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279 Movies and 2 Funerals
A report from the Toronto International Film Festival. 
Playing The Game
The producer of The Game chats with Weekly Alibi. 
Devin D. O'Leary
The Game tries to answer that age-old question, What do you get the man who has everything? The answer: Something other than this silly flick. 
The controversial new film hits cinema screens. 
City of Angles
L.A. Confidential packs heat. 
Jim Ridley and Noel Murray
Coury Turczyn bares all for The Full Monty. 
Reviews of current film. 
Some Measure of Comfort
Mrs. Brown gives us everything we want from a great "small picture," while the gimmickry of The Full Monty pays off. 
Hadley Hury and Susan Ellis
Check out Tucson Weekly's capsule reviews packed with links to the hottest movie home pages on the Web. 
On the wall--recommended new releases. 
Noel Murray, Rob Nelson and Jim Ridley
Videos a Go-Go
Each week, we explore a film genre for your enhanced rent 'n' view pleasure. 
Jesse Fox Mayshark
Reviews of The War Room, Citizen Ruth, Donnie Brasco, and Heat (all video). 
Emmy roundup. 
What's the matter, couldn't find a review of that blockbuster film you're excited about? We certaintly don't want to leave you disappointed -- why not try some of these larger-than-life movie links? 
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Volume I, Issue 16
September 22 - September 29, 1997
uch to my chagrin, I've never been to a real, honest-to-goodness
film festival. I'm not talking about a small-time collection of
related movies; I'm talking about one of those big honkin' events
full of industry insiders, out-of-town media, hotel parties, speeches
before each film, and audiences who cheer when they like what
they see. Being a Film Bum, sneaking into two or three extra films
at the multiplex is probably the closest I'll ever come to this
experience. Thank heavens, then, that I can live vicariously through
this writer's trip to the Toronto Film Festival. She captures
the feel of the event, but more importantly she tells us which
movies to anticipate in upcoming months, so we'll know what to
sneak into at the multiplex later on.
Speaking of which, I recently spent my Saturday afternoon sneaking
into several movies, creating my own mini-festival complete with
stomach-destroying free popcorn refills and cavity-alluring baggies
of Reese's Pieces. One of the movies I viewed, The Game,
receives two evaluations here. This review disses the movie for
trying to make us sympathize with a rich man's mid-life crisis;
this one acknowledges the film's good points but finds it disappointly
devoid of fun. I agree -- The Game has a great ending but
it's more prankish than revelatory, and it takes too long to get
there. After reading this interview with producer Steve Golin,
though, I appreciate The Game a little more, since getting
it made was apparently an arduous game in itself.
I also snuck into L.A. Confidential, which has won rave
reviews across the land, including those found here and here.
You are advised to read them: L.A. Confidential looks like
it will be the big movie for the fall season, with Oscar nominations
likely. It was an audience favorite in the above-mentioned film
festival, too. I must admit, I got very caught up in L.A. Confidential's
story, which moves along at a powerful pace.
Among the movies I didn't sneak into, yet are reviewed in this
week's Film section:
Don't forget, you can always be a real Film Bum and have your
own mini-film festival at home with videos. I think that's the
way most people do it. Try these video recommendations for just
such an "event."
And if you missed the Emmys, don't fret: here's a recap. Did you
really want to sit through a show hosted by Bryant Gumbel anyway?
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.