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Mr. and Mr. Bridge
Fourteen Merchant Ivory films -- overrated, underrated, and not rated -- have been packaged for art-house distribution. [2]
Jeffrey Gantz


Video + TV
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Time Warp
"Lost in Space" is merely lost. [3]
Dominic Jesse

Oh, the Pain
The Movie Guru sheds a tear for his lost youth--and lost hopes for good entertainment--after getting "Lost in Space." [4]
Coury Turczyn

Stinker, Will Robinson!
"Lost in Space": The pain, the pain! [5]
Devin D. O'Leary

Waste of Space
"Lost in Space" is a creative black hole; a look at "Primary Colors" and the controversy that wasn't; short reviews of "Happy Together," "Love and Death on Long Island," and more. [6]
Donna Bowman, Noel Murray and Jim Ridley


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Moore the Merrier.
Forget "Primary Colors"; Michael Moore's "The Big One" reminds us who's really getting screwed in America. [7]
Peter Keough

Our Purple Friend
Talk about your cinematic excitement -- check out the audience for Barney's first major motion picture. [8]
Stacey Richter

The Good War
"Capitaine Conan" examines a "bad" war. [9]
Devin D. O'Leary

Live Flesh
Review of "Live Flesh." [10]
Mary Dickson


Behind the Scenes
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Taking a Shot
Memphians get to work on a film that explores yet another angle of the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination. [11]
Sheri Bancroft


Video + TV
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Scanlines
Reviews of The Celts (video) and The Battlefield Band (CD-ROM). [15]

Videos a Go-Go
Every week, we explore a movie genre for your enhanced rent 'n' view pleasure. This week: Laid-off Brits. [16]
Jesse Fox Mayshark


Volume I, Issue 45
April 13 - April 20, 1998

B efore discussing this week's Film & TV articles, I want to take the opportunity to recommend, no, urge you to rent a video called "Waco: The Rules of Engagement." Though it was among the Best Documentary nominees at this year's Academy Awards ceremony, I doubt many people have had the chance to see it theatrically. With a three-hour running time and the appearance of a political agenda, "Waco" wasn't exactly a mainstay of local cineplexes. But it's a must-see.

"Waco" shows, quite convincingly I think, that most of what was reported and accepted about the standoff between the Branch-Davidian religious group and the ATF/FBI agents outside their "compound," is simply wrong. The people outside were far less sane than those inside, and it's not a stretch to say that their actions amounted to murder. By the way, don't let the aura of right-wing, anti-government, paranoia-fixated looniness that seems to surround the now-five-year-old story keep you from renting this. It's still a powerful, disturbing video...one that left me with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. See it!

Certainly see "Waco" before you get anywhere near "Lost in Space." We've got four reviews of the picture, and they're unanimous: the movie actually manages to be less entertaining than the hokey Irwin Allen television show. That's bad. Sure, it was the first film to knock "Titanic" out of its first-place spot, but after 16 weeks, I wouldn't have been surprised if even "Barney's Great Adventure" managed that. ("The Big One" might have sunk "Titanic" on title alone.)

With the bona-fide summer movies still a month away, you're probably better off sticking to video rentals for a while anyway. And if "Waco" isn't your cup of chamomile tea, perhaps you'd find some Merchant/Ivory productions more pleasing to your senses. Here's a rundown of just about all of 'em. Period details, impeccable costumes, weighty themes...you might want to stock up before summer.


Mini Reviews
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Austin Chronicle

  • Fallen Angels
  • Forgotten Silver
  • Kurt and Courtney
  • The Leading Man
  • Lost In Space
  • Mercury Rising
  • The Odd Couple II
  • The Players Club
  • Tokyo Fist

Boston Phoenix

  • The Mother and the Whore
  • The Odd Couple II
  • My Giant
  • The Players Club
  • Lost in Space
  • Mercury Rising
  • The Spanish Prisoner
  • No Looking Back
  • Last of the High Kings.

Tucson Weekly

  • Gingerbread Man
  • Lost In Space
  • Mercury Rising


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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? [17]


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