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Wednesday, March 29, 2000

The Edge of the World

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Filmed in black and white on the remote island of Foula, The Edge of the World (1937) is the first film by British director Michael Powell (1905-90) to foreshadow his more mature, richly idiosyncratic visions such as I Know Where I’m Going (1945) and Black Narcissus (1947). Powell directed...

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Waking the Dead

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2000 at 12:00 AM

When Fielding Pierce (Billy Crudup) and Sarah Williams (Jennifer Connelly) are together, they share the kind of intoxicating intimacy that makes the rest of the world melt away. That’s particularly good for this couple, because when they meet in 1972, they’re polar opposites in a politically divisive time. He’s...

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The Golf War

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2000 at 12:00 AM

How does one protest against globalization? March in the street as they did in Seattle? Or make documentaries? After watching this film, you might want to hang up your Birkenstocks and grab a camera. Directors Jen Schradie and Matt DeVries journeyed to the Philippines to witness one of the...

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High Fidelity

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2000 at 12:00 AM

During one of the many times Rob Gordon (John Cusack) directly addresses the camera in High Fidelity, he discusses the making of an effective mix tape and the appropriation of someone else’s art to express your own emotions. For Rob, that’s a telling statement. The owner of Championship Vinyl,...

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Romeo Must Die

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2000 at 12:00 AM

It’s East meets West as slick, gun-totin’, black underground businessmen battle it out with their Japanese counterparts who use their bodies as weapons in the new action flick, Romeo Must Die. Normally, one would expect the guns to win out, but that would make for a quick and boring...

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The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2000 at 12:00 AM

What makes a sports hero? Simply put, it’s winning. Which means that new stars are made every time athletes meet in competition. But there are occasions when a sports figure becomes a cultural icon, when a throwaway song line like "Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?" hits a collective...

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Motor City Burgers

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Flaming pants and cursing rants. Heavy metal and heavier mettle; the Motor City Burgers mess around with crunchy rock ‘n’ roll with a sense of humor that can only be described as pleasantly belligerent. Frontman Enduro Fonzepontze rails against whatever is at hand and whomever is in attendance –...

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Wednesday, March 22, 2000

Such a Long Journey

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Canadian director Sturla Gunnarsson’s latest film is like some ill-advised mix of Arthur Miller and Kafka, a strange combination of domestic drama and shadowy intrigue that never quite gels. The film is set in Bombay in 1971 – the year that rebellious struggles in East Pakistan were leading to...

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Earth

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Writer-director Deepa Mehta’s Earth takes place in India in 1947, when the British withdrawal from that country allowed the long-brewing animosity between the Hindus and the Muslims to boil over into a bloody religious war. Careful not to take sides (and how could it with so much mutual bloodshed?),...

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Erin Brockovich

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Julia Roberts does two things really well – smile and sass – and her best performances are in roles which utilize her sweet tartness (Pretty Woman, Mystic Pizza). In a film such as Mary Reilly, where her character is glum and passive throughout, Roberts is rendered utterly lifeless. But...

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