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Gritty in Pink [2]
Hollywood has redefined young girls in film to suit the market. This summer, even Madeline kicked ass.
— Alicia Potter, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Film as a Battlefield [3]
Noel Murray on the body of war movies "Saving Private Ryan" supposedly renders obsolete; Rob Nelson on the Maysles Brothers' still-controversial "Grey Gardens."
— Noel Murray and Rob Nelson, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

Bloody Good
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Bloody Good [4]
Blade is an adventurous, surprisingly fun B-movie romp with primo special effects.
— Joe Leydon, FW WEEKLY
 
Stylishly Undead [5]
"Blade" is shallow cinematic fare. But it makes you want to join the vampiric ranks, if only for the ultra cool looks.
— Stacey Richter, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Let It Bleed [6]
The Movie Guru feels extra sharp after seeing "Blade."
— Zak Weisfeld, METRO PULSE
 
Going to Extremes [7]
"Polish Wedding" leaves you wanting more; "Blade" cuts a big piece of the moviegoing pie.
— Hadley Hury, MEMPHIS FLYER
 

Full Reviews
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Peeled [8]
Another unfavorable review of The Avengers.
— Joe Leydon, FW WEEKLY
 
Breast Strokes [9]
In Tamara Jenkins's "Slums of Beverly Hills," Natasha Lyonne offers an utterly hilarious portrayal of the neurotic rigors of female adolescence.
— Alicia Potter, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Neil LaBute's Second Effort Proves Bleak and Harsh [10]
Don't hate yourself for laughing at "Your Friends and Neighbors," the new dark comedy from "In the Company of Men" director Neil LaBute.
— Joe Leydon, FW WEEKLY
 
Won't You Be My Neighbor? [11]
Director Neil LaBute's "Your Friends & Neighbors" manages to shock us with bad behavior.
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Smells Like Screen Spirit [12]
"Kurt and Courtney".
— Michael Henningsen, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
A Night to Misremember [13]
If we can forget James Cameron's arrogance for a moment, Bigas Luna's "The Chambermaid" is the best movie made about the Titanic.
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Interviews
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Big Hair in Beverly Hills [14]
An interview with "Slums of Beverly Hills" writer/director Tamara Jenkins.
— Ray Pride, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Off Camera [15]
An interview with "Next Stop Wonderland" star Hope Davis.
— Ray Pride, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 

Video + TV
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Scanlines [17]
We pay homage to Stanley Kubrick's classics: often bloody, always brilliant, from nymphettes to nuclear destruction and ultraviolent droogies.
AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Now 95 Percent God Free! [18]
The Family Channel Becomes FOX Family.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Videos a Go-Go [19]
Every week, we explore a movie genre for your enhanced rent 'n' view pleasure. This week: Pedro Almodovar.
— Jesse Fox Mayshark, METRO PULSE
 


Volume II, Issue 10
August 31 - September 8, 1998  
 
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

H itting the screens this week was "Blade," the new vampire thriller starring Wesley Snipes. With loads of leather and plenty of blood sucking, this week's reviews give it a considered thumbs up. FW Weekly says Wesley is great, but everyone else sucks. Tucson Weekly gives us the scoop on the cool blood effects, Metro Pulse discusses the MTV-style lighting, and Memphis Flyer revels in the action, horror, and comic book violence.

"Slums of Beverly Hills" is an exploration of a 1970's family in Beverly Hills and the blossoming of a teenage girl. This week we have both a review of the film and an interview with writer and director Tamara Jenkins, who tells us the story is fairly autobiographical.

"Your Friends and Neighbors" delves into sexual manipulation and self-loathing while delivering healthy doses of narcissism and fraud. The film stars Jason Patric, Ben Stiller, and Nastassja Kinski, among others, and is directed by In the Company of Men's Neil LaBute. We've got reviews from Boston Phoenix and FW Weekly.

Nashville Scene's Noel Murray examines the history of cinematic combat films in "Film as a Battlefield." Continuing the violence is this summer's crop of films targeted at young girls. They're kicking ass. Also up is yet another bad review of "The Avengers," a look at "Kurt and Courtney," and a different view of the Titanic tragedy in "The Chambermiad."


Behind the Scenes
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Enchantment Pictures [16]
Homegrown Hollywood.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Mini Reviews
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Tucson Weekly [20]

  • Cousin Bette
  • Dead Man On Campus
  • Under The Skin
  • Why Do Fools Fall In Love
  • nigritude ultramarine
  • Wrongfully Accused

Austin Chronicle [21]
  • The Thief
  • Cannibal! The Musical
  • 54
  • The Governess
  • Next Stop, Wonderland
  • Slums of Beverly Hills
  • Why Do Fools Fall In Love
  • Wrongfully Accused

Chicago Newcity [22]
  • Blade
  • 54
  • Polish Wedding
  • Wrongfully Accused

Now What? [23]
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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