INVENTING THE ABBOTTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Pat O'Connor Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Liv Tyler, Will Patton, Kathy Baker, Billy Crudup, Joanna Going, Jennifer Connelly, Barbara Williams Running Time: 105 minutes. For some reason I was expecting Inventing The Abbotts to be a comedy. However, this new film from Pat O'Connor, director of Circle Of Friends, etc, is a rather dark-edged, albeit clichéd, coming of age melodrama set in small town America in the late 1950's. Adapted from a short story written by Sue Miller (The Good Mother, etc), Inventing The Abbotts deals with a Continue reading

THE FUNERAL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Abel Ferrara Stars: Christopher Walken, Chris Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Vincent Gallo, Isabella Rossellini, Annabella Sciorra, Paul Hipp Running Time: 98 minutes. Few contemporary film-makers depict the shattering violence of New York's mean streets with quite the same ferocity and intensity as maverick director Abel Ferrara (Fear City, The King Of New York, etc). His latest film has more depth and is much more character-driven than most of his previous films. Written by Ferrara's regular collaborator, Nicholas St John, The Funeral Continue reading