CAROL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Todd Haynes Stars: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy, Sarah Paulson, John Magaro, Kevin Crowley, Sadie Heim. Director Todd Haynes returns to the morally conservative America of the 1950s for this nicely observed, sensitive, insightful and introspective coming of age story and intimate exploration of a female relationship, gender, loneliness, and queer sexuality in conservative America. But this moody story of forbidden love is largely a character driven piece, and has a different texture and feel than Haynes' earlier 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 FacesĀ 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