This Weekend’s New Films

The early word: Doctor Dolittle 2 is painful to watch; The Fast and the Furious is exactly what it should be (mindless car racing shot by a crappy director); The Princess and the Warrior furthers the die hard film geek belief that Tom Twyker is the shit and Franka Potente is too good for Hollywood shit.

So instead of rushing out to see the latest crap force fed by the studios, why not take a chance on something different? Seek out the time twisting Memento (the film so good no distributor wanted it, forcing the filmmakers to release it themselves), the French thriller With a Friend Like Harry… (soon to be bastardized by Hollywood), The Anniversary Party (Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming show those Danish Dogme fucks how this shit gets done), the above mentioned Sexy Beast, (D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus show once again why they are the premiere feature documentarians working), Gabriela (another filmmaker self distributed film which has earned $1.5M without a whit of advertising and has, as of this writing, a 9.8 rating on the IMDb) or the many other independent and foreign films not playing at your local gigaplex.