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

A MOST WANTED MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Anton Corbijn Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Willem Dafoe, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Daniel Bruhl, Nina Hoss, Rainer Bock, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Mehdi Debhi, Herbert Gronemeyer. The spy thriller A Most Wanted Man marks one of the final screen appearances of Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Oscar winning actor who died earlier this year. It is a fitting epitaph for this chameleon-like actor who totally inhabited the characters he played on screen. A Most Wanted Man is set in Hamburg, a city on high alert. There are numerous reminders that it Continue reading

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

  Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tomas Alfredson Stars: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, John Hurt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Toby Jones, Ciaran Hinds, David Dencik. Novelist John Le Carre was previously an agent with Britain’s MI6, and he drew upon his experience to bring a touch of realism to his gritty spy novels. They were far removed from the world of Bond – no exotic locations, buxom women, lots of chases, action, and a megalomaniacal villain intent on conquering the world. Rather his spies are world weary, cynical bureaucrats Continue reading