LOVE & MERCY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bill Pohland Stars: Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti, Bill Camp, Kenny Wormald, Jake Abel, Brett Davern, Max Schneider, Joanna Going, Graham Rogers, Diana Maria Riva. This is an unconventional biopic of Brian Wilson, the songwriter and creative driving force behind 60s band The Beach Boys, whose songs of sun, surf and summer epitomised the California sound. Most biopics of musicians tend to explore their darker side as well as look at that fine line between genius and madness and Love & Mercy is no exception. Continue reading

FOOTLOOSE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Craig Brewer Stars: Kenny Wormald, Miles Teller, Dennis Quaid, Julianne Hough, Andie MacDowell. This is one remake that actually is quite good. Dean Pritchford, who wrote the original Footloose in 1984, has tweaked his original script and made it contemporary and relevant for today’s audiences. Although Pritchford has beefed up some subplots, the story remains faithful to the original. The film retains its themes of small town morals, teen rebellion, grief, religion versus state. Cowriter/director Craig Brewer (Black Snake Continue reading