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Into the Pink
An interview with filmmaker and novelist Gus Van Sant. [2]
Sid Moody

Off Camera
Talking with Marlon Wayans, the highlight of "Senseless." [3]
Ray Pride

Reel World
Gassing up with the Golden Raspberry Awards. [4]
Devin D. O'Leary


Full Reviews
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Watership Clowns
The imagery is obvious, and the psychology is beyond pop, but "Sphere" is so earnest and goofy that it has a kind of camp appeal. [5]
Stacey Richter

In Deep
Dustin Hoffman and Barry Levinson team up again in "Sphere"; amen for Robert Duvall in "The Apostle." [6]
Susan Ellis

Palmetto D'Or
"Palmetto" provides cheeky, neo-noir entertainment. [7]
Ray Pride

Movie Guru
The Movie Guru realizes he should've gone to see "The Apostle," and feels really guilty about it. But here's his review of "The Wedding Singer." [8]
Coury Turczyn

Chungking II
"Fallen Angels" proves why Hong Kong director Wong Kar-Wai is in danger of becoming one of the most imitated cinema stylists in the world. [9]
Gary Susman

What Up, Holmes?
Most critics have missed it, but "Zero Effect" exploits one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous works. [10]
Devin D. O'Leary

Distracting Intrigue
Review of "Beaumarchais the Scoundrel." [11]
Mary Dickson


Video + TV
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Videos a Go-Go
Every week, we explore a film genre for your enhanced rent 'n' view pleasure. This week: the joy of paranoia! [17]
Jesse Fox Mayshark

Scanlines
Video Noir: "Fear in the Night," "The Port of New York," and "He Walked by Night." [18]

"Gargoyles" (1972) and "Sex Rink" (1976)
Mind-bending video reviews from our psychotronic couch critic. [19]
Scott Phillips

"SNL" vs. "MAD-TV"
TV gives so much and asks so little. [20]
Devin D. O'Leary


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? [21]


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Volume I, Issue 38
February 23 - March 2, 1998

H ello kids. I plan to write more extensively about the Oscars in the future, but for now let me get something off my chest: Why must the Academy insist on nominating actors who don't deserve it? Are good performances really in such short supply? Case in point: Gloria Stuart's best-supporting-actress nomination for "Titanic." Hello? The woman's barely in the movie! And when she is in the movie, she has to utter some of the worst lines ever not edited out of a screenplay. ("On the inside, I was screaming." Yeah, me too.) And don't nominate her just because she's old -- that's what lifetime achievement awards are for.

Dang. Sometimes the Oscars really irk me. Thank heavens for the Golden Raspberries. Phfffft!

Speaking of irritations, don't you hate it when movies like "Blues Brothers 2000" are given abbreviations like "BB2K?" Man oh man that bugs me.

That's a calm boy. I'll try to cool off with some new-release video recommendations. The pickings are slim, but stay clear of "Nothing to Lose" if at all possible, okay? Rent the taut "City of Industry" and watch Harvey Keitel flex his intensity muscles instead. And if you dig having your head messed with, try renting a double-feature of David Lynch's "Lost Highway" and Steven Soderbergh's "Schizopolis." Drugs recommended. (Got your own new-release recommendations? Email me! They might show up in this space.)

My editors insist that I discuss actual articles in this week's Film Section. So check out this terrific interview with Gus Van Sant. The focus is supposed to be on his experimental new book "Pink," but he can't help discussing River Phoenix, William S. Burroughs, and many, many films as well. For those with a short attention span, take a glance at this chat with "Senseless" star Marlon Wayans. (The cool thing about being a Wayans is that even if your family members are the only ones who go to your movie, it's still considered a hit.)

We've also got reviews of the waterlogged "Sphere," the noirish "Palmetto," and Wong Kar-Wai's "Fallen Angel." There, editors, are you happy?


Mini Reviews
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Austin Chronicle

  • Bent
  • Oscar And Lucinda
  • Senseless
  • Sphere

Nashville Scene

  • The Borrowers
  • Blues Brothers 2000
  • Palmetto
  • Sphere
  • The Replacement Killers

NewCitNet Chicago

  • The Gingerbread Man
  • 100 Proof

Boston Phoenix

  • General Chaos: Uncensored Animation
  • Love Walked In
  • Palmetto
  • Senseless
  • Sphere
  • The Wedding Singer

Tucson Weekly

  • The Apostle
  • The Wedding Singer
  • Zero Effect


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