September & October 2001 Notable releases: (listed in release order) September: -The Musketeer -Rock Star -Soul Survivors -The Glass House -Hardball -Don't Say A Word -Hearts in Atlantis -Zoolander October: -Joyride -Serendipity -Training Day -Bandits -Corky Romano -Iron Monkey -Knockaround Guys -From Hell -The Last Castle -Riding in Cars With Boys -K-PAX -Thirteen Ghosts T2Q Comments: -The Musketeer: Sort of a martial arts take on the story. It's not a complete success but I found it enjoyable. -Hearts in Atlantis: Anthony Hopkins was good in this, but was my main reason for wathcing it to begin with. Decent drama, though not particularly noteworthy. -Zoolander: I didn't love this as much as others did, but while it's not my favorite Stiller comedy, it's damn quirky enough to be really fun. -Joyride: We spoke of Duel with Jeepers Creepers, well, here's a more directly inspired film of that concept. I really liked this one. It was surprisingly effective. -Training Day: Very cool flick. Also made me track down the lyric-less version of "Rock Star" used in it's trailer -Iron Monkey: I saw this on video years after the fact. Liked it but I couldn't rave about it. -Knockaround Guys: Another Vin Diesel flick that was lingering on the shelf until he became a huge star. Good cast and a pretty decent movie. -From Hell: Coulda been good but ended up being a dull misfire. -The Last Castle: This one I dug. It's a really good movie, even if Tony Soprano is made out to be too much of a villain. -K-PAX: Kevin Spacey was fun here. It wasn't quite as perfect overall as I would have liked but I had no regrets seeing it. Overall Trends: Keanu was probably following up The Replacements with Hardball. Vin Diesel's success is dragging out smaller films into bigger releases. Spacey is still riding high from American Beauty. Stiller is sill in an upswing of hits since "Mary". Gandolfini is first making a sizeable theatrical appearance in the wake of his success with The Sopranos. And September wasn't a very good month. Quite a few films from this point on would be delayed due to their subject matter or content (the same subject material having elements that would be avoided for years in other films).