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1999 Stories by Andy Klein

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  • The Damon Switch Project

    published December 30, 1999

    Writer-director Anthony Minghella has chosen to follow up his Oscar-laden The English Patient with another literary adaptation -- this... More >>

  • Austen Power

    published December 23, 1999

    The last half-decade has been very good to Jane Austen: Besides Ang Lee's estimable 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility, we've been given... More >>

  • Hokeymon

    published December 2, 1999

    The wide-screen debut of Pokémon has two subtitles: The First Movie, which implies, with almost tragic inevitability, the... More >>

  • Pixar Shtick

    published November 25, 1999

    How do you make a sequel to a nearly perfect film? Toy Story, the 1995 hit from Disney and Pixar, was not only the first fully... More >>

  • Junk Bond

    published November 25, 1999

    Poor old MGM -- the once-golden studio that has been battered and abused by ever-changing ownership and management for nearly three decades now ... More >>

  • French Tickler

    published November 11, 1999

    Luc Besson, director of La Femme Nikita, The Professional and The Fifth Element, is not the first name that would leap to... More >>

  • Princess Broods

    published November 11, 1999

    Much like the religion that has swirled around the Star Wars trilogy for twentysome years, the fanaticism evidenced among American fans of... More >>

  • Found Highways

    published November 4, 1999

    And now . . . a G-rated movie from David Lynch! No, Lynch hasn't lost his mind. He hasn't gone soft in the head. And he hasn't sold out to... More >>

  • L.A. Noir

    published October 14, 1999

    Steven Soderbergh may have had some rocky times after his 1989 breakthrough with sex, lies, and videotape, but these days he's on a roll.... More >>

  • Stranger Danger

    published October 7, 1999

    There's a long tradition of stories about mysterious drifters who arrive in a small town and either create trouble or catalyze an explosion of... More >>

  • Cop Corn

    published September 16, 1999

    Since his TV show ended, Martin Lawrence has gotten more ink for his off-camera life than for his movie career. There's nothing about Blue... More >>

  • Exorcise in Futility

    published September 16, 1999

    Modern word processing has made life easier for screenwriters: no need to retype some old classic with your own little changes; nowadays you can... More >>

  • Frost Gump

    published September 9, 1999

    It's bad enough when a major studio -- in this case Warner Bros. -- blows $40 million (or more) on a by-the-numbers film. It's worse when they... More >>

  • Shakespeare in Like

    published August 26, 1999

    As a filmmaker, actor John Turturro clearly believes in drawing from personal experience: His directorial debut, the 1992 Mac (which won... More >>

  • Death WarmedOver

    published July 29, 1999

    Robert Wise's 1963 version of The Haunting (from Shirley Jackson's novel) has long been considered one of the milestones of the horror... More >>

  • Gnash Rambler

    published July 22, 1999

    You can tell the first wave of summer blockbusters has shot its wad when the studios start tossing out their second- and third-string films. In... More >>

  • Maim That Toon!

    published July 8, 1999

    The animated TV show South Park was the big sensation of the 1997-98 season--or at least as big a hit as a cable channel like Comedy Central... More >>

  • Five Uneasy Pieces

    published June 17, 1999

    Anthology films are an odd-duck genre: While there once was a time--long gone--when books of short stories were published with nearly the... More >>

  • Pushing the Envelope

    published May 27, 1999

    The Love Letter has the dubious distinction of being the other studio film to open this past week. In a week when all the other majors have run... More >>

  • The Saigon Time Around

    published May 20, 1999

    Nearly a quarter of a century after the fall of Saigon, only a small film industry has managed to grow on Vietnam's war-scarred soil. And what has... More >>

  • The Down Underdogs

    published May 13, 1999

    The Castle is a modest little comedy from Australia and director Rob Sitch that falls into the subgenre of Capraesque idealism, in the... More >>

  • Waiting for Altman

    published April 8, 1999

    Has any major American director had quite so many career swings as Robert Altman? Maybe not, but if there's one thing the last 30 years have made... More >>

  • Youth Must Be Serviced

    published March 11, 1999

    For Cruel Intentions, his directorial debut, writer Roger Kumble has come up with the clever idea of updating Choderlos de Laclos' durable... More >>

  • Snuff Already

    published March 4, 1999

    "Honey," Ellen Burstyn's character in The Last Picture Show remarks to her daughter, "everything gets old if you do it often enough." The specific... More >>

  • The Madre Squad

    published February 25, 1999

    The independent production/distribution company The Shooting Gallery probably got a lot more attention when Monica Lewinsky showed up in... More >>

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