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Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Depths of brevity

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2002 at 12:00 AM

There are cats roaming Hemingway’s estate. They probably live well, spending much of their time lounging on the grass, forgetting things like literary genius, tourists and suicide. Within the same poem, an African slave maims himself in an almost ceremonial kind of escape. On another page, a monarch butterfly...

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Kiss Alive Forever: The Complete Touring History

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Finally, a killer Kiss book that is devoid of Gene and Paul’s BS doublespeak crapping all over it. At first glance, Kiss Alive Forever emerges as fodder for crazed Kiss-army purists. But it’s not the numerous attendance figures and show listings that make this book an amusing read, it’s...

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Coming through slaughter

Director Atom Egoyan ponders the Armenian genocide.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Atom Egoyan’s epic focusing on the early 20th century Armenian genocide in Turkey is based on his own heritage. Canada’s favorite filmmaking son has made what might be his most personal movie — but for all its good intentions, it’s not quite the masterpiece he wants it to be.

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Solaris

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Whether Steven Soderbergh's version of Stanislaw Lem's story is about a man who creates an alternate life for himself by using the creative forces of his grief or about a planet whose strange powers may not be benign doesn't seem to matter once the meditative pace starts to seem sluggish — with George Clooney and Natascha McElhone.

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Metropolis

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Quaint, pictorially vivid and quite mad, Fritz Lang's 1927 film has been restored to 124 minutes, with some footage previously unseen in the United States added and several missing scenes described by title cards — with Brigitte Helm as the seductive robotrix whose mission is to topple Metropolis.

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Treasure Planet

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Robert Louis Stevenson’s adventure on the high seas has moved to the boundless ocean of outer space in the Disney studio’s candidate for Thanksgiving box-office supremacy. The action sequences are spectacular, while doing justice to Stevenson’s classic story — a joy for kids of all ages.

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The Crime of Father Amaro

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Not what you’d expect from its title, if you’ve been a follower of the Catholic Church’s recent trials, director Carlos Carrera’s film slings stones at the sin and crime-stained glass windows of the church much like an unsympathetically portrayed mob does at a cranky but lovable atheist.

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The Emperor's Club

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2002 at 12:00 AM

The Emperor's Club is a nerd's version of Dead Poets Society, mimicking the "new kid at an uptight boys’ school-caring teacher" formula, but lacking the wonder, revelation and charisma of the latter. Kevin Kline's character, meant to be endearing, is about as interesting as a slide rule.

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The Emperor's Club

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2002 at 12:00 AM

The Emperor's Club is a nerd's version of Dead Poets Society, mimicking the "new kid at an uptight boys’ school-caring teacher" formula, but lacking the wonder, revelation and charisma of the latter. Kevin Kline's character, meant to be endearing, is about as interesting as a slide rule.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2002

The confusion is great

Posted By on Wed, Nov 20, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Those who are starved for leisure may be stricken with envy to learn that there are people in the world with spare time enough to translate classic literature into Klingon. No kidding, into Klingon, as in the Klingon language, which was invented in the ’80s by linguist Dr. Marc...

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