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Wednesday, July 28, 1999

Drop Dead Gorgeous

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 1999 at 12:00 AM

What exactly is the satirical target of Drop Dead Gorgeous? Although this mockumentary appears to spoof small-town beauty pageants, it quickly unveils its true nature: a broad comedy about middle American strivers in all their provincial glory. Screenwriter Lona Williams and director Michael Patrick Jann, veterans of television sitcoms...

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Twice Upon a Yesterday

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 1999 at 12:00 AM

In Twice Upon a Yesterday, the flip side of love is regret, that incessant pining for what might have been. Victor Bukowski (Douglas Henshall), a self-absorbed, struggling actor in London, can’t accept that his former girlfriend, Sylvia (Lena Headey), is marrying another man. Dave (Mark Strong), a compassionate and...

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The Haunting

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Take a moment and consider this simple-minded question: Is there a difference between Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Snow White, Alien, Night of the Living Dead, Pet Sematary and the Nazis? At first glance, the distinction is clear: art-horror versus natural horror....

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Inspector Gadget

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Inspector Gadget is an almost-human Swiss Army knife in a trench coat. He comes equipped with so many gizmos and whatchamacallits he doesn’t even need to be a character. What a wonderful break from acting this was for Matthew Broderick, whose triple role as Inspector Gadget, his nemesis RoboGadget...

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Wednesday, July 21, 1999

Eyes Wide Shut

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Stanley Kubrick’s long-awaited adaptation of a 1926 Arthur Schnitzler novel about corrosive sexual jealousy and the persistence of temptation has arrived on the screen in a protracted form which seems at once both strikingly avant-garde and oddly quaint. The story’s trajectory is the inward odyssey of Dr. William Harford...

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The Wood

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Thanks to American Pie, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and She’s All That, 1999 can strain, push and grunt its way into movie history as the year of random pubescent sex and raunchy pranks. But don’t toss The Wood onto that pile just yet. Its title isn’t...

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Who cares?

Silence = Apathy, at least when it comes to politics.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Just get any activist started on the topic of apathy. Environmentalist, union steward, soccer dad – their biggest gripe is always the indifference of everybody else. "Don’t these people care?" they fume. Apathy is indeed rampant, and many political scientists assume it’s normal; it’s the politically engaged who are weird....

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Lake Placid

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 1999 at 12:00 AM

There’s a passage in the work of Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges that quotes "a certain Chinese encyclopedia," a list of sorts which breaks every rule we’ve been taught to obey. It goes like this: "animals are divided into: (a) belonging to the Emperor, (b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d)...

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Wednesday, July 14, 1999

Muppets From Space

Posted By on Wed, Jul 14, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Gonzo is in the midst of an identity crisis. Unlike the majority of Jim Henson’s Muppets, who resemble real animals or exaggerated humans, the oddball Gonzo is in a category by himself. Therein lies the problem. The latest Muppet movie opens with Gonzo’s vivid nightmare of making it to...

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Maniacheist Concept

Posted By on Wed, Jul 14, 1999 at 12:00 AM

This three-piece outfit lets the free-jazz flow freely. Sporting a lineup that includes Jason Shearer of Jazzhead, drummer extraordinaire Ben Hall and saxaphone, flute and violin courtesy of Mike Khoury, MC trades improvisatory chop licking and loose and wild call-and-response sound maneuvers....

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