COWBOYS & ALIENS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jon Favreau Stars: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Paul Dano, Keith Carradine, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Noah Ringer. As a genre the traditional western is virtually moribund, but Hollywood keeps churning out some interesting variations on the theme that temporarily breathe life into the form. The latest is Cowboys & Aliens, and the title basically says all you need to know. Imagine the likes of iconic hero John Wayne taking on aliens, and you’ll get the drift! It’s The Searchers meets Independence Day as the film combines Continue reading

MEEK’S CUTOFF

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kelly Reichardt Stars: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Shirley Henderson, Will Patton, Paul Dano, Ron Rondeaux. Unlike other westerns that have dealt with the westward expansion (Westward Ho The Wagons, etc), Meeks’s Cutoff deals with some weighty themes like the struggle for survival, racism and religion. Meek’s Cutoff is an unconventional western that concentrates more on the role of women, who have often been marginalised in the traditional westerns of yesteryear. This shifts the whole dynamic and framework of the genre, Continue reading

THE EXTRA MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini Stars: Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, John C Reilly, Katie Holmes   The Extra Man is a so-so comedy enlivened by Kevin Kline’s energetic performance. Kline proved his ability on being able to deliver great comic timing and play lovable eccentrics with his Oscar winning turn in A Fish Called Wanda, and he is very good here in a role seemingly tailor-made for him. Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine) plays Louis Ives, an aspiring writer who is sacked from his teaching position at a posh Continue reading