THE TIME MACHINE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Simon Wells, Gore Verbinski (uncredited) Stars: Guy Pearce, Jeremy Irons, Orlando Jones, Samantha Mumba. Like the recent "re-imaginings" of classic films Planet Of The Apes and Get Carter, this updated version of The Time Machine is a completely unnecessary remake that adds little, and ultimately fails to improve on the original. George Pal's 1960 version of H G Wells' sci-fi classic won an Oscar for its special effects, although now they seem dated by today's standards. However, this new special effects laden version is unlikely Continue reading

KUNG POW: ENTER THE FIST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Steve Oederkerk In 1966, Woody Allen, who was then still a stand up comic and script writer of repute, took a B-grade Japanese spy comedy and redubbed it with plenty of clever one-liners and a new plot, giving us What's Up Tiger Lily? Now, writer/director Steve Oedekerk (Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, etc) follows a similar formula with his deliberately dumb, fitfully funny comedy Kung Pow: Enter The Fist. Oedekerk viewed hundreds of forgettable B-grade Chinese martial arts film from the 1970's to find the dire Tiger & Crane Continue reading

MADE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jon favreau Stars: Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Peter Falk, Famke Janssen, Sean Coombs. Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn first burst on to the scene with Swingers, their hip, independently financed comedy about the slacker's lifestyle. Since then their careers have taken different directions. While Vaughn has gone on to mainstream stardom in big budget features like The Lost World: Jurassic Park 2, The Cell and the thriller Domestic Disturbance, etc, Favreau's career seems to have stalled in a series of unreleased, low budget films. Continue reading

O

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tim Blake Nelson Stars: Josh Hartnett, Julia Stiles, Mekhi Phifer Othello goes to high school? Shakespeare's play about an inter racial love affair, and the treacherous friend whose scheming and all consuming jealousy eventually leads to a tragedy that destroys all their lives has been updated and relocated to the contemporary setting of an American high school. There have been many attempts to update Shakespeare for modern film audiences (Ian McKellan's bold Richard III, Baz Luhrmann's Romeo And Juliet among them), but Continue reading

ALI

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Mann Stars: Will Smith, Mario Van Peebles, Jon Voight, Jamie Foxx, Ron Silver, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Albert Hall, Mykelti Williamson, Jeffrey Wright. Some twenty years ago I saw Tom Gries' biopic on Muhammad Ali, appropriately titled The Greatest, which starred the great man playing himself. Although a sanitised version of Ali's life given the circumstances of its production, The Greatest offered far more insight into the man widely acknowledged as the greatest boxer of all time, than this disappointing film from director Continue reading