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1999 Stories by Amy Taubin

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  • Pulling Punches; 'Star Trek' Trickery

    published December 28, 1999

    Rising above his filmic circumstances, Denzel Washington delivers a mesmerizing, volatile performance as Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the New Jersey... More >>

  • A Fight to the Finish

    published December 28, 1999

    For as long as I can remember, I have thought of myself as a daughter of the movies—their vestal virgin, their Cassandra, or just a... More >>

  • From Riches to Rags: Ugly Americans and Plucky Irish

    published December 21, 1999

    If you want to set yourself up for disappointment, you've only to look forward to a movie based on a book you love. But even taken on their own... More >>

  • Mike Leigh Improvises on History

    published December 14, 1999

    A definitively contemporary director, Mike Leigh has made a foray into the 19th century with Topsy-Turvy, a biopic of Gilbert and Sullivan,... More >>

  • Figgis’s Ham-Handed Two Hander

    published December 14, 1999

    Smack in the middle of Miss Julie, Mike Figgis’s frenetic and grossly self-aggrandizing adaption of Strindberg’s worse-for-wear... More >>

  • Up in Arms on the Home Front

    published December 7, 1999

    Though movies trade in sex and violence, it's a rare film that faces up to the body as flesh—to its mottled colors, smothering weight, and... More >>

  • Sean Penn’s High-Wire Act; Wisconsin Gothic

    published November 30, 1999

    Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown looks like peaches and cream with a dime-store glass of pale gold brandy on the side. It's the prettiest... More >>

  • Jane and Anna Campion Make a Religious-Cult Classic

    published November 23, 1999

    "I like to be reminded that we're animals," says Jane Campion of the scene in her new film, Holy Smoke, where a distraught, naked Kate... More >>

  • The Seven-Year Switch: Documentary Portraits of Growing Up in Public

    published November 16, 1999

    In 1963, the year that British rock began to transform the image of London from staid to swinging, Granada TV produced 7Up, one of the most... More >>

  • Death and the Maidens

    published November 9, 1999

    Serial killer films are a subspecies of the monster-movie genre, employing social criticism, psychodrama, police procedures, and the metaphysics... More >>

  • Death Be Not Proud

    published November 2, 1999

    To the inventory of ecstatic film finales, add Don McKellar's version of the end of the world in Last Night. McKellar combines Pete... More >>

  • Come On In, the Mainstream's Fine

    published October 19, 1999

    The Best Man is an unabashedly mainstream romantic comedy about an upwardly mobile group of twentysomethings who are making choices about... More >>

  • 21st-Century Boys

    published October 12, 1999

    Fight Club director David Fincher doesn't think his film (opening October 15) is pervy or socially irresponsible. Others, ranging from the... More >>

  • Opposing Forces

    published October 12, 1999

    A slight, poignant, sharply detailed coming-of-age film, Joe the King is set in a blue-collar community and revolves around a yearning,... More >>

  • Natural Selection

    published October 5, 1999

    The numbers were down at the Independent Feature Film Market (September 17 through 24 at the Angelika and other nearby venues), which made the... More >>

  • Flop House

    published September 28, 1999

    William Gibson's short story "New Rose Hotel" has been a Holy Grail for directors in love with the ominous, seamy atmosphere of futuristic noir.... More >>

  • Sticky-sweet hereafters

    published September 28, 1999

    A mainstream version of Jennifer Montgomery's controversial Art for Teachers of Children, Guinevere is notable as a showcase for Sarah... More >>

  • Sticky-Sweet Hereafters

    published September 21, 1999

    A mainstream version of Jennifer Montgomery's controversial Art for Teachers of Children, Guinevere is notable as a showcase for... More >>

  • Left of Center and at the Forefront

    published September 21, 1999

    In answer to the perennial question "What is avant-garde film?" the NYFF proposes four programs. If inventiveness were the hallmark, Spike Jonze's... More >>

  • Breeders on the Loose

    published September 14, 1999

    Romance, Catherine Breillat's succès de scandale, is both dour and wickedly funny. Disconcerting combos are the mark of this film,... More >>

  • Market Forces

    published September 7, 1999

    Unlike the Cannes or Berlin film festivals, the Toronto Film Festival has never housed a market. The only films that screen at Toronto are those... More >>

  • Laws of Desire

    published September 7, 1999

    Catherine Breillat is the bad-girl intellectual of French cinema. Her subject is l'amour fou and its consequences--murder, suicide, temporary or... More >>

  • Splendor in the Grass

    published September 7, 1999

    Cross Rushmore with Cheech and Chong and you might get Outside Providence, an unassuming fish-out-of-water, coming-of-age movie for... More >>

  • Splendor in the grass

    published August 31, 1999

    Cross Rushmore with Cheech and Chong and you might get Outside Providence, an unassuming fish-out-of-water, coming-of-age movie for... More >>

  • Blast to the Past

    published August 24, 1999

    When Pinki, the teenage killer and governing conscience of Srdjan Dragojevic's harrowing The Wounds, arrives at a hospital, shot nearly... More >>

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