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Fall Film Guide

Fall Film Guide
'Tis the season for the studios to start cranking out their highbrow, award-worthy material in an effort to capture the attention of Academy voters.
Devin D. O'Leary

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Volume III, Issue 16
October 11 - October 18, 1999

News & Opinion

Bigwigs at the World Trade Organization's annual summit in November will be greeted by a sea of protesters condemning the WTO's role in the trampling of worker rights and the environment. Simply because one is called a hacker does not indicate that one should also be called a criminal. The Memphis public library has begun installing Internet filters on its computers. Also, a battle over labeling imported produce, a possible candidate for governor of Tennessee, and more.

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Film & TV

No more light sabers, mechanical spiders, and ghost witches. It's time for serious films. It's time for the Fall Film Guide. The "serious" season is already under way with "Three Kings" and "American Beauty," the latest additions to a canon of films with innovative style and insight into old dilemmas. Ray Pride takes a look at the Chicago International Film Festival which seems more like an institution than a cultural necessity. Plus reviews of lots of films, including Harrison Ford's newest, "Random Hearts," and more.

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In September 1979, three young black men released a 12-inch single that scored pretty well as a novelty song. Hip-hop was born. The Isley Brothers have a terrific new three-disc retrospective that covers all the bases, from doo-wop to Hot 97. This week we offer profiles of Nashville's David Mead, bluegrass musician Del McCoury, and Tucson's punkabilly James Dead. Plus, a review of new music from John Popper, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

A Northern Loop
Collectively Speaking
The Mayor of Palookaville
Drenched Rats
and more...

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Jonathan Lethem has written a hard-boiled detective novel that manages to be conventionally satisfying while simultaneously transcending the well-worn genre. A new biography of rocker Patti Smith is an occasionally insightful, ultimately disappointing chronicle of the artist's trailblazing career. Kathleen Tyau's "Makai" serves equally as an adequate work of travel writing and an engaging novel. Plus, a postmodern escape into the lives of two siblings, selections from the Weekly Wire archives, and more.

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Come down from your Staggering Heights and get to the Red Meat of the matter with this swell set of cartoons that also includes Mueller, K. Rat and Random Shots.

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