Monthly Archives: April 2007

IN THE LAND OF WOMEN

Reviewed by GREG KING. Lawrence Kasdan’s youngest son Jonathan follows in the footsteps of both his father and his film-making sibling Jake, and makes his directorial debut with this drama. After his girlfriend dumps him, Carter Webb (The OC’s Adam Brody), an LA-based writer of adult films, leaves town to live with his ailing grandmother [...]

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PREMONITION

Reviewed by GREG KING. What was Sandra Bullock thinking? One would have thought that dealing with the complexities and conundrums of time once would have been enough. But, no! After last year’s off-beat romantic drama The Lake House, with Keanu Reeves, Bullock is back with another foray into bending the physical laws of time and [...]

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HOSTEL PART II

Reviewed by GREG KING. There has been a spate of blood-soaked, graphically violent, misogynist, sado-masochistic, almost pornographic horror films in which a group of spunky young teens are terrified, tortured and ultimately slaughtered – films like the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Cabin Fever, etc. More recent films like the Saw trilogy and Eli [...]

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THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP

Reviewed by GREG KING. French-born director Michel Gondry is well known for his stunning series of advertisements for Coca-Cola, Adidas, and Nike, etc. He also created visually impressive music videos for the Foo Fighters, REM, and even Bjork, etc. His dazzling visual style attracted the attention of Hollywood, and his unfettered imagination perfectly complemented the [...]

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BECAUSE I SAID SO

Reviewed by GREG KING. Diane Keaton is a usually reliable performer best known for her comedic roles, particularly opposite Woody Allen. However, some of her best performances have often been in dramas like the Godfather trilogy, Reds, and the dark, disturbing Looking For Mr Goodbar. No matter what the role though, Keaton always delivers a [...]

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THE ITALIAN

Reviewed by GREG KING. Chosen to open Melbourne’s Russian Film Festival last year was The Italian, an unrelentingly grim and almost Dickensian drama about a young orphan boy who sets out to find his real mother. Six year old Vanya (beautifully played by newcomer Kolya Spiridonov) lives in an orphanage in the remote Russian countryside. [...]

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PERFECT STRANGER

Reviewed by GREG KING. Perfect Stranger is yet another dud film from Halle Berry (another Oscar winning actress who seems to have trouble discerning a good script) who has established an unenviable recent resume that includes the dire Catwoman, Gothika, etc. This imperfectly structured, sleazy murder mystery both tests the credulity and patience of its [...]

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THE REAPING

Reviewed by GREG KING. Reminiscent of films like The Seventh Sign, The Exorcist 2, and others of this ilk, The Reaping is yet another silly supernatural/horror thriller that draws upon religious hysteria, Biblical prophecies and ominous religious portents for a plot device. The small town of Haven in Louisiana is suddenly being devastated by a [...]

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