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Scream Of Consciousness [2]
David Fincher's "Fight Club" breaks through the glass ceiling of Hollywood narrative, and novelist Chuck Palahniuk is pumped up about it.
— Ray Pride, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
The Art of Pain [3]
"Fight Club" author Chuck Palahniuk specialized in the visceral.
— Ashley Fantz, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Fight Club [4]
There's not a shred of sanity in its soggy, gore-soaked 140 minutes, but you can almost empathize with the story's anarchic zeal.
— Marc Savlov, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Sparring Match [5]
In "Fight Club," director David Fincher puts Brad Pitt and Edward Norton on bruise control.
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

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Advance Screening [6]
Showcasing films to come over the next year; New York Film Featival focuses on quality over quantity.
— Scott Manzler, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

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Heart Failure [7]
Somewhere in the middle of the movie, realizing that he's used up all the plot alloted him by the plot department for this flick, Pollack gets desperate.
— James DiGiovanna, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Strange Bedfellows [8]
"Random Hearts" is distant, sober and surprisingly unaffecting.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Heart Broken [9]
"Random Hearts" may be too random.
— Susan Ellis, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
The Story of Us [10]
Delivers just a few knowing laughs and the hint of a couple of tears.
— Marjorie Baumgarten, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Lynch's Road Less Traveled [11]
In "The Straight Story," David Lynch delivers a marvelous, meditative--and G-rated--comedy.
— Ray Pride, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Hold the Martini [12]
Alan Rudolph's over-the-top adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's "Breakfast of Champions" is hilarious. So don't believe everything you hear.
— Jeffrey Gantz, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Bandits [13]
Unruly girls around the world are liable to find these "Bandits" stealing their hearts.
— Marjorie Baumgarten, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Finding North [14]
A sweet, quietly romantic, and hopeful gem.
— Marc Savlov, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Black Cat, White Cat [15]
Bursting with activity and plot twists that heighten the viewers' senses in an effort to drink it all in.
— Marjorie Baumgarten, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
A Chinese Ghost Story: The Tsui Hark Animation [16]
Sit back and enjoy the colorful, chaotic, utterly senseless fun while it's in front of you.
— Marc Savlov, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Marcello Mastroianni: I Remember... Yes, I Remember [17]
A lovely, engrossing tribute.
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Police Brutality [18]
If you're a fan of Takeshi Kitano, don't miss "Violent Cop," his seminal work.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human [19]
A slapdash, comic mess, less amusing than it is annoying.
— Marc Savlov, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 


Volume III, Issue 17
October 18 - October 25, 1999  
 
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

I t's a ferocious rush of troubling dreams, as dense and dark as any slab of arthouse Euro-murk, but as mordantly funny and sassy as any recent comedy. What is it? "Fight Club," with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. "Fight Club" author Chuck Palahniuk is "always up for the bizarre story," and the film version of his novel is "funny, subversive stuff," according to one of our reviewers. Another says, though, it's "just shadow boxing."

Three more reviews of "Random Hearts" have checked in, and none of the three is overwhelmed by the film.

After several seasons of uninspired mediocrity that sent viewers fleeing to cable, the big three networks are finally improving their ratings, and serious dramas are outscoring the sitcoms.

Plus, a visit to the New York Film Festival and lots more movie reviews!



Video + TV
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Get Serious [20]
After several seasons of uninspired mediocrity that have sent viewers fleeing to cable, the big three networks are making an effort to win back an audience with real drama.
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
TV Eye [21]
From Ethel Mertz to Margaret Cho, we examine how the small screen has portrayed big women.
— Belinda Acosta, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Syndicated Series Sail Seas of Cheese to Exotic Ports [22]
A new crop of syndicated series to fill the nooks and crannies of a station's schedule.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Back in the USSR [23]
A look at the Soviet Avant-garde.
— Chris Herrington, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix Movie Clips [24]

  • All the Little Animals
  • Earth
  • Random Hearts
  • Lucie Aubrac
  • The Story of Us
  • The Living Museum

Tucson Weekly Film Clips [25]
  • The Minus Man
  • Superstar

Now What? [26]
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WEEKLY WIRE
 

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