Gangs of New York
(10 January 2003)
Martin Scorsese's latest slice of Big Apple gangster life sure has been a long time coming. It can't be that Marty‘s film contains sensitive shots of the Twin Towers because Gangs is about 19th century hoodlums — specifically. the established Irish hoods versus the incoming Italians. Leonardo DiCaprio gets caught in the middle of a bloody street war. while Cameron Diaz complicates things further with love.
Rebel filmmaker Alex Cox (Repo Man. Sid and Nancy) is back in Britain (Liverpool to be exact) making movies after a hiatus in the Latin counties. Here. he adapts and updates Thomas Middleton’s Jacobean drama. setting the tale of, well, revenge in the near future and pitting the north against the south of England. Eddie lzzard. Christopher Eccleston, Sophie Dahl and Derek Jacobi are the thesps involved.
8 Mile (21 February 2003)
The Eminem movie. Eminem plays a Detroit rapper who struggles to overcome his anger — or maybe that's merely express it — through music. Can a wigga with filthy lyrics transcend his roots to become a worldwide success? That'll be Marshall Mathers lll stretching his acting abilities, then (although he's supposedly pretty good). Making his big screen debut. Eminem gets a helping hand from LA Conﬁdential Oscar winners Curtis Hanson (directing) and Kim Basinger (performing). Go figure. For coverage of this tortnight’s movies, including My Little Eye, Red Dragon and One Hour Photo, see Film section beginning on page 26.
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She’s worked with Spielberg and Woody Allen, but SAMANTHA MORTON followed her instincts to play the role of a lifetime in a little Scottish film called Morvern Callar. Words: Neil Cooper
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