OF GODS AND MEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Vaxier Beauvois Stars: Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale. A few years ago there was a documentary called Into Great Silence, which took us inside a remote monastery and gave us insights into the daily routines, rituals and practices of a group of monks. Imagine injecting some fanatical religious fundamentalists into the same setting and you begin to get an idea of what this award winning French drama is about. Directed by French actor turned director Xavier Beauvois (Le Petite Lieutenant, etc), Of Gods And Men is a quietly Continue reading

RONIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Frankenheimer Stars: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Stellan Skasgard, Natascha McElhone, Jonathan Pryce, Sean Bean, Skipp Sudduth, Michael Lonsdale, Jan Triska. In the 60's, John Frankenheimer was without peer as a director of taut action films and riveting political thrillers. His more memorable films included Seven Days In May, The Manchurian Candidate, Seconds, and The Birdman Of Alcatraz. Since the 70's though his career seems to have stalled with a succession of grim, second rate thrillers, like French Connection II, Prophecy, 52 Continue reading