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Movie Man [2]
Michael H. Price, former film critic as well as reference book author, comic book writer, illustrator and recording studio engineer, puts together the first Fort Worth Film Festival.
— Joe Leydon, FW WEEKLY
Cinema Stars [3]
In the '50s, it was practically a point of pride to tear down historical buildings in Knoxville, Tennessee. Today, we look at two surviving gems that are currently undergoing a renaissance.
— Coury Turczyn, METRO PULSE

Full Reviews
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Learning Curve [4]
Director Bryan Singer's "Apt Pupil" is one of the most literate and genuinely creepy movies ever adapted from a Stephen King tale.
Evil is Contagious [5]
Although it may manipulate the Holocaust for dramatic means, Apt Pupil is a wonderful study in evil and character.
— Joe Leydon, FW WEEKLY
Nearly 'Beloved' [6]
The Movie Guru is sadly unswept away by "Beloved."
— Jesse Fox Mayshark, METRO PULSE
Unbroken Chains [24]
Jonathan Demme's direction highlights "Beloved."
Dolled-Up Dreck [7]
"Bride Of Chucky" embodies the ultimate, plastic surrender to the dictates of pop culture.
— Stacey Richter, TUCSON WEEKLY
Not So Nice [8]
"Pleasantville" is an engaging and well-acted film with more value and depth than its contrived premise may suggest.
— Joe Leydon, FW WEEKLY
If Summer is Over , Why Are The Knights Getting Shorter? [9]
"The Mighty".
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
Un-Happiness [10]
Todd Solondz, whose previous film, "Welcome to the Dollhouse," demonstrated depth and subtlety in its outrageousness, falls back on cheap thrills and kneejerk irony in his new "Happiness."
Orgasmic Mormons [11]
"South Park" creator Trey Parker brings new meaning to the phrase "Happy Valley."
Bloody Jericho [12]
Fort Worth's Dwight Greene has crafted a critically praised self-financed indie film full of horror and local flavor, "Ramming Speed."
— Jane Holleman, FW WEEKLY

Video + TV
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Commercial Culture [17]
Compared to a lot of Hollywood films, the best TV commercials are works of art. Too bad they're always trying to sell you something.
— Stephen Heuser, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
Serial Filler [18]
Profiler, part of NBC's Saturday night "Thrillogy," lightens up and gets Jack--uh, why?
Videos a Go-Go [19]
Every week, we explore a movie genre for your enhanced rent 'n' view pleasure. This week; Michael Moore.
— Coury Turczyn, METRO PULSE
Scanlines [20]
The marriage of food and flicks: "My Breakfast With Blassie," "The Ploughman's Lunch," and "Dinner at Eight."

Behind the Scenes
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Sleazy Listening [16]
Be you a music hater or a film lover, you can find a plethora of ironic delight in these old B-movie soundtracks.

Volume II, Issue 18
October 26 - November 2, 1998  

L oaded with reviews this week, first we take a nostalgic look at some beautiful old movie houses in Knoxville, Tennessee. Dating back to the 1920's, Metro Pulse's Coury Turczyn takes us through these awe-inspiring theaters in "Cinema Stars."

Responding to the abundance of crap on the big screen, former film critic Michael H. Price decided he'd do something about it. That 'something' is the Fort Worth Film Festival. FW Weekly's Joe Leydon gives us the lowdown on Price's efforts in "Movie Man."

Stephen King's work is on the screen again with his novella, "Apt Pupil," brought to us by director Bryan Singer. Two reviews provide perspective on the film in "Learning Curve" and "Evil is Contagious." Meanwhile, director Jonathan Demme brings us Oprah Winfrey's first on-screen love scene in Toni Morrison's "Beloved." We take two looks at the film in "Nearly 'Beloved'," and "Unbroken Chains."

Also reviewed, "Bride of Chucky," "Pleasantville (accompanied by an interview with director Gary Ross)," "The Mighty," "Happiness (and an interview with director Todd Solondz)," Trey Parker's "Orgazmo," and indie film "Ramming Speed."

Extras include a chat with actress Ann Miller, a spin of B-movie soundtracks, ponderings on TV commercials' artistic value, and more.

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Color Bind [13]
An interview with writer-director Gary Ross.
A Leg Up [14]
An interview with actress Ann Miller.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
Off Camera [15]
An interview with "Happiness" director Todd Solondz.
Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix [21]

  • Slam
  • Pleasantville
  • Orgazmo
  • Who the Hell Is Juliette?
  • Shadrach
  • Bride of Chucky
  • Practical Magic

Austin Chronicle [22]
  • Happiness
  • Apt Pupil
  • Bride of Chucky
  • A Merry War
  • The Mighty
  • Orgazmo
  • Pleasantville
  • Soldier

Metro Pulse [23]
  • Apt Pupil
  • Buffalo '66
  • The Mighty
  • Pleasantville
  • Soldier

Chicago Newcity [25]
  • Apt Pupil
  • Happiness

Now What? [26]
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