September 12, 2003  
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Fall Preview 2003: Movies

MONA LISA SMILE
(Dec. 19)

Set 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" Newell.

-Brent Carpenter

SCHOOL OF ROCK
(Oct. 3)

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.

-B.C.

THE MATRIX: REVOLUTIONS
(Nov. 5)

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.

-Jeffrey Zon

SHATTERED GLASS
(Oct. 17)

Hayden 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.

-Brian Wong

DUPLEX
(Sep. 26)

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 Drew.

-L.M.

The Lord of the Rings:
The Return of the King
(Dec. 17)

Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy is already considered a filmmaking classic - and the third installment is still on its way.

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.

-Emmett Macfarlane

PARTY MONSTER
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.

-Tyler Schell

SCARY MOVIE 3:
LORD OF THE BROOMS
(Oct. 24)

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.

-M. D.

INTOLERABLE CRUELTY
(Oct. 10)

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 opposition.

-Myles DeRosse

MASTER AND COMMANDER
(Nov. 14)

It's 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?

-Brent Carpenter

MICHAEL MOORE: Dude, Where's My Country?
(Oct. 7)

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.'

-Nicole D'Cruz

 

 

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