Archives for June 1998


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sam Miller Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Rachel Griffiths, James Thornton, Lennie James, Andy Serkis, Rob Jarvis, Alan Williams, Sharon Bower, Steve Huison. Simon Beaufoy, writer of The Full Monty, knows the depressing working class areas of northern England quite well, and he returns to this familiar background for the setting of his latest film. However, Among Giants is a decidedly inferior film, lacking the charm, warmth, gritty honesty, and winning humour that made that modest film a crowd pleaser. Actually written before The Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tony Kaye Stars: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Fairuza Balk, Avery Brooks, Elliott Gould, Stacy Keach. Written by David McKenna, American History X explores the origins of hatred and bigotry, and shows how those attitudes can be passed from one generation to the next. The film shows how frustrated, insecure and impressionable youth are seduced by poisonous ideologies. This is an environment in which violence begets violence, and history repeats itself with tragic consequences. Derek Vinyard (Edward Norton) is a Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nora Ephron Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Parker Posey, Greg Kinnear, Jean Stapleton, Steve Zahn, Dave Chappelle, Heather Burns, Dabney Coleman, John Randolph. With the charming Sleepless In Seattle, writer/director Nora Ephron successfully remade the '40's tear jerker An Affair To Remember, as a vehicle for Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Ephron attempts to recapture much of that same magic with this pleasant enough remake of Ernst Lubitsch's 1940 comedy The Shop Around The Corner. Based on Nikolaus Laszlo's play Parfumerie, the film has Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING. Director: Steven Zaillian Stars: John Travolta, Robert Duvall, William H Macy, Tony Shalhoub, Zeljko Ivanek, Kathleen Quinlan, Bruce Norris, John Lithgow, Stephen Fry, James Gandolfini, Dan Hedaya, David Thornton, Sydney Pollack, Daniel Von Bargen, Peter Jacobson, Mary Mara, Ned Eisenberg, Kathy Bates. "Justice is a game," says Bob Dylan in his hit song Hurricane. That sentiment is borne out in this new legal drama from Oscar winning writer Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List, etc). Zaillian steps behind the camera for the first time since 1993's Continue reading

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Reviewed by GREG KING. Documentary Director: Michael Apted. In 1964 director Michael Apted began a remarkable documentary series for television. Fourteen seven year old children, drawn from different backgrounds in London, were chosen as the subjects of an ambitious series that would explore the truth behind the Jesuit saying: "Give me the child at seven and I will show you the man." The series initially set out to demonstrate the belief that a person's fate was sealed at birth, and shaped by his social background. Since 1964, Apted and his film crew have Continue reading