Archives for January 2011

GET LOW

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Aaron Schneider Stars: Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Lukas Black, Sissy Spacek, Bill Cobbs. This modest and slyly comic film is based on the true story of a man who staged his own funeral party while he was alive to witness it. The setting is depression era Tennessee. Felix Burns (Robert Duvall) is a hermit, who for the past forty years has lived as a recluse on his own expansive property on the outskirts of a small town. Because he has rarely ventured into town, a number of rumours and apocryphal stories have circulated about Continue reading

127 HOURS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Danny Boyle Stars: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara. Danny Boyle’s first film since the Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire marks something of a change of direction for the dynamic British director who first burst onto the scene in 1994 with Shallow Grave. 127 Hours tells the true story of Aron Ralston, the maverick weekend adventurer who, in 2003, found himself trapped in a canyon by a boulder and was forced to amputate his own arm with a rusty knife in order to free himself. Ralston set off to explore Utah’s remote Continue reading

RABBIT HOLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Cameron Mitchell Stars: Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Miles Teller, Dianne Weist. Nicole Kidman has long been considered box office poison, given the disappointing performance of some of her recent film choices (Bewitched, The Golden Compass, The Invasion, etc). Her new film Rabbit Hole is unlikely to change this perception, as it is a down beat film that is difficult to market. However, it will restore her reputation as a credible dramatic actress. Rabbit Hole is based on David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer and Tony Award Continue reading

HOW DO YOU KNOW

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James L Brooks Stars: Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson. How Do You Know is the latest romantic comedy from writer/director James L Brooks who has made some sparkling, witty comedies in the past, both for the big screen and small screen. However this tired effort lacks the snappy dialogue and penetrating insights of his best work (Broadcast News, etc). This is an average comedy about a romantic triangle that explores some key questions. How do you know when you’re in love? And how do you know which man is Continue reading

SMASH HIS CAMERA

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Leon Gast. In an age when we crave more and more information about our favourite film stars and celebrities, the paparazzi and their intrusive cameras satiate our voyeuristic appetite for more. But their presence is despised by many, who view them as parasites. During last year’s MIFF we had Teenage Paparazzo, a fascinating documentary which introduced us to a 13-year old photographer. Ron Galella is a veteran freelance photographer who has become almost as famous as the celebrities he has photographed over the Continue reading