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Fall Movie Preview
Your guide to all the hot new releases for fall. [7]
Devin D. O'Leary


Full Reviews
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So-Long, Dalai
Hey, feel like serving time? Then check out "Seven Years In Tibet". [9]
Stacey Richter

Movie Guru
Jesse Fox Mayshark scales artistic heights to get a good look at "Seven Years in Tibet". [10]
Jesse Fox Mayshark

Under Western Eyes
"Seven Years in Tibet" is about three-and-a-half years too long. [11]
Donna Bowman and Ron Wynn

Measuring Up
In "Seven Years in Tibet", will audiences accept Brad Pitt as tutor to one of the world's great spiritual leaders? [12]
Hadley Hury

Porn Stars
"Boogie Nights" hits the gusher of hype. [13]
Ray Pride

Pornocopia
With "Boogie Nights", director Paul Thomas Anderson dares to one-up Scorsese, Altman, Tarantino, and any other film-geek icon you might name. [15]
Gary Susman

Not So Simple Minds
Absorbing new AIDS drama achieves greater meaning. [14]
Angie Drobnic

The Little Chill
On screen, Rick Moody's sourly hip novel, "The Ice Storm," is cold, brittle, treacherous, and sometimes otherworldly in its beauty. [16]
Peter Keough

Off Camera
A behind-the-scenes talk with Mark Waters, director of "The House of Yes", starring Parker Posey and Tori Spelling. [17]
Ray Pride

Least Appreciated
Keenan Ivory Wayans gets some action. [18]
Devin D. O'Leary


Mini Reviews
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Austin Chronicle

  • Chasing The Dream
  • Breaking Up
  • The Devil's Advocate
  • Different For Girls
  • Gang Related
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer
  • Most Wanted
  • Playing God
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation

Tucson Weekly

  • The Edge
  • Gang Related
  • Kiss The Girls
  • L.A. Confidential
  • The Matchmaker
  • Most Wanted
  • Mrs. Brown
  • RocketMan
  • Shall We Dance?
  • A Thousand Acres
  • U-Turn

The Boston Phoenix

  • The House of Yes
  • Fast, Cheap, & Out of Control
  • RocketMan
  • Most Wanted


From The Vaults

The Film Vault 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.


Volume I, Issue 20
October 20 - October 27, 1997

W hoa boy! I think there are more film reviews this week than we've ever had. If this keeps up -- and I suspect it will -- then you'll never have to walk into a movie without a fair warning of what you're getting into ever again. Even small, straight-to-video movies are eventually reviewed by at least one of our contributing papers. It may take a little effort to sort through all the reviews included here, but then again, you can always go to Weekly Wire's sister site, the Film Vault, if convenience is your concern. Me, I'm a bum and couldn't care less.

Anyway, let's talk about this week's movies. "Seven Years in Tibet" looks like a winner, huh? It's got the three B's: Buddhists, big mountains, and Brad Pitt. Never in the history of cinema have these three magical B's been brought together in one film. It's an Event Movie if ever there was one, and you can read all about it, here, here, here, or here. If you're more interested in the elusive fourth B -- boogie -- then look no further than "Boogie Nights", an ode to the '70s porn industry starring Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, and Burt Reynolds (the little-known fifth B). Interested? Follow one of these links to shake, shake, shake your Boogie.

There's also reviews of "The Ice Storm", "The House of Yes", and plenty of other stuff. But wouldn't you rather be reading more about the magical B's? For example, this interview with Oliver Stone contains all kinds of secrets about his blustering big ego. This interview with Aussie actor Russell Crowe explains what's behind the b-b-brutality of the bloke's character in "L.A. Confidential". Some say Crowe may be the next Mel Gibson, but if you ask me, he looks like Bob's Big Boy. Speaking of which, this article about the pseudo-release of" Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation" reveals that the movie was shelved for years because the Big Boys in Hollywood didn't want it to damage the reputations of Renee Zellweger and Matthew McConaughy, who starred in the embarrassing B-movie before they became "big." That reminds me, don't forget to read this big Fall Movie Preview. Whoa boy, that's big!


Interviews
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Austin Confidential
Australian actor Russell Crowe discusses his new movie, "Breaking Up", while in town for the Austin Film Festival. [2]
Marc Savlov

Stone Soul Booksigning
A quick chat with the legendary Oliver Stone. [3]
Edward Lagrossa

Breaking the "Ice"
An interview with "Ice Storm" director Ang Lee. [4]
Peter Keough

Any Way You Slice It
After a long legal battle, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation" is finally seeing sporadic release. [5]
Marc Savlov

Sidebar: Chainsaw Courthouse
Interview with "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation's" executive producer Robert Kuhn.


Behind the Scenes
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Film Fever
Notes from the Austin Heart of Film Screenwriters Conference & Festival. [8]
Marjorie Baumgarten

Reel World
Albuquerque film news. [25]
Devin D. O'Leary


Video + TV
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Pretty is not comedy
NBC has a record 18 sit-coms in prime-time -- lots of sex and glamor, but not many laughs. Surveying this fall's offerings. [19]
Robert David Sullivan

Videos a Go-Go
Every week, we explore a film genre for your enhanced rent 'n' view pleasure. [23]
Jesse Fox Mayshark

Scanlines
Reviews of "Alice in Acidland"; "The Godmonster of Indian Flats"; and "The English Patient" (all video). [24]


Now What?
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? [26]

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Talk Back
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.




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