SONG TO SONG

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Terrence Malick Stars: Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Holly Hunter, Iggy Pop, Val Kilmer, Patti Smith, Flea. I loathed the past couple of films from revered auteur Terrence Malick, particularly his To The Wonder and Knight Of Cups, with their frustratingly obtuse, indulgent and abstract experimental nature, existential meditations, impressionistic and unconventional approach to narrative, the mumbled and at times inaudible dialogue often delivered as internal monologues, the Continue reading

THE REVENANT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Stars: Leonardo Di Caprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck, Lukas Haas, Paul Anderson, Brendan Fletcher, Javier Botet, Kristoffer Joner. Oscar winning director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu follows up his acclaimed Birdman with this visually stunning but bleak, grueling and brutal revisionist western based on a true story of survival and revenge and the resilience of the human spirit. And he has given us what should be an early contender for one of the films of the year! The Revenant Continue reading

KNIGHT OF CUPS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Terrence Malick Stars: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy, Wes Bentley, Teresa Palmer, Joe Mangianello, Imogen Poots, Joel Kinnaman, Nick Offerman, Antonio Banderas, Isabel Lucas, Ben Kingsley, Jason Clarke, Nicky Whelan. Once upon a time Terrence Malick was a revered filmmaker, especially after his first two films - the powerful Badlands and the visually beautiful Days Of Heaven. But lately he seems to have become more obtuse in his filmmaking, churning out soporific and dull psychological claptrap. Since Continue reading

THE TREE OF LIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Terrence Malick Stars: Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Brad Pitt, Hunter McCracken. Maverick director Terrence Malick is not exactly a prolific filmmaker, and this is only his fifth film in a thirty-year career. Malick is best known for films like Badlands and Days Of Heaven, which are memorable for their striking images, elegiac quality, and meditative tone. The Tree Of Life, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, is his most ambitious undertaking yet. This is a film that sees Malick combine an exploration of religious values with Continue reading