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Wednesday, January 26, 2000

The Third Man

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2000 at 12:00 AM

The Third Man is one of Graham Greene’s most absurdist scenarios. He once said that the germ of the story was a scene in which a man attends his own funeral and, though that’s not in the final film, a similar through-the-looking-glass mood prevails. It’s a mood that’s established...

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Topsy-Turvy

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2000 at 12:00 AM

It turns out that in his heart of hearts, Mike Leigh is a Victorian. This wouldn’t come as so much of a surprise if he hadn’t made his name with films like Meantime (1983) and High Hopes (1988), bittersweet comedies about the hardscrabble existence of the British underclass during...

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A Visitor from the Living

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2000 at 12:00 AM

A Visitor from the Living is a 65-minute footnote to director Claude Lanzmann’s eight-hour-plus documentary on the Holocaust, Shoah (1985). It consists of a 1979 interview with one Maurice Rossel who, in 1944, led a delegation of the International Red Cross Committee in the inspection of a German "model...

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Play It to the Bone

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2000 at 12:00 AM

As a screenwriter and director, Ron Shelton has explored the competitive dynamic in male friendships via football (The Best of Times), baseball (Bull Durham), basketball (White Men Can’t Jump) and even golf (Tin Cup). Now he explores male bonding through that most intimate of sports: boxing. In Play It...

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Knee Deep Shag

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Yes, of course they’re groovy. After all, they’re from Kalamazoo, epicenter of the jam-band/college rock universe. But, where many bands would be content to just provide a good backdrop event for a night of drinking, Knee Deep Shag exceeds expectations by bringing together lithe musicianship and an engaging, road-honed...

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Punk pulp

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2000 at 12:00 AM

These two out-of-town rock magazines have two things in common: First, both of their current issues feature Joe Strummer on the covers and, second, they both remind me of Etch with money. The Big Takeover is a New York-based personality showcase for its founder, publisher, editor and all-around punk-rock...

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Down to You

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Kris Isacsson’s Down to You gets down to the lowest common denominator with post-high school romance. Cute student Al Connelly (Freddie Prinze Jr.) meets the love of his life, Imogen (Julia Stiles), at college in New York. She’s a partying, whimsical painter, setting up romantic meetings in art galleries...

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Punk pukp

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2000 at 12:00 AM

These two out-of-town rock magazines have two things in common: First, both of their current issues feature Joe Strummer on the covers and, second, they both remind me of Etch with money. The Big Takeover is a New York-based personality showcase for its founder, publisher, editor and all-around punk-rock...

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Wednesday, January 19, 2000

Sweet and Lowdown

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2000 at 12:00 AM

With Sweet and Lowdown, Woody Allen returns, after the scattershot vitriol of his last two films – Deconstructing Harry and Celebrity – to the kinder and gentler mode of such anecdotal reveries as Broadway Danny Rose (1984) and Radio Days (1987). The movie purports to tell a series of...

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My Best Fiend

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Polish-born actor Klaus Kinski (1926-91) appeared in well over a hundred films, but is best remembered for the five he made with German director Werner Herzog between 1972 and 1988. Kinski was an alarming screen presence, even in small roles; with his large, disdainful mouth and huge, frightened eyes,...

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