Wednesday, September 30, 1998

Gadjo Dilo

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Maybe it's the music. Maybe the dizzying steps of the dance -- feet barely touching the ground, faster and faster, in an explosion of childish happiness. Maybe it's the women who talk dirty and scrub their skin with wild flowers, and sing songs of utter desolation. Maybe it's the...

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Bang

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Our nameless heroine, a young, aspiring Asian-American actress (played by Darling Narita), is having a bad day. First her landlord, crusty and callous, kicks her out of her apartment because of past-due rent. Then a producer and potential employer, pudgy and perverse, tries to pin her to the casting...

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The Impostors

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 1998 at 12:00 AM

To prove the theory that it takes a really good actor to effectively play a bad one, see chameleon Alfred Molina sink his teeth into Jeremy Burtom, a flamboyantly and deliciously hammy Shakespearean actor, in The Impostors. Writer-director Stanley Tucci wryly comments on acting -- from adopting a different...

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Ronin

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 1998 at 12:00 AM

John Frankenheimer is back. Exact, profound, agile behind the lucid eye of the camera, this lonesome cinematic samurai brings back memories of things long forgotten. They're simple things like vulnerable heroes, an intelligent script, a suspense thriller whose characters are not upstaged by formidable action sequences, and a feeling...

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Clay Pigeons

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 1998 at 12:00 AM

When Clay Bidwell (Joaquin Phoenix) joins Earl (Gregory Sporleder) for some target shooting just outside their small, scenic hometown of Mercer, Montana, he doesn't realize this day will be a turning point in his young, aimless life. With gun in hand, Earl announces that he's discovered Clay has been...

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Wednesday, September 23, 1998

Touch of Evil

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Like every other film Orson Welles made after Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil (1958) manages to be memorably impressive without being particularly good. Crammed, even more so than his other post-Kane films, with virtuoso visual passages and lively, eccentric performances, it doesn't so much transcend the dime-store crime-melodrama origin...

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One True Thing

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Director Carl Franklin's One True Thing invites its audience inside places of the heart where the story of the Gulden family unfolds with the intensity of a great poetic event. Learning that his wife has cancer, university professor George Gulden (William Hurt) asks his daughter, Ellen (Renee Zellweger), to...

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Pecker

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 1998 at 12:00 AM

A young man named Pecker (Edward Furlong) begins snapping photographs of his fellow Baltimore denizens, capturing their grotesque beauty in a gripping yet seemingly artless fashion. He becomes the next big thing in New York City's art world, celebrated as a naïf genius. Everything is hunky-dory, until Pecker's notoriety...

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James Ellroy: Demon Dog of American Crime Fiction

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 1998 at 12:00 AM

"Tragedy can't be taught," says neo-noir crime writer James Ellroy, the subject of Reinhard Jud's 1993 documentary profile. "I think the writer has to bring (to their work) his or her own sense of the world as a crazy, sexed-up, brutal, awful, horrifying, delightful, wonderful place." Ellroy ought to...

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A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Preconceived notions of a movie -- based on subject matter or filmmaker -- can all too easily create the wrong impression. A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries, based on the autobiographical novel by Kaylie Jones, daughter of novelist James Jones (From Here to Eternity, The Thin Red Line), is the...

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