T2: TRAINSPOTTING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Danny Boyle Stars: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Anjela Nedyalkova, Kelly MacDonald, Shirley Henderson, Gordon Kennedy. Released in 1996, Trainspotting overcame its modest origins to become an instant cult classic. Based on Irvine Welsh’s 1993 snarky anarchic novel about four friends and set against the backdrop of the gritty underbelly of Edinburgh’s drug culture Trainspotting seemed to define a generation and speak to the disenfranchised and alienated youth of the time. Trainspotting followed Continue reading

OUR KIND OF TRAITOR – interview with director Susanna White

by GREG KING Our Kind Of Traitor is the latest John Le Carre spy thriller to hit the screen and as usual it is a more downbeat, moody and cynical take on the business of espionage and international intrigue. It stars Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Damian Lewis and Stellan Skarsgard. The director is Susanna White, and Greg spoke to her to find out more about adapting the novel to the screen.   "So few women direct thrillers, I think about 3% of thrillers are directed by women, so it's wonderful that two of us do it in a year," remarks British filmmaker Susanna Continue reading

THE EAGLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kevin Macdonald Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, Tahar Rahim. Kevin Macdonald’s sword and toga saga ventures into similar territory as the recent bloodthirsty Centurion. Based on the 1954 Boys’ Own adventure novel written by Rosemary Sutcliffe, The Eagle is set in Roman occupied Britain in 140AD. Twenty years before, the legendary Ninth Legion of nearly 5,000 men disappeared without a trace after marching into hostile territory in Scotland. Now Marcus Aqila (Channing Tatum), the son of the legion’s leader Continue reading