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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.
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
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."
— Donna Bowman, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
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."
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Orgasmic Mormons [11]
"South Park" creator Trey Parker brings new meaning to the phrase "Happy Valley."
— Mary Dickson, SALT LAKE CITY WEEKLY
 
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?
— Bill Frost, SALT LAKE CITY WEEKLY
 
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."
— Marcel Meyer, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

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.
— Jerry Renshaw, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 


Volume II, Issue 18
October 26 - November 2, 1998  
 
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

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.


Interviews
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Color Bind [13]
An interview with writer-director Gary Ross.
— Ray Pride, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
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.
— Ray Pride, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
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]
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?
WEEKLY WIRE
 

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