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Volume I, Issue 17
September 29 - October 6, 1997
n my ongoing quest to view every movie ever made, I had planned
to see all the new movies this weekend. But being a bit of a bum,
I only got around to a couple, one of which was The
Peacemakers. That title, by the way, is rather ironic considering
that George Clooney's ass-kicking character shoots a wounded,
groaning assassin; plunges his knife into the foot of an attacker;
and slams a man's face into a desk (crushing his nose) in order
to get information. My friend described The Peacemakers
as a Batman movie where Batman never wears his costume
and Robin is played by a beautiful redhead (Nicole Kidman). I found
The Peacemakers exciting but lacking any larger raison
d'etre, as those zany French say. You might want to see it,
however, after reading this review, which gives it the thumbs
up -- as those zany Americans say.
But the zaniness doesn't stop there. I also saw Wishmaster,
or Wes Craven Presents Wishmaster if you want to get technical
about it. This is supposed to be a horror movie, but the real
horror is in realizing you paid money to see the rotten thing.
This review confirms my disdain.
Now for the movies I didn't see this weekend. A Thousand Acres
turns the story of King Lear into a "domestic epic"
starring Jessica Lange, Michelle Pfieffer, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
What a cast! But this reviewer didn't like it much, and I tend
to respect her opinions, so I'll be skipping that one.
I'll probably be skipping In & Out, too, since this
review ruined the movie's big surprise. Don't you just hate when
critics do that? But perhaps this particular writer is doing us
a favor, given the filmmakers' apparently dishonest bait-and-switch
marketing tactics. Even Ellen knows better than that.
Within the same review you'll also find
this well-put critique of In the Company of Men, which
I saw a few weeks back. It's definitely the most accurate review
of the movie I've seen so far. By "accurate," of course,
I mean that it conforms to my tastes. Not like this review, which
seems to have bought the picture's conceits hook, line, and stinker.
Oh well, we'll give them bonus points for adding a review of Ponette
at the end.
Also this week, we've got yet another evaluation of L.A. Confidential,
which you'll want to compare to the two reviews that ran in last
week's Weekly Wire. L.A. Confidential is not to
be confused with Betty Boop Confidential, reviewed here.
Other write-ups include Alive & Kicking, The Edge, The
Harder They Come, Kicked in the Head, and Soul Food.
I give up -- there's no way I'll ever see them all.
Might as well stay home and watch videos. What to watch, what
to watch? Well, after seeing that Wishmaster thing, I think
I'll cleanse your horror-movie palette by renting Friday the
13th parts 3 and 4, discussed here. (Parts 1 and 2 were reviewed
in a previous issue.) Then I'll take a look at Hype, about
the Seattle grunge scene. If that's too noisy, I'll just settle
in and watch the new Conan show on TV. It probably sucks, but it can't be any worse than Wishmaster, know what I
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