Wednesday, December 22, 1999

Art on the Map

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

When you drive by the corner of Cass and Michigan in Detroit, do you ever stop to look at the big, orange funky thing in front of the Ameritech building? Did you know its creator is the world famous sculptor Alexander Calder? Ever enjoy sitting in the cool grass...

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Liberty Heights

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

The most striking aspect about 1954 Baltimore in writer-director Barry Levinson’s Liberty Heights is just how little different ethnic groups knew about each other only a few generations ago. Growing up in the Liberty Heights neighborhood, Ben Kurtzman (Ben Foster) assumed being Jewish was the norm, until he got...

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Wednesday, December 15, 1999

Train of Life

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

Until recently, the Holocaust was usually dealt with in narrative films in two ways: as tragedy, expressed on a grand scale (Schindler’s List) or between individuals (The Harmonists); or through guilt, as in the whole genre of French films (The Last Metro, Au revoir les enfants) which detail the...

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Ride With the Devil

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

It may seem like an odd combination, a Chinese director making a film about the American Civil War, but Ang Lee’s films (Eat Drink Man Woman, The Ice Storm) have always examined how traditionalists within specific cultures react when faced with the prospect of change. In addition, the Taiwan-born...

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Stewart Francke

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

Detroit-area singer-songwriter Stewart Francke is a songwriter in the classic heartland troubadour mode. His songs ring out strong, straight and clear from the core of his being, delivered courtesy of six strings and a remarkable ear for narrative pop-rock. Francke has managed the alchemy of song that translates life’s...

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The Cider House Rules

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

Turning a novel into a film is a tricky process and, more often than not, what gets lost in the translation is precisely what made the novel so appealing in the first place. Stripped of its narrative complexity and texture, the story can come off as run-of-the-mill and trite,...

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Looped culture

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

As ‘99 rolls into ‘00, there’s a lot of madness going on out there. This madness is perhaps best summed up by that 8-track copy of the Floyd’s Wish You Were Here (in quad, natch) that went for $227.50 on the innocuously lower-case eBay. Of course I’m talking about...

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Terrence Parker

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

It’s not enough simply to work as hard as Terrence Parker does to maintain his level of artistic and popular success -- though he works as hard as the Funk Brothers once did to make this city’s music shine. Parker’s wildly-eclectic take on urban soundscapes, sweet millennial soul music...

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Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo

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

It doesn't take an hour of recycled comedic pranks, sex jokes and bad dialogue to figure out that just about any member or ex-member of the "Saturday Night Live" cast can snag a movie deal. Now Rob Schneider (as main manwhore Deuce Bigalow) and Adam Sandler (as cameo-making producer) are...

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Wednesday, December 1, 1999

End of Days

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Arnold looks old and tired on the screen: a middle-aged hero with a hush-hush history of heart failure. For him, End of Days is the end of an era whose Terminators have slowly melted into kind-hearted kindergarten cops, pregnant scientists and baffled last action heroes. Arnold Schwarzenegger – or...

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