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2000 Stories by Andy Klein

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  • Still Fab After All These Years

    published December 28, 2000

    Thirty-six years ago, at the height of Beatlemania -- the phenomenon, not the stage show -- some cynics pooh-poohed the notion that the... More >>

  • Bad Case of the Runs

    published November 30, 2000

    At first glance, the new Japanese import Non-Stop seems to be a crude knockoff of German director Tom Tykwer's wonderful Run Lola... More >>

  • Naval Gazing

    published November 9, 2000

    November may mean Thanksgiving to most of you, but in the film biz it means a rush of "serious" films trying to gouge an impression into the short... More >>

  • Drunken Masterpiece

    published October 19, 2000

    The first thing to know about The Legend of Drunken Master is that there is no Legend of Drunken Master, not really.... More >>

  • Tales of Tiara

    published September 28, 2000

    It's a sorry fact that what everybody in Hollywood really wants to do -- writer, actor, best boy and caterer alike -- is direct. This has... More >>

  • A Sinking Feeling

    published September 21, 2000

    Whatever one might believe about the past centuries of English oppression of the Irish, one thing is sure: The Irish haven't been shortchanged on... More >>

  • Spinal Tap

    published September 14, 2000

    In 1988, Penelope Spheeris released the amusing rock documentary The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years. Rob... More >>

  • Lotsa War, Not Much Art

    published August 24, 2000

    Despite its late summer release date -- usually a sign of studio jitters -- The Art of War is a mostly well-constructed action flick with a... More >>

  • AARP Speed

    published August 3, 2000

    It's a pleasure to say that Clint Eastwood reverses his recent downward slide -- A Perfect World (1993), The Bridges of Madison... More >>

  • He Shoots, He Scores

    published July 6, 2000

    Director Alison Maclean, from Canada by way of New Zealand, turns her camera on the American landscape -- or, more accurately, the underbelly of... More >>

  • Cry Hard

    published July 6, 2000

    Why is the film called Disney's The Kid? Is it really possible that the studio was so concerned that someone might actually mistake the... More >>

  • Stratford Upon the Hudson

    published June 29, 2000

    Holy moley! Yet another version of Hamlet? Will they never stop? Ah, well, at least Michael Almereyda's new adaptation is one of... More >>

  • Mo' Bettor Blues

    published June 8, 2000

    Before we see anything in Croupier, the new film from director Mike Hodges and screenwriter Paul Mayersberg, we hear the grainy whir of the... More >>

  • Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

    published June 8, 2000

    Merchant/Ivory Productions has long been America's quintessential purveyor of classy "literary" films. At its best, the team of director James... More >>

  • The Implausible Scheme

    published May 25, 2000

    Early on in Mission: Impossible 2 (or M:I-2, as the confident Paramount now calls it), hero Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) complains to his... More >>

  • Dearth of a Salesman

    published May 18, 2000

    When stars get popular enough (or win enough Oscars), they begin to get to call their own shots. Thus we have The Big Kahuna, the debut... More >>

  • Relaxed Woody

    published May 18, 2000

    Woody Allen is back on screen in Small Time Crooks, a bittersweet comedy that in many ways could have been lifted straight from the '30s.... More >>

  • Four Play

    published May 11, 2000

    Digital video is poised to become a major factor in commercial filmmaking, and Time Code, the new feature from Mike Figgis (Leaving Las... More >>

  • Crush 'n' Burn

    published March 30, 2000

    Here on Earth, the new teen romance, should do wonders for the reputation of veteran director Arthur Hiller. Not that Hiller had anything... More >>

  • Devil Dog

    published March 16, 2000

    Three decades after Rosemary's Baby, two decades after The Tenant, and after a series of five non-horror films, Roman Polanski... More >>

  • Madonna With Child

    published March 9, 2000

    The first thought you have while watching The Next Best Thing is, "Was Madonna always this bad an actress?" It's a question that... More >>

  • Mellow Yeller

    published February 10, 2000

    A little more than three years after Scream and a little more than two years after Scream 2, director Wes Craven is back with... More >>

  • The Man Who Would Be Killed

    published February 3, 2000

    Director Chen Kaige is best known in the U.S. for Farewell My Concubine, the most successful Chinese production ever released here. As many... More >>

  • Drunken Master

    published January 27, 2000

    In the past 30 years, Woody Allen has written and directed something like 28 movies -- "something like" reflects the confusion of how to count... More >>

  • Bullets Over Off-Broadway

    published January 20, 2000

    In Cradle Will Rock, his third directorial outing, Tim Robbins takes on an almost insurmountably ambitious project: a re-creation of an era... More >>

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