Film Screening 6th August, 2004

Poster for Taking Lives

Taking Lives 

8:00 PM, 6th August, 2004

  • MA
  • 103 mins
  • 2004
  • D.J. Caruso
  • Joe Bokenkamp
  • Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke, Kiefer Sutherland, Olivier Martinez

A successful FBI profiler, Illeana Scott (Jolie), is summoned to help out Canadian law enforcement in Montr((eacute))al, to hunt down a serial killer who assumes the lives and identities of the people he kills as he travels across North America. This forces her to adjust to working in a strange city with a police team who don't really want her there, except for their boss, Leclair (Tcheky Karyo), who invited her. Their only clue to the killer's identity is an artist, Costa (Hawke), who witnessed the killing of his most recent victim.

This is a fairly good movie, however it does require you to put on hold your scepticism about certain things (e.g. why would the Canadians invite an FBI agent to help them, regardless of how friendly she and the chief investigator are - don't they have any profilers of their own?) There are a couple of decent twists, and on the whole, it is an enjoyable mystery/thriller.

Kate Procko

Poster for Nadja


10:03 PM, 6th August, 2004

  • PG
  • 92 mins
  • 1994
  • Michael Almereyda
  • Michael Almereyda
  • Elina L((ouml))wensohn, Martin Donovan, Peter Fonda, Suzy Amis

The death of a family patriarch is always a sad occasion, one to bring even the most dysfunctional families together; particularly ones that have lived together for hundreds of years as vampires. Nadja is but one black sheep of a matching flock. The story is pretty much that of "Dracula" with a few characters added and swapped around; Van Helsing (Fonda) is trying to end the reign of the Dracula family with the aid of his nephew Jim, whose girlfriend is lured toward the will of the mysterious Nadja.

Nadja is a frequently surreal post-modern black and white arthouse vampire movie. It's worth checking out even if only one word in the last sentence appeals to you (my guess is that very few will be drawn to them all!). Peter Fonda is absolutely fantastic as Van Helsing. He and his bungling nephew Jim really steal the show. Is it a clever tribute to the classic horror films of decades past or an insultingly pretentious parody of those classics and the horror genre in general? Probably both, but Nadja is almost guaranteed to spark such arguments between any two people that have seen it.

Adam Gould