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On the Edge of the Edge
The work of the great filmmaker John Cassavetes. [2]
Michael Ventura

Letters at 3am
Surrender yourself to film. [3]
Michael Ventura

White Sale
Hollywood cleans out its linen closet every winter, but does anyone give a sheet? [4]
Ray Pride

Irresistible Force
"Spice World"'s patent silliness and implausibility suggest that this portrayal of what the Girls are really like is not to be believed. [5]
Gary Susman

Full Reviews
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CinemaScope Rebel
Director Jean-Luc Godard's "Contempt" is a wonderful, if slightly dated, piece of filmmaking. [6]
Stacey Richter

The Dalai Lama Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Martin Scorsese is a long way from Brooklyn with "Kundun." [7]
Devin D. O'Leary

Movie Guru
Matthew T. Everett expounds on the subtleties of "The Sweet Hereafter." [8]
Matthew T. Everett

All Wet
"Hard Rain" is all wet, while "Fallen" lacks soul. [9]
Susan Ellis

Off Camera
"Happy Together" is Wong Kar-Wai's story of two Hong Kong gay men who drift to Argentina. [10]
Ray Pride

Weary of the Fight
Review of "The Boxer." [11]
Mary Dickson

Ring of Violence
Film reviews of "The Boxer" and "Love Serenade." [12]
Rick Barton

Film Tip of the Week
This week's must-see flick: "Delinquent." [13]
Ray Pride

Reconstructing Woody
"Deconstructing Harry" is neither a crime nor a misdemeanor; some random thoughts on the "Titanic" phenomenon. [14]
Noel Murray

From The Vaults

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Now What?
What's the matter, couldn't find a review of that blockbuster film you're excited about? We certainly don't want to leave you disappointed -- why not try some of these larger-than-life movie links? [24]

Volume I, Issue 34
January 26 - February 2, 1998

C an this Michael Ventura guy write, or what? He penned two pieces this week: one's a loving tribute to John Cassavetes, the other's a loving tribute to the people who ran hole-in-the-wall art-house cinemas in the early '60s. While I'm woefully ignorant of Cassavetes' work, and know only that he uses a lot of actor improvisation and hand-held camera, I do know something about those little enclaves where film fanatics gather religiously to see unconventional movies. Such theaters, with their poor ventilation, their odd clientele and their old, aromatic upholstery, have become almost completely extinct in the days of the 20-plex. They're worth remembering.

That said, I still have to admit a weakness and fondness for big-budget Hollywood schlock. I especially love the unheralded schlock -- the stuff that rolls into town with next to no advance promotion. Sure, most of these films are sub-standard fare, but what's great is that you can enjoy their modest satisfactions with absolutely no taint of expectation. And if ever there was a time for unheralded schlock, this budgetary no-man's land between the holidays and tax time, when all anybody in Hollywood cares about are last year's Oscar contenders, is it. A welcome guide summarizes the schlock for easy reference.

But all of that aside, isn't it time you stopped watching so many movies and got out for a change? There's a whole world out there! Why waste time sitting in a dark theater when you could be basking in the glow of stage lights at a live studio taping for one of your favorite sit-coms? Now that's living.

Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix

  • Fallen
  • Gummo
  • Half Baked
  • Oscar and Lucinda
  • Star Kid
  • Swept from the Sea

Austin Chronicle

  • Deep Crimson
  • Half-Baked
  • Spice World

Tucson Weekly

  • Fallen
  • Half Baked
  • Hard Rain
  • Star Kid
  • Wag the Dog

Chicago NewCityNet

  • Oscar and Lucinda
  • Spice World

Video + TV
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Videos a Go-Go
Every week, we look at a movie genre for your enhanced rent 'n' view pleasure. This week: those wacky aliens! [19]
Coury Turczyn

Mind-bending video reviews from our psychotronic couch critic. [20]
Scott Phillips

Reviews of videos: "Contact," "This Is Not a Test," "Anima Mundi," and "Laura." [21]

TV Eye
You too can be a part of the fine studio audience. [22]
Margaret Moser

The Big Fix
No one expects ER to become significantly more popular next season unless its next live episode includes a presidential assassination or a Super Bowl game. But NBC had no choice but to throw money at a winner. [23]
Robert David Sullivan

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