Film Screening 30th August, 2003

Poster for Daredevil


8:00 PM, 30th August, 2003

  • M
  • 103 mins
  • 2003
  • Mark Steven Johnson
  • Mark Steven Johnson
  • Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Michael Clarke Duncan, John Favreau

Matt Murdock (Affleck) is an idealistic lawyer with a secret: he's really a costumed vigilante (the eponymous Daredevil). Daredevil, too, has a secret: he's blind, following an unfortunate accident that leads, indirectly, to his father's death and a nicely packaged motive for revenge against the overlord of Hell's Kitchen, Kingpin

Many years after his accident, Murdock runs into Elektra Natchios (Garner) in a diner. He's attracted by her smell (really); her initial disinterest is won over by how well he fights (their sparring, in front of some kids, is one of the highlights of the movie). Elektra looks good in skin-tight leather; too bad her father is being set up to take a fall for Kingpin

Enter Bullseye (a gleeful Colin Farrell), with funky leather coat and a bullseye carved into his forehead (Rob Zombie style), who never misses a throw - until Daredevil. He wants Revenge! So does Elektra, who thinks Daredevil is responsible for her father's death

That's the cue for multiple Big Kickass Fighting Showdowns between virtually every permutation of the leading roles. Will the good guys survive? Can true love win out? Who dry-cleans Daredevil's many leather costumes, impeccably hung in his Secret Lair? You'll find out when you see it - though maybe not all as you'd expect

Alan Singh

Poster for Dark City

Dark City 

10:00 PM, 30th August, 2003

  • M
  • 101 mins
  • 1998
  • Alex Proyas
  • Alex Proyas, Lem Dobbs, David S. Goyer
  • Rufus Sewell, William Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, Colin Friels

The existentialist profundities of The Matrix series pale in comparison to the philosophical stylings of this science fiction, film noir masterpiece. In a darkened and derelict city a man struggles to reconcile his memories of his wife and a happy childhood at Shell Beach with his current situation: he is suspected of being a serial killer and consequently is on the run from the police. The crux of this film, like in The Matrix and Memento, lies in the audience being as enlightened (or unenlightened) as the protagonist, and therefore a good review should refrain from saying any more but instead urge everyone to see this movie; it is unique and spectacular and should be mandatory viewing for all.

Zoe Thompson