Archives for January 2001


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: George Tillman Stars: Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding jr, Charlize Theron   This true story of racism and military heroism ultimately fails to satisfy. In the 1940's, Carl Brashear (Cuba Gooding jr), a poor sharecropper's son, was determined to become the first Afro-American diver in the Navy. Not only did he have to struggle against the racism of the navy that deliberately tried to flunk him out of the diver's gruelling training course, but he also had to overcome the loss of a leg during an accident at sea. Brashear's Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta, Giancarlo Giannini. It's been ten years since the thriller Silence Of The Lambs cleaned up at the Oscars, and caused some controversy because of its sympathetic treatment of the character of Hannibal Lecter, a notorious and unrepentant serial killer and cannibal. This much anticipated sequel is unfortunately somewhat disappointing, and falls short of the standard set by the original. However, it will draw its fair share of controversy given the censor's Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Kay Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Miranda Richardson, Michael Caine, Rachael Leigh Cook, Alan Cumming, Mickey Rourke, John C McGinley, Rhona Mitre. With superb films like Copland and Cliffhanger but distant memories, fading action hero Sylvester Stallone badly needs a hit movie to restore some of his former glory as a box office champion. Unfortunately, this rather lame remake of the classic 1971 British thriller Get Carter is unlikely to reverse his fortunes. The plot details remain essentially the same here, although the Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Darren Aronofsky Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, Christopher McDonald, Louise Lasser, Sean Gullette. Darren Aronofsky first burst onto the scene with Pi, his visually exciting but virtually incomprehensible thriller mixing mathematics and paranoia. His second film deals with more emotionally involving material, but is just as visually stunning and disturbingly nihilistic piece of cinema that will shock and confront audiences, much as A Clockwork Orange did thirty years ago. Based on a 1978 Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky Stars: Franka Potente, Benno Furmann, Anna Loos, Holger Speckhahn, Sebastian Blomberg, Traugott Buhre, Rudiger Vogler. It's always something of a worry when a film's marketing strategy is solely designed around the star and their last film. Such is the case with Anatomie, a rather gory and grisly thriller from Germany that builds its campaign around its charismatic star Franka Potente and her last film, the art house hit Run Lola Run. Potente does a lot of running in this film too, but it's for a completely Continue reading