Film Screening 26th May, 2001

Poster for The Cell

The Cell 

8:00 PM, 26th May, 2001

  • MA
  • 107 mins
  • 2000
  • Tarsem Singh
  • Mark Protosevich
  • Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio

Child psychologist Catherine Deane (Lopez) helped develop an astounding technology. It allows someone to directly enter the subconscious of another person, and interact with them. Meanwhile, FBI agent Peter Novak (Vaughn) is trying to capture a serial killer, Carl Stargher (D'Onofrio, who is scarily good in the role). But when he apprehends Carl, he is in a comatose state. If only there were some way to talk to him in this comatose state...But the plot is somewhat secondary here. This is about the inside of a mind. The subconscious visuals are breathtaking, making the film worth seeing. Beautiful set construction, good use of slow motion, and some extreme images make these scenes difficult to forget. That said, many of the images are violent and, at times, sickening, so be careful if you don't have a strong stomach.

Pedr Cain

Poster for The Eye of the Beholder

The Eye of the Beholder 

9:57 PM, 26th May, 2001

  • MA
  • 109 mins
  • 2000
  • Stephan Elliott
  • Stephan Elliott
  • Ewan McGregor, Ashley Judd, Patrick Bergin, k.d. Lang, Jason Priestley

This is a slow but enjoyable tribute to Alfred Hitchcock, this one from the Australia's own Stephan Elliot, director of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Ewan McGregor plays a British investigator who surprisingly falls for a violent murderer (Judd), whom he proceeds to stalk. Surprisingly, the film pulls this off well and keeps the viewer enthralled as the murderer is followed across North America over several months, befriending several other men as Ewan looks on. We also slowly see Ewan's deep psychological problems revealed, notably family troubles. Very enjoyable, and it proves the golden rule of filmmaking: every film ever shot in Montreal looks beautiful. If only Ashley Judd weren't such an annoying twit.

Dylan Behan