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Wednesday, February 24, 1999

Still Crazy

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Still Crazy is a boomer version of Hard Core Logo, which means it’s slightly less ironic, kinder to its characters and has a happy ending. This time the reuniting group is a British band called Strange Fruit, arena-rock kings in their ’70s heyday, now grizzled geezers ready to give...

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Another Day In Paradise

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 1999 at 12:00 AM

To judge from Another Day in Paradise, the last thing junkies and thieves want to be is alone. How else to explain the way Mel (James Woods) and Sid (Melanie Griffith) take Bobbie (Vincent Kartheiser) and Rosie (Natasha Gregson Wagner) under their protective wings? Director Larry Clark (Kids) opens...

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October Sky

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 1999 at 12:00 AM

There will always be a market for coming-of-age, feel-good movies, especially when they tell " a true story." With strong characters consumed by universal (thus recognizable) dilemmas and a set to match (bleak houses populating bleak landscapes under bleak skies), the film’s mandatory happy ending – the "emergency exit"...

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She shoots, she scores!

Maureen Owen drives and remakes the poetic line.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Anyone who thinks that poetry is a sweet cream frosting piped in by Hallmark or a delicate bonbon with its unique intellectual nugget crafted by frustrated academics had better read Maureen Owen’s American Rush and learn it by heart. Here’s a generous collection spanning three decades of writing – making...

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Home and hope

A quietly poetic collaboration corrects age-old myths of empire.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Ordinary and African. An almost oxymoronic concept. Imagine something African daring to be ordinary. Dark, hot, dense Africa. The ultimate Western "other." Bosch in black face. The haunted wood of the Earth’s soul, where devils and demons danced to incinerating polyrhythms, while a parade of Christian civilization’s emissaries orchestrated the...

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A sultan's life

Islam fends off Christianity in this 12th-century saga.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 1999 at 12:00 AM

The Book of Saladin is the second in a projected quartet of historical novels in which the author, Tariq Ali, plans to depict key confrontations between the developing Islamic and Christian civilizations, told from the Muslim point of view. The first in the series, Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree, centered...

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Anchors away

Former newsman mines satire behind the screens.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Grant Munro: Television news anchor. Rugged outdoorsman. Champion of journalistic integrity. Untarnished reputation. Aging, but still sexy. Perfect teeth. His own hair. OK, maybe slightly sagging jowls and a few more folds of soft skin around his eyes than looks good on the evening news, but still a star-quality talking...

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Missouri loves company

Daniel Woodress spins a neo-noir yarn

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 1999 at 12:00 AM

You know, not every poor, white, trailer-dwelling American aspires to appear on TV with Jerry Springer. But otherizing what yuppified-by-cathode ray tube-Americans call white trash certainly occurs under Mr. Springer’s supervision. TV can’t outline or explore, let alone temporarily erase, the American class DMZ between the preapproved haves and the...

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Brakhage

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Stan Brakhage began devising his experimental films in 1952, at the age of 19, and he’s still plugging away. As depicted in Jim Shedden’s documentary, he comes across as a generally amiable, obsessive, probably a little crazy, intuitive artist who at one point matter-of-factly refers to what he does...

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Jawbreaker

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Jawbreaker’s teen queens are more hard than sweet, candy-colored bitch goddesses for whom popularity equals power. Just watch Courtney (Rose McGowan), Julie (Rebecca Gayheart), Marcie (Julie Benz) and Liz (Charlotte Roldan) strut down the hallways of Reagan High in synchronized slow motion, and their stature is unmistakable. But so...

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