Only the strong survive
For the record:
12:00 AM, May. 04, 2003 For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday May 04, 2003 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 0 inches; 30 words Type of Material: Correction
Release date -- “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas,” an animated adventure from DreamWorks, will be released July 2. Today’s Calendar Summer Sneaks list incorrectly has it as June 27.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday May 11, 2003 Home Edition Sunday Calendar Part E Page 2 Calendar Desk 0 inches; 31 words Type of Material: Correction
Release date -- “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas,” an animated adventure from DreamWorks, will be released July 2. The Summer Sneaks list last Sunday incorrectly had it as June 27.
With: Lee Sin-je, Lawrence Chou, Chutcha Rujinanon, Candy Lo.
The idea: Corneal transplant has interesting side effects, including clairvoyance and foresight.
Writers: Oxide & Danny Pang, Jo Jo Hui Yuet Chun.
Directors: The Pangs.
So? Goose-bump city.
With: Christina Ricci, Jessica Lange.
The idea: Girl’s bright promise is crushed by depression.
Writers: Frank Deasy and Larry Gross; based on the book by Elizabeth Wurtzel; adaptation by Gail Neiderhoffer.
Director: Erik Skjoldbjaerg.
2 Fast 2 Furious
With: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Cole Hauser.
The idea: Ex-cop, ex-con, undercover agent, fast cars.
Writers: Michael Brandt & Derek Haas; based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson.
Director: John Singleton.
So? Accelerated Singleton.
With: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis.
The idea: Girl’s presence complicates matters as a Maori tribe searches for a new leader.
Writer-director: Niki Caro.
So? Magical import.
Capturing the Friedmans
With: Arnold and Elaine Friedman and their three sons.
The idea: The disintegration of a Long Island family when the father is accused of trafficking in child pornography, and worse.
Director: Andrew Jarecki.
So? Compelling and very disturbing.
Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
With: Eric Christian Olsen, Derek Richardson, Eugene Levy, Luis Guzman, Mimi Rogers.
The idea: Prequel situates the brainless duo in high school.
Writers: Robert Brener and Tom Gammil & Will Gluck; story by Brener; based on characters created by Peter Farrelly & Bennett Yellin & Bobby Farrelly.
Director: Troy Miller.
So? Levy and Guzman lend comic credibility.
From Justin to Kelly
With: Kelly Clarkson, Justin Guarini.
The idea: The “American Idol” stars go to a beach party.
Writer: Kim Fuller.
Director: Robert Iscove.
So? Reality snipes.
The Heart of Me
With: Helena Bonham Carter, Olivia Williams, Paul Bettany, Eleanor Bron.
The idea: Two sisters fall for the same man in the years before and after World War II.
Writer: Lucinda Coxon; based on the novel “The Echoing Grove” by Rosamond Lehmann.
Director: Thaddeus O’Sullivan.
So? A tad dry.
With: Juliette Binoche, Jean Reno, Sergi Lopez.
The idea: Chance meeting at a Paris airport sets romance in motion.
Writers: Daniele Thompson, Christopher Thompson.
Director: Daniele Thompson.
So? Love on a layover?
Love the Hard Way
With: Adrien Brody, Charlotte Ayanna, Jon Seda, August Diehl, Pam Grier.
The idea: Sleazeball and saint plunge into a torrid affair, with unfortunate results.
Writers: Marie Noelle, Peter Sehr.
No Turning Back
With: Jesus Nebot, Lindsay Price, Chelsea Rendon.
The idea: Widowed Honduran and his 6-year-old son try to start a new life in Southern California.
Writer-directors: Nebot, Julia Montejo.
Rugrats Go Wild
With: Voices of Nancy Cartwright, Lacey Chabert, Tim Curry, E.G. Daily, Flea.
The idea: The Pickleses meet the Thornberrys on a deserted island.
Writer: Kate Boutilier.
Directors: Norton Virgien, John Eng.
So? Bruce Willis utters the first words from Spike the dog.
Alex & Emma
With: Luke Wilson, Kate Hudson, Sophie Marceau, David Paymer.
The idea: New stenographer complicates author’s effort to finish book -- which is literally a matter of life or death.
Writers: Jeremy Leven and Adam Scheinman & Andy Scheinman & Rob Reiner.
So? Potential chemistry.
With: Rahul Khanna, Lisa Ray, Moushumi Chatterjee, Dina Pathak.
The idea: An Indian man pulls a ruse to meet his mother’s requirements for his bride.
Writer-director: Deepa Mehta.
So? Good credentials, but....
With: Valerie Lemercier, Vincent Lindon.
The idea: A chance encounter with a stranger changes the life of a young Parisian woman.
Writers: Emmanuele Bernheim, Claire Denis; based on Bernheim’s novel.
So? Anxiety and sex.
The Good, the Bad
and the Ugly (1966)
With: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef.
The idea: The Man With No Name, 37 years later.
Writers: Luciano Vicenzioni & Sergio Leone; story by Agenore Incrocci & Furio Scarpelli and Vicenzioni & Leone.
So? Third of the classic spaghetti westerns that made Eastwood a movie star.
With: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas, Nick Nolte.
The idea: Green giant confronts three other super-mutants from the same experiment that created him.
Writer: James Schamus.
Director: Ang Lee.
So? Adventure with a pedigree.
Langrishe, Go Down
With: Jeremy Irons, Judi Dench, Annette Crosbie, Susan Williamson, Margaret Whiting, Harold Pinter.
The idea: Fallen aristocrat embarks on passionate affair with unscrupulous academic.
Writer: Pinter, based on an Aidan Higgins novel.
Director: David Jones.
So? Unusual belated theatrical release for a 1978 British telefilm.
The Legend of Suriyothai
Sony Pictures Classics
With: M.L. Piyapas Bhirombhakdi, Sarunyoo Wongkrchang, Pongpat Wachirabunjong.
The idea: Intrigue, coups, assassinations and invasions in the 16th century Siamese court.
Writers: Chatri Chalerm Yukol, Sunait Chutintaranond.
Director: Chatri Chalerm Yukol (recut by Francis Ford Coppola).
So? Impressively opulent.
Wash Dry & Spin Out
With: Tyler Lindsay, Randy Thomas and Jason Morck.
The idea: A trio of psychos terrorizes patrons of an L.A. Laundromat.
Writer-director: Dan Patton.
So? And you thought laundry was dull.
Sony Pictures Classics
With: Anni-Kristiina Jusso, Viktor Bychkov, Ville Haapasalo.
The idea: World War II enemies -- a Finnish sniper and a Russian captain -- take refuge at a Lapp woman’s farm, and none of them speak the same language.
Writer-director: Alexander Rogozhkin.
So? Promising premise.
Dracula: Pages From a Virgin’s Diary
With: Zhang Wei-Qian, Tara Birtwhistle, Dave Moroni.
The idea: Adaptation of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s interpretation of the Bram Stoker standby.
Writer: Mark Godden (wrote ballet), based on “Dracula.”
Director: Guy Maddin.
So? Canadian filmmaker Maddin’s 2000 short, “The Heart of the World,” won numerous international awards.
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
With: Voices of Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, Joseph Fiennes.
The idea: Swaggering seafarer faces off against the goddess of chaos.
Writer: John Logan.
Directors: Tim Johnson and Patrick Gilmore.
So? High adventure.
28 Days Later
With: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Megan Burns.
The idea: Virus infects Brits with savagely homicidal rage and turns London into a ghost town.
Writer: Alex Garland.
Director: Danny Boyle.
So? Uncannily topical. And scary.
With: Carmen Maura, Rodriguo Nora, Julieta Cardinli, Mex Urtizberea.
The idea: An Argentine boy is the subject of this autobiographical coming-of-age tale.
Writer-director: Alejandro Agresti.
Fish Eye Films
With: Adam Trese, Ariadna Gil, Cully Fredricksen, VJ Foster.
The idea: LAPD crime-scene photographer confronts his fears by distorting reality.
Writer-director: Hamlet Sarkissian.
So? More than 2 years old, but in an odd way, topical.