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

STEVE JOBS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Danny Boyle Stars: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston, John Ortiz, Sarah Snook, Perla Haney-Jardine, Ripley Sobo, Makenzie Moss, Adam Shapiro. We have already had a couple of films about the late Steve Jobs, the iconic and revered founder of technology giant Apple who revolutionised the world of computers. We have had Alex Gibney's revealing documentary Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine, which screened at MIFF in 2015, and the recent biopic Jobs, starring a miscast Ashton Continue reading

127 HOURS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Danny Boyle Stars: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara. Danny Boyle’s first film since the Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire marks something of a change of direction for the dynamic British director who first burst onto the scene in 1994 with Shallow Grave. 127 Hours tells the true story of Aron Ralston, the maverick weekend adventurer who, in 2003, found himself trapped in a canyon by a boulder and was forced to amputate his own arm with a rusty knife in order to free himself. Ralston set off to explore Utah’s remote Continue reading

A LIFE LESS ORDINARY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Danny Boyle Stars:Ewan McGregor, Cameron Diaz, Holly Hunter, Delroy Lindo, Ian Holm, Ian McNeice, Stanley Tucci, Dan Hedaya, Tony Shalhoub, Maury Chaykin, Judith Ivey Running Time:103 minutes.   Angels are occasionally sent to earth to change an ordinary person's life has been a favourite theme for film makers. Although this quirky, visually dazzling but sporadically inventive comedy/drama is probably the kind of film that Frank Capra would have made had he taken drugs, A Life Less Ordinary ultimately owes more than a Continue reading