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Psycho
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Déjà Hitch [3]
The Movie Guru searches for the difference between the remade "Psycho" and the original.
— Coury Turczyn, METRO PULSE
 
'Psycho' Takes A Bath [4]
The full-color remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic is a pale and tepid substitute for the black-and-white original.
— Stacey Richter, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Robbing Hitchcock [5]
Two hacks at "Psycho."
— Noel Murray and Jim Ridley, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Psycho Path [6]
If Gus Van Sant had turned in "Psycho" as his senior thesis while a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, he probably would have gotten a B-plus.
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Psycho [7]
It's an intriguing exercise but a lifeless contemporary thriller.
— Marjorie Baumgarten, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

A Simple Plan
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Blood Simple [8]
At its best, director Sam Raimi's "A Simple Plan" evokes the bleak gothic misanthropy of Flannery O'Connor.
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
A Simple Plan [9]
The plan is simple, it's consequences are not in horror stylist Sam Raimi's mainstream psychological thriller.
— Marc Savlov, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Full Reviews
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Star Trek: Insurrection [10]
This ninth sequel suffers the Curse of the Odd-Numbered Star Treks: Only the even-numbered ones are good.
— Marc Savlov, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
The Eel [11]
All work and no play.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
I Married a Strange Person [12]
Animator Bill Plympton continues his inspired lunacy in this twisted feature-length cartoon.
— Marc Savlov, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Insomnia [13]
This unsettling psychological thriller from Norway tells a classic film noir story set in a land of midnight sun.
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Video + TV
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Videos a Go-Go [14]
Every week, we explore a movie category for your enhanced rent 'n' view pleasure. This week we look at adventure movies.
— Coury Turczyn, METRO PULSE
 
Videodrome [15]
The Last Hunter (1980); Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972).
— Scott Phillips, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Scanlines [16]
Basketball movies to keep you semi-sated while the NBA squabbles over money.
AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Hercy Jerky [17]
"Hercules" Around the Dial.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
 


Volume II, Issue 25
December 14 - December 21, 1998  
 
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

I t seems most film critics would like to see Gus Van Sant run a psychotic retraction of his virtual shot-by-shot remake of Hitchcock's horror classic. Tucson Weekly's Stacey Richter says "'Psycho' Takes a Bath," Nashville Scene calls it "Robbing Hitchcock," Austin Chronicle's Marjorie Baumgarten finds it "intriguing but lifeless," and Peter Keough of the Boston Phoenix pronounces the film "a well-crafted, suspenseless ritual." But Metro Pulse's Coury Turczyn describes the new version as "oddly compelling."

In his first non-horror outing, "A Simple Plan," Sam Raimi follows in the blood-simple footsteps of the Coen Brothers. Boston Phoenix critic Peter Keough says the result is an intelligent thriller that "prevails over predictability," while Austin Chronicle's Marc Savlov calls it "a nasty, countrified gem."

With the whimsical "Waking Ned Devine," writer-director Kirk Jones champions the idea that films should have a strong story. He also shares a tale or two in an interview from Newcity Chicago's Ray Pride.

Reviews this week include "Star Trek: Insurrection," "The Eel," Norway's psycho-thriller "Insomnia," animaniac Bill Plympton's "I Married a Strange Person," and many quick looks in Mini Reviews.

Video & TV this week looks at adventure flicks, hoop dreams, a horror-ific double feature and those legendary journeys of Hercules. Battle on!


Interviews
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Off Camera [2]
A chat with the director of "Ned Devine."
— Ray Pride, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix [18]

  • Lenny Bruce: Swear To Tell the Truth
  • Les Milles
  • Long Time Since
  • Somewhere in the City
  • Waking Ned Devine
  • Jack Frost

Metro Pulse [19]
  • Jack Frost
  • Star Trek: Insurrection

Now What? [20]
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WEEKLY WIRE
 

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