Archives for June 1997


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Schrader Stars: Nick Nolte, James Coburn, Sissy Spacek, Willem Dafoe, Mary Beth Hurt, Jim True, Homes Osborne, Brigid Tierney, Marian Seldes, Sean McCann, Wayne Robson, Brawley Nolte. Adapted from the novel by Russell Banks (The Sweet Hereafter, etc), Affliction is a powerful, dramatic tale that looks at the disturbing pattern of male violence, and explores how this brutal legacy is often passed on from father to son. The pathology of male violence is a theme common to much of writer/director Paul Schrader's work (Taxi Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Franny Armstrong. This fascinating documentary records the longest civil trial in England's legal history - a David and Goliath like struggle between the multinational McDonalds corporation and two environmental activists who had made some damaging statements about the company. Dave Marsh and Helen Steel were members of an environmental group. In the early '90's they published a pamphlet entitled What's Wrong With McDonalds, in which they alleged that the giant burger firm used misleading advertising tactics, exploited Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Richard Kwietniowski Stars: John Hurt, Jason Priestley, Fiona Loewi, Sheila Hancock, Maury Chaykin. From first time writer/director Richard Kwietniowski comes this droll, delightfully entertaining and dry fish out of water tale. Based on Gilbert Adair's cult novel, long thought to be unfilmable, Love And Death On Long Island is also a contemporary, lightweight reworking of Death In Venice, albeit with a far more comic bent. Giles De 'Ath (John Hurt) is a reclusive, high brow British novelist, who disdains much of the technology of Continue reading