Friday, February 26, 1999

Romantically challenged

Movie: The Other Sister

Posted on Fri, Feb 26, 1999 at 4:00 AM

**
Our Rating: 2.00 Movies like "The Other Sister," the story of two mentally challenged young adults who find happiness with each other, are manipulative in the worst way. It's a form of cinematic blackmail, if you will. How could any decent viewer fail to lend support to a story of...

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Hardcore tour

Movie: 8MM

Posted on Fri, Feb 26, 1999 at 4:00 AM

***1/2
Our Rating: 3.50 Few studio films are as dark -- literally and figuratively -- as "8MM." Director Joel Schumacher stages much of this disturbing thriller at night or in subterranean dwellings. Given this bleak palette, cinematographer Robert Elswit doesn't take the usual film-noir route (high contrast, heavy shadows). Instead, most...

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Smoking cast -- but no fire

Movie: 200 Cigarettes

Posted on Fri, Feb 26, 1999 at 4:00 AM

**
Our Rating: 2.00 New Year's Eve, 1981. Big party at Monica's place in the East Village. Much tension for Monica (Martha Plimpton) because nobody's shown up yet. Everybody's dealing with the pressures and problems of a Big Night Out. Monica's cousin from Long Island (Christina Ricci) and her reluctant pal...

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Romantically challenged

Movie: The Other Sister

Posted on Fri, Feb 26, 1999 at 4:00 AM

**
The Other Sister Length: 2 hours, 25 minutes Studio: Touchstone Pictures Website: http://movies.go.com/othersister/index.html Release Date: 1999-02-26 Cast: Juliette Lewis, Giovanni Ribisi, Dianne Keaton, Tom Skerrit Director: Garry Marshall Screenwriter: Alexandra Rose, Blair Richwood Music Score: Rachel Portman WorkNameSort: The Other Sister Our Rating: 2.00 Movies like "The Other Sister," the...

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Hardcore tour

Movie: 8MM

Posted on Fri, Feb 26, 1999 at 4:00 AM

***1/2
8MM Length: 2 hours, 4 minutes Studio: Columbia Pictures Website: http://www.spe.sony.com/movies/8mm/index.html Release Date: 1999-02-26 Cast: Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini Director: Joel Schumacher Screenwriter: Andrew Kevin Walker Music Score: Mychael Danna WorkNameSort: 8MM Our Rating: 3.50 Few studio films are as dark -- literally and figuratively -- as "8MM."...

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Smoking cast -- but no fire

Movie: 200 Cigarettes

Posted on Fri, Feb 26, 1999 at 4:00 AM

**
200 Cigarettes Length: 1 hour, 37 minutes Studio: Paramount Pictures Website: http://www.200cigarettes.com/ Release Date: 1999-02-26 Cast: Ben Affleck, Janeane Garofalo, Courtney Love, Christina Ricci, Paul Rudd Director: Risa Bramon Garcia Screenwriter: Shana Larsen Music Score: Mark Mothersbaugh, Bob Mothersbaugh WorkNameSort: 200 Cigarettes Our Rating: 2.00 New Year's Eve, 1981. Big...

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Wednesday, February 24, 1999

Review - Wholly Earth

Artist: Abbey Lincoln

Posted on Wed, Feb 24, 1999 at 4:00 AM

Abbey Lincoln creates a living link between Billie Holiday and Cassandra Wilson. Still an irrepressible life force at 68, on "Wholly Earth" she touches on the smoky melancholy of the former as well as the folksy directness of the latter. The title track, with its sing-song melody driven by percussionist...

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Review - Super Are

Artist: Boredoms

Posted on Wed, Feb 24, 1999 at 4:00 AM

On "Super Are," the Boredoms prove that experimental-music clichés like speed-shifting tape manipulations, unintelligible singing and mock death metal can still be funny. This seven-song, 70-minute creation from these veteran Japanese noise warriors is an epic for the infantile that elevates the comic to the cosmic. The opener, "Super You,"...

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Review - This World Is Not My Home

Artist: Lone Justice

Posted on Wed, Feb 24, 1999 at 4:00 AM

During the mid-'80s, Lone Justice fed on twin appetites for country roots and punky impudence. Proof of this diet's success is heard on "This World Is Not My Home," a sterling retrospective CD. It's impossible to resist singer Maria McKee's gospel-bred wail -- like Janis Joplin with a Tammy Wynette...

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Review - Suicane Gratification

Artist: Paul Westerberg

Posted on Wed, Feb 24, 1999 at 4:00 AM

Paul Westerberg has made a career of messy-haired misery -- first as the voice of college-rock superheroes The Replacements and later as a Singles-era, Dylan-esque solo artist. On "Suicane Gratification," his third solo album, Westerberg continues to age gracelessly into a victim of both the music industry and musical irrelevance....

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