THE RED TURTLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Dudok de Wit. The Red Turtle is a dialogue free animated film from the renowned Studio Ghibli, which has given us such animated classics as Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away, etc. But this is an international co-production between France and Japan, and is the first non-Japanese film produced by the revered animation studios. This is a richly emotional and resonant exploration of what it means to be human. When the film opens a nameless man has been cast adrift from a shipwreck. He washes ashore on a deserted island that Continue reading

SWISS ARMY MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Daniels Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Paul Dano, Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Weekend At Bernie's meets Castaway? In a cinema landscape shaped by an endless array of sequels, remakes and special effects driven comic book adaptations and superhero movies it is refreshing to come across something a little different, a little left of centre. Hank (Paul Dano, from There Will Be Blood, Little Miss Sunshine, etc) has been stranded on a remote island for a long time now and has given up hope of rescue. When we first meet him he is about to end it Continue reading

CAST AWAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Robert Zemeckis Stars: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Nick Searcy, Jenifer Lewis, Geoffrey Blake, Peter Von Berg, Chris Noth, Lari White. This modern day version of Robinson Crusoe reunites Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, etc), the most commercially successful director of all time, with his Oscar winning star Tom Hanks. In one of his most physically grueling roles to date, Hanks plays a man who is stranded on a remote tropical island for four years. Chuck Norland (Hanks) is a trouble-shooter for Fed Ex, whose expertise takes him to Continue reading