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Full Speed Ahead!
With "Titanic" as its flagship, and given the independents' woeful failure to follow up on last year, Hollywood will set sail for the Oscars with most of the nominations on its masthead. [2]
Peter Keough

Girls in the Hood
Why Tina DiFeliciantonio and Jane Wagner's "Girls Like Us" was considered the best documentary at Sundance. [3]
Jason Silverman

Reel World
What's new behind the scenes in movieland. [18]
Devin D. O'Leary

Full Reviews
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Trauma Town
"Gummo," the delightful and scary first feature by 23-year-old writer and director Harmony Korine, has little in common with ordinary movies. [4]

Movie Guru
Zak Weisfeld obliterates two hours of his life watching "Great Expectations." [5]
Zak Weisfeld

Coming Back for More
Martin Scorsese's latest incarnation, "Kundun," contemplates spirituality in politics; "Desperate Measures" isn't worth a second thought. [6]
Hadley Hury

Desperately Seeking Sympathy
Sizing up "Desperate Measures." [7]
Devin D. O'Leary

Hard Rain, The Tango Lesson, Fallen
Reviews of "Hard Rain," "The Tango Lesson," and "Fallen." [8]
Rick Barton

Washed in the Blood
Jim Ridley on two of 1997's best, "The Apostle" and "The Sweet Hereafter"; Godard's "Contempt" gets none from Donna Bowman. [9]
Jim Ridley and Donna Bowman

Film Tip of the Week
This week's must-see flick: "Underground." [10]
Ray Pride

Video + TV
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Videos a Go-Go
Every week, we look at a movie genre for your enhanced rent 'n' view pleasure. This week: Parisian flicks. [19]
Jesse Fox Mayshark

Shakespeare on video: the pathos of men in tights. [20]

"Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla" and "She-Mob"
Our psychotronic couch critic tells us all about videos of "Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla" and "She-Mob." [21]
Scott Phillips

The Video Phile
Video reviews of "Sling Blade" and "Single Action." [22]

The Seinfeld Minefield
What will happen when "Seinfeld" leaves? [23]
Devin D. O'Leary

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Volume I, Issue 36
February 9 - February 16, 1998

H ollywood versus the independents, the independents versus Hollywood. 1996's winner was the indies, with their "The English Patient" / "Sling Blade" / "Fargo" coup. But as the Boston Phoenix points out, 1997's winner was clearly Hollywood, with "Titanic" a surprising success while the year's crop of indies were mostly disappointing. So it all evens out. And what will happen in 1998? Look to these three articles on the Sundance Festival for an inkling of a clue. (We had other Sundance articles last week and two weeks prior to that, in case you want to be thorough.)

If you're hungry for reviews, we've got some piping hot "Gummo," some steamy "Kundun," some pungent "The Apostle," and some stale, tepid "Tango Lesson." We've also got heaping servings of "Desperate Measures" and "Great Expectations". And a little "Underground" on the side. Yum yum.

A quick comment about "Wag the Dog": I finally got around to seeing it, and found it severely lacking both as a comedy and a satire. That aside, was it not completely wild how much the film's shot of the president hugging the "firefly girl" looked like the shots of Clinton hugging Lewinsky? It was almost the exact same composition and image, right down to the funny hat. "Wag the Dog" was made a year ago -- is Barry Levinson psychic? Or is it all part of that vast conspiracy?

Sundance Report
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How Indie Was It?
Skiing may be getting dangerous, but gambling on box-office success is the really stressful sport at the Sundance Film Festival. [15]
Erika Milvy

Sundances With Wolves
Networking at the Snow Ball: a report from the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. [16]
Ray Pride

Movies From the Mount
A report from this year's Sundance Film Festival. [17]
Marjorie Baumgarten

Mini Reviews
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Austin Chronicle

  • The Apostle
  • Blues Brothers 2000
  • The Replacement Killers
  • A Self-Made Hero
  • The Twilight Of The Golds

Boston Phoenix

  • Deep Rising
  • Desperate Measures
  • Four Days in September
  • Illtown
  • Ma Vie En Rose
  • Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer's End
  • The Replacement Killers

Tucson Weekly

  • The Education of Little Tree
  • Spice World

Chicago NewCityNet


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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? [24]

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