America's pastime showcased
By Geronimo Rodriguez
Daily Cougar Staff
The smoke is clearing from the summer blockbuster
season. Now it's time for the studios to empty their chambers and release
films that would have been smothered during the previous months.
Leelee Sobieski brings her
talent to the big screen again in the fall thriller The Glass House.
What is with Hollywood's fascination with
Mars? The past few years have been full of bad movies about the red planet.
This fall's take on the theme is John Carpenter's Ghosts
of Mars, a futuristic film that follows
a cop, Melanie Ballard (Natasha Henstridge, The Whole Nine Yards), and
her team on an assignment. They must transfer a dangerous
criminal, Desolation Williams (Ice Cube),
to a prison on the planet Mars. As another life form threatens the human
race, Ballard and Williams join forces to save their lives.
In Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jay
(Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) quit dealing drugs and look
for other ways to waste their time. The story takes the
now-infamous duo from New Jersey to Hollywood
as they follow their fate.
The comedy Bubble Boy is a story about
a young man, Jimmy (Jake Gyllenhaal, October Sky), who was born without
an immune system and has lived his years inside a
plastic bubble. When the "bubble boy"
hears his childhood sweetheart is about to get married, he creates a portable
bubble and does everything possible in order to get to
Niagara Falls and stop the ceremony.
On a side note, the family of the real
"bubble boy," who was from Houston and died in 1984, has been protesting
that the movie is insulting to his memory. The studio claims any
similarities are coincidences, though.
An attractive rich girl falls for a guy
who dreams of making it to the major leagues in the romantic comedy Summer
Catch. The movie stars eye-candy icons Freddie Prinze Jr.
(Head Over Heels), Jessica Biel (Ulee's
Gold) and Matthew Lillard (She's All That).
In the sultrily titled Wet Hot American
Summer, a bundle of things happen at Camp Firewood as the summer of 1981
ends. This rated-R comedy stars Janeane Garofalo (The
Truth About Cats and Dogs), David Hyde
Pierce (Osmosis Jones) and Paul Rudd (The Cider House Rules).
Shakespeare's Othello finds its way onto
the high school basketball courts in O. Odin (Mekhi Phifer, Soul Food)
is convinced that his girlfriend (Julia Stiles, Save the Last
Dance) is messing around behind his back.
The high school star is unaware that his best friend Hugo (Josh Hartnett,
Pearl Harbor) is behind the whole thing. This film looks
as promising as Cruel Intentions …
A thief (Gene Hackman) is persuaded by
a businessman (Danny DeVito) to do one last job in Heist. The premise may
sound all too familiar, but with David Mamet (The
Spanish Prisoner) writing and directing,
this may be the most entertaining film until December.
Jeepers Creepers is hoping to be the next
big gory horror flick. A road trip home goes awry when Trish (Gina Philips)
and her brother Darry (Justin Long) poke their heads in
the basement of an abandoned church.
1980s rock seems to be making a comeback,
in radio and on the silver screen. In Rock Star, Mark Wahlberg plays the
lead singer of a cover band who stumbles onto stardom.
Jennifer Aniston also stars.
Two orphans find themselves surrounded
by lies when their adoptive parents aren't who they seem to be in the PG-13
thriller The Glass House. Lelee Sobieski (Eyes Wide
Shut), one of the orphans, should show
again in this film that she has the talent to run away from the pack of
Keanu Reeves stars as a young man with
a bad gambling habit in Hardball. He takes a loan from a friend who asks
for one thing in return: that he give his time to help a
baseball team from the Cabrini Green housing
projects in Chicago. He and the kids find success, and the man re-evaluates
Stephen Dorff (Blade), Brad Renfro (The
Client) and Fairuza Balk (The Waterboy) star in the drama Deuces Wild.
Taking place in 1950s New York City, two gangs, the
Deuces and the Vipers, are about to collide.
The hot summer only feeds the fire of the streets filled with drugs, lust
All of Shanté Smith's (Vivica A.
Fox, Soul Food) friends look to her for advice when problems arise in their
relationships. In Two Can Play That Game, Shanté thinks she knows
everything there is to know about how
to keep a man. But when Shanté's boyfriend Keith (Morris Chestnut,
The Brothers) slips, Shanté's expert advice is put to the test.
Director Steve Carpenter follows in the
footsteps of the Scream and I Know What you Did Last Summer movies with
his coming thriller Soul Survivors. Cassie, a college co-ed
(Melissa Sagemiller, Get Over It), survives
a crash that killed her boyfriend, Sean (Casey Affleck, Drowning Mona).
Shortly after, she realizes she's living between this world
and the afterlife. The story follows her
as the dead attempt to use her body to flow into this world. Also starring
Wes Bentley (American Beauty) and Luke Wilson (Legally