first two films The Virgin Suicides and Lost In Translation Sophia Coppola established her credentials as a director of intelligence with an original cinematic vision. After such a promising start, it is disappointing that her third film is such an insubstantial and superficial piece of eye candy. Coppola’s iconoclastic [...]

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