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Like a Hurricane
Jim Jarmusch tames Neil Young & Crazy Horse with his documentary. [3]
Marjorie Baumgarten

Roam Sweet Home
Filmmaker Ellen Spiro follows the "Geritol Gypsies" and records their Airstream lifestyle. [2]
Jerry Johnson


Full Reviews
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Skin Deeper
Until recently, the seventies were a widely hated era, and with wit and humor "Boogie Nights" reminds us why. [4]
Stacey Richter

Movie Guru
Zak Weisfeld returns from his sojourn on the Riviera (no, really) for "Boogie Nights." [5]
Zak Weisfeld

Porn Yesterday
Mark Wahlberg lets it all hang out in the new porn industry opus from director Paul Thomas Anderson. [6]
Devin D. O'Leary

More Than Skin Deep
"Boogie Nights" [7]
Rick Barton

Cocked and Loaded
"Boogie Nights," like its hero, is overlong, shallow, and close to irresistible. [8]
Jim Ridley and Noel Murray

Jaws & Claws
Paul Verhoeven's "Starship Troopers" celebrates its futuristic totalitarian society as much as it parodies it. [9]
Peter Keough

Trial by Media
Review of "Mad City." [10]
Mary Dickson

Making It Up
Talking to Wesley Snipes about director Mike Figgis' choices in "One Night Stand." [11]
Ray Pride

Two Mysteries
"Red Corner" is a sinuous whodunit, while "The Myth of Fingerprints" begs a question of its good cast: Why'd they do it? [12]
Hadley Hury

Ripstein In Blood
Arturo Ripstein's ghoulish Mexican crime tale "Deep Crimson" and Wim Wenders's "Lisbon Story." [13]
Gerald Paery


Mini Reviews
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Austin Chronicle

  • Bean
  • Eve's Bayou
  • Fire
  • La Promesse
  • Mad City
  • Starship Troopers
  • Switchback
  • Telling Lies In America
  • Washington Square
  • Year Of The Horse

Boston Phoenix

  • Bean
  • Eve's Bayou

Chicago NewCityNet

  • Bean
  • The Designated Mourner
  • Eve's Bayou
  • Mad City
  • Starship Troopers

Tucson Weekly

  • A Life Less Ordinary
  • Red Corner
  • Switchback
  • A Touch Of Evil


Volume I, Issue 23
November 10 - November 17, 1997

Hey, I just saw "Starship Troopers," and boy was it gross. People get their heads chopped off, their brains sucked out, their legs bitten away, their arms burned to a crisp, their hands stabbed through, their backs whipped, their wrists fractured, their torsos impaled... Beautiful stuff. I hear Paul Verhoeven's next film will be a wacky comedy about a bloody pile of entrails and its attempt to rise to the top of the Vegas musical hierarchy.

The plot of "Starship Troopers" goes something like this: Johnny loves Carmen, but Dizzy loves Johnny. Doogie loves Dizzy, but his telephathic powers with ferrets force him to become military intelligence so he can mind-meld with "some kind of big, fat, smart bug" while wearing a long black leather trenchcoat that makes him look like a skinny kid dressed up as an S.S. officer for Halloween. In an astounding cosmic coincidence, the main people saving the galaxy also happen to be from the same high school. It's equally interesting to note that in the future, all women will have nose and bust jobs, but white-haired albino males will be denied braces; and despite dazzling futuristic technology, soldiers will not have very useful weapons -- though they will be allowed to shower together and freely fornicate. A fascinating picture.

But if you prefer sex and violence to violence and sex, skip "Doogie Fights" (a.k.a. "Starship Troopers") and head straight for "Boogie Nights." When I say sex and violence, I mean that literally: first there's an hour of sex, then an hour of violence, then a prosthetic device to bring everything to a close. Weekly Wire is well-endowed with five reviewers who will let you know what they thought of it all. Count 'em: one, two, three, four, five. Plus, don't forget to look in last week's film section for more, more, more.

Alright, let's forget about sex-and-violence romps for the moment (they get sickening after a while) and head into the more benign realm of documentary filmmaking. Two exceptional interviews -- one with Jim Jarmusch, one with Ellen Spiro -- reveal the filmmakers are every bit as individustic and idiosyncratic as the subjects they're attempting to document.

Also this week, we've got TV reviews of "South Park" and the season premiere of "X Files," an analysis of Jean-Claude Van Damme's diverse acting styles, and an alarming story about the nation's rapidly disintegrating old films -- a horror far more chilling than any ol' planet full of bugs could ever be.


Behind the Scenes
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Disappearing Act
Movies are disintegrating as fast as we can make them. [18]
Rich Collins

Reel World
Albuquerque film news. [19]
Devin D. O'Leary


Video + TV
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Videodrome
Why waste your time watching bad movies? With our video reviews, you can spend quality time watching bad movies! [20]
Scott Phillips

The Video Phile
Reviews of "Big Night" and "Basquiat." [21]
Bruce VanWyngarden, Cory Dugan

Shaken, Stirred, Whatever
Every week, we explore a movie genre for your enhanced rent 'n' view pleasure. [22]
Coury Turczyn

Scanlines
Reviews of "Hard Target"; "Maximum Risk"; and "Double Team" (all video). [23]

Oh My God! They Killed Kenny!
TV gives so much and asks so little. [24]
Devin D. O'Leary

TV Eye
The X-Files in black & white. [25]
Margaret Moser


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