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Hooked on hookers: Through Hollywood history, most fallen women have had hearts of gold. [7]
Peter Keough

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In Praise Of Noah
Donna Bowman likes everything but that human-spirit crap in "Gattaca." [12]
Noel Murray, Donna Bowman, and Jim Ridley

Bad Medicine
David Duchovny stars in "Playing God," a laughably bad thriller from former technician-turned-director Andy Wilson. [2]
Stacey Richter

Movie Guru
Coury Turczyn condemns "Playing God" straight to heck. [18]
Coury Turczyn

David Duchovny's first starring role since attaining TV fame is a surprisingly clever thriller. [15]
Devin D. O'Leary

Calling All Angels
Cameron Diaz and Ewan McGregor help director Danny Boyle hit the heights in "A Life Less Ordinary." [5]
Peter Keough

Spare Times
"Gattaca" director Andrew Niccol goes back to the future of set design. [8]
Ray Pride

Off Camera
Of Joe Eszterhas' many reinventions of himself, "Telling Lies in America" could be the best. [10]
Ray Pride

Film Tip of the Week
This week's must-see flick:"Weed." [9]
Ray Pride

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Austin Chronicle

  • Fairytale: A True Story
  • Gattaca
  • Going All The Way
  • The House Of Yes
  • Licensed To Kill
  • The Myth Of Fingerprints

Boston Phoenix

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  • Devil's Advocate
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer
  • Nanette Et Boni
  • Playing God
  • Telling Lies In America
  • Z

Chicago NewCityNet

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  • Devil's Advocate
  • The End Of Violence
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  • The House Of Yes
  • The Ice Storm
  • In The Company Of Men
  • Into The Deep
  • The Myth Of Fingerprints
  • Seven Years In Tibet
  • Shall We Dance?
  • U-Turn

Memphis Flyer

  • The Devil's Advocate
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer
  • Shall We Dance?

Tucson Weekly

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  • Mrs. Brown
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  • U-Turn

Volume I, Issue 21
October 27 - November 3, 1997

W ow! I'm astounded! Speechless! Dumbfounded! My mouth's agape! My jaw's on my sternum! My eyes are poppin'! My heart's afire! My whole body is paralyzed in fascination! Exultation! Jubilation!

I ... have ... just ... seen ... the ... new ... Film Vault.

Deep breath -- ahhh -- allow me to relax for a moment. OK.

My comrades at Weekly Wire have really done it this time. They've created a site that is actually helpful for Film Bums like me. I can't tell you how many times I've gone to the video store's "new release" section, only to be rendered a drooling idiot by the all the titles I've never heard of. Duh, which ones are good? How can I find out? I don't want to risk renting a bad one. Film Vault solves that problem. All I have to do is look up all the recent movies and locate a couple I might like that have positive reviews. Everything from big releases to 100% obscure stuff is included -- and the smart links connect me to other, older flicks I might enjoy too. I love the Film Vault! It's a godsend!

Okay, let me just settle down again. I'd better change subjects lest I become hysterical. Godsend, godsend, hmm... oh yeah, let's talk about that new David Duchovny movie, "Playing God." I haven't seen it, but I'm really confused by these reviews. I mean, this one says it's a bomb, another says it's THE bomb. I decided to get a third opinion, and ended up believing this reviewer, who seemed to have a good, calm, sober-as-a-surgeon head on his shoulders. Unlike Duchovny's character. Or myself.

Or this writer. She's all, like, addicted to "The Real World." She even interviewed one of its cast members. Which is great if you're a "Real World" addict, but I'm totally not even close. Totally. I'd rather watch old monster movies, or films full of hookers, or hell, even a Joe Eszterhas thing. Or go to the Film Vault. Woo hoo!

Behind the Scenes
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In Person
A review of Michael Moore at the University of Texas, promoting his Downsize This! [23]
Nicole Kleman

Reel World
Albuquerque film news. [14]
Devin D. O'Leary

Video + TV
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My Life in The Real World Kult
Adrienne's treatise on evolving with her favorite MTV show. [19]
Adrienne Martini

"Hey! It's That Guy From The Real World!"
An interview with Dominic Griffin. [20]

Creepy Classics
Trick or treat at the video store: frightful classics. [6]
Robert David Sullivan

"Friday the 13th Part V" and "Showgirl Murders" get the fast-forward from our couch potato critic. [16]
Scott Phillips

Videos a Go-Go
Every week, we explore a movie genre for your enhanced rent 'n' view pleasure. [17]
Jesse Fox Mayshark

Reviews of "Paris Is Burning," "Wigstock: The Movie," "Gray's Anatomy" (all video), and Warcraft II (Sony Playstation). [21]

Now What?
What's the matter, couldn't find a review of that blockbuster film you're excited about? We certaintly don't want to leave you disappointed -- why not try some of these larger-than-life movie links? [24]

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From The Vaults

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