Wednesday, September 29, 1999

Love on the Run

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Even before François Truffaut shot his first feature, The 400 Blows (1959), he was planning a follow-up film which would show what happened to the young protagonist of Blows, Antoine Doinel, after he had done his time in reform school, followed by a short, unhappy stint in the army....

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Mumford

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 1999 at 12:00 AM

In the four months since he arrived in the small, scenic town of Mumford, an enigmatic psychologist whose name happens to be Dr. Mumford (Loren Dean) has acquired more patients than the other two local shrinks combined. So what’s his secret? A naturally empathic listener unafraid to tell patients...

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My Life So Far

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Even if – due to a slow start – it takes a viewer 30 minutes to become emotionally engaged in this coming-of-age film by Hugh Hudson (The Killing Fields, Chariots of Fire), it eventually finds its gravity in the inevitability of life and death. My Life So Far (also...

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Bed and Board

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Even before François Truffaut shot his first feature, The 400 Blows (1959), he was planning a follow-up film which would show what happened to the young protagonist of Blows, Antoine Doinel, after he had done his time in reform school, followed by a short, unhappy stint in the army....

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Jakob the Liar

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 1999 at 12:00 AM

The dream within a dream seems not only possible but necessary at certain junctures in life. It is from such a place that Hungarian-born director Peter Kassovitz’s Jakob the Liar originates. One ordinary man, Jakob Heym (Robin Williams, also the movie’s executive producer), offers an account – based on...

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Day For Night

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Even before François Truffaut shot his first feature, The 400 Blows (1959), he was planning a follow-up film which would show what happened to the young protagonist of Blows, Antoine Doinel, after he had done his time in reform school, followed by a short, unhappy stint in the army....

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Wednesday, September 22, 1999

Stigmata

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Two great tastes don’t always taste great together. Take The Exorcist and MTV, for instance. You love them equally, but probably not as a combo – unless of course, you’re the type who could sit through a two-hour Marilyn Manson video without spewing green like Linda Blair. If ex-video...

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For Love of the Game

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Far more horrifying than Evil Dead, Sam Raimi’s attempt at making a sports-oriented romance strikes out, forfeits and loses three times before its two hours and 10 minutes are up. The script, based on a novel by Michael Shaara, is all goofy dialogue, unearned personal victories and relentless clichés...

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American Beauty

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) looks up one day from his cubicle and wonders just when he became a 40-something drone. He has the things you’re supposed to want: the beautiful house, beautiful wife, even the large automobile. What he can’t fathom is: How did he get here? In their...

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Jules and Jim

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Surely François Truffaut is remembered as the most likable and accessible of the French New Wave directors, a filmmaker whose movies, unlike the avant-garde works of Godard and Resnais, the razor-edged societal critiques of Chabrol or even the philosophical romances of Rohmer, radiate a special charm. Odd, then, to...

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