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1998 Stories by Andy Klein

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  • Return Mail

    published December 17, 1998

    Old-fashioned romantic comedies are an endangered species, and in these generally unromantic days it's always a pleasant surprise to find a decent... More >>

  • Reality Check

    published December 10, 1998

    According to the sparse information available in standard reference books, Chilean expatriate director Raśl Ruiz, now in his late fifties, ha... More >>

  • Movie Starr?

    published December 3, 1998

    Here we go again. Enemy of the State is Fascism in America 1998, Chapter Four ... or Five ... or whatever we're up to. It readily invites... More >>

  • Inheritors with a Will

    published November 26, 1998

    In rural Austria in the early thirties, a tyrannical farmer dies without offspring and, to the shock of his fellow landowners, leaves his entire... More >>

  • American History Xploitation

    published November 12, 1998

    American History X, a hard-edged look at American neo-Nazis, arrives in theaters with a lot of behind-the-scenes baggage: First-time director Tony... More >>

  • Great Dane Dogma

    published November 12, 1998

    Denmark was the first Scandinavian country to have a film industry, but -- with the exception of the revered Carl Dreyer (The Passion of Joan of... More >>

  • Stock Shock

    published November 12, 1998

    First, a disclaimer: Having missed last year's I Know What You Did Last Summer, I deliberately put off seeing it until after viewing its sequel, I... More >>

  • Rights Out

    published November 5, 1998

    Fascism is in the air ... well, at least it's on movie screens. In a two-week stretch we've seen old Nazis (Life Is Beautiful), neo-Nazis... More >>

  • Surreal Appeal Still

    published November 5, 1998

    Postwar Italy's most heralded contribution to world cinema may have been neorealism, but its most distinctive and beloved filmmaker was Federico... More >>

  • Take Two

    published July 30, 1998

    Thanks to the hungry maw of cable TV, nearly every movie production is now accompanied by a documentary crew, assigned to get enough footage for... More >>

  • Hankies Aweigh

    published June 25, 1998

    There will always be a Britain; and that means there will always be movies about the pluck and sacrifice, during World War II, of the little... More >>

  • X-Filer Fun

    published June 18, 1998

    The X-Files is a movie that answers questions ... no, wait a minute: The X-Files is a movie that asks questions.... The X-Files is a movie that... More >>

  • Irony Deficient

    published May 28, 1998

    Only a week after lizards came crawling across the nation's screens in both Godzilla and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hope Floats comes... More >>

  • Lame Horse

    published May 14, 1998

    The Horse Whisperer, the latest film from Robert Redford -- and the first of his directorial efforts in which he also stars -- could almost serve... More >>

  • Old School

    published May 7, 1998

    One of the few seemingly spontaneous bursts of energy at the recent Oscar ceremony was provided by motor-mouthing Dutch director Mike van Diem,... More >>

  • Colonialism and Its Discontents

    published April 30, 1998

    Chinese Box arrives with one of the weirdest hybrid pedigrees in living memory. The writing credits include -- in addition to the film's director,... More >>

  • Made for America

    published April 2, 1998

    The American reissues of Jackie Chan films have met with declining box-office success since Chan burst onto the scene in 1996 with Rumble in the... More >>

  • Primal Time

    published February 26, 1998

    Back in the '60s and '70s, when its animation unit was in the doldrums, the Disney studio made a number of live-action "family" comedies (No... More >>

  • City of Forgetting

    published February 26, 1998

    The science-fiction works of the late, great Philip K. Dick haven't been served particularly well on screen. The most recent adaptation,... More >>

  • On the Lam

    published February 5, 1998

    John Woo has generated plenty of American disciples in the decade since his Hong Kong action films began playing film festivals in the West. Even... More >>

  • Can't Get Up

    published January 15, 1998

    After Santa's overstuffed sack of Oscar qualifiers is disgorged onto New York and Los Angeles screens in December, the studios have little left in... More >>

  • 1997, by the numbers: Our film critics' "ten best"lists

    published January 1, 1998

    Peter Rainer 1. Hamsun 2. L.A. Confidential 3. A Self Made Hero 4. La Promesse 5. Grosse Pointe Blank 6.... More >>

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