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Rushmore
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Academy Leader [2]
All the critical acclaim for Rushmore is making its director, Wes Anderson, tired of talking about his new film; instead he's going to hunker down in a big yellow schoolbus outside his alma mater, UT-Austin.
— Michael Bertin, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Academy Award [3]
In his brilliant new "Rushmore," director Wes Anderson goes a long way to restoring the charm to adolescence.
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
National Treasure [4]
Latest on the list of films which not only don't suck, but are actually "good," is the kookie "Rushmore."
— James DiGiovanna, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Gimme an R [5]
Good performances plus a swift script equals the winning comedy, "Rushmore."
— Susan Ellis, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Rushmore [6]
This wildly original comedy is tops in its class.
— Marc Savlov, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Featured Articles
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Ch-Ch-Changes [7]
So what do you do after exposing your life to the ravages of MTV audiences on The Real World? In the case of original cast member Kevin Powell, he got on with his real, real life and didn't look back.
— Adrienne Martini, METRO PULSE
 
Letters at 3AM [8]
Warrior witches in hell: Examining Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Xena: Warrior Princess, and La Femme Nikita.
— Michael Ventura, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Ryan's Hope [9]
The slate of Oscar nominations to be released this coming Tuesday should present a critique of our current confusion over truth and illusion, reality and entertainment.
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Full Reviews
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Payback [12]
"Payback" is an existential hand grenade disguised as a Heist film.
— Marc Savlov, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Bad Manners [13]
Characters smolder in a tinderbox of lust, intellectual hubris, and emotional sadism in this psychosexual drama.
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
She's All That [14]
Teen Pygmalion has no bloom.
— Marc Savlov, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Child's Play [15]
In "The General," Dublin crime legend Martin Cahill is a more archetypal figure than all the Arthurian heavyweights of director John Boorman's "Excalibur."
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Little Voice [16]
A songbird and her foghorn mom create aural waves.
— Steve Davis, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Video + TV
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Don't Look Back [18]
NBC's film "The '60s" is just more revisionist establishment crap -- like "The Mod Squad" without the camp.
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Scanlines [19]
Reviews of two recent video releases -- "The Truman Show" and "The Sweet Hereafter" -- and the cult film "Electra Glide in Blue."
AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Love and Hell [20]
ABC shoots down Cupid and Fox sends Brimstone to hell. Can they be saved from cancellation?
— Bill Frost, SALT LAKE CITY WEEKLY
 
Big Bang Theory [21]
The calm and violence of Takeshi Kitano's "Fireworks."
— Chris Herrington, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
The Big Picture [22]
HDTV is coming. But when?
— Jim Hanas, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Videos a Go-Go [23]
Every week, we look at a movie category for your enhanced rent 'n' view pleasure. This week: Asian cinema.
— Coury Turczyn, METRO PULSE
 
TV Eye [24]
Keeping one eye on television and the other on pop culture.
— Margaret Moser, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 


Volume II, Issue 33
February 8 - February 15, 1999  
 
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

H aving none of the trappings of what would be traditionally considered Hollywood moviemaking, "Rushmore" is making noise in theaters all across the country. Created and directed by 29 year old Wes Anderson, the film has a bit of autobiography, a terrific young star, and...oh yeah...Bill Murray. Providing some insights from the promotional trail, Austin Chronicle and Boston Phoenix both chat with Anderson, while we get a taste of the film's unique quality from Tucson Weekly, Memphis Flyer, and Austin Chronicle.

Also up this week, two looks back at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. Nashville Scene's Rob Nelson ponders whether Sundance has become a mere market for films, rather than a celebration of independent film making. Memphis Flyer's Ken Hall takes a look at how to attend the festival if you are Joe Q. Public.

Kevin Powell was part of the original cast of MTV's "Real World." Metro Pulse's Adrienne Martini catches up with him to see how things have changed...and stayed the same in "Ch-Ch-Changes."

Michael Ventura takes us on a deep ride down the female television heroine trail with an examination of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Xena: Warrior Princess, and La Femme Nikita in "Letter at 3AM."

The Oscars are coming up quickly so get a handle on who the nominees will be with Boston Phoenix's Peter Keough in "Ryan's Hope."

Reviewed this week are "Payback," "Bad Manners," "She's All That," "The General," and "Little Voice" plus an interview with "Affliction" star Nick Nolte and more in Mini-Reviews.


Sundance Filmfest
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The Unseen Cinema [10]
Reviewing the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.
— Rob Nelson, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Sundance Journal [11]
An outsider's view of Robert Redford's independent film festival.
— Ken Hall, MEMPHIS FLYER
 

Interviews
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Killer Beside Me [17]
Nick Nolte battles an unholy father in "Affliction."
— Ray Pride, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 

Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix [25]

  • Children of Heaven
  • Payback
  • The Swindle

Tucson Weekly [26]
  • Little Voice
  • She's All That
  • A Simple Plan

Metro Pulse [27]
  • Hilary and Jackie
  • Payback
  • Simply Irrestible

Now What? [28]
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?
WEEKLY WIRE
 

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