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Noir Gang [2]
Tracing the paths of directors John Dahl and Carl Franklin.
— Chris Herrington, MEMPHIS FLYER
 

Rounders
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Poker Faces [3]
Sure, movies are predictable, but few movies that fall into the thriller genre are as predictable as "Rounders."
— Stacey Richter, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Poker Faces [4]
The Movie Guru finds some bluffing in "Rounders," but also a few aces up its sleeve.
— Jesse Fox Mayshark, METRO PULSE
 
Growing Pains [5]
"Slums of Beverly Hills" explores the comic trauma of growing up. "Rounders" fiddles with worthiness.
— Susan Ellis, MEMPHIS FLYER
 

Full Reviews
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Owen Meany He Isn't [6]
Reviewing "Simon Birch."
— Mary Dickson, SALT LAKE CITY WEEKLY
 
Touch Up [7]
Orson Welles's "Touch of Evil" wasn't meant to be a masterpiece, but the re-released feature can't help itself.
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
"Rachel's Daughters" [8]
New Age Nancy Drews.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
 

Interviews
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Who's Afraid of Neil LaBute? [9]
An interview with director Neil LaBute.
— Mary Dickson, SALT LAKE CITY WEEKLY
 
Y2HK [10]
Interviews with "Rush Hour" star Jackie Chan and "Six-String Samurai" guy Jeffrey Falcon.
— Ray Pride, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Saber Rattling [11]
Ex-secret agent Luciano Saber gets his first movie screened at the New York International Film Festival.
— Carl Kozlowski, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Six-String Reverb [12]
An interview with Lance Mungia and Jeffrey Falcon of "Six-String Samurai."
— Marc Savlov, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Behind the Scenes
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Unstrung but Not Unsung [13]
Harry's wild about the Samurai.
— Harry Knowles, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Video + TV
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Videos a Go-Go [14]
Every week, we explore a movie genre for your enhanced rent 'n' view pleasure. This week, Ben Stiller.
— Adrienne Martini, METRO PULSE
 
Scanlines [15]
The film legacy of Paul Williams: "The Muppet Movie," "Battle for the Planet of the Apes," and "Phantom of the Paradise."
AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Videodrome [16]
"Humanoids from the Deep" and "After the Fall of New York"
— Scott Phillips, WEEKLY ALIBI
 


Volume II, Issue 13
September 21 - September 28, 1998  
 
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

T his week's Matt Damon report brings you the latest on his new flick, "Rounders." Between actress Gretchen Mol's nipples and Damon's aw-shucks looks, there's something for both genders. We've got a couple of "Poker Faces," and a quick clip from Memphis Flyer.

"Six-String Samurai," a look at Buddy Holly in the post apocalypse wasteland of America, has hit it big on the independent film circuit. We have an interview with the film's creators, a literary pep rally for the film, and a short review. As an added bonus, film co-writer Jeffrey Falcon participates in a chat with Jackie Chan about the future of Hong Kong films and their influence on "Six-String Samurai."

Find out how a good Mormon man with a family cranks out disturbing films like "In the Company of Men" and "Your Friends and Neighbors" in an interview with Neil LaBute from Salt Lake City Weekly's Mary Dickson. Fledgling filmmaker Luciano Saber talks about his new film and his time as a special agent tracking down drug smuggling in "Saber Rattling."

Rounding out the Film & Television section this week are reviews of "Simon Birch," the re-release of Orson Welles's "Touch of Evil," "Rachel's Daughter," a bevy of Ben Stiller videos, and more.


Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix [17]

  • The Mirror
  • One True Thing
  • A Merry War
  • Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation
  • Permanent Midnight

Metro Pulse [18]
  • Fallen Angels
  • High Art
  • One True Thing
  • Rush Hour
  • Simon Birch

Tucson Weekly [19]
  • Passion In The Desert
  • Simon Birch
  • Slums of Beverly Hills

Newcity Chicago [20]
  • Permanent Midnight
  • Under the Skin

Austin Chronicle [21]
  • Funny Games
  • Six-String Samurai

Now What? [22]
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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