Thursday, February 28, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 103



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 Pictures

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 while the
latter starred in and directed the film. Soldiers is based on the book We Were Soldiers Once, and Young by Lt. General Harold G.
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 films.
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 them together.
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 Mexican's Gore
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 a bounty
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 up,
James "Iceman" Chambers, played by Ving Rhames, goes toe-to-toe with prison champ Monroe Hutchen, played by Wesley Snipes.
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 81.
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 for a
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, it
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 audiences. 

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.

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