Volume 97, Issue 1
Thursday May 22, 2003

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LAST UPDATED: Thursday May 22, 2003 - 5:30 p.m.

So many sequels, so little spice
Why film follow-ups are usually crap


From action flicks like Matrix Reloaded and Charlie's Angels 2, to comedies like Legally Blonde 2 and American Wedding, this summer has spawned a multitude of sequels to intrigue movie viewers everywhere. But simply because its predecessor was successful doesn't guarantee a sequel is worthy of precious screen time and film production. More often than not, sequels pervade the film industry in such a way that the search for an original, quality film results in complete frustration..




MOVIE REVIEW: The Matrix Reloaded
Reloaded misses the mark


The Matrix is a movie that will go down in film history. From the stunning visual effects to the imaginative and intelligent plot, it raised the bar for all motion pictures to follow.

Even higher is the bar set for the sequel. How is it possible for The Matrix Reloaded to live up to its predecessor?.




The show that slayed all other television: Buffy says farewell

Mired with a frighteningly cheesy name and based on a laughable 1992 movie flop, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer drew almost instant praise from critics everywhere as its creator, Joss Whedon, creatively blended humour, horror, drama, action and romance.




CD REVIEW: All Systems Go

Mon Chi Chi, the follow-up to the band's 1999 debut release, is straight ahead garage-rock with just the right amount of grunge..


CD REVIEW: Marilyn Manson
A Dandy Antichrist

There isn't much Marilyn Manson can do to shock people these days. With each artistic evolution – from generic, leather-clad goth rocker in Portrait of an American Family to Antichrist extraordinaire in Antichrist Superstar to sexually ambiguous glam god in Mechanical Animals – Manson seems to have pushed the empire of freakdom to its outer limits.


 
ART REVIEW: Surfaces
Five women and their Surfaces

The unique artistic approaches of five Canadian artists are currently on display at the Michael Gibson Gallery in downtown London.

Cathy Daley, Elizabeth McIntosh, Laura Millard, Gina Rorai and Lorraine Simms each use different artistic mediums and explore different themes to create their work.




CD REVIEW: Blur

Perhaps losing guitarist Graham Coxon has forced Blur to contemplate as many new directions as possible – hence, the remarkable Think Tank which pulls off the great trick of combining several sounds into one cohesive album.




CD REVIEW: The New Pornographers

It's said we get by with a little help from our friends. Vancouver rock collective The New Pornographers take this saying straight to their little rock 'n' roll hearts.

 

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