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Wednesday, February 23, 2000

Fringe Tucked In

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2000 at 12:00 AM

The offbeat quarterly Speak may not wow us with its Ray Gun approach to page layout and wacky fonts, but it sure has its ink-smudged fingers on the pulse of what’s going on across the spectrum of culture, politics and the arts. It publishes a wild variety of writers...

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The Thin Blue Line

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Fred A. Leuchter Jr., the "Mr. Death" of Errol Morris’ latest documentary, doesn’t seem like a particularly bad person. In fact, for someone whose area of expertise is the devising of more efficient instruments of execution, he has an unexpected – if decidedly bent – humanitarian streak. Though he...

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Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Fred A. Leuchter Jr., the "Mr. Death" of Errol Morris’ latest documentary, doesn’t seem like a particularly bad person. In fact, for someone whose area of expertise is the devising of more efficient instruments of execution, he has an unexpected – if decidedly bent – humanitarian streak. Though he...

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Hanging Up

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Let’s face it. The best feel-good movies usually make us feel a little bad before they lay the good part on us. Diane Keaton’s Hanging Up definitely meets that criterion and then some. Keaton directs and stars in this often painfully real tale of three sisters, three cellular phones...

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Pitch Black

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Pitch Black gave us hope that a sci-fi movie was finally going to make good use of all those special effects at filmmakers’ disposal and knock our socks off. But, alas, my socks are still on. This flick knows the sci-fi horror formula, but not much else. From its...

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Judy Berlin

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Writer-director Eric Mendelsohn’s debut film, set in the fictitious Long Island hamlet of Babylon, is a bittersweet love letter to suburbia, an ode to its manicured beauty and orderly lifestyle where everything – and everyone – has its place. In an impassioned moment, David Gold (Aaron Harnick) tells Judy...

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The Cup

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Tibetan Buddhist lama and director Khyentse Norbu’s first film manages to take both the high and low roads to understanding – in fact, by the time he’s done with his delightful tale, high and low seem one and the same. And learning, laughter and compassion get intertwined like the...

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Wednesday, February 16, 2000

Indelible Tales

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Extremities are fingers and toes, the human parts that float out in space like exposed roots of underwater plants waving with the current. They are also points of lost perspective, departures from the safety of perceived reality – of signs of reality. In Kathe Koja’s new collection of short...

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The Emperor and the Assassin

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Director Chen Kaige’s The Emperor and the Assassin is reminiscent of the type of biblical and historical epics which flourished in the West in the ‘50s and early ‘60s, where the characterizations are nearly pre-Freudian, the action takes place in a luxuriant vastness, and the plot moves easily between...

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The Beach

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2000 at 12:00 AM

"Everyone wants to do something different, but you end up doing the same damn thing," intones Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio) when he realizes that Bangkok, which he came halfway around the world to see, has been drained of its distinctive character by an influx of young, party-hearty Westerners. The Beach immediately...

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