Monday, November 30, 1998

On the fast-food track to video

Movie: Home Fries

Posted on Mon, Nov 30, 1998 at 4:00 AM

**
Home Fries Length: 1 hour, 33 minutes Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Website: http://www.wb-homefries.com/ Release Date: 1998-11-25 Cast: Drew Barrymore, Luke Wilson, Catherine O'hara, Jake Busey, Shelley Duvall Director: Dean Parisot Screenwriter: Vince Gilligan Music Score: Rachel Portman WorkNameSort: Home Fries Our Rating: 2.00 If it hadn't been for the success...

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On the fast-food track to video

Movie: Home Fries

Posted on Mon, Nov 30, 1998 at 4:00 AM

**
Our Rating: 2.00 If it hadn't been for the success of "The Wedding Singer" and the resultant upswing in Drew Barrymore's career, "Home Fries," an off-beat black comedy with an unexplainable title, wouldn't have had much of a chance of finding an audience. But actually, the film was completed before...

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Wednesday, November 25, 1998

Squeal generator

Movie: Babe: Pig in the City

Posted on Wed, Nov 25, 1998 at 4:00 AM

***
Babe: Pig in the City Length: 1 hour, 36 minutes Studio: Universal Pictures Website: http://www.babeinthecity.com/ Release Date: 1998-11-25 Cast: E. G. Daily, James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski, Mary Stein, Mickey Rooney Director: George Miller Screenwriter: George Miller, Judy Morris, Mark Lamprell Music Score: Nigel Westlake WorkNameSort: Babe: Pig in the City...

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Worlds apart from 'Antz'

Movie: A Bug's Life

Posted on Wed, Nov 25, 1998 at 4:00 AM

***
A Bug's Life Length: 1 hour, 34 minutes Studio: Walt Disney Pictures Website: http://www.abugslife.com Release Date: 1998-11-25 Cast: Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Drefus, Denis Leary, Madeline Kahn Director: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton Screenwriter: Andrew Stanton, Donald McEnery, Bob Shaw Music Score: Randy Newman WorkNameSort: A Bug's Life Our Rating:...

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Bottoming out

Movie: Very Bad Things

Posted on Wed, Nov 25, 1998 at 4:00 AM

**
Very Bad Things Length: 1 hour, 41 minutes Studio: PolyGram Pictures Website: http://www.verybadthings.com Release Date: 1998-11-25 Cast: Christian Slater, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Stern, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Jon Faveau Director: Peter Berg Screenwriter: Peter Berg Music Score: Stewart Copeland WorkNameSort: Very Bad Things Our Rating: 2.00 Blood, guts and general human depravity...

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Freak show

Movie: Jerry Springer: Ringmaster

Posted on Wed, Nov 25, 1998 at 4:00 AM

**
Jerry Springer: Ringmaster Length: 1 hour, 35 minutes Studio: Artisan Entertainment Release Date: 1998-11-25 Cast: Jerry Springer, Jaime Pressly, William McNamara, Molly Hagan, John Capodice Director: Neil Abraham Screenwriter: Jon Bernstein Music Score: Kennard Ramsey WorkNameSort: Jerry Springer: Ringmaster Our Rating: 2.00 There's a moment of unexpected pith near the...

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New version cuts away excess

Movie: Touch of Evil

Posted on Wed, Nov 25, 1998 at 4:00 AM

****1/2
Touch of Evil Length: 1 hour, 51 minutes Studio: October Films Release Date: 1998-11-27 Cast: Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles Director: Orson Welles Screenwriter: Orson Welles Music Score: Henry Mancini WorkNameSort: Touch of Evil Our Rating: 4.50 The words "director's cut" are treated with such reverence by hardened cinema...

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Review - The Story of the Ghost

Artist: Phish

Posted on Wed, Nov 25, 1998 at 4:00 AM

Phish concerts are thoroughly unpredictable affairs marked by streaks of brilliance and improvisational bravado. Does that give guitarist Trey Anastasio and his buds license to jam away and call it an album? "The Story of the Ghost" won't assure anyone about the soundness of this strategy. Real songs are missing...

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Review - Reunion

Artist: Black Sabbath

Posted on Wed, Nov 25, 1998 at 4:00 AM

Everything that's wrong with most '70s-superstar resuscitations is extremely right about this two-CD document of the series of concerts performed in 1997 by Black Sabbath's original lineup. From the first anarchic chords of "War Pigs," these metal godfathers demonstrate that they haven't lost their knack for minting pure British steel....

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Review - World Tour

Artist: Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate

Posted on Wed, Nov 25, 1998 at 4:00 AM

As a major force in "jazz fusion," Joe Zawinul has managed to stay on high ground while groups like Spyro Gyra and Return To Forever were mired in commercially viable, artistically questionable muck. That's not to say that Zawinul has been a marketplace dud. He wrote classic songs like "Mercy,...

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