GET THE GRINGO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director:  Adrian Grunberg Stars: Mel Gibson, Daniel Gimenez Cacho. Peter Stormare, Bob Gunton, Peter Gerety, Dolores Heredia, Kevin Hernandez. Get The Gringo is an unusual and violent prison drama that marks a return to form of sorts for Mel Gibson as the flawed action hero. Most of the action takes place inside Mexico’s notorious El Pueblito prison in Tijuana, a corrupt hellhole which is run by the inmates and in which virtually anything can be bought – sex, weapons, drugs. It is “the world’s shittiest mall,” as Gibson’s character Continue reading

WE WERE SOLDIERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Randall Wallace Stars: Mel Gibson, Barry Pepper, Madeleine Stowe, Sam Elliott, Greg Kinnear, Saving Private Ryan set a new standard for war films with its gritty realism, while the recent Black Hawk Down raised the bar for the depiction of the intensity and brutality of conflict. We Were Soldiers again raises the bar for realism and graphic combat scenes in a war film, but it is also at times a moving tale of heroism under fire. Based on a true story written by Lt Col. Harold Moore, We Were Soldiers depicts the first Continue reading

WHAT WOMEN WANT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nancy Meyers Stars: Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Alan Alda, Mark Feuerstein, Ashley Johnson, Lauren Holly, Bette Midler, Valerie Perrine, Delta Burke. The battle between the sexes has been fertile ground for Hollywood, with films in this sub-genre harking back to the comedies of Tracy and Hepburn in their heyday (Adam's Rib, etc) and even the series of lightweight romantic comedies of the '50's and '60's featuring Rock Hudson and Doris Day. What Women Want could easily and cynically be dismissed as a "chick flick", but Continue reading

THE MILLION DOLLAR HOTEL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Wim Wenders Stars: Jeremy Davies, Milla Jovovich, Mel Gibson, Jimmy Smits, Amanda Plummer, Peter Stromare, Gloria Stuart, Harris Yulin,Tom Bower, Donal Logue, Julian Sands, Bud Cort, Tim Roth. In recent years German director Wim Wenders has turned his cynical outsider's eye on Los Angeles, showing us a sleazy and seedy side to the city of dreams that not many people would recognise. Based on a story written by U2 singer Bono and script writer Nicholas Klein, The Million Dollar Hotel continues to develop Wenders' obsession with Continue reading

CHICKEN RUN

Reviewe by GREG KING Directors: Peter Lord and Nick Park Stars: voices of Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha, Miranda Richardson, Jane Horrocks, Timothy Spall, Phil Daniels, Tony Haygarth, Imelda Staunton, Lynn Ferguson, Benjamin Whitrow Peter Lord and Nick Park, the two creators behind the Aardman animation studios and cult cartoon characters Wallace and Grommit, have signed a multi-million dollar deal with Dreamworks studios. Their first feature length film under that lucrative deal is the thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable Chicken Run, a comic tale inspired by the Continue reading