Stories for September 1, 2007
In Zombie's film, half the screen time is spent with the young Michael Myers and then the second half of the film condenses the material of the original film involving the adult Myers stalking some teens on Halloween night.
Mods, rockers, new romantics, skinheads. It's the summer of 1983 and British youth culture is thriving. Margaret Thatcher is in office and it's a little more than a year after the Faulklands War, so there's a general conservatism to feel rebellious about. Twelve-year-old Shaun (Thomas Turgoose in his first acting role) is a lonely kid who still grieves for his dad who died in the Faulklands. His mom (Jo Hartley) cares for him but is a bit disconnected from his life. After suffering abuse from kids on the last day of school, Shaun encounters a gang of skinheads. Contrary to what we might expect, the leader, Woody (Joe Gilgun), turns out to be friendly and takes little Shaun under his wing.
DiCaprio is serious about the environment. He's not just lending his voice to this indie documentary. He's on board as a producer and is even listed as a co-writer. The filmmakers are Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners, a pair of sisters and first time feature filmmakers. Together with DiCaprio they have previously made a global warming short. In
Alejandro (Mexico's Fernando Colunga making his U.S. debut) and Emilio (Argentina's Miguel Varoni) are longtime friends and lifelong con men. They join forces to bring down the empire of self-made millionaire Moctesuma Valdez (Saul Lisazo). Moctesuma is a crook who puts a professional facade on all his scams. He's a master at selling worthless products to poor Latino immigrant through deceptive infomerials. He gives crooks a bad name and Emilio harbors a very personal reason for wanting to bring him down. Alejandro and Emilio gather up a crew and plan an intricate heist to clean out Moctesuma's vault while he's throwing a party in his own honor as businessman of the year.
KEVIN BACON: "Its good that you refer to it as a revenge movie because its not vigilantism, which is a totally different thing. In the original Death Wish film, he takes the law into his own hands and puts himself into situations where the bad guys are going to attack him so that he can attack them back. This is about a very specific guy going after this gang that harmed his family."