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Kevin's Culture Dog Movie Calendar
By Kevin O'Toole

Here, in handy calendar order, folks, are what are likely to be the major cinematic events for November and December! Of course, you can (and should) listen to CULTURE DOGS, Sunday nights from UH Radio to get the latest news and reviews, and more. But here’s a list of what’s likely to be up on local screens, with special emphasis on our local non profits (all are 2002 films, unless otherwise noted):

Nov 1st
I Spy (Owen Wilson and Eddie Murphy spy buddies)
The Santa Clause 2 (Tim Allen Disney sequel)
The Core (Armageddon re-tread?)

Thru Sat Nov 2 at Trinity Cinestudio
Metropolis (Germany, 1927, silent)
Fritz Lang and Thea Von Harbou’s silent Sci-Fi classic, in it’s most complete restoration now available The original is likely lost forever, but this is still essential viewing.

Sat Nov 2nd at Wadsworth Atheneum
Parts 7 and 8 of the late great Krzysztof Kieslowski’s ten- part The Decalogue (1988), a series of ten stand alone stories set in a Warsaw apartment block, each story based on one of the Ten Commandments. Concludes later this month.
FANTASTIKA: Fantasy Films of Aleksandr Ptushko
concludes Sat Nov 2nd and Sun Nov 3rd at Real Art Ways with
Sadko (Soviet Russian, 1952)
You may be familiar with this Ptushko film from its re-edited, dubbed American version, The Magic Voyage of Sinbad. Real Art Ways will have it, however, in its restored original form and in a new 35mm print. Sadko is a minstrel who sets out to find the Bluebird of Happiness, which takes him to far away, and mysterious lands where he encounters many and varied mythical wonders.

Sun Nov 3 thru Tue Nov 5 at Trinity Cinestudio
Cinema Paradiso (Italy, France, 1989 (Director’s cut,
2002)
The Italian sensation from 1989, in a new version with much additional footage, returns to Trinity. A director returns to the old movie theater of his youth.
EROS:CONNECTICUT GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL 4
at Trinity Cinestudio begins…
Wed Nov 6
Girl King
A new film from Canada, written and directed by Ileana
Pietrobruno, her second feature.
EROS: CTGALFF 4 continues at Trinity Thu Nov 7th with…
The Wedding Video
Cast members from several seasons of MTV’s “The Real World” (including Heather B., Julie, Cory, Rachel, Sean and Mike) reunite, including the original Real World “gay housemate,” Norman.

Thu Nov 7 and Sat Nov 9 at Wadsworth Atheneum
Y Tu Mama Tambien (Mexico, 2001)
Set in Mexico, this intelligent film tells the story of two
teenage boys and an attractive older woman who embark
on a road trip and learn about life, friendship, sex and each
other. One of my favorites to have hit Hartford this
year.

Nov 8
Femme Fatale (Antonio Banderas action thriller)
8 Mile (Eminem acts? We’ll see…)
Meanwhile, back at…
EROS: CTGALFF 4 continues Fri Nov 8 at Trinity with…
Gypsy 83 (2001)
A brazen and outspoken girl in her early 20's who calls herself "Gypsy 83" and her just-about-to come-out-of-the-closet male best friend named Clive, travel from Sandusky, Ohio to New York City to attend the “Night of a Thousand Stevies” competition---a showcase dedicated to obsessed fans of musical superstar Stevie Nicks.

Also at the EROS Festival at Trinity will be:
Fri Nov 8 and Sat Nov 9
Notorious C.H.O.
Comedienne Margaret Cho busts a new performance film on you, with more explicit material than her first.
and Sat Nov 9 (One feature with two more films!)
The Watermelon Woman (1996, feature)
Cheryl is young, Black, and lesbian and consumed by her search for a Black 30’s film known as the Watermelon Woman.
Speak Up A documentary short about Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual high school students and their trials, with…
Out in the Cold (Featurette)
Documentary about runaway and homeless lesbian, gay, and transsexual youth in the heartland of the USA.

Sun Nov 10 thru Tue Nov 12 at Trinity Cinestudio
Secret Ballot (Italy, Canada, Switzerland and Iran, 2001)
A soldier lends escort to a female election worker as they travel to collect votes.

Nov 15
Phone Booth (Man is held hostage to a call in a public phone booth. Joel Schumacher directs. I cross my fingers.)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (In this story, J.K. Rowlings can finally afford that third Malibu Beach House…)

Thu Nov 21 and Sat Nov 23
Krzysztof Kieslowski’s The Decalogue parts 9 and 10 conclude this anthology of stand alone stories.

Nov 22
Friday After Next (Ice Cube’s third Friday, this one holiday themed)
Die Another Day (Bond. James Bond. With Brosnan. Pierce Brosnan. And Berry. Halle… oh, skip it…)

Nov 27 (Wednesday before Thanksgiving)
Solaris (Steven Soderbergh remake of a Russian Sci-Fi cult film)
Treasure Planet (Disney “Sci-Fi’s” Stevenson)
8 Crazy Nights (Adam Sandler animated)

Nov 29
Rabbit-Proof Fence (30’s Aboriginal drama)

Dec 6
Analyze That (More funny violent mental illness with Robert DeNiro and Billy Crystal)

Dec 13
Star Trek: Nemesis (Picard versus an army of Evil Picards, and Data’s evil twin to boot)

Dec 18
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Hobbits! Dwarves! Gollum! One seriously hairy director from down-under!)

Dec 20
The Wild Thornberrys Movie (Another middling Nicktoon™ on the big screen. Ho-hum. When’s Invader Zim?)
Antwone Fisher (New fact-based Denzel Washington Drama)

Dec 25 (Christmas Day)
Gangs of New York (Much delayed Scorsese drama)
Pinocchio (Roberto Begnini does his twisted version)
The Lion King (IMAX version) (Disney re-does its’ big movie for the BIG screen)
Catch Me If You Can (New Spielberg with… DICAPRIO??? Will they re-schedule…?)
Chicago (Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere re-do Broadway, hoping to bring Miramax more Oscar buzz...)

Here are some more details about Hartford’s principal non-profit cinema outlets.

Real Art Ways 56 Arbor Street, Hartford, CT 06106
Phone 860-232-1006 or visit http://www.realartways.org for directions and show times.
Trinity Cinestudio Trinity College, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT 06106-3173. Phone 860.297.CINE (2463) or visit http://www.cinestudio.org.
Wadsworth Atheneum 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103. Phone (860)278-2670 for show times and directions or visit http://www.wadsworthatheneum.org/film.

Listen to CULTURE DOGS, Sunday nights from UH Radio to keep up with the latest info on these and other releases!

This article was compiled from the sources noted above, as well as other websites, like the excellent Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com), a fairly exhaustive and constantly updated source of movie (and even some television) production information, user reviews and much more!

Copyright©WWUH: November / December Program Guide, 2002

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