THE BEGUILED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sophia Coppola Stars: Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell, Elle Fanning, Angourie Rice, Oona Laurence, Addison Riecke, Emma Howard. For her sixth feature film, Sophia Coppola (Lost In Translation, etc) remakes the 1971 southern gothic western that was directed by Don Siegel and starred Clint Eastwood, who had achieved international fame and success in the Sergio Leone directed spaghetti western trilogy. Based on Thomas Cullinan’s 1966 novel The Painted Devil, The Beguiled was the third of five films that the pair Continue reading

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jeff Nichols Stars: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Jaeden Lieberher, Adam Driver, Sam Shepard, Bill Camp. Jeff Nichols' previous two films - Take Shelter and Mud - were impressive and established his reputation as a director to watch. Mud in particular was a southern Gothic thriller that cemented Matthew McConaughey's reputation as a serious dramatic actor and appeared on many critics' best of list for 2012. The film also began with a limited art house release before positive word of mouth saw it gain a wider release. 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