Wednesday, September 9, 1998

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Director Peter Weir's metaphysical mystery film, Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), was the harbinger of a brief golden age for Australian cinema, a down-under New Wave which flourished in the late '70s and early '80s. It seemed, then, that a new directorial talent was emerging every few months, debuting...

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Rounders

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 1998 at 12:00 AM

In everyday usage, a "poker face" is a deadpan expression that gives nothing away. But as Rounders aptly demonstrates, being a serious, professional poker player means more than just keeping a straight face. And in these high-stakes games, there's no such thing as luck. Like Henry Hill in Goodfellas,...

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Let's Talk About Sex

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Let's Talk About Sex is advertised as "a guerrilla incursion into women's dating lives." Part aggressive girl-power documentary ("Tell me what you want, what you really, really want"), part feeble feature film about "dating and mating in the '90s," Let's Talk About Sex manages to strip the cosmic female...

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Wednesday, September 2, 1998

Marie Baei Des Anges

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Whenever in Chicago, your scribe enjoys a visit to the Field Museum. There's plenty to see, including a large selection of stuffed animals, beautiful but dead. Beautiful but dead. That's the only way to describe this film by Manuel Pradal. If Jean-Jacques Beineix resurrected the French New Wave, Pradal...

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54

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 1998 at 12:00 AM

What is it about Studio 54 that makes it the symbol of an era instead of just one more defunct celebrity-studded discotheque? Whatever that elusive quality is, it's missing from writer-director Mark Christopher's 54, which examines the hard, sparkling surface of the infamous Manhattan club (located at 254 West...

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Why Do Fools Fall in Love

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 1998 at 12:00 AM

When Frankie Lymon sang "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" in 1955, it was the ideal convergence of singer and song. His soaring falsetto invests the tune (which he co-wrote) with a yearning that transforms it from a standard pop lament into a genuine, pleading inquiry. It wasn't that...

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Rashomon

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon (1950) was the film which brought its director his first international acclaim and, like all his best work, it succeeds on several levels: as an affecting morality play, as a visually poetic example of what cinema can be, and as a clever and rousing entertainment. Set...

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