DOWNSIZING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alexander Payne Stars: Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Udo Kier, Hong Chau, Rolf Lassgard, Ingjerd Egeberg, Jason Sudeikis, Neil Patrick Harris, Laura Dern, Margot Martindale, James Van Der Beek, Maribeth Monroe, Mary Kay Place, Joaquim de Almeida. It’s a small world after all? In the not too distant future, Norwegian scientist Dr Jorgen Asbjonsen (Rolf Lassgard) has come up with a radical solution for a world concerned with overpopulation and rapidly diminishing resources. He and his colleagues have figured out a Continue reading

NEBRASKA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alexander Payne Stars: Bruce Dern, June Squibb, Will Forte, Stacy Keach, Tim Driscoll, Kevin Ratray, Bob Odenkirk. On his bleak, uncompromising, sparse 1982 acoustic album Nebraska, Bruce Springsteen sung haunting and evocative tales of despair, of dreams turned sour and of financial ruin and the slow decline of the American heartland. Some of the songs offered little hope of salvation. And Alexander Payne's bittersweet new film, also called Nebraska, is a similarly bleak, sparse and uncompromising eulogy to the dying way of life in Continue reading

THE DESCENDANTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alexander Payne Stars: George Clooney, Matthew Lilliard, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Robert Forster, Neal Krause, Beau Bridges. The Descendants is the new film from Alexander Payne (Sideways, About Schmidt, etc), and it is a subtle, understated and painfully raw character-driven comedy/drama that deals with themes of mortality and family. Payne is an insightful and intelligent filmmaker whose previous films have explored the human condition, and dealt with men adrift, looking for their bearings and hoping to make a connection Continue reading