Gibson fights another
war in 'We Were Soldiers'
By Geronimo Rodriguez
Daily Cougar Staff
The comedy 40 Days and 40 Nights shows
what happens to a 20-something-year-old when he attempts to abstain from
sex for 40
days. The premise is reportedly based
on true incidents that were recorded by feature film writer Robert Perez.
Directed by Michael
Lehmann, the film stars Josh Hartnett,
Shannyn Sossamon, Paolo Costanzo and Vinessa Shaw and is rated R.
Photo courtesy of Paramount
Chris Klein and Mel Gibson
star in Paramount Pictures' We Were Soldiers, based on a true story.
A look at both the home front and the
front line during the Vietnam War is offered in We Were Soldiers. This
is the latest collaboration
between screenwriter/director Randall
Wallace and actor Mel Gibson — the former wrote the award-winning Braveheart
latter starred in and directed the film.
Soldiers is based on the book We Were Soldiers Once, and Young by Lt. General
Moore and Joseph Galloway. The R-rated
war film also stars Chris Klein, Sam Elliot, Greg Kinnear, Dennis Leary,
Barry Pepper, Keri
Russell and Madeline Stowe.
Talented filmmaker Vincent Gallo stayed
in front of the camera for his latest work, the erotic thriller Trouble
Every Day. The French
film tells the story of two cannibals
leading parallel lives. Written and directed by Claire Denis, the English-subtitled
film also stars
Beatrice Dalle, Tricia Vessey, Alex Descas
and Aurore Clement.
Vengo and Code Unknown are part of the
Angelika Film Center's Sensational Cinema program, and are listed as specialized
They will run from March 1-7.
Vengo follows the life of Caco, a man who,
while grieving over the loss of his daughter, finds himself defending his
family from a
violent clan. Flamenco dancing is woven
throughout the film as an escape for Caco. Written and directed by Tony
Gatlif, Vengo stars
famed flamenco dancer Antonio Canales.
It is in Spanish and French with English subtitles and is not rated.
Acclaimed French actress Juliette Binoche
stars in Code. It tells a story of the overlapping lives of a French actress
(Binoche), a war
correspondent, a farmer's son, a teacher
of deaf children and a beggar after a insignificant act in the street brings
Written and directed by Michael Haneke,
it is in French, Romanian, Malinke and sign language with English subtitles
and is not rated.
The following films will be released on
March 8, the final weekend of spring break.
DreamWorks' latest production, The Time
Machine, will tell H.G. Wells' classic story about time travel.
Independent hit Memento's lead actor, Guy
Pearce, fills the role as a man who travels into the future 800,000 years
from 1890. Wells'
great-grandson Simon Wells began directing
the film, but left production for undisclosed reasons. Since then, The
Verbinski has overseen it. The PG-13 science-fiction
movie also stars Jeremy Irons, Mark Addy, Orlando Jones, Philip Bosco and
Samantha Mumba — this will mark the pop
singer's film debut.
All About the Benjamins is the latest comedy
from Ice Cube and Mike Epps. The two also starred in Next Friday. It follows
hunter (Cube) and a bail jumper (Epps)
as they go in cahoots to score a load of diamonds. Director Kevin Bray
makes his feature debut
with the R-rated film.
The boxing drama Undisputed follows a heavyweight
champion after he's convicted of rape and sent to prison. While locked
James "Iceman" Chambers, played by Ving
Rhames, goes toe-to-toe with prison champ Monroe Hutchen, played by Wesley
The R-rated drama also stars Wes Studi,
Michael Rooker, James Toney and Peter Falk.
Jean Michael Basquiat, a 19-year-old painter,
poet, musician and graffiti artist in New York City, is the focus of Downtown
Originally titled New York Beat Movie,
it is directed by Edo Bertoglio. This marks its Houston debut, though it
was made in 1981.
The romantic comedy Monsoon Wedding follows
family members, their servants and secret lovers as a Punjabi family reunites
daughter's wedding. Directed by Mira Nair
and written by Sabrina Dhawan, it is rated R.
The Angelika continues its Sensational
Cinema program with the opening of five films. They will run March 8-14.
Legendary pornography star John Holmes
will revisit the screen with Disco Dolls in Hot Skin 3-D. Most movies that
fall in this genre
lack a premise and are made for other
reasons. It is considered a cult film by the program and, because of the
graphic material, no one
younger than 18 is permitted. Directed
by Norm de Plume in 1977, the flick will run March 8-9 and 15-16.
The documentary Chop Suey is aimed to highlight
the week of FotoFest. Directed by famed fashion photographer Bruce Weber,
encompasses a number of images that express
his ideas of art. It is not rated.
A romantic comedy is certain to provide
a breath of fresh air for the break.
Audrey Hepburn's classic portrayal as Holly
Golightly in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's will be available to
Based on Truman Capote's novella, the story
follows the eccentric playgirl who is determined to marry a millionaire
and how her
neighbor, Paul, played by George Peppard,
plays into it. Directed by Blake Edwards, it is not rated.