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Tending His "Garden"
Clint Eastwood discusses his goals in filming "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." [2]
Peter Keough

Novelistic Intent
British filmmaker Iain Softley discusses sex, society and Henry James. [3]
Devin D. O'Leary

Follow Your Bliss
Lory Smith is a man in perpetual search of creative outlets. [4]
Mary Dickson

Full Reviews
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Bubbling Up Down Under
Zak Weisfeld goes down under for "Love Serenade." [5]
Zak Weisfeld

An Affair To Forget
In Mike Figgis's latest film, "One Night Stand," love is a pernicious, toxic little pill, a strange compound of lush romanticism and world-weary pragmatism that's difficult to swallow. [6]
Stacey Richter

Cheating Hearts
"One Night Stand" fizzles; "The Ice Storm" chills. Plus: "Telling Lies in America." [7]
Susan Ellis

What Really Matters
Ang Lee's "The Ice Storm" captures the excesses and disillusionments of the 1970s. [8]
Mary Dickson

Souls on Ice
"Ice Storm" approaches art; "Gummo" could well be art's opposite. [9]
Rick Barton

Swinging in the Rain
Reviews of "The Ice Storm," "The Rainmaker," "Gummo," and "Eve's Bayou." [10]
Noel Murray, Donna Bowman, and Jim Ridley

Midnight Rambler
Clint Eastwood's adaptation of John Berendt's nonfiction bestseller "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" doesn't bloom. [11]
Peter Keough

Film Tip of the Week
This week's must-see flick: "Kiss or Kill." [12]

Behind the Scenes
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Reel World
What's new behind the scenes? [17]
Devin D. O'Leary

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Volume I, Issue 25
November 24 - December 1, 1997

W ell, well, well... We do seem to be featuring a lot more interviews in these pages lately. Sure, this week may be nothing compared to last week in terms of quantity, but we've got an interview with Clint Eastwood to make up for it.

Funny thing: although Eastwood never says "Do you feel lucky, punk?" to his interviewer, the whole article reads as if he's gritting his teeth. No exaggeration -- read it and see. Speaking of which, don't you hate geeks who can't stop talking like Dirty Harry? Man that gets old.

Other interviews include a Q&A with chameleonic "Wings of the Dove" director Iain Softley, and this inspirational piece about amateur filmmaker Lory Smith. I say inspirational because Smith has taken it upon himself to be creative no matter what the cost, and it's working for him. We should all learn from his example, eh punk?

But what do you care, you're probably just here for the reviews. And we've got 'em every which way but loose: "Love Serenade," "Kiss or Kill," "One Night Stand," "The Ice Storm," "Gummo," and even Clint Eastwood's "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." Remember: you must grit your teeth while saying that title aloud.

If it's video that makes your day, check out these reviews of "Heavenly Creatures," "Harold and Maude," "George of the Jungle," "Friday the 13th," and heck, even TV shows like "Ally McBeal" and "My So-Called Life." All good stuff, take it from me -- Smith, Wesson and me.

Sorry, but I'm beyond help at this point.

Mini Reviews
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Austin Chronicle

  • Anastasia
  • Chronicle Of A Disappearance
  • Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil
  • Mouth To Mouth
  • The Rainmaker
  • Repulsion
  • Soul In The Hole
  • The Wings Of The Dove

Boston Phoenix

  • Anastasia
  • The Jackal
  • Kiss or Kill
  • The Man Who Knew Too Little
  • My Mother's Courage

Chicago NewCityNet

  • Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil
  • The Rainmaker
  • Schizopolis

Tucson Weekly

  • The Ice Storm
  • The Jackal
  • The Man Who Knew Too Little
  • The Myth Of Fingerprints
  • Temptress Moon

Video + TV
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Reviews of "The Tomb of Ligeia," "Heavenly Creatures," "Fun," and "Der Lauf Der Dinge (The Way it Goes)" (all video). [18]

The Video Phile
Reviews of "When We Were Kings" and "Harold and Maude." [19]
Dennis Freeland and Bruce VanWyngarden

Videos a Go-Go
Every week, we explore a movie genre for your enhanced rent 'n' view pleasure. This week's genre: kids' flicks. [20]
Jesse Fox Mayshark

Why go to the movies when you can sit on the couch and watch videos? This week: More "Friday the 13th" carnage. [21]
Scott Phillips

Her Two Lives
Ida Lupino, Queen of the B's. [22]
Rob Nelson

TV Eye
Adolescent angst endures on television. [23]
Margaret Moser

Woman's Gotta Have It
TV does so much and asks for so little. [24]
D. G. Cameron

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