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Sundance Film Festival
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Dance Fever [2]
Sundance 2000: The year of "dot-comming," short films, female athletes, and the feverish race for the next big thing.
— Marjorie Baumgarten, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
On The Ground [3]
From "American Psycho" to Tammy Faye Bakker, making the scene at Sundance 2000.
The Big Sale [4]
There's little consensus, but halfway through, some gems emerge at Sundance.
Circus Moves [5]
As the Sundance show winds down, the lack of "big" movies makes for a kinder, gentler festival.
Finishing Touches [6]
A mellow festival capped off by mellow awards; wrapping up the last of the action from Sundance.
Solar Flare [7]
A visit to the annual Sundance film festival; Iranian film "The Apple."
— Rob Nelson and Jim Ridley, NASHVILLE SCENE

Full Reviews
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Blind Alley [9]
There's one question raised by "Eye of the Beholder": huh?
— James DiGiovanna, TUCSON WEEKLY
Curiouser and Curiouser [10]
"Eye of the Beholder" commits an insurmountable sin -- tedium.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
Topsy-Turvy [11]
Full of dry, wry wit buoyed by rich, perfectly amazing performances, and wrapped in a wealth of period costumes and sets, "Topsy-Turvy" is wildly entertaining.
Natural Selection [12]
A fairly typical first film: plenty of talent on display but too little focus and overall quality control.
Sweet and Lowdown [13]
A literate, sophisticated comedy whose humor and loss and hope linger in our hearts.
Begging for an End [14]
Where did the two hours of my life wasted watching "The End of the Affair" go? Also, "Cradle Will Rock."
— Ashley Fantz, MEMPHIS FLYER
Crimewave Good-bye [15]
"Time is Running Out" is an eye-catching, curiosity-arousing 1999 escapee from the Far East.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
Disunity Rules [16]
Chen Kaige's "The Emperor and the Assassin" is a story of a man whose goal was the unification of China, but the film fails to achieve unity itself.

Video + TV
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TV Eye [17]
Austinite Edward E. Toutant wants to be a millionaire : and in this interview, he tells of his near-miss adventure to get into the hottest seat on prime time.
— Belinda Acosta, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Exposed [18]
"Romance" is porn and commentary.
— Chris Herrington, MEMPHIS FLYER
Video Reviews [19]
One-eyed monsters! Great White sharks! Man-eating alligators! A look at four films that take their threats (sort of) seriously.

Volume III, Issue 33
February 7 - February 14, 2000  

T he Sundance Film Festival has concluded for another year, and the flock of independent films that were screened there will either be snapped up by major distributors, slowly make their way around the country's art houses, or disappear into videotape obscurity. Our collection of reports from Park City, Utah, begins with Marjorie Baumgarten's overview of the festivities for the Austin Chronicle, contines with NewCity Chicago's Ray Pride filing the first of a handful of reports from the front, and concludes with a dispatch from Nashville Scene's Rob Nelson.

Austin native Mark Bristol took the long way around when, as a movie-mad kid, he decided to cut himself in for a piece of the action and become a director himself. But now his first feature, "Natural Selection," has finally hit the big screen.

Fans of attractive, blood-spattered, naked women murdering men in neckties will no doubt enjoy the first 20 minutes of "Eye of the Beholder" says one our of critics, but otherwise its appeal is dubious. Our second reviewer says that few of the questions raised by the film are answered to any measurable satisfaction.

Also this week, an interview with a man who wanted to be a millionaire, reviews of "Topsy-Turvy," "Sweet and Lowdown," and more!

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Survival of the Fittest? [8]
The unlikely story behind the Austin-based black comedy, Natural Selection.

Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix Movie Clips [20]

  • A Map of the World
  • Eye of the Beholder
  • Isn't She Great

Tucson Weekly Film Clips [21]
  • Down to You
  • The End of the Affair

Now What? [22]
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