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1998 Stories by Amy Taubin

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  • The Mother Load

    published December 29, 1998

    Stepmom is a woman's picture; Thelma and Louise is a chick flick. The only reason to think of them as a pair is that Susan Sarandon... More >>

  • The Professionals

    published December 22, 1998

    The General opens with an assassination. A pudgy, balding, middle-aged man (Brendan Gleeson) leaves his house, looks warily over his... More >>

  • Very Bard Things

    published December 15, 1998

    Everything's awhirl in Shakespeare in Love: the camera; Gwyneth Paltrow's dresses and tresses; Joseph Fiennes's eyes, which, when they're... More >>

  • Hogging the Spotlight

    published December 8, 1998

    Babe: Pig in the City is both rougher and more sophisticated than the original Babe. Its story line is more fragmented, its... More >>

  • Getting Antsy

    published December 1, 1998

    A Bug’s Life is the little kids’ version of Antz: sweeter, funnier, simpler to follow. I like that the ants in A... More >>

  • The Jig Is Up

    published November 17, 1998

    Dancing at Lughnasa might have been titled The Five Sisters, so closely is it modeled on Chekhov's play about women with great... More >>

  • Whale of a Time

    published November 10, 1998

    The James Whale biopic Gods and Monsters sputters and stalls, but it's roadworthy enough to serve as a vehicle for Ian McKellen's dazzling,... More >>

  • John Carpenter's Vampires

    published November 3, 1998

    John Carpenter crosses the vampire genre with the western-according-to-Peckinpah, adds some digital camera moves and hi-tech mutilation effects,... More >>

  • Fanning The Flames

    published November 3, 1998

    The men don't know, but the little girls understand.--"Backdoor Man," by Willie Dixon and Chester... More >>

  • Look Who's Talking

    published October 27, 1998

    If anyone in the audience believes that God made your body, and your body is dirty, the fault lies with the manufacturer." That's vintage Lenny... More >>

  • Burden of Dreams

    published October 20, 1998

    Few films are as success fully Kafkaesque as Arnaud Desplechin's La Sentinelle, the story of a young French forensic pathologist named... More >>

  • Going Down Market

    published October 13, 1998

    The Independent Feature Film Market marked its 20th anniversary amid signs that it may have outlived much of its usefulness. From September 18 to... More >>

  • Splitting Image

    published September 29, 1998

    Freud's proposition that "anatomy is destiny" is most clearly proven by those who attempt to live as if that were not the case. Brandon Teena... More >>

  • 'Views From The Avant-Garde'

    published September 29, 1998

    Veteran filmmakers dominate the NYFF's avant-garde film sidebar, now in its second year. The two most tantalizing programs (neither of them... More >>

  • Songs of Myself

    published September 22, 1998

    There are so many cross-currents of identification and desire in A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries that the film is engrossing despite... More >>

  • Memory Plays

    published September 15, 1998

    In 1978, the then tiny Film Forum hosted the U.S. premiere of Patricio Guzmán's epic documentary, The Battle of Chile. Filmed during... More >>

  • Out of Bounds

    published September 1, 1998

    A scary little movie, François Ozon's See the Sea brings to mind such classics of psychological horror as Henri-Georges Clouzot's... More >>

  • Girlstown

    published August 25, 1998

    Among the myriad wrongs that Hollywood has committed, consider this: No studio has ever cast Hope Davis as the lead in a romantic comedy. Along... More >>

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