THE SNOWMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tomas Alfredson Stars: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, J K Simmons, Val Kilmer, Toby Jones, Michael Yates, David Dencik, Jonas Karlsson, James D'Arcy, Jakob Oftebro, Adrian Dunbar, Chloe Sevigny, Ronan Vibert, Genevieve O'Reilly.   Nordic noir tends to be darker and bleaker than your typical Hollywood crime thriller, probably because they spend so much time in the dark, with long, bleak winter months. But unfortunately, The Snowman is a lesser example of the genre. This subpar thriller is based Continue reading

OUR KIND OF TRAITOR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Susanna White Stars: Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard, Damian Lewis, Naomie Harris, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Jeremy Northam, Matt Gattis, Khalid Abdalla, Alicia Von Rittberg, Saskia Reeves, Alec Utgoff, Dolya Gavanski, Pawel Szajda, Velibor Topic, Marek Oravec. John Le Carre is the modern master of spy thrillers. A former intelligence agent himself, he knows the territory and his novels are infused with authenticity and detail about spy craft, the morally ambiguous and murky world of international intrigue where nothing is ever black or 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 TWO FACES OF JANUARY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Hossein Amini Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac, Kirsten Dunst, David Warhofsky, Daisy Bevan-James, Sobol Kelly. The Two Faces Of January is set in Greece in 1962, and draws its title from Janus, the Roman God of beginnings and ends and who is usually depicted with two faces. The central plot features an innocent man on the run from the police after becoming mixed up in murder and intrigue. Rydal (Oscar Isaac, from Inside Llewyn Davis, Balibo, Drive, etc) is a young expatriate American working as an unofficial tour guide in Athens, Continue reading

THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY – interview with Hossein Amini

by GREG KING. "I've really had a bit of an up and down career in terms of things that have worked and things that haven't worked," candidly admits Iranian-born screenwriter Hossein Amini (Drive, The Wings Of The Dove, etc). Amini makes his directorial debut with The Two Faces Of January, a slow burn suspense thriller in the Hitchcock mold. The film has been adapted from the novel written by Patricia Highsmith (who wrote Strangers On A Train, The Talented Mr Ripley, etc). The film is set in Greece in 1962, and the central plot features an innocent man on the run from the Continue reading