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Sean Penn’s High-Wire Act; Wisconsin Gothic Sean Penn’s High-Wire Act; Wisconsin Gothic
, 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 movie of... More>>
Darkside Toons
, November 30, 1999
Countless forgettable examples of East European animation later, cartooning remains devoted to the timeless art of kid pacification. Especially... More>>
Bible Studied
, November 30, 1999
The centerpiece of the recent African Diaspora Festival, Genesis audaciously transposes chapters 23 to 37 of the first book of the Bible to Mali,... More>>
Jane and Anna Campion Make a Religious-Cult Classic Jane and Anna Campion Make a Religious-Cult Classic
Fear and Desires
, 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 Pusan Film festival gains ground
Korea Moves
, November 23, 1999
Although the fourth Pusan Festival—held last month—programmed films from 53 countries, South Korea's bustling second city has rapidly... More>>
Heads or Tails Heads or Tails
, November 23, 1999
Tim Burton has yet to tackle an "adult" theme but there isn't a bankable Hollywood director with a flintier sense of aesthetic integrity. More... More>>
A Misfit Pair; Hit by a '2 by 4'; 007 Down A Misfit Pair; Hit by a '2 by 4'; 007 Down
, November 23, 1999
Two Joel Schumacher movies in one year is more than the average human brain is built to withstand. Is this some sick cosmic joke? True, Flawless... More>>
Around the world in 52 films
, 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>>
The Road Leads Home
, November 23, 1999
Just on the stiletto heels of Susan Sarandon comes another dramedy about a flighty, rudderless small-town mom hitting the road for California... More>>
Where the Boys (and Toys) Are Where the Boys (and Toys) Are
, November 23, 1999
You cannot, apparently, take the Baltimore out of the boy with a lock wrench, and so Barry Levinson returns again, with Liberty Heights, to the... More>>
Do the Hokey Poké; Behind-the-Curve Cyberculture
, November 16, 1999
Stand aside, for I am the master of Perplexichu, the 152nd Pokémon species of the Head- Slapping variety, with the special power of Gape!... More>>
The Parent Trap The Parent Trap
, November 16, 1999
Long-established, if not altogether consistent, pillars of the European art film, the Spaniard Pedro Almodóvar and the Frenchman Jacques... More>>
Treasures from Columbia’s Golden Age
, November 16, 1999
Tyrannical mogul Harry Cohn, who died in 1958, ruled the roost at Columbia for 38 years. He made few friends but was one of the most creative... More>>
School’s Out and in Flames
, 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. The... More>>
The Seven-Year Switch: Documentary Portraits of Growing Up in Public The Seven-Year Switch: Documentary Portraits of Growing Up in Public
, 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>>
His Name Was Lola
, November 16, 1999
The best new film from Germany is Turkish. Kutlug Ataman's Lola and Bilidikid takes place in the gay and transvestite subcultures of Berlin's... More>>
Houseguest from Hell
, November 16, 1999
At her best, Fanny Price, the heroine of Mansfield Park-Jane Austen's third and most problematic novel-displays remarkable forbearance. She... More>>
Global Village People
, November 09, 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>>
MIX Bagged
, November 09, 1999
The provocative, the pretentious, the periodically promising. There's not much more you can hope for from a festival that offers over 150 film... More>>
Redeeming Features Redeeming Features
, November 09, 1999
Dogma, as you may have heard, is an armageddon caper with a cast of characters that includes a pro-choice world savior, a divine messenger who... More>>
Flirting With Disaster Flirting With Disaster
Director Don McKellar Begins With the End
, November 09, 1999
Perhaps the most modest and romantic disaster movie ever made, Don McKellar's Last Night is a crystallization of free-floating millennial... More>>
Guided by Voices
, November 09, 1999
In Martine Dugowson's debut film, Mina Tannenbaum, there's a superbly apt description of the tumultuous relationship between two longtime female... More>>
Death and the Maidens Death and the Maidens
, November 09, 1999
Serial killer films are a subspecies of the monster-movie genre, employing social criticism, psychodrama, police procedures, and the metaphysics... More>>
Uneasy Alliances
, November 09, 1999
Cinephiles may reproach Mohsen Makhmalbaf for changing styles from film to film. But for a man who started out as a political revolutionary, was... More>>
Soldiers' Stories Soldiers' Stories
A New Kind of War Film: Work as a Matter of Life and Death
, November 02, 1999
"What does the world of work demand? Just this: a place in society." Not a slogan from the barricades of May '68 in Paris, but from Liège,... More>>
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