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Hauntingly Herzog
Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog isn't crazy, but likes to explore the mysteries of human existence. [2]
Mary Dickson

Three in a Match
Cut loose with the director of "Two Girls and a Guy." [3]
Ray Pride

Bimbo Eruptions
Forget about politics. Use showbiz to tell and sell a story. [4]
David Owen


Full Reviews
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Working-Class Hero
In "The Big One," filmmaker Michael Moore continues his crusade against corporate downsizing. [5]
Debbie Gilbert

Bungle in the Jungle
Director John Sayles' "Men With Guns" is still a powerful movie, despite its lack of powerful images. [6]
Stacey Richter

Bored by an Angel
"City of Angels" doesn't fly. [7]
Mary Dickson

Parrothood
"Paulie" want an Oscar? [8]
Noah Masterson

Of Mole-rats and Men
Filmmaker Errol Morris examines four men's extraordinary occupations. [9]
Chris Herrington

Wong Time, Right Place
The Movie Guru gets gleeful at the chance to see hip Hong Kong director Wong Kar-Wai's "Happy Together." [10]
Jesse Fox Mayshark

Slow and Steady Wins the Race?
Let's all get "Happy Together". [11]
Angie Drobnic

Gun Crazy
Noel Murray rakes "New Yorker" essayist David Denby over the coals; a revival of "Bonnie and Clyde"; "The Object of My Affection" is not Donna Bowman's. [12]
Jim Ridley, Noel Murray, and Donna Bowman

It Happened to Jane
Kate Kirtz and Nell Lundy's documentary "JANE: An Abortion Service." [13]
Marjorie Baumgarten

Film Tip of the Week
This week's must-see film: "The Bad and the Beautiful." [14]
Ray Pride


Behind the Scenes
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Rocket Ride
They're real live Hollywood people, and they're filming a picture called "The Rocket Boys" in East Tennessee. [15]
Mike Gibson


Volume I, Issue 47
April 27 - May 4, 1998

TELETUBBIES CAUSE BRAIN DAMAGE

CYBERSPACE -- An online editor was rendered completely inane yesterday upon his third viewing of the "Teletubbies" TV program. The show, a British import designed for children who find "Barney" too cerebral, involves four demon-spawn creatures ruled by a Satanic baby-force that hovers like a sun above their putrescent green hill-world. Airing on PBS every morning at 8 a.m. (in most markets), the "Teletubbies" world-domination program sends out a powerful death-ray that turns the viewer's mind to Malt-o-Meal in nanoseconds. Victims of the show are known to say things like "Again, again!" or "Big hug!" uncontrollably, followed by drooling and mad convulsions. When interviewed, the online editor, known to readers only as The Film Bum, said this: "Eh-oh!"

IN OTHER NEWS, director Werner Herzog rocked the film-journalism world this week when he sat still long enough to conduct an interview. The appearance of the icon, who is so megalomaniacal he makes Francis Ford Coppola look like Claire Danes, stunned cinema scribes everywhere because they sincerely thought an interview with James Toback would be as good as it got. Elsewhere, a writer compared the year's two "liar president" movies; a cinephile summed up the films of Ida Lupino; John Sayles like, totally wowed a viewer; and a Nicolas Cage movie put a normally alert man to sleep. No arrests were made.


Video + TV
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Scanlines
The films of Ida Lupino. [19]

Videos a Go-Go
Cinema about those suburban seventies! [20]
Adrienne Martini

Kiss or Kill
A fresh take on the outlaw couple picture. [21]
Ray Pride


Mini Reviews
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Austin Chronicle

  • The Big One
  • Hurricane Streets
  • Gonin
  • Sliding Doors
  • The Object of My Affection
  • Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer's End
  • Suicide Kings
  • Two Girls and a Guy

Tucson Weekly

  • City of Angels
  • The Object of My Affection
  • Paulie
  • Primary Colors
  • Species II

Chicago Newcity

  • The Delta
  • Sliding Doors


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? [22]


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