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True Mensch [2]
An interview with "The Truman Show" director Peter Weir.
— Ray Pride, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Medium Cruel [3]
It's a tribute to director Peter Weir's shrewd instincts that we don't get to shake off "The Truman Show's" nightmarish implications.
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Must-See TV [4]
"The Truman Show" is must-see TV, and it ain't even on TV.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
 

Full Reviews
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Child's Play? [7]
Adrian Lyne's "Lolita" isn't the daring work it could have been, and that's disappointing -- but no American should have to fly to England to see it.
— Stephanie Zacharek, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Changing Fortunes [8]
Sandra Bullock plays it bittersweet in "Hope Floats."
— Susan Ellis, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
"Almost" Isn't Good Enough [9]
"Almost Heroes" is extraordinarily bad. It's clear that some sort of catastrophe marred the production of this film.
— Stacey Richter, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Culture Clash [10]
"Love and Death on Long Island" clashes cultures with care.
— Angie Drobnic, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Life Is Sweet. [11]
On "Taste of Cherry," "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," and "Bulworth."
— Jim Ridley and Noel Murray, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Con Artist [12]
The Movie Guru reviews "The Spanish Prisoner."
— Jesse Fox Mayshark, METRO PULSE
 
Campaign Contributions and Mistaken Identities [13]
Movie reviews of "Bulworth" and "Mouth to Mouth."
— Rick Barton, GAMBIT WEEKLY
 
Film Tip of the Week [14]
This week's must-see film: "A Perfect Murder."
— Ray Pride, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 

Video + TV
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Scanlines [19]
The films of Albert Brooks.
AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Videos a Go-Go [20]
Every week, we explore a movie genre for your enhanced rent 'n' view pleasure -- and in this case, that means breasts!
— Jesse Fox Mayshark, METRO PULSE
 
TV Eye [21]
It's the end of the story for "Austin Stories" and "Larry Sanders."
— Margaret Moser, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Season's Fleeting [22]
The TV season is over and now we must live in darkness.
— Tom Danehy, TUCSON WEEKLY
 


Volume I, Issue 53
June 8 - June 15, 1998  
 
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

O kay, so I rushed out to see "The Truman Show," which has been hyped as the summer's great gift to cinema. The verdict: Disappointing. The movie is all premise! It's beautifully put together, but once you've got it, you've got it, know what I mean?

Of course, many would disagree. This reviewer couldn't have loved "The Truman Show" more. This reviewer dug it too, though with slight reservations. Even a naysayer such as myself has to concede that Peter Weir's direction was impeccable, and here's an interview with the man for some background. (There's a Weir interview at the end of one of the reviews, too.)

By the way, if you want to see a cute promotional site for "The Truman Show," go to http://freetruman.com. And if the film leaves you feeling inspired, pick up a copy of Jerry Mander's book "Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television." Because everybody knows movies are better.


Mini Reviews
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Austin Chronicle [15]

  • The Truman Show
  • Wild Man Blues
  • Almost Heroes
  • I Got the Hook-Up
  • The Last Days of Disco
  • Leather Jacket Love Story
  • A Perfect Murder
  • The Proposition

Boston Phoenix [16]
  • Marius and Jeannette
  • Wilde
  • I Got the Hook-Up
  • A Perfect Murder
  • Almost Heroes

Tucson Weekly [17]
  • Hope Floats
  • A Perfect Murder

Chicago NewcityNet [18]
  • Kurt & Courtney

Behind the Scenes
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Reel World [5]
What is Leonardo DiCaprio thinking?
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Gone Ozoning [6]
One of a dwindling breed, the Summer Drive-In is Memphis' blast from the past.
— Matt Hanks, MEMPHIS FLYER
 

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