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279 Movies and 2 Funerals
A report from the Toronto International Film Festival. [2]
Marjorie Baumgarten

Playing The Game
The producer of The Game chats with Weekly Alibi. [3]
Devin D. O'Leary

Pointless Playtime
The Game tries to answer that age-old question, What do you get the man who has everything? The answer: Something other than this silly flick. [4]
Stacey Richter

Corporate Cruelty
The controversial new film hits cinema screens. [5]
Angie Drobnic

City of Angles
L.A. Confidential packs heat. [6]
Jim Ridley and Noel Murray

Movie Guru
Coury Turczyn bares all for The Full Monty. [7]
Coury Turczyn

Film Reviews
Reviews of current film. [8]

Some Measure of Comfort
Mrs. Brown gives us everything we want from a great "small picture," while the gimmickry of The Full Monty pays off. [9]
Hadley Hury and Susan Ellis

Film Clips
Check out Tucson Weekly's capsule reviews packed with links to the hottest movie home pages on the Web. [10]

Worker Rebellion
On the wall--recommended new releases. [11]
Noel Murray, Rob Nelson and Jim Ridley

Videos a Go-Go
Each week, we explore a film genre for your enhanced rent 'n' view pleasure. [12]
Jesse Fox Mayshark

Reviews of The War Room, Citizen Ruth, Donnie Brasco, and Heat (all video). [13]

TV Eye
Emmy roundup. [14]
Margaret Moser

Now What?
What's the matter, couldn't find a review of that blockbuster film you're excited about? We certaintly don't want to leave you disappointed -- why not try some of these larger-than-life movie links? [15]

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Volume I, Issue 16
September 22 - September 29, 1997

M uch to my chagrin, I've never been to a real, honest-to-goodness film festival. I'm not talking about a small-time collection of related movies; I'm talking about one of those big honkin' events full of industry insiders, out-of-town media, hotel parties, speeches before each film, and audiences who cheer when they like what they see. Being a Film Bum, sneaking into two or three extra films at the multiplex is probably the closest I'll ever come to this experience. Thank heavens, then, that I can live vicariously through this writer's trip to the Toronto Film Festival. She captures the feel of the event, but more importantly she tells us which movies to anticipate in upcoming months, so we'll know what to sneak into at the multiplex later on.

Speaking of which, I recently spent my Saturday afternoon sneaking into several movies, creating my own mini-festival complete with stomach-destroying free popcorn refills and cavity-alluring baggies of Reese's Pieces. One of the movies I viewed, The Game, receives two evaluations here. This review disses the movie for trying to make us sympathize with a rich man's mid-life crisis; this one acknowledges the film's good points but finds it disappointly devoid of fun. I agree -- The Game has a great ending but it's more prankish than revelatory, and it takes too long to get there. After reading this interview with producer Steve Golin, though, I appreciate The Game a little more, since getting it made was apparently an arduous game in itself.

I also snuck into L.A. Confidential, which has won rave reviews across the land, including those found here and here. You are advised to read them: L.A. Confidential looks like it will be the big movie for the fall season, with Oscar nominations likely. It was an audience favorite in the above-mentioned film festival, too. I must admit, I got very caught up in L.A. Confidential's story, which moves along at a powerful pace.

Among the movies I didn't sneak into, yet are reviewed in this week's Film section:

Don't forget, you can always be a real Film Bum and have your own mini-film festival at home with videos. I think that's the way most people do it. Try these video recommendations for just such an "event."

And if you missed the Emmys, don't fret: here's a recap. Did you really want to sit through a show hosted by Bryant Gumbel anyway?

Talk Back
If you're one of the few who didn't think Volcano blew, The Lost World bit, or The Fifth Element was one element too many, here's the forum to defend your opinion--crazy though it may be.

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