Wednesday, October 21, 1998

Junk Mail

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Roy, a mailman in Oslo, Norway, doesn't seem to take his job very seriously. Once a day he lugs a pound or two of junk mail he's been given to deliver and stuffs it into a hole in the wall of a train tunnel where, it appears, about half...

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Slam

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 1998 at 12:00 AM

It's like this. The first thing you're gonna do when you get to D.C. is forget about the Washington Monument. Forget you're a goddamn tourist in your own country. Tell yourself this ain't no test of good citizenship, you're no hero. Live -- for once -- outside the televised...

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Wednesday, October 14, 1998

The Mighty

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 1998 at 12:00 AM

First there's the legend: King Arthur, Camelot, the Knights of the Round Table. Then, the reality: raw cityscapes, hard edges, crammed designs. Then, there's Max (Elden Henson), the 13-year-old in size 14 shoes, who lives in the basement of his grandparents' house. There's nothing magical about the place. Grim...

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Firelight

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 1998 at 12:00 AM

If the Brontë sisters had written Harlequin romances, they might come out as Firelight. In 1838, Charles (Stephen Dillane) secures the services of Elisabeth (Sophie Marceau) as a surrogate mother. He's an English aristocrat desperate for an heir; she's a Swiss-born servant desperate to pay off her father's debts....

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Un Air de Famille

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Director Cedric Klapisch's Un Air de Famille is a film adaptation of a very old-fashioned and familiar type of play, the one in which a group of people, usually old friends or relatives -- in this case the latter -- gather together for some occasion during which longtime grievances...

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Who the Hell is Juliette?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 1998 at 12:00 AM

After seeing Who the Hell is Juliette? one might reconsider the conventional wisdom that music videos have a wholly negative influence on feature films, or at least those which have adapted the form's desensitizing, epileptic editing and emphasis on visual sensation over meaning. This debut documentary by Carlos Marcovich,...

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Holy Man

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Holy Man wants to have its cake and eat it, too. At the Good Buy Shopping Network (GBSN), the philosophy of selling is plainly stated: The product itself doesn't really matter. Instead, what the station's programming must do is generate a desire to acquire, stimulating viewers-potential consumers to buy...

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Wednesday, October 7, 1998

Everyday treasures

There's more to a cup of coffee and a newspaper than meets the eye.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 1998 at 12:00 AM

A cup of coffee and a newspaper, in most of the United States, can be had for a dollar or two. That price hardly seems, at least to author Leah Hager Cohen, to reflect the true value of these ordinary objects. And in this consumer-driven society, where it's easy to...

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Urban Legend

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 1998 at 12:00 AM

"People who love movies are sick people," declared François Truffaut in a moment of theatrical abandonment. What he would have said after the release of Urban Legend and Dee Snider's Strangeland is difficult to imagine. Having screamed (twice) -- still knowing what they did last summer -- having survived...

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Strangeland

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 1998 at 12:00 AM

"People who love movies are sick people," declared François Truffaut in a moment of theatrical abandonment. What he would have said after the release of Urban Legend and Dee Snider's Strangeland is difficult to imagine. Having screamed (twice) -- still knowing what they did last summer -- having survived...

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