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2000 Stories by Jean Oppenheimer

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  • Eager to Please

    published December 28, 2000

    In Hollywood, all it takes is one big hit. Sandra Bullock's ticket to stardom was the 1994 sleeper Speed, a rip-roaring action/crime... More >>

  • Friends and Neighbors

    published November 2, 2000

    The wonder of Solas, the latest in a growing list of remarkable Spanish films that recently have made their way to the... More >>

  • Ain't No Sunshine

    published July 6, 2000

    I never imagined the day would come when I would cringe to see Ralph Fiennes on screen. Not only is he shamelessly good-looking, but, whether... More >>

  • All the Pretty Horses

    published June 1, 2000

    The moody, feverish images that fill Running Free are so exquisite they almost make up for the film's disastrous auditory misstep: the... More >>

  • Come See the Paradise

    published June 1, 2000

    It is difficult to reconcile American perceptions of Iran, a rigidly authoritarian Islamic fundamentalist society, with the captivating and... More >>

  • On Their Toes

    published May 11, 2000

    When asked to name the most erotic sequence they have ever seen in a film, people tend to pick moments like the love scene between Julie Christie... More >>

  • (Stay) Out of Africa

    published May 4, 2000

    Poor Kim Basinger! In her first role since bagging the 1998 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (for L.A. Confidential, the film that... More >>

  • Dial M for Monotony

    published February 17, 2000

    Even at just 92 minutes, this film feels endless. Intended as a humorous, heartwarming take on dysfunctional family relationships, Hanging... More >>

  • Smoke Screen

    published February 10, 2000

    Jane Campion's 1992 film, The Piano, was an intoxicating work of art, a film of such beauty and power that it literally took my breath... More >>

  • Mousse Crossing

    published February 10, 2000

    La crème de la coiffure! A mock documentary about, of all things, a Scottish hairdresser who travels to America to compete in an... More >>

  • That Was Then...

    published February 3, 2000

    Sharon Stone doesn't appear on-screen until halfway through this tale of three lives unraveling, but when she does, she makes quite an impression... More >>

  • Schizo

    published January 13, 2000

    Some people really are crazy, but then, "crazy" is a relative term. Does it apply to someone who feels he might spin off into outer space and... More >>

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