Wednesday, October 27, 1999

Three to Tango

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 1999 at 12:00 AM

It could be a coincidence that two of television’s hottest stars appear in a movie that has a painfully shallow TV quality. But it probably isn’t. This yawner of a plot would fill up a half-hour sitcom slot nicely; unfortunately it can’t carry an entire movie. Damon Santostefano’s Three...

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The Best Man

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 1999 at 12:00 AM

When a movie centers around a wedding, it’s usually the betrothed who are going through a crisis. In writer-director Malcolm D. Lee’s debut film, it’s the best man who’s transformed by the experience. Harper Stewart (Taye Diggs) has two things making him nervous as he prepares to reunite with...

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Black Cat, White Cat

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 1999 at 12:00 AM

First, run away from home. Once you’ve reached your destination (those fields of gold by the river will do), raise your skirts and jump: The waters – dirty, noisy, restless – are friendly. So are the people. Remember Gadjo Dilo, the film about another "crazy stranger" lost in the...

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A little red book about a big (so he says) object of obsession.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 1999 at 12:00 AM

There are three good quotes, 36 pictures of naked guys contemplating their snopps, 25 pieces of trivia we never asked for (Did you know that "eunuchs of the Chinese Imperial Court often carried their pickled testicles in jars which they displayed around their necks?"), 92 terms for masturbation, and a...

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Bringing Out the Dead

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Cruising the New York City night, ambulance driver Frank Pierce (Nicolas Cage) is in a perpetual state of expectation and dread. Part of it is the nature of his job – stretches of time-killing driving suddenly punctuated by urgent, life-altering calls to action – which is made even more...

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Small Change

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 1999 at 12:00 AM

There’s something quietly desperate about François Truffaut’s 1976 film, Small Change. Made immediately after the director’s dark and unrelenting The Story of Adele H., it has an eagerness to please which seems both anxious and cramped. Truffaut had early on established himself as a poet of adolescent confusion –...

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Wednesday, October 20, 1999

The Straight Story

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 1999 at 12:00 AM

"This is a true story" — that’s what always gets to us, doesn’t it? That little announcement attached to something as hopelessly artificial as a film, which dangles before us the promise of realism and familiarity. "This is a true story." In other words, the formidable notion that there...

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The Minus Man

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 1999 at 12:00 AM

The most interesting thing about director Hampton Fancher’s film The Minus Man is the title. But the interest is fleeting, as is the strangeness of its main character, Vann Siegert (Owen Wilson), the all-American nice-guy psycho who drifts in and out of small towns and sleepy suburbs "subtracting" more-or-less...

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Adult.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Adult. is savvy music for electro grown-ups who still like to kid. But seriously, the husband-and-wife duo of Adam Lee Miller and Nicola Kuperus lay down analog electronic funk that swerves into tones of new wave, dadaist lyrical playfulness and a post-post-modern grab bag of modern sounds and beats....

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After Life

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Say you die and it turns out there actually is an afterlife, and when you arrive there you find yourself entering a rather grubby looking social services building of some sort, staffed by unfailingly polite but distinctly mortal-looking employees. And say that during an initial interview with one of...

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