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Growing Up in Public
Richard Linklater's evolution as a filmmaker. [2]
Louis Black

Fired Up
The maverick filmmaker discusses "Men With Guns." [3]
Ray Pride


Full Reviews
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No Whitewash
"Primary Colors" captures the sleaze and shades of gray in American politics. [4]
Stacey Richter

Smudgy Colors
A good try, but the central figure of "Primary Colors" remains indistinct. [5]
Jackson Baker

Movie Guru
The Movie Guru thinks it may be more entertaining just to tune in to CNN than to buy a ticket for "Primary Colors." [6]
Zak Weisfeld

The Basement Japes
Emir Kusturica's "Underground" is the collapse of Yugoslavia as imagined by the Three Stooges; plus reviews of "The Tango Lesson" and "The Newton Boys." [7]
Jim Ridley

Chan Can Cook
"Mr. Nice Guy." [8]
Devin D. O'Leary

Portrait of Longing
Review of "Love and Death On Long Island." [9]
Mary Dickson

London Brawling
"Nil By Mouth." [10]
Devin D. O'Leary

Film Tip of the Week
This week's must-see movie. [11]
Ray Pride


Video + TV
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TV Eye
Our expert panel's commentary on the Oscars. [17]
Margaret Moser

Videos a Go-Go
Every week, we explore a movie genre for your enhanced rent 'n' view pleasure. This week: Closet Evacuation Movies. [18]
Jesse Fox Mayshark

Pol Watchers
A look at the movies that have documented the behind-the-scenes world of presidential elections. [19]
Chris Herrington

Scanlines
Reviews of "The Game"; "Plymptoons: The Complete Works of Bill Plympton"; "Gorgo"; and "In a Lonely Place," all on video. [20]


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? [21]


Volume I, Issue 43
March 30 - April 6, 1998

S o how about those Oscars? Not only did they last longer than "Titanic," they were even more predictable. But it was great to see so many faces, outfits, emotions and egos in one place. A few questions I need to get off my chest:

  • Hasn't Ashley Judd ever heard of underwear?
  • Hasn't Helen Hunt ever heard of food?
  • If you have a moment of silence and then follow it with, "Now let's party till dawn!," are you completely insincere, or just an enormous goober?
  • What does it mean when one man (Stanley Donen) manages to convey more class and charm than everybody else combined?
Anyway, you can read all about the Oscars in this moment-by-moment recap. I'm more interested in talking about filmmakers with an independent spirit. And we've got those in spades with two articles about directors John Sayles and Richard Linklater. Seems both filmmakers have recently created dramas about men with guns -- in one case, literally. Sayles's "Men With Guns" tells about the little people trampled under by war in a fictional Latin American country, while Linklater's "The Newton Boys" is a biopic about four famous bank robbers who, in their spare time, discover gravity. Read about the film's lighter, more successful side here; or read about its problem-weighted side here.

We've also got three more reviews of "Primary Colors," to complement the two from last week, as well as critical looks at "Underground," "Mr. Nice Guy," "Nil by Mouth" and "Love and Death on Long Island." Pay attention -- these could be next year's Oscar contenders. Especially that Jackie Chan picture. Not just anyone can convincingly get his butt stuck in a garbage can, you know.


Mini Reviews
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SXSW Film Reviews
Our second round of reviews of narrative features and documentaries that screened at SXSW. [12]

Boston Phoenix

  • Films of Guy Maddin
  • James Ellroy
  • Grease
  • The Newton Boys
  • The Leading Man
  • Wide Awake
  • Meet the Deedles

Austin Chronicle

  • The Newton Boys
  • Love and Death on Long Island
  • Meet the Deedles
  • Mr. Nice Guy
  • Mrs. Dalloway
  • Primary Colors
  • Ride
  • Wild Things

Tucson Weekly

  • Fire
  • Mr. Nice Guy
  • Oscar & Lucinda
  • Twilight
  • U.S. Marshals
  • Wild Things

NewcityNet Chicago

  • Badlands
  • Grease
  • Wide Awake
  • Wild Things


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