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The Gross-Out Prophet [2]
You probably haven't seen Joe Christ's films at the local multiplex, and there's a reason: they're scuzzy, cheap, and sick -- and really interesting, which has made Mr. Christ an underground institution.
— Mike Gibson, METRO PULSE

Summer Previews
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Beyond Paranoia [3]
Summer movies are not supposed to be smart -- are they?
Summer Flick Yardstick [4]
With the hideous heat closing in, here's what to expect in the cool, dark embrace of the world of cinematic make-believe.
— Zachary Woodruff, TUCSON WEEKLY
Summer Sneaks [5]
Previews of more movies than you're gonna see this summer.
— Marjorie Baumgarten and Jessica Reisman, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Full Reviews
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Leaping Lizards! [6]
The new "Godzilla" offers great effects, but it's clear that the monster is not actually a guy in a rubber lizard suit, so, alas, there is a decidedly low cheese quotient.
Quest for Cash [7]
The Movie Guru gives up her quest for good entertainment after seeing "Quest for Camelot."
— Adrienne Martini, METRO PULSE
Clip-Clopping Along [8]
Robert Redford takes on the beast in "The Horse Whisperer"; "Godzilla" attacks.
— Susan Ellis, MEMPHIS FLYER
Pain and Regret [9]
Van Diem's Oscar-winning "Character" is a compelling film about human relations.
Mean Streets and More [10]
Twenty-five years later, it's time to return to Scorsese's "Mean Streets."
— Noel Murray and Jim Ridley, NASHVILLE SCENE

Video + TV
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Future Tense [15]
A brief survey of director Terry Gilliam's strange and visionary career.
— Chris Herrington, MEMPHIS FLYER
Videos a Go-Go [16]
Every week, we explore a movie genre for your enhanced rent 'n' view pleasure. This week: Shake-shake-Shakespeare.
— Brent Lancaster, METRO PULSE
Scanlines [17]
Reviews of Les Blank documentaries.
Videodrome [18]
Reviews of "Disco Godfather" and "The Legend of Boggy Creek."
— Scott Phillips, WEEKLY ALIBI
Trash TV? [19]
Do television shows like "Jerry Springer" and "Howard Stern" push confrontation, contention, hostility, anger and fury just because it sells?
TV Eye [20]
Season enders and the need for closure.
— Margaret Moser, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Now What? [21]
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?

Volume I, Issue 51
May 26 - June 1, 1998  

L ast Tuesday I was in a car accident that, while minor, managed to leave me feeling zoned out. If you've never been in a car accident, you can't really understand the jittery feelings of aftershock. At best, they can make you reevaluate your whole life. At worst, they can make you feel like crawling into a hole for a very long period of time.

Which is an appropriate lead-in to a few comments about "Godzilla," since that's exactly what the title monster does after several run-ins with the military -- he burrows a hole deep under New York City and hides out. I saw "Godzilla" about an hour and a half after my little car accident, and all I can say is, the two experiences fit together perfectly. Every smashed or stomped car -- and there are dozens of them -- sent pangs of recognition right to my stomach. But even more uncanny was how well the hour I spent waiting around while the policeman filled out his report paralleled the major chunks of "Godzilla" in which nothing interesting happened. Both seemed interminable.

Actually, next time you feel like rear-ending somebody or driving your car into a tree, go see "Godzilla" instead. You may end up reevaluating your whole life (especially why you would choose to squander two hours of it at a lousy movie), but at least "Godzilla" won't affect your auto insurance rates.

But hey, there are better movies out there: we've got three summer previews to prove that. One is a no-frills list that was written specifically for Austin, Texas, but should apply in most major cities. The other two are opinionated gabfests, one of which was written by yours truly. And if big summer releases leave you cold, there's always the films of Joe Christ. From the sound of it, they're a lot more fun to read about than they are to sit through. And that's no accident.

Mini Reviews
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Austin Chronicle [11]

  • Bulworth
  • Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas
  • Godzilla
  • Hana-Bi (Fireworks)
  • I Think I Do
  • Shooting Fish

Boston Phoenix [12]
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Bulworth
  • Autumn Sun
  • East Palace/West Palace
  • Genealogies of a Crime
  • The Hanging Garden
  • Little Dieter Needs To Fly
  • Clockwatchers

Behind the Scenes
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Reel World [13]
Siskel's brain surgery, "Total Recall 2" gossip and the greatest new invention for moviegoers.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
The Second Annual Family Film Festival [14]
An Albuquerque film fest enters its terrible twos.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI

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