ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Fall Preview 2003:
MONA LISA SMILE
in 1953, this is the story of a Berkeley grad who takes a job
as a professor at Wellesley Women's College. In other words,
Julia Roberts plays Julia Roberts, a popular yet vastly overrated
talent who, along with her gigantic mouth, proceeds to chew
excessive amounts of time and scenery. At the same time, she
works feverishly to restrain the movie's real talent (Maggie
Gyllenhall, Kirsten Dunst and to a lesser extent, Julia Stiles),
from stealing any of her thunder, thus hurting the final product,
but ensuring her continuing status as the leading actress in
Hollywood. Directed by Mike "Four Weddings and a Funeral"
SCHOOL OF ROCK
The synopsis is pretty familiar stuff: troubled adult is forced
to teach troubled brats something or other and in the process
learns a little something about himself. Jack Black stars as
a rock 'n' roll fanatic who is kicked out of his band and somehow
winds up teaching a class of fourth graders. The film has been
generating excellent responses and it's directed by Richard
Linklater (Dazed and Confused, Waking Life) who has proven himself
to be an expert at balancing humour and poignancy.
THE MATRIX: REVOLUTIONS
The series that rejuvenated science fiction filmmaking in the
mid 1990s is back and the legions of dedicated fans will dutifully
re-enter the matrix for a brand new episode this November. The
Matrix: Revolutions is the third and last of the matrix trilogy,
created concurrently with The Matrix: Reloaded after the original's
success. Written and directed by the secretive Wachowski brothers
(Larry and Andy) and starring the same all-star cast of Keanu,
Carrie-Anne Moss and Laurence Fishburne, this edition promises
to be a thrilling end to an epic story.
Christensen, Chloe Sevigny, Steve Zahn, Jenna Elfman and Rosario
Dawson star in this biopic about Stephen Glass, the young staff
journalist for The New Republic who, during his three years
at the publication, was found to have fabricated more than half
of the stories he wrote by using fake sources and quotes. Sounds
like just another day's work at The Gazette.
Anything with Drew Barrymore and Ben Stiller is destined to
be worth watching. Duplex, directed by Danny DeVito, deals with
Alex (Stiller) and Nancy's (Barrymore) search for a perfect
home. When they finally find it in a lovely New York City neighbourhood,
they realize they have to deal with an old, evil rent-controlled
tenant. In order to live happily ever after, the young couple
plot ways to bump out the not-so-lovely elderly woman. Even
if the movie falls flat, you'll still get to watch the darling
The Lord of the Rings:
The Return of the King
Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy is already considered
a filmmaking classic - and the third installment is still on
Return will bear witness
to Frodo and Sam's continued journey with a quasi-treacherous
Gollum to destroy the One Ring. Meanwhile, the other characters
from the Fellowship prepare for the penultimate battle (which,
it is said, will make the hour-long battle scene at Helms' Deep
from The Two Towers look like a mere skirmish). Also, the evil
Sauron is said to mistake one of the other Hobbits, Pippen,
for the ring bearer, putting Pippen's life in danger and under
the protection of wizard Gandalf.
Academy gossip says everyone
was waiting for the third movie to present the movie with a
Best Picture Oscar, finally giving Jackson his due. And if Return
even remotely lives up to the first two films of the trilogy,
then LOTR will surely have a special place in filmmaking history.
Fall 2003 - limited release
Taking an edgy look into the vibrant, sexy and dangerous world
of the club kid culture in New York City during the 1980s, the
controversial film Party Monster, directed by Bailey and Barbato,
follows the true story of the most famous of all club-kids Michael
Alig (played by Macaulay Culkin), whose life atop the cross-dressing
and androgynous party scene world of New York City as club-kid
promoter and party organizer tumbles after a brutal murder.
The film sheds light into the extravagant life Alig and his
friends led and exposes how it came crashing down with rampant
drug use and with Michael's murder of fellow club-kid and drug
dealer, Angel Melendez.
SCARY MOVIE 3:
LORD OF THE BROOMS
Scary Movie was funny. Scary Movie 2 was a waste. Honestly,
is there really a need for a Scary Movie 3? The spoofing franchise
is trying to break back into the funny category by bringing
in some heavy hitters. Co-writing credits go to Kevin Smith
(famous for Jay and Silent Bob and the New Jersey trilogy) and
acting, or attempting to act in the flick, is Denise Richards,
Eddie Griffin and Charlie Sheen. Look for a fun spoof of all
of the blockbusters of recent years in this slapstick comedy.
The Coen Brothers are back this fall with the new comedy Intolerable
Cruelty. The brothers, who are best known for the films O' Brother
Where Art Thou and The Big Lebowski, have decided to bring back
some familiar faces from their previous works, including George
Clooney and Billy-Bob Thornton. The story is of a successful
divorce lawyer (Clooney) who takes on a case against a gold-digging,
multi-divorced woman (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Hilarity is sure
to ensue when the fast-talking lawyer falls for his beautiful
MASTER AND COMMANDER
the 19th Century and Russell Crowe and his imaginary roommate
from A Beautiful Mind (with crew) sail to the far side of the
world to battle the Spanish and French at the height of the
Napoleonic Wars; high-seas adventure and the perfect storm ensue.
Directed by Peter Weir (Gallipoli, The Truman Show), the film
chronicles the true-life voyage of Navy Captain "Lucky"
Jack Aubrey (Maximus) and his ship, the HMS Surprise. Keep in
mind two of Crowe's last three films have won best picture.
To be fair, the third one, Proof of Life, shouldn't even count
towards his filmography. How can you expect the guy to act when
all he can think about is sex with Meg Ryan?
MICHAEL MOORE: Dude,
Where's My Country?
Michael Moore finds another way to piss people off with the
release of his book Dude, Where's My Country? Little information
has been given on the content, but we can assume it will continue
in the trend of illustrating America's downward spiral, while
pointing fingers at George W. Bush. While some artists ïcalm
down' about their issues when they become household names, one
can assume Moore will use this relatively newfound fame like
steroids in his fight against ïthe man.'