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Come Again? [4]
The anatomy of a remake.
— Chris Herrington, MEMPHIS FLYER
 


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1998 Film In Review [2]
1998's best films were nothing if not multicultural.
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
The Worst of '98 Cinema [3]
Celebrating the year's lousiest films.
— Scott Manzler, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
1998 TV In Review [17]
In 1998, Fox TV won big ratings with car-chase documentaries, but there were at least 10 television shows that held their own against the tide of mediocrity.
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 


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Cozying Up to The Faculty [5]
A personal reflection on the career of filmmaker Robert Rodriguez on the occasion of the recent world premiere of "The Faculty" in Austin.
— Louis Black, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
The Faculty [6]
The Faculty is a slam-bang, sci-fi actioner, relentlessly paced and edited, and a "spot the allusion" blast.
— Marc Savlov, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

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Down in the Delta [7]
Poet Maya Angelou counteracts Hollywood's ghettocentric vision of black culture in this story of a Chicago family re-discovering its down-home roots.
— Russell Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Soul Search [8]
The big-screen version of David Rabe's "Hurlyburly" exposes the Hollywood you always suspected.
— Carolyn Clay, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Vocal Color [9]
Director Mark Herman's "Little Voice" showcases Jane Horrocks, from whose mouth comes the smoky soul of Bassey, the round tones of Garland, the breathy coo of Monroe.
— Alicia Potter, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Patch Adams [10]
Physician, heal thyself.
— Marjorie Baumgarten, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Stepmom [11]
The earth mother and the career girl yank our collective chains.
— Hollis Chacona, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Shakespeare in Love [12]
Though Bill Shakespeare's quill is broken, true love brings new inspiration in this delightful speculative romance.
— Marjorie Baumgarten, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Mighty Joe Young [13]
An animatronic Joe Young for the Nineties replaces the old Harryhausen stop-motion ape.
— Marc Savlov, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Pen Pals [14]
Brazilian director Walter Salles's "Central Station" puts you on a bus traveling down the road to salvation.
— Peter Keough, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Special Delivery [15]
Nora Ephron's romantic comedy "You've Got Mail" gives the people what they want.
— Susan Ellis, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Fool's Gold [16]
If you've ever seen a Hal Hartley movie, you must have wondered how different it would have been if Arnold Schwarzenegger had been involved.
— James DiGiovanna, TUCSON WEEKLY
 


Volume II, Issue 27
December 28 - January 4, 1999  
 
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

I t's a case of good cop, bad cop in Film. Boston Phoenix's kindly Peter Keough puts Hollywood at its ease by recounting the best movies of the year in "1998 Film In Review." But then Nashville Scene's brass-knuckled critics shine the interrogation light right in Tinseltown's eyes and demand a confession in "The Worst of '98 Cinema."

If he isn't walking the camera line, coaching the actors, checking the video playback or shooting a scene himself, no-budget filmmaking legend Robert Rodriguez might be playing his guitar for the extras. In "Cozying Up To The Faculty," Austin Chronicle's Louis Black visits the rollicking set of Rodriguez's sci-fi gorefest. And the Chronicle's Marc Savlov provides a "Faculty" review.

"Unless you're really into home runs and blow jobs, you'll probably agree that 1998 was not a good year for television," opines Boston Phoenix's Robert David Sullivan in "1998 TV In Review." Yet he does manage to find 10 shows worth recommending to folks who couldn't care less about Sammy Sosa dingers and Monica Lewinsky hummers. Video & TV adds an overdose of cartoons for dessert in "TV Eye" by Austin Chronicle's Margaret Moser.



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  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Mighty Joe Young
  • Dancing at Lughnasa
  • Stepmom
  • Patch Adams
  • Down in the Delta
  • The Last Emperor

Chicago NewCity [20]

  • Shakespeare in Love


Video + TV
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1998 TV In Review [17]
In 1998, Fox TV won big ratings with car-chase documentaries, but there were at least 10 television shows that held their own against the tide of mediocrity.
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
TV Eye [18]
Keeping one eye on television and the other on pop culture.
— Margaret Moser, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

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