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1998 Stories by Michael Sragow

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  • The Greatest Story Never Told

    published December 17, 1998

    DreamWorks' grandiose attempt at an animated feature for adults is a flimsy musical about Moses--a Sunday-school film strip writ ultralarge and... More >>

  • Fetid Accompli

    published November 26, 1998

    In the rancid nightmare farce called Very Bad Things, Peter Berg, in his movie writing-directing debut, creates characters that you immediately... More >>

  • Winged Victory

    published November 19, 1998

    Surprise and pleasure come wrapped together in A Bug's Life. This big adventure about tiny critters is the latest piece of robust whimsy from... More >>

  • Retouching Evil

    published October 8, 1998

    A pungent, ardent yearning permeated the big theater at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch one balmy evening in July. It felt like artistic... More >>

  • Screenplayer

    published September 17, 1998

    In 1974, Robert Towne was seething on the lot where his most famous script, Chinatown, was being shot. When I interviewed him at the time, he was... More >>

  • Back With the Wind

    published July 2, 1998

    Technicolor was a movie lover's aphrodisiac during Hollywood's Golden Age. It produced colors of astonishing depth, boldness and subtlety via a... More >>

  • This Tomboy's Life

    published June 25, 1998

    It's Christmas vacation, 1958. The movie my dad has chosen for a first-grade pal and me to see is the new Disney live-action adventure Tonka,... More >>

  • Lam Chops

    published June 25, 1998

    Too many post-Woody Allen movies have been made about "sex in the head." The smart, engaging Out of Sight is an action-comedy about love in the... More >>

  • I, Claudia; or, No Going Forward

    published May 7, 1998

    The flimsiest hustle in movie promotion today--one perpetrated by film festivals and their camp followers--is that independent movies are starved... More >>

  • King Con

    published April 30, 1998

    Is the opposite of offhand onhand? If so, The Spanish Prisoner is the most onhand movie since Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket. The... More >>

  • Shooting Blanks

    published April 16, 1998

    Lovers of American movies used to joke that foreign films wouldn't look so good if you saw them without subtitles. John Sayles' latest movie, Men... More >>

  • Prole Violation

    published April 9, 1998

    If nothing else, the current edition of Michael Moore's continuing self-love fest does have a great subject: the desperation hidden inside a... More >>

  • Bowling for Dullards

    published March 5, 1998

    Jeff Bridges is so euphorically wacked as a social dropout in The Big Lebowski that you get a contact high just looking at him. Padding around... More >>

  • Return to Lender

    published February 12, 1998

    In these paradox-ridden times, producers on the hunt for cutting-edge fantasies look back--they visit their boyhood or girlhood rooms and ransack... More >>

  • Rummy Dearest

    published February 5, 1998

    Set in 19th-century Australia, this tale of two gamblers--Oscar, a failed minister, and Lucinda, a glass-works owner--is too wispy to be an art... More >>

  • International Crisis: Film at 11

    published January 8, 1998

    When was the last time the audience applauded a trailer and the movie lived up to it? Independence Day enticed millions with its preview shot of... More >>

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