Archives for January 2012

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Simon Curtis Stars: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Julia Ormond, Dougray Scott. Hollywood created a superstar, but fame was the steep price Marilyn Monroe had to pay for her image. There are lots of apocryphal stories concerning the behaviour of legendary film star Marilyn Monroe, from her messy personal life to her erratic behaviour on set. The two most famous examples of her diva-like behaviour on set concern her movies The Prince And The Showgirl (1957) and the classic comedy Some Like It Continue reading

J EDGAR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Clint Eastwood Stars: Leonardo Di Caprio, Armie Hammer, Judi Dench, Naomi Watts, Ken Howard, Jeffrey Donovan. For nearly fifty years, J Edgar Hoover was the most powerful man in American law enforcement. Not only did he establish the FBI and its well respected forensics laboratories and impressive data bases, but he was also a power hungry, paranoid and ambitious man who gathered secret files on the sex lives of everyone prominent in public life. For Hoover, secrets and information represented power, and he used those files to Continue reading

YOUNG ADULT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jason Reitman Stars: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt. Young Adult is a dark, bleak and uncomfortable comedy written by Oscar winner Diablo Cody (Juno, etc), who manages to create believable, flesh and blood but deeply flawed characters. The film re-unites her with Juno director Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking, Up In The Air, etc), who is one of the smartest young filmmakers working in Hollywood today. Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, the former psychotic bitchy prom queen who returns to her small-town of Continue reading

JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Brad Peyton Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgens, Luiz Guzman. At the world premiere of Journey 2 at Melbourne’s Jam Factory cinemas, stars Vanessa Hudgens and Josh Hutcherson kept the preview audience waiting 90 minutes while they walked the red carpet, pressed the flesh and signed autographs for the hordes of fans. Was the film worth the wait? Like many other people who had other commitments I left the cinema before the screening commenced. Having caught up with the film upon its release, the Continue reading

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Fincher Stars: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard, Yorick van Wageningen, Steven Berkoff, Robin Wright, Joely Richardson, Geraldine James, Goran Visjnic, Donald Sumpter. Americans don’t particularly like subtitles, which is why we have this remake of the compelling Swedish thriller The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the first instalment of Stieg Larsson’s best selling Millennium trilogy. Oscar winning writer Steven Zaillian has drawn closely upon the novel itself, and has made the complex plot Continue reading