FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Frears Stars: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Nina Ariadna, Rebecca Ferguson, David Haig, John Sessions. We recently saw the French art house film Marguerite, which was a fictional take on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy New York socialite and patron of the arts who was widely regarded as the world's worst singer. Now we get the true story of Jenkins, although first time feature writer Nicholas Martin (a successful tv writer whose credits include Midsomer Murders, The Bill, etc) takes some liberties Continue reading

THE PROGRAM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Frears Stars: Ben Foster, Chris O'Dowd, Jesse Plemons, Guillaume Canet, Lee Pace, Dustin Hoffman, Denis Menochet, Bryan Greenberg, Laura Donnelly, Elaine Cassidy, Edward Hogg. By now just about everybody is aware that Lance Armstrong's historic seven wins in the iconic and grueling Tour De France were tainted by drugs and the use of elaborate masking agents. Especially after his frank and revealing confession in an extended interview with Oprah Winfrey. And anyone who saw Alex Gibney's detailed and well researched 2013 Continue reading

THE PROGRAM – interview with David Walsh

by GREG KING Irish journalist David Walsh wrote the book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit Of Lance Armstrong. It has formed the basis of the new film The Program, which has been written by John Hodges (Trainspotting, etc) and directed by Stephen Frears. Ben Foster plays Lance Armstrong and Chris O'Dowd plays Walsh. The Program is released on November 26. Greg caught up with David Walsh to find out more about Lance Armstrong, the tainted Tour De France and the film. http://www.mediafire.com/listen/grl3fifd559g966/201024_001.MP3 Continue reading

TAMARA DREWE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Frears Stars: Gemma Arterton, Roger Allam, Tamsin Greig, Bill Camp, Luke Evans, Jessica Barden, Charlotte Christie, Dominic Cooper. The press advertisements for Tamara Drewe somewhat grandiosely call it "the best British film of the year!" Such hyperbole doesn’t say much for the state of the British film industry if true! It also ignores the far superior efforts like 127 Hours, Made In Dagenham, The King’s Speech and Mike Leigh’s wonderful Another Year. This is a laboured and surprisingly flatly directed and Continue reading