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1999 Stories by Gary Dauphin

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  • Around the world in 52 films

    published November 23, 1999

    There are larger festivals, and there are festivals with glossier "industry" profiles, but aside from the every-other-year FESPACO in Burkina... More >>

  • School’s Out and in Flames

    published November 16, 1999

    Even as it hews close to the familiar rhythms of the misunderstood-teen flick, Light It Up is unexpectedly satisfying feel-good agitprop.... More >>

  • Global Village People

    published November 9, 1999

    There are over 80 short- and feature-length documentaries in this year's Margaret Mead Film Festival, but of course there could always be more,... More >>

  • Going Deutsch

    published November 2, 1999

    MOMA's annual survey of recent films from Germany coincides with the anniversaries of the fall of the Berlin Wall (November 9, 1989) and... More >>

  • The Wedding Singer

    published October 19, 1999

    Writer-director Malcolm Lee may have a first feature in theaters, the wedding-centric The Best Man, but it seems people are as interested... More >>

  • Puffed Daddy

    published October 12, 1999

    Tessa Blake's portrait of her oilman father, Five Wives, Three Secretaries and Me, offers a case study in the possibilities and pitfalls of taking... More >>

  • Fops and Robbers

    published September 28, 1999

    Director Jake Scott's aesthetically unmoored period action flick, Plunkett and Macleane, is so desperate to be a hipster swashbuckler... More >>

  • Here in My Car, Jackin' Boots

    published September 21, 1999

    Going Nomad, writer-director Art Jones's low-budget ode to the nighttime streets of Manhattan, tries to get some mileage from one simple... More >>

  • Japanimation's All-ages Show

    published September 14, 1999

    A world apart from the rapacious, cyclopean tentacle-dicks of Overfiend-style hentai, and from the sugared-cereal-fueled multimedia franchises of... More >>

  • Vikings kick it old-school

    published August 31, 1999

    Long-delayed and rumored to be a laughable mess, the John McTiernan?directed Viking adventure The 13th Warrior is actually a well-marbled,... More >>

  • A Cincinnati Narc Strikes a Pose

    published August 24, 1999

    The new cops-and-crack thriller In Too Deep is a heavily cut bag of passing gangsta highs, empty at the core but superficially diverting. Ripping... More >>

  • Only In Their Dreams

    published August 17, 1999

    Hyped since its Japanese release in 1997 as a movie Hitchcock could have made, Satoshi Kon's Perfect Blue is a deliriously impressive,... More >>

  • Detroit Rock City

    published August 10, 1999

    There's an awful lot of rocking out going on in Detroit Rock City, but then rocking out is this occasionally clever but lifeless movie's... More >>

  • Misfits of Science

    published August 3, 1999

    The loser superheroes of the unexpectedly smart comic book send-up Mystery Men are a pretty pathetic lot. There's Mr. Furious... More >>

  • Crossed Cultures

    published July 20, 1999

    Now in its 22nd year, the Asian American International Film Festival feels a little smaller and shorter in comparison to installments past, but... More >>

  • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

    published June 29, 1999

    The foulmouthed adventures of four crudely rendered grade schoolers from South Park, Colorado— Stan, Kenny, Kyle, and Eric Cartman (all... More >>

  • The General’s Daughter

    published June 22, 1999

    Mucking around the proving grounds and Big House residences of a Louisiana army base, The General's Daughter is a curiously primeval... More >>

  • Devil May Care

    published June 15, 1999

    Imported from Spain, where it was one of 1995's highest homegrown grossers, The Day of the Beast is an unexpectedly wry and fresh little... More >>

  • Rights and Wrongs

    published June 8, 1999

    If you wanted a demonstration of the movies' ability to capture the difficult truths of average people's lives, you could do no better than this... More >>

  • Instinct

    published June 8, 1999

    The new psychodrama Instinct tells the not very compelling tale of Dr. Ethan Powell (Anthony Hopkins), a primatologist who kills some... More >>

  • Appalachian Sprung

    published May 25, 1999

    The patch of rural Kentucky that American Hollow methodically turns is poor but fertile ground, growing big families and persistent... More >>

  • Trekkies

    published May 18, 1999

    There's a great deal of love in Trekkies, Roger Nygard's warm and good-naturedly funny documentary about the world of Star Trek... More >>

  • Endurance

    published May 11, 1999

    In Leslie Woodhead's lengthy, understated docudrama, Endurance, Ethiopian distance superstar Haile Gebrselassie appears as himself,... More >>

  • Mighty Peking Man

    published April 20, 1999

    I keep thinking I've seen Mighty Peking Man before, maybe on cable, or during the lost days of WABC's 4:30 monster-movie blocks, but I... More >>

  • Open Your Eyes

    published April 13, 1999

    There's nothing more maddening than being dropped into a movie, getting to know its characters, walking with them through twists and turns only... More >>

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