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Oscar Face-Off
Heck, who doesn't love to read a dialogue between two know-it-all movie critics over who'll win some lofty prize that everybody'll forget the next day? [2]
Zak Weisfeld and Coury Turczyn

70th Academy Award Nominations
A list of nominees to refresh your memory. [3]

Statue of Limitations
Who got snubbed on the 70th Annual Academy Award nominations? [4]
Devin D. O'Leary

Ship of Fools?
The hype surrounding "Titanic"'s apparently inevitable Oscar sweep ominously echoes the White Star liner's claim to be unsinkable. Peter Keough explains who will, and should, get statues. [5]
Peter Keough

Oscar by Oscar
What really matters at the Oscars. [6]
Barbara Chisholm

Full Reviews
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Staged Coup
The version of "The Man in the Iron Mask" currently in theaters is simply abysmal. [10]
Stacey Richter

All for Naught
"The Man in the Iron Mask" leaves something to be desired; "The Sweet Hereafter" lingers. [11]
Susan Ellis

A Losing Battle
"Man in the Iron Mask" isn't worth the trouble. [12]
Donna Bowman and Noel Murray

Primal Emotions
Is this new political movie too close to reality for its own good? [13]
Ray Pride

Off Colors
The only things that Mike Nichols's "Primary Colors" bites into are doughnuts. [14]
Peter Keough

Film Tip of the Week
This week's must-see movie. [15]
Ray Pride

Video + TV
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Irma Vep
The best of video's new releases. [20]
Ray Pride

Family Triangle
It's campy and sarcastic, but a good bet for home video. [21]
Rob Nelson, Jim Ridley and Noel Murray

Rock, rock, rock, rock, rock & roll movies! [22]
Jerry Renshaw

"Mother's Day" and the Fiesta Drive-in!
Mind-bending video reviews from our psychotronic couch critic. [23]
Scott Phillips

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]

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Volume I, Issue 42
March 23 - March 30, 1998

I just read the best interview with film critic Pauline Kael in a magazine called Modern Maturity. (Link there, but be sure to come back to Weekly Wire!) When asked about the Oscars, Kael says, "I've managed to write about movies for a lifetime without ever writing about the Academy Awards. That's a great source of pride."

How many reviewers can say the same? The answer, if this week's film section is any indication, is not many. Seems everybody has something to say about the Oscars, whether it's who should win, who will win, or what they'll all be wearing when they win. As I write it is Monday morning, but by the time you read this the Oscars will probably be over. Does that make these Academy Awards articles irrelevant? Hell no! You can have even more fun judging their bumptious predictions against who actually won. Hindsight and all that.

So here they are. My personal favorite is the one where the Metro Pulse's Zak Weisfeld and Coury Turczyn debate the winners based on which movies have the most "asskicking" and which directors are the least "wussy." They ought to win some sort of Best Vernacular award. So should the Weekly Alibi's Devin D. O'Leary -- in the Most Cynical Predictions category, of course. Meanwhile, the Boston Phoenix's Peter Keough deserves a couple of awards: one for Best Repeated Use of the Word "Hubris," the other for determining his Best Actor prediction based on who played the biggest assholes.

Then there's the Austin Chronicle's Barbara Chisholm, who cut to the chase and wrote about what people'd be wearing. That's the spirit! Who cares who wins the big popularity contest? Let's talk sequins and cleavage!

Hopefully we'll have some amusing recaps of the Oscars in the weeks to come. Until then, let me offer a little Academy Award prediction of my own: The musical numbers are gonna blow.

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Getting Down and Dirty With the Cast of "Wild Things"
Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell and Denise Richards are ready to talk trash. [7]
Devin D. O'Leary

Frederick Wiseman
Legendary Cambridge, Massachusetts-based documentarian Frederick Wiseman isn't even trying to win the Oscar he deserves. [8]
Gerald Peary

Girls, Sex and Movies
An interview with Sarah Jacobson, the woman behind "Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore." [9]
Marc Savlov

Mini Reviews
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SXSW Film Reviews

  • Chicago Cab
  • Dog Years
  • Frat House
  • Goreville, U.S.A.
  • Independent's Day
  • Kitchen Party
  • The Long Way Home
  • Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart
  • Sanity
  • Six String Samurai

Boston Phoenix

  • Mother & Son
  • Mr. Nice Guy
  • Moon Over Broadway
  • Don't Look Back
  • The Man in the Iron Mask
  • A Night to Remember
  • The Jew in the Louts
  • Wild Things

NewcityNet Chicago

  • Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life
  • Mr. Nice Guy

Austin Chronicle

  • Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore
  • The Winter Guest

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