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Best of the Rest
part I
, January 05, 1999
A freakier, rifer year we haven't seen for a decade—in '88, reverence had to be divided between Wings of Desire, Landscape in the Mist, The... More>>
The Voice's Choicest
, January 05, 1999
1. Fireworks—5 mentions out of 7 top 10 lists 2. The Butcher Boy—5 3. Affliction—4 4. Fallen Angels—3 5. Sonatine—3 6.... More>>
Best of the Rest
part II
, January 05, 1999
Spectacularly nasty dads (the alcoholic abuser in Affliction, the pedophiles in Happiness and The Celebration) seemed to dominate a year that was... More>>
Best of the Rest
part III
, January 05, 1999
A stellar year? Well, sort of. There wasn't nearly enough to get passionate about, but the movies I saw in '98 were more disparate than usual, in... More>>
Best of the Rest
part IV
, January 05, 1999
It's not just a question of a good or bad year any longer—the decline in the quality of American movies has been precipitous for about two... More>>
The Hi-Lo Country
, January 05, 1999
Expanding Max Evans's undemanding 180-page novel into a ponderous two-hour-plus meditation on nothing in particular, director Stephen Frears... More>>
Tests of Faith Tests of Faith
, January 05, 1999
The mother/whore dichotomy is hard to shake. In Christian cultures, the story of Jesus and his two Marys is mainlined into the unconscious from... More>>
Digging the Past Digging the Past
, January 05, 1999
Given that Kevin Brownlow is a wonderful historian as well as a master cinema restorationist, it seems more than appropriate that his own "lost"... More>>
The 1998 Hidekis
, January 05, 1999
Our own non-Oscars, last year's Hideki Awards, honored the year's dazzling cinematic non-achievements. This year, back-from-the-minors... More>>
History Repeating History Repeating
Kevin Brownlow on His Obsessive Period Reconstructions
, January 05, 1999
When you're re-creating a period in history for a film, in a sense, you're playing God," says filmmaker and historian Kevin Brownlow. "So you'd... More>>
Virgin Territory Virgin Territory
A First-Time Director's DIY Solution
, January 05, 1999
"I was sick of lousy lays, bad sex," says Sarah Jacobson, director of Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore, a lively portrait of a young woman who,... More>>
You've Got Hate Mail You've Got Hate Mail
, January 05, 1999
Nora Ephron can't direct her way out of a popcorn bag. She has no sense of pace; spatial relations elude her; and her answer to just about any... More>>
Life's a Beach
Reality Mimics Fiction in Leo's Latest Drama
, January 05, 1999
Just as the Philippines began healing from Claire Danes's indictment of Manilan society as "ghastly and weird," Young Hollywood's reign of terror... More>>
The Wars Within The Wars Within
, December 29, 1998
The year's most enigmatic studio release, written and directed by one of the most puzzling figures in Hollywood, The Thin Red Line projects a... More>>
Licensed To Ill Licensed To Ill
, December 29, 1998
The medical establishment is roundly censured in Patch Adams, a movie irresponsible enough to propose that doctors should behave like Robin... More>>
Outside Ozona
, December 29, 1998
It starts with a wolf's-eye view of a corpse and, except for an extended coda, ends with the combustible convergence of its seemingly separate... More>>
Gorilla in the Midst Gorilla in the Midst
, December 29, 1998
Disney's African entertainment subdivision— recent offerings include the various incarnations of The Lion King, wilderness theme parks, and... More>>
The Mother Load The Mother Load
, 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 costars in... More>>
Mouths Wide Open
, December 29, 1998
Of all the rumors to filter out of the top secret production of Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, the most evocative involved the mysterious... More>>
Trouble on the Corner
, December 29, 1998
An A-list of New York actors, including Tony Goldwyn, Charles Busch, Debi Mazar, Roger Rees, Edie Falco, and Tammy Grimes, worked for scale in... More>>
Zakir and His Friends
, December 29, 1998
Besides being a famously fleet-fingered Indian classical percussionist, Zakir Hussain seems like a pretty interesting guy. Lutz Leonhardt's... More>>
Psycho-a-Go-Go Psycho-a-Go-Go
On Reverence, Remakes, and Retreads
, December 22, 1998
Now that Gus Van Sant's voodoo-reenactment of Psycho has had its day in court, little else requires address besides the simple fact that the... More>>
Shelf Life
, December 22, 1998
New to video and rare in any other form, the films in Kino Video's fresh spate of "From the Studio Vault" releases are each the unheralded work... More>>
A Space Oddity A Space Oddity
, December 22, 1998
Blame it on the aliens in Hollywood, but odd-numbered Star Trek movies tend to suck. The best flicks— from number two, Wrath of Khan... More>>
Ancient Evenings Ancient Evenings
, December 22, 1998
Very nearly as solemn as a big-studio, megamillion-dollar Broadway musical cum animated cartoon about slavery, mass murder, and the word of God... More>>
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