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Wednesday, December 29, 1999

The Talented Mr. Ripley

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

With the recurring character of Tom Ripley, author Patricia Highsmith created an amoral antihero whose actions matched the lethal precision of her prose. Starting with The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955), Tom appeared in five Highsmith novels written in a style so spartan and straightforward that it appears artless. That...

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Fantasia 2000

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

A spectacular fusion of sight and sound, Fantasia used classical music as the basis for imagery which radically changed how audiences perceived animated films. No longer constricted by the cutesy Disney style, the animators’ imaginations roamed free, resulting in startling compositions of free-floating color and images which effortlessly morph...

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Galaxy Quest

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

Well, strike me pink: Galaxy Quest actually works! Who would have believed it? Surely, not the "Star Trek" fans whose overwhelming dedication to the series makes them immune to any ironic twist. But not those bent on mocking the Trekkies, either. In fact, there isn’t one category we can...

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Any Given Sunday

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

This pro-sports flick wears its tag line — "life is a contact sport" — with real, if deluded, conviction. In the world of Any Given Sunday, a person has to have the right measure of testosterone or the ball-breaker status of the Miami Sharks’ bristly young team owner, Christina...

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Richie Hawtin

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

Richie Hawtin, often aka Plastikman, is a portrait of a Detroit (well, windsor, actually) renaissance artist. From his early minimalist techno recoding projects to his raved-about raves, through his brilliant work as a cross-generational beat mixologist and his all, er, consuming, record label endeavors, Hawtin's energy is matched only...

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Cruddy

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

Lynda Barry's second novel opens with a tour de force of disaffection, a portrait of adolescent alienation so pronounced it might knock the wind out of you if it weren't so funny. Sixteen-year-old Roberta Rohbeson lives with her mother and 11-year-old sister in a depressing rental house "on a cruddy...

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Wednesday, December 22, 1999

Mansfield Park

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

Was Jane Austen a proto-feminist? Director Patricia Rozema certainly thinks so, and in her spirited, revisionist version of Mansfield Park she transforms the novel’s heroine, Fanny Price, into Austen’s onscreen alter ego. Rozema’s screenplay derives not just from Austen’s 1814 novel, but incorporates her exuberant adolescent writings (stories, letters,...

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Man on the Moon

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

It’s only fitting that comedian Jim Carrey disappears so completely into comedian Andy Kaufman that all traces of his own personality are obliterated. The Kaufman portrayed in Man on the Moon would have demanded such total devotion to trickery. Director Milos Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus)...

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Anna and the King

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

This is how the story ends: With soothing music and unspoken truths, with restraint and melancholy, without even a kiss. Anna dancing with King Mongkut (Shall we dance?) – an Englishwoman dancing with the king. Better yet, a woman in the arms of a man. A strange sort of...

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Bicentennial Man

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

Director Chris Columbus has Robin Williams dressed up yet again. First as Mrs. Doubtfire, now as the precocious robot, Andrew Martin, in the future flick, Bicentennial Man, based on a story by Isaac Asimov. The new movie looks back – not to the rubber-padded dad who poses as a...

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