Film Screening 22nd October, 2004

Poster for Camp


8:00 PM, 22nd October, 2004

  • M
  • 110 mins
  • 2003
  • Todd Graff
  • Todd Graff
  • Daniel Letterle, Joanna Chilcoat, Robin de Jesus

The very handsome and very straight Vlad (Letterle) enrols in Camp Ovation, a summer camp for drama students, where they're required to do a new production every two weeks, and everybody appears obsessed by classic Broadway musicals. Being straight makes Vlad a rarity, and problems develop when he starts flirting both with Ellen (Chilcoat) who has major self-confidence issues, and his roommate Michael (de Jesus), who finds it difficult to believe Vlad can really be all that straight.

Let's get this clear. If you hate musicals beyond description, then this might be the night for you to start the spring cleaning. However, if you're a showtune junkie, and believe that any situation, no matter how complicated, can be resolved by a five-minute production number, this film is definitely for you. If you're somewhere in between, then you'll hopefully like this anyway - it's a simple enough story, but the performances (particularly during the musical numbers) manage to carry it along nicely. This won't be a film that'll change your life, but it might be a film that will encourage you to hunt down a few cast albums.

Simon Tolhurst

Poster for South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut

South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut 

10:10 PM, 22nd October, 2004

  • MA
  • 81 mins
  • 1999
  • Trey Parker
  • Trey Parker, Matt Stone
  • Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman, Isaac Hayes, George Clooney, Minnie Driver, Eric Idle

If you are a "South Park" fan, or enjoy musicals, swearing and farting, you will probably enjoy this movie. It all starts when the four boys see the R rated Terrence and Phillip movie from Canada. The boys start mimicking the movie by swearing profusely, which causes the outrage of their parents and teachers. Meanwhile Kenny dies, of course, and goes to Hell, where he meets Satan, who is depressed because he doesn't feel respected by his lover Saddam Hussein. The boys' mothers convince the US government to arrest Terrence and Phillip and have them executed as punishment for influencing young children to swear. The spirit of Kenny tells his friends that they have to prevent Terrence and Phillip's blood from falling on American soil, or Satan, along with Saddam Hussein, will take over the world.

This movie is like a long "South Park" episode, and does address some interesting issues, in a very post-modern manner. In some scenes, the animation is improved from the TV series, but the majority of it looks the same. This is what we have learned to expect from "South Park", so depending on your taste, you may or may not be disappointed.

Natalie Gardner