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1998 Stories by Andy Klein

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  • A Slightly Dirty Dozen

    published December 31, 1998

    The past year has been filled with good films . . . interesting films . . . worthwhile films. In fact, there were many that I think of as being... More >>

  • The Cyberpostman Always Writes Twice

    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 >>

  • Enemy of the State: Totaliterrible

    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 >>

  • No One Cares What You Did Last Summer

    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 >>

  • Two If by Sea!

    published October 1, 1998

    As a professional lamenter of how "they just don't make 'em like they used to," I am always thrilled on those rare occasions when someone even... More >>

  • Art Spray

    published September 24, 1998

    Back in the early Seventies, when John Waters made his first splash with such low-budget gross-outs as Pink Flamingos and Multiple Maniacs, who... More >>

  • Chan Still the Man

    published September 17, 1998

    Jackie Chan's American fans--and I include myself among them--have suffered through a nervous 1998 so far. The momentum the star earned with the... More >>

  • Math Hysteria

    published August 20, 1998

    Darren Aronofsky's debut feature, Pi, won the Dramatic Directing Award at Sundance this year, and it's easy to imagine why. Whatever its faults,... More >>

  • Shadow Logic

    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... More >>

  • With Six, You Get Message Movie

    published May 21, 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 >>

  • 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 as a... More >>

  • Old School

    published May 14, 1998

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

  • A Wok on the Wild Side

    published March 19, 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 >>

  • Noir Wheresville

    published February 26, 1998

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

  • The Lyin' King

    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 >>

  • 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

    With all the brutal competition from the big-ticket films prior to the December 31 Oscar deadline, Hollywood has established a tradition in recent... More >>

  • Return to Sender

    published January 1, 1998

    It's been just two years since the Academy nominated the Italian film Il Postino (a.k.a. The Postman) for multiple Oscars, including Best Picture,... More >>

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