Volume 10, Number 36

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September 20 - 26,2004
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SE sale nears closure
Legislating equality: Can it be done?
(36 reactions)
Slovaks keep distant
Israel presents top award to Slovaks
Nižňanský stands trial for war crimes
Armitage meets top Slovak officials
Ministry's auditor choice sparks criticism
Cross-border controls to be relaxed
Silent homage to Beslan victims
President fronts up to media
Emission quotas law passed
(1 reaction)
Aviation law in harmony with EU
Another underworld figure murdered
Elsner to "probably" join ANO
President aids flood victims
NATO opportunity for Slovakia
State budget in limbo
Doing business with a Canadian accent
(1 reaction)
No place like home, Canada style
Less grammar, more talk
On the gold trail in Kremnica
Food prices plunge
Unemployment highest in EU
(1 reaction)
Central region lands investors, jobs
Local investments spur economy
Monthly wages hit Sk15,472
Kia stays positive over investment
Tatra Banka's ATM operations up
STV to sell off redundant property
Ministers approve World Bank grant
Doprastav projects Sk392 million profit
The debate continues
Around Slovakia
Quote of the Week
Affirmative action and reactions
(4 reactions)
Reader feedback: Happily ever after
Reader feedback: Tokenism revived
Reader feedback: Go, Slovakia!
(3 reactions)
Reader feedback: Competent providers
Reader feedback: Keep the votes coming
Reader feedback: No difference
(3 reactions)
Reader feedback: Lesser of two evils
(38 reactions)
Reader feedback: Vote graciously
The Long and Winding Road
Philharmonic fills main posts
National museum unveils two projects
History comes alive with music festival
British "Schindler" movie opens
Theatre talent in line for top awards
Slovak designer in line for top prize
Žilina remembers the horrors of Auschwitz
(27 reactions)
Košice stages Lehár's Merry Widow
Events Countrywide
Leading lights brighten up city
Migrating between two homes across continents
Moore on Bush safari
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This week's premieres

photo: Tatrafilm

The Stepford Wives(Stepfordské paničky) - Sci-fi comedy by Frank Oz. The 1975 sci-fi thriller that came out of nowhere to become a feminist cult classic gets remade as a campy post-feminist comedy starring Nicole Kidman and Matthew Broderick. Kidman is Joanna, a successful television executive who decides to take some time off from her hectic career to move to the suburbs with her somewhat boring, somewhat less successful husband Walter (Broderick). Walter immediately loves the calm surroundings and enthusiastically joins the local men's organisation, but Joanna finds herself bored and put off by the monotonous conformity of it all. In fact, the wives of picturesque Stepford all seem a bit too similar, as if they were incapable of thinking and acting for themselves. Hmm... perhaps there's something sinister beneath the surface. Christopher Walken stars as the leader of the men's organisation, and Bette Midler stars as the one woman in Stepford who seems to share Joanna's observations... at least at first.

Other movies playing

photo: Saturn Entertainment

The Village (Osada) - Thriller by M Night Shyamalan. Ever since The Sixth Sense, it seemed as if Hollywood wunderkind Shyamalan could do no wrong - at least in the eyes of the public, the studios, and most mainstream critics. But, come on, he's never been as good as they all claim: He's basically a one-trick pony. Indeed, he does know how to create genuine suspense; he suggests terror very well, both visually and aurally. But his movies rely far too much on his patented twist - when, suddenly, not everything is as it appears. By now, the twist is not only expected; it's become a joke. And that's precisely what The Village is. Shyamalan deserves respect for trying to make a different sort of film in some ways - he now opts for prescient political allegory - but his by-now clichéd narrative structure is far too distracting. In any case, the film depicts an isolated American village surrounded by demon-filled woods. Normally the demons don't bother the villagers, but that seems to be changing. But, shockingly, not all is as it seems.

Hellboy - Action by Guillermo del Toro. Ron Perlman stars as Hellboy, a demon summoned from hell by the Third Reich with help from an evil man named Grigori Rasputin (Karel Roden). But Hellboy is captured by the Americans, who, through the guidance of Professor Broom (John Hurt), raise him to become a compassionate young demon. All seems well until Rasputin returns, 60 years after the war, to recruit Hellboy for his latest plan to rule the world. Selma Blair also stars.

photo: Tatrafilm

The Terminal (Terminál) - Comedy by Steven Spielberg. Yet again, Spielberg can't seem to decide what he wants to do. At times The Terminal seems an attempt at seriously dealing with September 11, while at other times it reaches for (but misses) the kind of absurd, yet warm, humour found in Wes Anderson's films (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums). Tom Hanks is fine as a man who gets stranded indefinitely at New York's JFK airport after his home country (a non-existent Slavic country) crumbles. But the love story with Catherine Zeta Jones is completely pointless. The supporting players - particularly Stanley Tucci, Diego Luna, and Chi McBride - are the most interesting.

photo: Continental Films

Kill Bill Vol 2 - Action by Quentin Tarantino. Though it still revels in violence and trash, Volume 2 is quiet and contemplative where Volume 1 was loud and unabashedly shallow. Oh, it's still Tarantino and, as such, made for a very limited audience: himself. It remains brutal, irreverent, and full of too many references to fathom. But it's surprisingly relaxed at points; it seems that Quentin has taken note of the fact that so many of the westerns and samurai movies he loves are as much about silence and open space as they are about anything else. It's much more talky and full of information than the first installment. And, once again, Uma Thurman proves his perfect muse. Well, worth seeing.

Prepared by Jonathan Knapp


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