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Actress Anne Francis still shines after 60 years in show business. 
David D. Duncan
The Star Maps Hustle
Filmmaker Miguel Arteta had to do four years of wheeling and dealing to get his feature on the screen. 
Star Maps is one of those movies that makes perfect sense once you swallow one difficult-to-believe fact. 
Peter Greenaway's erotic new experiment is a must see. 
Devin D. O'Leary
Queen Victoria's "friendship" with John Brown is a poignant tale of love. 
Chaney Rankin joins the elite Guru ranks with a Picture Perfect review. 
In two current comedies. When the Cat's Away and Picture Perfect, the females leads find more than they expected. 
A World Without Heroes
Spawn bites it. 
Noel Murray, Donna Bowman, and Jim Ridley
Elvis' Fantastic Voyage
Showtime's Elvis Meets Nixon retraces the King's path to the White House. 
Summertime, and thoughts turn to Good Burger. 
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Gossip and news from the local and national film scene. 
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Reviews of Feeling Minnesota, Gal Young 'Un, A Flash of Green, and Ruby in Paradise (all video). 
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Volume I, Issue 10
August 11 - August 18, 1997
e don't always get interviews in the Weekly Wire's film
section, but when we do, they're unusual choices. Take this interview
with actress Anne Francis. Unknown to younger audiences, Francis'
credits include great '50s films like Forbidden Planet
and The Blackboard Jungle, not to mention her sexy (or
so I've heard) private-eye role on the '60s TV show Honey West.
She may be out of the Hollywood loop now, but that makes her interview
the kind I love to read, because she's not selling something.
Director Miguel Arteta, whose movie Star Maps has been
enjoying critical acclaim lately, may have something to sell,
but he interviews well anyway. Maybe that's because this first-time
filmmaker, who spent four years struggling to fund his tale of Latino debasement in L.A., hasn't bought into the Hollywood schmooze
machine. In any case, his is an independent-filmmaking success
story worth hearing, and this review confirms that his effort
paid off brilliantly.
Speaking of independent filmmakers basking in newfound success,
Victor Nuñez's Ulee's Gold recently kickstarted
Peter Fonda's long-suffering acting career and earned the director
a honeypot full of respect. But what about his other films? A
summary of three past works points the way for those still abuzz
from Nuñez's meditative, beekeeper-with-a-heart-of-gold
Nuñez is one of the rare few whose career actually benefits
from having his old efforts dredged up. Renee Zellweger and Matthew
McConaughy aren't nearly so fortunate: An embarrassingly crappy
film they made together before they were famous, Texas Chainsaw
Massacre: The Next Generation, will soon enjoy full-scale
distribution thanks to their popularity. You can read all about
the carnage here or here. Why are journalists falling over themselves
just to write about some dumb horror flick? I suppose it's some sort of cosmic revenge for having hard-to-spell names.
We've got a superb selection of foreign-film reviews this week,
so dig in if you're an overseas-celluloid buff:
We never neglect Hollywood product, though, because where else
can you see your favorite TV star's famous hairdo tower 20 feet
overhead? I'm talking, of course, about the new Jennifer Aniston
vehicle Picture Perfect. If these three reviews (1, 2,
3) are any indication, Aniston's film career may be as short-lived
as Anne Francis'. It's not easy being perky.
Other Hollywood films critiqued this week: the evil Spawn
and the greasy Good Burger. Oh, by the way, there's
an Elvis article hidden among the reviews somewhere. Can you find
it? The editor of the Weekly Wire news section told me
to give you a message: "brand new Cadillac." I'm not
sure what that means, but it does sound enticing.
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.
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.
Videos a Go-Go
Jesse's weekly dissection of a movie genre for your enhanced rent-and-view pleasure. [07-14-97]
Jesse Fox Mayshark
Reviews of The Bicycle Thief, The Sadist, Rancho Notorious, and The Big Heat (all video). [07-28-97]