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1999 Stories by Bill Gallo

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  • Madre Squad

    published December 23, 1999

    At first glance, Pedro Almodóvar's All About My Mother seems uncharacteristically grim for a filmmaker with such a demonic sense of... More >>

  • Street Smarts

    published December 16, 1999

    Tumbleweeds Directed by Gavin O'Connor; with Janet McTeer and Kimberly J. Brown. Rated PG-13. More >>

  • The Littlest Victim

    published November 4, 1999

    Actor Frank Whaley has appeared in more than 30 movies, including Swimming With Sharks and Pulp Fiction. But none of them cuts as... More >>

  • Rose-Colored Clashes

    published September 30, 1999

    Grown-ups, take heart. Even if you misspent your summer at the movies pigging out on reheated space adventure, slob humor and stubborn, old... More >>

  • Hockey Pluck

    published September 30, 1999

    The premise is preposterous, the final score inevitable, and the record reading on the feel-good-ometer is totally predictable. But Mystery,... More >>

  • Analyze Diss

    published September 23, 1999

    Have you heard? The only tools a nice fellow needs to repair the damaged psyches of an entire town are a guilty conscience and a dash of insight.... More >>

  • Hard Times

    published September 2, 1999

    When last we encountered Peter and Bobby Farrelly, they were pelting moviehouses with industrial-strength jokes about retarded kids, lost semen,... More >>

  • Enslaved by the Bell

    published August 19, 1999

    If Kevin Williamson has anything to say about it, the good works of noble movie schoolteachers like Mr. Chips and Miss Dove and Mr. Holland will... More >>

  • Season Finale

    published August 12, 1999

    It has been almost 40 years since Eric Rohmer, riding the crest of the French New Wave, embarked on the first of his Six Moral Tales. The... More >>

  • Sash 'n' Burn

    published July 29, 1999

    Feel like shooting lutefisk in a barrel? Pick on beleaguered Minnesota again as the epicenter of everything that's square-headed and unhip in... More >>

  • Slay It Again, Sam

    published July 8, 1999

    To hear Spike Lee tell it, Summer of Sam means to be a panoramic view of the summer of 1977 in New York City--when temperatures shot into the high... More >>

  • Wilde Kingdom

    published July 1, 1999

    Woe to the scribbler who presumes to rewrite a master--unless he is so deft that his invasion of privacy produces something new and exciting. ... More >>

  • Half-baked Alaska

    published July 1, 1999

    In John Sayles' Limbo, which is set amid rough-and-tumble southeast Alaska, an ex-salmon fisherman with guilty memories (David Strathairn), an... More >>

  • Erin Go Blah

    published June 17, 1999

    It has not been lost on the Quinn brothers--actor Aidan, cinematographer Declan, and writer/director Paul--that in old Gaelic culture the tribal... More >>

  • Fast Times in Ethiopia

    published June 3, 1999

    The peerless Ethiopian distance runner Haile Gebrselassie is a tiny man--5-foot-3 and barely 115 pounds--but in his native country, his heroism... More >>

  • Space Cadets

    published May 27, 1999

    If your poodle is decked out in the complete Captain Kirk uniform, you've taken Klingon language classes, or you once mailed DeForest Kelley a... More >>

  • Pupil Reign

    published May 6, 1999

    The latest release from Paramount Pictures' bouncing baby, MTV Films, is set in a high school and has been inoculated with the usual doses of... More >>

  • Star Tech

    published April 15, 1999

    Stuffed full of fantasy comics, addicted to action, and steeped in digital technology, the frenetic moviemakers Andy and Larry Wachowski have done... More >>

  • Scot in the Act

    published March 18, 1999

    In the three decades that director Ken Loach has been a steadfast champion of the British working class, his films have lost none of their sting.... More >>

  • When Affleck Met Bullock

    published March 18, 1999

    At the movies, the fun-loving temptress has been liberating the buttoned-up clod ever since Katharine Hepburn's leopard made off with Cary Grant's... More >>

  • The Dons Must Be Crazy

    published March 4, 1999

    When hit men wore hats, and Cadillacs had running boards, the average Mafia don could knock off the Tattaglia brothers in mid-afternoon and sit... More >>

  • Stark Victory

    published February 18, 1999

    In the archetypal dead-end town of Lawford, New Hampshire, cold-eyed men looking for trouble prowl the streets in four-by-fours with chrome... More >>

  • Stone Age Family

    published February 18, 1999

    For better or worse, the father figure in Larry Clark's ironically titled Another Day in Paradise turns out to be Mel, a foul-mouthed, 40-year-old... More >>

  • Hoke Floats

    published February 11, 1999

    Short of nuclear holocaust, a major sale at Kmart, or a confirmed Clint Eastwood sighting back in rural Iowa, there's probably no way to keep the... More >>

  • Rock of Aged

    published February 4, 1999

    Between the current nostalgia for platform shoes and the epidemic of midlife crisis that has so many baby boomers in its grip, director Brian... More >>

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