Archives for June 1999


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jon Hewitt Stars: Belind McClory, John Brumpton, Frank Magree, Peter Docker, Anthea Davis, Neil Pigot, Daniel Richardson, James Young, Robert Morgan, Daniel Wyllie, Chris Hatzis, Ray Mooney. A deliberately discordant and jarring opening credit sequence suggests that we are back in Seven territory. And even though there is a vicious serial killer running around in the background of this nasty, ultra low budget crime thriller shot in Melbourne, writer/director Jon Hewitt has a completely different agenda in mind. Redball is a head Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Oliver Parker Stars: Cate Blanchett, Minnie Driver, Rupert Everett, Julianne Moore, Jeremy Northam, John Wood, Peter Vaughan, Lindsay Duncan, Jeroen Krebbe, Michael Culkin. Oscar Wilde's sophisticated wit, genial bon mots and acerbic one liners shine in Oliver Parker's solid, if somewhat uninspired screen adaptation of his play An Ideal Husband. Parker seems more comfortable with the demands of adapting Wilde's quaintly old fashioned, Victorian-era drawing room comedy than he did with his recent version of Shakespeare's Othello Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Weitz Stars: Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Natasha Lyonne, Tara Reid, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Mena Suvari, Eugene Levy, Shannon Elizabeth, Chris Owen, Seann William Scott. A Porky's for the '90's? Although this raunchy but very funny adolescent comedy explores problems of adolescent angst and the sexual follies of youth, it does so with more honesty, intelligence, sympathy and insight than one expects from a movie squarely aimed at the MTV generation. The plot centres around four high school seniors who Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Chris Smith. The trailer for this low budget, independently financed documentary made it appear as if American Movie was a po-faced piss-take on the making of The Blair Witch Project. But it is so much more. The brainchild of Chris Smith, American Movie is a journey through the frustrations and anguish of the low budget film maker. It is enough to either inspire all young hopeful film makers that hope and naiveté can eventually triumph over adversity and inexperience, or else it will send them and their cameras packing Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Hoffman Stars: Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christian Bale, Calista Flockhart, Stanley Tucci, Rupert Everett, Dominic West, Anna Friel, Sophie Marceau, David Strathairn, Sam Rockwell, Roger Rees. To see, or not to see? That is indeed the question regarding Michael Hoffman's rather disappointing and pedestrian adaptation of Shakespeare's whimsical comedy about romance, mismatched lovers and a little night magic. Unlike other directors, such as Baz Luhrmann and his brilliant contemporary version of Romeo And Juliet, Continue reading