Wednesday, February 11, 1998

Guantanamera!

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Guantanamera!, the final film by Cuban filmmaker Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, is a dazzling "socio-drama," engaging and paying homage to his country on numerous levels. And what a career epilogue it is, exploring personal and political issues with an ease attained despite the collaboration of three screenwriters as well as...

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Glass hearts

Gambling is a metaphor for love's adventure in Gillian Armstrong's film.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 1998 at 12:00 AM

In this swooningly beautiful and decidedly quirky film from Australian director Gillian Armstrong (My Brilliant Career, Little Women), a small glass object serves as an apt metaphor for the resilient yet fragile bond between Oscar and Lucinda, an Anglican minister and a restless heiress. A Prince Rupert drop is...

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Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 1998 at 12:00 AM

A recent editorial in the Economist suggests that the role of the rebel in American society is finished. There's simply nothing left to rebel against and our society allows for so much flexibility that the shock value of professional weirdos like Marilyn Manson or Dennis Rodman quickly equals that...

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Wednesday, February 4, 1998

Great Expectations

Posted By on Wed, Feb 4, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Great Expectations - the bitterly ironic title of Charles Dickens' 1860 novel about the evil adults do when they impose grown-up desires on unsuspecting children. Dickens knew by hard experience that a heart once broken is never mended; a past betrayed can never be redeemed. At the height of...

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Talking to God

Robert Duvall's new film sees faith as a viable option.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 4, 1998 at 12:00 AM

The Apostle, written and directed by Robert Duvall, unfolds with the elegant simplicity of a folk tale. At first, Euliss "Sonny" Dewey (Duvall), a Texas Pentecostal preacher, seems to have everything he values: family, a career fueled by a strong sense of purpose. But Sonny's hardly a saint. His...

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Hamsun

Posted By on Wed, Feb 4, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Director Jan Troell's Hamsun tells the story of the Norwegian Nobel Prize-winning author Knut Hamsun, focusing on his declining years when he became an avid supporter of the Nazi regime. Hamsun was already in his early 70s when Hitler seized power in Germany in 1933 and he continued to...

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Bandwagon

Posted By on Wed, Feb 4, 1998 at 12:00 AM

If only pop culture was smart enough to have its own disallowance rules &emdash; a fail-safe system, if you will, to prevent the spread to the eyes and ears of hokey, "authentic" cultural productions. Such a device might save consumers from the surplus of run-off stories like that of...

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Deceiver

Posted By on Wed, Feb 4, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Seemingly under the impression that being enigmatic is the hallmark of cool, the writing and directing team of brothers Josh and Jonas Pate have made sure that nothing in their second film, Deceiver, is as it appears to be. Not the stolid police detectives, Braxton (Chris Penn) and Kennesaw...

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