Wednesday, September 22, 1999

Shoot the Piano Player

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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The Soft Skin

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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Wednesday, September 15, 1999

Stir of Echoes

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Tom Witzky (Kevin Bacon) feels the walls of his small world slowly closing in around him. His wife, Maggie (Kathryn Erbe), has just announced that she’s pregnant, which means sticking to his blue-collar job instead of playing guitar with his musician friends. His young son, Jake (Zachary David Cope),...

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Stop Making Sense

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Stop Making Sense is a digitally remixed, freshly struck print of director Jonathan’s Demme’s 1984 movie of the rock quartet Talking Heads in concert. Shot over three nights at the end of the group’s ’84 tour, the footage was then edited into a very tight 88 minutes, its 16...

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Love Stinks

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Long before and long after J. Geils declared it, love did, does and forever shall stink. Especially when a painfully average guy, Seth (French Stewart), is swooped down upon by a Victoria’s Secret vulture, Chelsea (Bridgette Wilson), who is in the market for a big engagement ring and the...

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W-Vibe

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Simply the finest in retro-electro-rock, the W-Vibe's plundering of obsolete '80s game technology (particularly the sonically-rich Atari 2600 system), synthetic drums and effects machines that have lost their cutting edge and DIY space-ace getups necessarily puts 'em in a class by themselves. Luckily, Dan and Joe, the humans behind...

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The Following

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 1999 at 12:00 AM

This little on-the-cheap, black-and-white British film has all the earmarks of a classic film noir – a story told in flashback, a femme fatale and a hapless protagonist who, try as he may, simply doesn’t know the score. The premise that writer-director Christopher Nolan uses to jump-start his plot...

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Juan Atkins

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Pioneer of the first ever techno label, Metroplex, Juan Atkins is often overlooked as an inventor of the booty-buzz of Detroit. As a creator and member of several electro-groups in the late ‘70s, including Cybotron and Model 500, he combined the funk styles of George Clinton with Kraftwerk drum...

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The Adventures of Sabastian Cole

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Sebastian Cole (Adrian Grenier) is a 17-year-old heartthrob whose personal style reflects the bohemian influence of his European mother (Margaret Colin) and pretranssexual stepfather (Clark Gregg) and the visual impact of New Wave bands that littered MTV in the early 1980s. With a wardrobe of military jackets, penetrating green eyes,...

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Wednesday, September 8, 1999

Whiteboys

Posted By on Wed, Sep 8, 1999 at 12:00 AM

If you’ve ever laughed at something you thought was a joke, only to be horrified midchuckle at some tragic, serious element you had missed, then you’re prepared for Whiteboys. It stuns with the starkness of its confessions, shocks with the pure gall of its subjectivity, horrifies and entertains with...

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