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Minor Threat
The R-Rating Meets Pay-for-Play Politics
, June 15, 1999
It was so obvious that no one thought of it until now. Reacting to Washington's stepped-up scrutiny of Hollywood's contribution to teen violence,... More>>
Just a Little Harmless Sex
, June 15, 1999
Just in time for Hugh Grant's second coming, a film arrives whose pivotal incident entails a hooker, a front-seat blowjob, and a police bust.... More>>
So Long a Go-Go
, June 15, 1999
Jean-Luc Godard has long been consigned to the margins of commercial cinema, but the "new wave" cinema epitomized by his 1959 Breathless lives on... More>>
The Red Dwarf
, June 15, 1999
The leering bastard child of La Dolce Vita and Freaks, The Red Dwarf is a Belgian melodrama that never transcends its air of sentimentalized... More>>
Strand and Deliver
Celebrating a Decade of Risky Business
, June 15, 1999
Strand Releasing's origins can hardly be described as glamorous. "Jon and I were working for Vestron Pictures, when our paychecks bounced, and... More>>
Parallel Lives
, June 15, 1999
Adapted from Oscar Wilde's romantic comedy of manners about an ambitious politician with a scandalous secret hanging over his head and the... More>>
, June 15, 1999
It's a jungle out in Hollywood, so it's no surprise that Disney sticks to the straight and narrow path once again with its latest visually rich... More>>
Rights and Wrongs
, June 08, 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>>
, June 08, 1999
Joan Grossman and Paul Rosdy's Port of Last Resort tells the little-known story of nearly 20,000 Central European Jews who—in the face of... More>>
, June 08, 1999
The new psychodrama Instinct tells the not very compelling tale of Dr. Ethan Powell (Anthony Hopkins), a primatologist who kills some African... More>>
Desert Blue
, June 08, 1999
Baxter, California, population 89, is a desert town with only one landmark: a giant ice cream cone. When a truck carrying possibly hazardous... More>>
Smoke and Mirrors
, June 08, 1999
Advertising, as any American child can tell you, is largely based on imbuing a specific brand of a particular product, the more useless the... More>>
Return With Honor
, June 08, 1999
Now that Spielberg and Benigni have succeeded in dulcifying the Holocaust, here come the Oscar-winning doc-makers of Maya Lin: A Strong Clear... More>>
A Life on Strings
, June 08, 1999
An omnibus film constructed around a single fetish object, The Red Violin spans three continents, four centuries, and five languages. On the... More>>
Fest Forward
Digital Video at Cannes
, June 08, 1999
The future of cinema as we know it was not to be found at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. Most of the press agreed that this was a particularly... More>>
Take a Bow
, June 08, 1999
Although primarily a classical composer (best known for his opera The Ghosts of Versailles), John Corigliano received an Oscar nomination in... More>>
Out of Season
, June 08, 1999
Micki is a drifter, a rebel. She pulls at her cigarettes like they were straws in an obstinate Slurpee, turns heads at the local diner when she... More>>
, June 01, 1999
Nobody can make a John Sayles movie like John Sayles, and if you dig large side dishes of multicultural sermonizing and overproud anti-formula... More>>
Mixed Blessings Mixed Blessings
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
, June 01, 1999
Here are the two things I most regret not seeing with my own eyes at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. First, the Yugoslav booth in the huge,... More>>
Truth Be Told Truth Be Told
, June 01, 1999
There's a horrible timeliness to the two most striking works at this year's 'docfest': The Valley, which unblinkingly chronicles a gory... More>>
Dreaming in Cuba
, June 01, 1999
The 72-year-old Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer, in town to promote Wim Wenders's documentary on his group, the Buena Vista Social Club, was... More>>
Havana Great Time
, June 01, 1999
Like the vintage hand-tinted postcards it resembles, Wim Wenders's film about the Buena Vista Social Club— the dozen or so aging Cuban... More>>
Promises Fulfilled Promises Fulfilled
Updating Bresson at Cannes
, June 01, 1999
The 11th-hour Palme d'Or win of Rosetta, which showed on the final day of the festival, should have come as no surprise. In a competition of... More>>
In the Presence of a Clown
, June 01, 1999
In conjunction with the U.S. premiere of Ingmar Bergman's stage production of The Image Makers, the Brooklyn Academy of Music is screening three... More>>
Finding North
, June 01, 1999
Finding North, the directing debut of Tanya Wexler (daughter of cinematographer Haskell Wexler), is a most paradoxical film: a road movie that... More>>
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