Monthly Archives: July 2008

MARRIED LIFE – Ira Sachs Interview

Greg King talks with writer/director Ira Sacha about his new film Married Life. “I’m a film geek,” cheerfully confesses the softly spoken bespectacled 42-year-old writer/director Ira Sachs. Born in Memphis, Sachs first had a love of theatre, formed during his years at high school where he actually began directing plays when he was 14 or [...]

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AND WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE YOUR FATHER

Reviewed by GREG KING. Adapted from Blake Morrison’s memoir, And When Did You Last See Your Father is both something of a coming-of-age story and a moving exploration of a complex father/son relationship. It is also an appealingly honest exploration of the way in which males are incapable of sharing emotions and feelings and of [...]

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THE BANK JOB

Reviewed by GREG KING. Guy Ritchie reinvigorated the gritty, uncompromisingly tough British crime thriller with his Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, which followed the tradition of such films as Get Carter and The Long Good Friday, etc. Ex-patriate Australian director Roger Donaldson follows those thrillers with The Bank Job, another tough yet entertaining if [...]

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THE SAVAGES

Reviewed by GREG KING. Dysfunctional families seem to be the favoured theme of American independent cinema of late, with films like Little Miss Sunshine, The Family Stone, The Daytrippers, The Myth Of Fingerprints, etc, all exploring “happy” families from different perspectives. The latest in this sub-genre is The Savages, the sophomore feature from writer/director Tamara [...]

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MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2008

The Melbourne International Film Festival screens at various locations in Melbourne between July 25 and August 10. Check daily newspapers and the website melbournefilmfestival.com.au for screening details. This site will provide regular updates and reviews of films screening throughout the festival. Reviewers include GREG KING (GK), PETER KRAUSZ (PK), PETER MALONE (PM). LAST UPDATED JULY [...]

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MARRIED LIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ira Sachs Stars: Chris Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Rachel McAdams, Patricia Clarkson Running time: 90 minutes. As with the recent Far From Heaven, Married Life is another melodrama that looks beneath the veneer of a happily married couple in middle class America in the post-war years and finds an ugly reality. [...]

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MAMMA MIA!

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Phllidia Lloyd Stars: Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Dominic Cooper, Stellan Skarsgaard Running time: 108 minutes. Set to an infectious soundtrack of ABBA hits, the stage show of Mamma Mia! was a huge success and it had audiences enthusiastically singing along and dancing [...]

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THE LOVE GURU

Reviewed by GREG KING. Director: Marco Schnabel Stars: Mike Myers, Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake, Romany Malco, Ben Kingsley, Verne Troyer, Meagan Good, John OliverOmid Djalili, Stephen Colbert, Jim Gaffigan, Telma Hopkins, Val Kilmer, Jessica Simpson, Mariska Hargitay, Deepak Chopra, Kanye West, Rob Blake. Offensive on so many levels, Mike Myers’ first live action film in [...]

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