DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gus Van Sant Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black, Udo Kier, Kim Gordon, Beth Ditto, Mark Webber, Tony Greenhand, Carrie Brownstone. The late US cartoonist John Callahan is not a household name, and is largely unheard of outside of the United States, which makes this quirky and unconventional biopic a bit of a hard sell. Callahan died in 2010. Set in Portland Oregon during the late 70s and early 80s this biopic looks at the life of Callahan (played here in a career best performance by Joaquin Phoenix), an Continue reading

DOWNSIZING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alexander Payne Stars: Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Udo Kier, Hong Chau, Rolf Lassgard, Ingjerd Egeberg, Jason Sudeikis, Neil Patrick Harris, Laura Dern, Margot Martindale, James Van Der Beek, Maribeth Monroe, Mary Kay Place, Joaquim de Almeida. It’s a small world after all? In the not too distant future, Norwegian scientist Dr Jorgen Asbjonsen (Rolf Lassgard) has come up with a radical solution for a world concerned with overpopulation and rapidly diminishing resources. He and his colleagues have figured out a Continue reading

MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Werner Herzog Stars: Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe, Chloe Sevigny, Udo Kier, Brad Dourif, Michael Pena, Grace Zabriskie. Following a brief run as part of ACMI’s first look program, Werner Herzog’s latest film gets a brief, limited theatrical release. My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done is loosely based on a true story about an unstable actor who so identified with his role as Orestes in Euripides’ drama Electra, that he killed his mother. Two of cinema’s most eccentric and idiosyncratic auteurs in David Lynch and Werner Herzog Continue reading