Director: Scott Hicks

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Film:Shine

Shine

Scott Hicks

This tearjerker by Australian filmmaker Scott Hicks is a surprising story about real-life classical pianist David Helfgott, an Australian who rose to international prominence at a very young age in the 1950s and ‘60s, and suffered a psychological collapse after enduring years of abuse from his father (Armin Mueller-Stahl). Hicks has three very fine actors portraying Helfgott at different stages of his life, including the adorably wry and goofy Noah Taylor (Flirting), who takes up the character’s teen years, and Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush, giving a great…

Film:Hearts In Atlantis

Hearts In Atlantis

Scott Hicks

Fans of The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption will feel a similar affection for Hearts in Atlantis, a Stephen King adaptation that again finds the horror writer in more mainstream waters, with a bit of dabbling in the supernatural. When mysterious out-of-towner Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins) moves into the boarding house that 11-year-old Bobby Garfield (Anton Yelchin) shares with his self-involved mother (Hope Davis), Bobby jumps at the chance to befriend an adult who talks to him straightforwardly. Ted enlists Bobby to read him the…

Film:Snow Falling on Cedars

Snow Falling on Cedars

Scott Hicks

Australian director Scott Hicks’s follow-up to his widely beloved Shine comes as a small shock. Based on David Guterson’s bestselling novel, Snow Falling on Cedars is far removed from the character-driven, pure storytelling of Shine and a comparative plunge into moody atmospherics. Action insinuates itself through the director’s determined eye for watercolor composition and free-floating perspective, like random shoots of new growth in an overwhelming rain forest. It’s impossible to be complacent as a viewer because Hicks’s meditative style…

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