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MAY 24, 2004

(John Cleese, "Charlie's Angels: Full Trt- 4 predictable twists and
tle") and Queen Lillian (Juli, Andrews) stiff these "surprises" are so e
believe Prince Charming has cured her of done that one wonders
her ogre curse and are unaware of both Fiana included in the movie at
and Srek's green appearances. Shrek stub- creato of "Shrek 2" seei
bornly refuses to meet Fiona's parents, mark- that the yave not reinven
ing the first man break from traditional choos t tirize many as
fairy tales: Marriage doesn't necessarily family idvenure movies.j
'Red' a third-person thrill
By Forest Casey upgradable weapons and stealth lev-
Daily Arts Writer els that don't skimp on the excite-
ment. All of this is done in the third
" REVIE person perspective - a notoriously
difficult viewpoint for developers to
Films and books have been self- work in. When Red is surrounded by
reflective for years. Whenever a what seems to be the entire Mexican
movie ("Kill Bill: Volume 2," for militia, it becomes immediately obvi-
example) pur- ous that Rockstar has done what has
posely tries to be eluded so many of developers who
a cheezy throw- Red Dead are needlessly bent on realism: They
back, the director Revolver- have created an experience that is
lets the audience undeniably fun.
know with over- PS2and XBox "Red Dead Revolver" has all the
the-top action and Rockstar Games music and humor that has made
hammy dialogue. Rockstar such a popular developer,
I ow, thanks to upstart developer but it also has something "Grand
ockstar Games, we have the first Theft Auto" lacks - flawless action.

xper "d fvar- fl g. al
s wy "hywr
all. Howevert ur-
m to be conscious tog theme was that charac-
ted the whee and tee winsout over physical
pects of traditional beauty Similarly, "Shrek
The writers mock 2" is filled to the brim with

Ki-duk Kim's latest film "Spring, ar
Summer, Fall, Winter ... and Spring" m
is a poignant Buddhist allegory about le
the changes a life undergoes.
A young Buddhist boy is left in the at
care of a stoic monk who lets the boy rt
learn from his mistakes. As the sea- th
sons pass and the boy ages, hormones ti
flair when a sickly teenage girl is
brought to the temple for care. Lust
and curiosity lead the growing boy to
pursue life away from his island tem-
ple with his young girlfriend, and an
unpredicatable turn of events brings
the cycle of life back to its origins.

"Spring" radiates with a hypnotic
armth that captivates the mind
rough extended moments of silence
nd inaction. The breathtaking cine-
iatography gives "Spring" a time-
ss naturalism.
The mood of the film changes
bruptly with each season but
emains focused on the bond between
ie monk and his disciple. Their rela-
onship is a joy to watch, as it is

acted with touching realism that
makes their failures feel personal.
"Spring" is a film that says a lot
about life without really saying
much at all. Like the best of films,
audience reflection continues long
after the credits roll and the continu-
ing discussion of the symbolism and
the nuance firmly plants the film in
the mind of the viewer. ****
- Hussain Rahim

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real example of a self-reflective
video game - "Red Dead Revolver."
The leader of a guerilla Mexican
militia, General Diego, and the Gov-
ernor, a corrupt politician, have
killed your Pa for his stake in a gold
mine. To avenge his death, Red has
to kill a never-ending stream of mili-
tiamen. While the plot is perfectly
Wrivative of a '60s Spaghetti West-
ern movie, it's just a thin front for the
And what incredible action it is:
intensely gratifying headshots,

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