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Hard Cel
As a Godzilla of anime rises in Chicago, we grab its tale. [2]
Shelly Ridenour

Thar She's Blowin' in the Wind
Patrick "Captain Picard" Stewart will hop aboard Melville's "Pequod" for a TV adaptation of "Moby Dick." [3]
Peter Keough

Hollywood Ending
Although he didn't know it at the time, Patrick Roddy's lucky day came five years ago, when he got fired from a local mail-order company. [4]
Mari Wadsworth

Soul-Feeding Frenzy
Patrick Roddy takes a grisly stab at Sherlock Holmes with "The Parasite." [5]
Mari Wadsworth


The Big Lebowski
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Movie Guru
The Movie Guru wishes he was a Coen brother after seeing "The Big Lebowski." [6]
Coury Turczyn

Dude the Obscure
"The Big Lebowski" bowls Donna Bowman over; "Twilight" gives Noel Murray a few twinkles of light; Jim Ridley basks in a movie-mad "Afterglow." [7]
Donna Bowman, Noel Murray, and Jim Ridley

On a Roll
The Coen brothers score with "The Big Lebowski." [8]
Susan Ellis


Full Reviews
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Looking Glass World
"Dark City" is a cult classic in the birthing. [9]
Devin D. O'Leary

De'Ath Watch
Richard Kwietniowski's "Love and Death on Long Island" is a one-joke movie, but it's an awfully good joke. [10]
Gary Susman

Film Tip of the Week
This week's must-see movie. [11]
Ray Pride


SXSW
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Real Austin Stories
The vanguards of Austin's burgeoning documentary scene. [12]
Jerry Johnson

The Write Stuff
The London Mavericks festival celebrates writing and film. [13]
Michael Bertin

Robyn Hitchcock's Moving Pictures
SXSW Film will present the world premiere of Jonathan Demme's "Storefront Hitchcock." [14]
Russell Smith

Featuring Texas
Lone Star-related films at SXSW '98 Film. [15]
Marc Savlov

10 in Focus
Profiles of standout films featured in this year's festival. [16]


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]


Volume I, Issue 41
March 16 - March 23, 1998

G ot the post-Sundance blues? Me too. The day after Sundance ended I sat in a dark corner, afternoon shadows draped over everything like damp gray blankets, and recalled every December 26 of my childhood -- toys already opened, no more mystery, Santa gone, nothing left but wrappings to be picked up and thrown away.

Hello! What was I thinking? Austin's South-by-Southwest film festival was just around the corner! Who says Christmas only comes once a year? It's here, baby, and it's packed with good stuff. Scroll down the menu and take a look. Ho ho ho.

Now I think it's time for me to address a couple of common misconceptions. First, Japanimation is not a geeky excuse to fetishize big-eyed Asian girls in miniskirts while they blow up gigantic evil robots with bazookas. It's so much more. Second, just because Patrick Stewart appears in something not associated with "Star Trek," that doesn't mean it isn't nerdy. Beam me up, Captain Ahab.

A quick confession: I still haven't seen "The Big Lebowski," which is reviewed thrice this week and was reviewed thrice last week . What's worse, I have seen "Twilight" (reviewed after two of the "Lebowski" articles), which, despite film noir pretensions and a "stellar" cast, is basically an hour-and-a-half commercial for Depends.

Figures. I'm the kind of guy who goes into a video store intending to rent a horror by Dario Argento, then walks out holding a copy of the killer-snowman flick "Jack Frost."

That's why they call me...


Mini Reviews
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The Boston Phoenix

  • Hush
  • Men with Guns
  • The Real Blonde
  • U.S. Marshals

Austin Chronicle

  • The Man In The Iron Mask
  • Nil By Mouth

Newcity Chicago

  • The Leading Man
  • Man in the Iron Mask

Tucson Weekly

  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Borrowers
  • Dangerous Beauty
  • Hush
  • Twilight
  • U.S. Marshals


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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: self-destructive artists! [21]
Jesse Fox Mayshark

Scanlines
Reviews of Orson Welles' "The Magnificent Ambersons" (on video), Nintendo 64 game "Mace: The Dark Age," and the Web surf-monitoring "Disc Tracy" software by WatchSoft. [22]

Video Tip of the Week
"In the Company of Men" could be week's most interesting new video release. [23]
Ray Pride


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