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Letters at 3AM
Whether there is any film in the camera isn't the point. [2]
Michael Ventura

Short Cuts
News from the film and multimedia world. [3]
Marjorie Baumgarten

Savoring Soundtracks
Every summer as the movies become painfully mind-numbing, Mary Dickson likes to get away from the theater and sort through her favorite movie soundtracks. [4]
Mary Dickson

Hollywood Invades Internet
A Look at the Best Movie Sites in Cyberspace. [5]
Devin D. O'Leary

Coming Attractions . . .
Independent movie theatres once thrived in Memphis. Is there any chance art houses will play here again? [6]
Elizabeth Lemond

Reel World
Local and national film news. [7]
Devin D. O'Leary

Fast Money, Tromeo & Juliet, Albino Alligator, and Blood and Black Lace
Scanlines presents its usual assortment of unusual video reviews. [8]

The Video Phile
Reviews of movies now on video. [9]

Videodrome
Our video reviewer digs into Night of the Zombies and The Flesh Eaters[10]
Scott Phillips

Videos a Go-Go
Every week, Jesse Fox Mayshark tackles a film genre for your enhanced rent 'n' view pleasure. [11]
Jesse Fox Mayshark

Presidential Pap
Air Force One Is Yet Another Predictable Thriller. [12]
Stacey Richter

Movie Guru
Zak Weisfeld hops aboard Air Force One. [13]
Zak Weisfeld

Hell to the Chief
Air Force One makes a credible movie out of an absurd premise. [14]
Jim Ridley

All in a Day's Work
In Air Force One, Harrison Ford saves the free world and the presidency in less than 24 hours, while Kenan & Kel barely save face in Good Burger. [15]
Hadley Hury

Feline Anxiety
A French Lass Searches for a Lost Cat in this Gaillic Gasser. [16]
Devin D. O'Leary

Film Reviews
Comprehensive reviews of current movies. [17]

Film Clips
Check out Tucson Weekly's capsule reviews packed with links to the hottest movie home pages on the Web. [18]

Now What?
A Web link page chock full of resources, recommendations, and staff picks pertaining to the subject of this section. [19]

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Volume I, Issue 9
August 4 - August 11, 1997

A t one point in John Waters's great, painfully twisted film Desperate Living, Queen Carlotta (Edith Massey), who runs the demented world of Mortville, declares it Backwards Day. Everybody has to wear their clothes backwards and walk backwards, and if they don't, well, you don't want to know what kinds of punishment Queen Carlotta prefers to inflict.

For no other reason than that "I feel like it," I'm declaring today my own special Backwards Day. I might eat the fortune cookie before the eggroll, or signal that I just turned (while driving), but for now I'm content to write about the stories in this section in an order opposite of my usual routine. That means: Various bric-a-brac articles go first, reviews of obscure video releases go second, and current movie reviews go last. That with okay you are? Be better you'd!

Let's see...this feels so different... Ever stay up till 3 a.m. contemplating the nature of movie magic? This writer did; he ended up drawing on Charlie Chaplin and John Cassavettes to describe the elusive "something" that gives power to a filmmaker's passion. Elsewhere, an author took it upon herself to sum up some of the best recent movie soundtracks -- which I, a fan of soundtracks ever since I heard my first John Barry score, couldn't appreciate more.

Pardon my rhymes, but do you want to know where to get the scoop on the latest movie poop? Here's an article with every Internet film resource a cinephile could ever wish upon a star for. And speaking of inside poop (that's "poop" backwards), you may be amused by this story about an Austin-run web site that has infuriated a lot of Hollywood bigwigs because it runs reviews of test screenings, often creating bad "buzz." Filmgoers in Memphis don't have to worry about movies with bad buzz -- they just censor them out of existence! Read why in this author's quest for a decent moviehouse. And: Reel World gives the latest news on the upcoming Bond flick and Aaron Spelling's Mod Squad movie.

As always, we've got enough video reviews to mash a couch potato:

And then there's the current-release reviews...

Week next you see!


Talk Back
If you're one of the few who didn't think Volcano blew, The Lost World bit, or The Fifth Element was one element too many, here's the forum to defend your opinion--crazy though it may be.

From The Vaults

The Film Vault Curious about a particular director's work? Not sure what to rent at the video store? Enjoy reading several contrasting opinions of the same film? This is the place for you. Hundreds of reviews lie at your fingertips, sortable by genre, date or director.


Stemming the Tide
Rymer's Angel Baby will grab your heart. [06-20-97]
Mary Dickson

Scanlines
Reviews of The Bicycle Thief, The Sadist, Rancho Notorious, and The Big Heat (all video). [07-28-97]




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