ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Shuk’s summer movie preview
By Mark Polishuk
The Gazette’s summer issues may be coming to a close, but Hollywood’s
big-budget holiday releases just keep on coming. Here’s a look at some
of the most notable films still to come this summer.
Chronicles of Riddick (June 11): Connecting Vin Diesel to Judi Dench in the “six
degrees” game just got a lot easier. Both star in this prequel to Pitch
Black as Diesel reprises his role as the anti-hero who must protect Earth from
an evil despot (Colm “Trudeau” Feore).
Garfield (June 11): Bill Murray as the voice of a computer-animated Garfield?
Wake me when they make a movie of U.S. Acres.
The Terminal (June 18): Steven Spielberg directs this dramedy about an immigrant
(Tom Hanks) whose country collapses while he’s flying to the U.S.A. As
a result, he is not permitted to live anywhere besides the airport. The Spielberg/Hanks
combo is basically a guarantee of quality, so you might even see Terminal up
for a few Oscars come January.
Dodgeball (June 18): Vince Vaughn stars as the leader of a ragtag dodgeball
team that challenges Ben Stiller’s Yankees-esque superteam. This might
be the only film this year that tops the Paris Hilton video for the number
of times people are hit in the face with balls.
Fahrenheit 9/11 (June 25): Michael Moore’s Cannes Festival-winning, Bush-bashing
documentary has found a distributor and will be hitting theatres soon. MIT
students are asked to wear bibs to prevent their drool from hitting the theatre
Spider-Man 2 (June 30): Spidey deals with the pressures of being a superhero,
girl trouble, money trouble and the psychotic, metal-armed Doctor Octopus
(Alfred Molina). Hopefully this film follows in the footsteps of X2 and
Superman II as super-sequels that top the original.
The Clearing (July 2): Robert Redford is kidnapped by Willem Dafoe, who possibly
wants a refund from The Last Castle. One of the rare summer movies that’s
actually targeted at an adult audience.
Anchorman (July 9): Will Ferrell stars as Ron Burgundy, a swashbuckling San
Diego news anchor in the 1970s. His machismo is threatened, however, by a new
female anchor (Christina Applegate). You can’t go wrong with unleashing
Will Ferrell for 90 minutes, and the previews look hilarious.
I, Robot (July 16): A sci-fi epic that ponders the philosophical question
of what happens when artificially intelligent robots begin to think (and kill)
for themselves. One suspects the answer will be a giant CGI fight scene. Ah,
philosophy. Will Smith stars, Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City) directs.
The Bourne Supremacy (July 23): Matt Damon returns as superspy Jason Bourne,
except this time he doesn’t have amnesia. Basically, it’s just
him walking around kicking ass. Gotta love the complex plots of sequels.
The Manchurian Candidate (July 30): Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep star
in this remake of the classic political thriller. Not to be confused with the
Incompetent Candidate, starring George W. Bush.
Collateral (Aug. 6): Jamie Foxx stars as a cabdriver who finds himself acting
as a hitman’s chauffeur. And of course, when you think of actors that
can play a bad-ass hitman, you think... Tom Cruise? Curious casting aside,
director Michael Mann’s strong track record seems to ensure that this
should be worthwhile.
Aliens vs. Predator (Aug.13): An Internet chatroom debate is finally brought
to the big screen. I’m still holding out for Godfather vs. Goodfellas.