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The Perils of Being Human
Bill Forsyth stumbles on the road to profundity
, May 19, 1994
Bill Forsyth has never made a bad movie. Until now. Being Human, the writer/director's mostly flat and lifeless look at what he thinks being... More>>
City Life, Family Strife
Spike Lee returns to old haunts, and old ways, in Crooklyn
, May 19, 1994
What is it about movies that causes them, or at least their essential ideas, to so often appear in matched sets? Until a few weeks ago, I had... More>>
The Color of Freedom
Blue examines what it means to be truly on your own
, May 12, 1994
At first blush, Blue sounds terribly over-conceptualized. Most ominous is that this is the first in a movie trilogy by Polish filmmaker Krzysztof... More>>
Great Escapism
In Hong Kong, films are frantic fun
, May 12, 1994
With the approach of 1997 -- the year that control of Hong Kong will turn over to China -- and with the success of John Woo's films, including... More>>
Drunk, But Not Disorderly
Meg Ryan battles the curse of cuteness
, May 12, 1994
How realistic a portrait of substance abuse can a movie give when it features perky beauty Meg Ryan playing an alcoholic? That's the question... More>>
Polanski's Passion
Roman returns with a sexy, stylish thriller
, May 05, 1994
The opening-credit sequence: ocean waves undulating behind a luxury liner's porthole while the camera slowly pulls in and out of the circular... More>>
Union Blues
Claude Berri traps himself in a coal mine
, May 05, 1994
When I heard that director Claude Berri was filming the Zola novel Germinal, I didn't know whether to consider him courageous or crazy. Adapting... More>>
The Second-Movie Itch
Two black filmmakers try new territories, with mixed results
, May 05, 1994
When filmmaker Mario Van Peebles spoke at Texas Southern University last fall, he emphasized the problem of black filmmakers' "second movie" --... More>>
Playing by the Numbers
From the French, more music, more affairs -- the usual
, April 28, 1994
The scope of French film has certainly narrowed in recent years. If a movie is Gallic, odds are that it deals with the problems of making art,... More>>
Crazy Child
Martin Lawrence has a mean mouth, but a mild mind
, April 28, 1994
Attending a 9:30 a.m. screening of the concert movie You So Crazy sounded like the downside of film reviewing. Citizens normally have little... More>>
Despite its Oscar,
Fernando Trueba's new film isn't a prizewinner
, April 21, 1994
Belle Epoque arrives on the wings of its recent Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. The voters were apparently in a playful mood, as they chose... More>>
Manners To Die For
, April 21, 1994
At first blush, Serial Mom appears to mark a departure for John Waters. This time his lead actress is Kathleen Turner, rather than the mighty... More>>
WorldFest's World View
Hunter Todd returns with a slimmed-down film festival
, April 14, 1994
After taking his show on the road -- specifically, to Charleston, South Carolina -- for a film festival last fall, Hunter Todd will, on April 15,... More>>
American Potluck
At WorldFest, variety doesn't always prove spicy
, April 14, 1994
If there's anything that binds the American films presented at this year's WorldFest, it's that they offer derivative pleasures. There is no... More>>
Falling Stars
The Taviani brothers face their own family curse
, April 07, 1994
There was a time when the Taviani brothers, Paolo and Vittorio, were regarded as standard-bearers for Italian film. Their 1981 movie The Night of... More>>
Hollywood Lives, Hollywood Lies
Barry Levinson takes a loopy look at the realities of Tinsel Town
, April 07, 1994
Barry Levinson's 1992 fantasy Toys was an interesting flop. Who would have thought that the man who directed Bugsy, The Natural and Rain Man; who... More>>
New Wave AIDS
In the French Savage Nights, HIV provides the catalyst for a fierce, complex love story
, March 31, 1994
Savage Nights dominated last year's Cesars, the French equivalent of the Oscars. But it could scarcely be more different from Hollywood's... More>>
Cultivating a Career
River Oaks native Alex Georges crosses his fingers and hopes for a chance at the movies
, March 31, 1994
Houston filmmaker Alex Georges wasn't hard to pick out of the crowd of cinephiles entering Austin's venerable Dobie Theater last Monday. The... More>>
A Comedy of Marryment
, March 31, 1994
If real-life nuptials are even a quarter as funny as those portrayed in Four Weddings and a Funeral, get me to the church on time. Mike Newell's... More>>
The Paper Delivers
, March 24, 1994
Two minor characters, veteran reporters on a big-city newspaper, are battling over turf on a late-breaking crime story. "You got the cops," one... More>>
The Raising Arizona Proxy
The Coen brothers' best movies couldn't make it, so they sent this one instead
, March 24, 1994
I could tell you that The Hudsucker Proxy is a Capra-esque film "about" a little guy's skyrocket ride to the top of American industry, and that... More>>
The Delirium of Society
A woman's portrait of her disturbed mother highlights an evening of women's independent videos
, March 24, 1994
In Suburban Queen, video artist Mindy Faber fantasizes that her mentally ill mother, Patricia, using "everyday grease and grime" as war paint,... More>>
Extended Labor
Martha Coolidge and Geena Davis are slow to develop the promise of Angie
, March 17, 1994
It's hard not to root for Angie, the new film by director Martha Coolidge. Its story has a handful of familiar elements: we're back among the... More>>
24 Lies Per Second
, March 17, 1994
East German newsreels and educational films can be funny, if a bit pathetically so. A miner supposedly digs four times his coal quota: "From this... More>>
Barely Down Under
, March 10, 1994
If D.H. Lawrence ever were to get a film past the censors, Sirens might be it. Ripe with explicit nudity and suggestive encounters, the movie... More>>
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