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1998 Stories by Mark V. Moorhead

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  • Admirable Ape

    published December 31, 1998

    In 1933, producer Merian C. Cooper, director Ernest B. Schoedsack and pioneering animator Willis O'Brien created one of this century's most... More >>

  • Buoyant Bard

    published December 24, 1998

    Geniuses often come across unimpressively in the movies. Amadeus presented Mozart as a giggling fop. Both Kirk Douglas and Tim Roth gave us Van... More >>

  • Son of Psycho

    published December 10, 1998

    First of all, if you're among the benighted who've never seen Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 shocker Psycho, stop reading at the end of this paragraph. A... More >>

  • All in Vein

    published October 29, 1998

    When Montoya, one of the fearless vampire killers in John Carpenter's Vampires, tells another character that nobody believes in the title... More >>

  • To Die Laughing

    published October 29, 1998

    In 1994's The Monster (Il mostro), his most recent film to gain wide American release, the Italian writer/director/star Roberto Benigni put... More >>

  • Boys in the Bond

    published October 15, 1998

    The hero of The Mighty -- the title character, in fact -- is an eighth-grader known by the nickname Freak (Kieran Culkin). His might isn't... More >>

  • Little Big Man

    published September 10, 1998

    The opening credits of Simon Birch assert that it was "suggested" by John Irving's popular 1989 novel A Prayer for Owen Meany. Actually, it's a... More >>

  • Barely Staying Alive

    published September 3, 1998

    Shane, the teenage hero of Mark Christopher's 54, wears the petulant expression of a Raphaelite cherub, and he comes complete with a halo of curly... More >>

  • Trunk Show

    published July 16, 1998

    So a guy goes into a bar and sees another guy sitting there nursing a beer, looking incredibly depressed. The two strike up a conversation, and... More >>

  • A Fine Kettle of Fluff

    published May 21, 1998

    Where was the montage? About halfway through the Brit caper comedy Shooting Fish, lovely young heroine Georgie (Kate Beckinsale) and sensitive... More >>

  • Do the Time Warp

    published April 9, 1998

    Danger, Will Robinson! Sensors detect boomer-TV redux once again. This time the victim is Lost in Space, Irwin Allen's enjoyably absurd sci-fi TV... More >>

  • A Boy's Guide to Death

    published April 2, 1998

    Rosie O'Donnell sure makes a believable nun. In the kids' movie Wide Awake, she plays Sister Terry, a sports-loving teacher at a swanky private... More >>

  • Blond Leading the Blind

    published March 12, 1998

    One of the half-dozen main characters in Tom DiCillo's ensemble comedy The Real Blonde is obsessed with finding a literal specimen of the title... More >>

  • All Wet

    published February 19, 1998

    When and if we humans make first contact with extraterrestrial intelligence, the experience may have this much in common with Sphere: It could be... More >>

  • This Is Your Brain on Drugs

    published January 22, 1998

    Would that Half Baked were even as well done as its title implies. This attempt at a contemporary pothead comedy makes you long for the lightness... More >>

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