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Wednesday, August 28, 2002

Mannish boy

The irrepressible sounds and legacy of Muddy Waters.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Muddy Waters didn’t invent the blues but he certainly defined one of its many tributaries, first nailing down a definitive brand of the Mississippi Delta style before taking it north and into an electric, revolutionary phase. The blues are so settled now and, despite the music’s continual emotional impact,...

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Ripple effect

Haruki Murakami’s After the Quake zooms in on lives interrupted.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Haruki Murakami’s 2001 book, Underground, captured the aftermath of the March 1995 sarin gas attacks on Tokyo’s subway system by members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult. He was there to interview victims, eyewitnesses and attackers, and add his own insight to the impact the attacks had on Japan’s national...

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Manchester memoirs

Punk legends reveal themselves and the good old days in this bizarre documentary.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2002 at 12:00 AM

British director Michael Winterbottom (Welcome to Sarajevo) has concocted a happy-go-volatile mixture of post-punk documentary sprinkled with post-insights and entertaining flashes of "maybe" truths — a very personal chronicle of an exciting place and time in rock ’n’ roll history and a must-see for Joy Division fans.

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Throne of Blood

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Akira Kurosawa's transplantation of Shakespeare's Macbeth to medieval Japan is perhaps the director's most stylized film, unreal on several levels, beginning with Toshiro Mifune's hyper-intense performance as the ambitious warrior rushing to fulfill his foretold fortune. It's a long yowl of despair, artfully unleashed.

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Simone

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2002 at 12:00 AM

The kernel of Simone is Frankenstein — as a Hollywood romantic comedy. Director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) revises and updates the operating system of Mary Shelley’s seminal monster story from the ground up, destroying its mythic resonance.

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My Wife is an Actress

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2002 at 12:00 AM

This French comedy-drama is a light, even fluffy affair, kind of a Gallic Rock Hudson-Doris Day movie, only hipper. And though it raises questions that it doesn't seem interested in answering, it's diverting enough to earn our indulgence — with Charlotte Gainsbourg and Terence Stamp.

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Undisputed

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Boxing and prison shows and Mike Tyson’s 1992 rape conviction are all on this film’s fight card. But this is no Oscar contender. Undisputed enters the box office competition as middleweight entertainment — with Ving Rhames and Wesley Snipes.

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Mostly Martha

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Director Sandra Nettelbeck offers us a lukewarm plot of girl meets boy, girl (briefly) loses boy, girl gets boy back. Those are the major ingredients of a romantic comedy. Ironically it’s both romance and comedy that this beautifully presented "romantic comedy" lacks.

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Serving Sara

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Serving Sara doesn’t serve the very likable talents of Elizabeth Hurley and Matthew Perry who have at least a couple of chemical moments. You'll wonder why none of their close friends stopped them from thinning their abilities along one drawn-out, painful chase, with a few slugs, love smacks and prostate jokes.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2002

Self Matters: Creating Your Life from the Inside Out

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2002 at 12:00 AM

In a recent issue of Harper’s, Jonathan Ree suggested that the central issue of our age is not whether you have religious faith but whether you approach existence intelligently or not. That is to say, are you mindful of the fact that the universe is vast, you are small...

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