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1999 Stories by Andy Klein

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  • Reel lists

    published December 30, 1999

    Film critics are by nature a sour lot, so it is with truly great pleasure I suggest that 1999 has been the best year for cinema -- certainly for... More >>

  • Off the Mork

    published December 16, 1999

    If there's anything that could make me believe in a cruel and vengeful God (or in the existence of the Dark Prince himself), it's the incredible... More >>

  • Good buzz

    published November 25, 1999

    Toy Story, the 1995 hit from Disney and Pixar, was not only the first fully computer-animated feature; it was also as brilliantly written... More >>

  • On your Fanny

    published November 25, 1999

    The last half-decade has been very good to Jane Austen: Besides Ang Lee's estimable 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility, we've been given... More >>

  • Enough is enough

    published November 18, 1999

    Poor old MGM -- the once-golden studio that has been battered and abused by ever-changing ownership and management for nearly three decades --... More >>

  • Shoot The Messenger

    published November 11, 1999

    Luc Besson -- director of La Femme Nikita, The Professional, and The Fifth Element -- is not the first name that would leap... More >>

  • Playing it Straight

    published November 4, 1999

    And now...a G-rated movie from David Lynch! No, Lynch hasn't lost his mind. He hasn't gone soft in the head. And he hasn't sold out to the... More >>

  • Gods almighty

    published November 4, 1999

    Much like the religion that has swirled around the Star Wars trilogy for 22 years, the fanaticism evidenced among American fans of Japanese... More >>

  • On-screen violins

    published October 28, 1999

    Wes Craven -- purveyor of fine horror movies, including A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven's New Nightmare, and the Scream... More >>

  • The wedding swinger

    published October 21, 1999

    Since there is no way to talk about The Best Man without eventually invoking the phrase "Spike Lee's cousin," let's just get it out of the... More >>

  • Out of sight

    published October 14, 1999

    Steven Soderbergh may have had some rocky times after his 1989 breakthrough with sex, lies, and videotape, but these days he's on a roll.... More >>

  • Sweet bird of youth

    published September 30, 1999

    Ah, May-December romance! It's a grand old tradition in movies dating back to 1919's Daddy Long Legs, and it's almost always a male... More >>

  • The shtick-up

    published September 30, 1999

    Period films are, in general, not what you would call a commercial sure shot in the current marketplace, unless of course the period in question... More >>

  • Drink up

    published September 23, 1999

    There's a long tradition of stories about mysterious drifters who arrive in a small town and either create trouble or catalyze an explosion of... More >>

  • Identity crisis

    published September 16, 1999

    Since his TV show ended, Martin Lawrence has gotten more ink for his off-camera life than for his movie career. There's nothing about Blue... More >>

  • Lord, almighty

    published September 16, 1999

    Modern word processing has made life easier for screenwriters. After all, there's no need to retype some old classic with your own little changes;... More >>

  • Chill, brother

    published September 2, 1999

    It's bad enough when a major studio -- in this case, Warner Bros. -- blows $40 million (or more) on a by-the-numbers film. It's worse when they... More >>

  • The play's the thing

    published August 19, 1999

    As a filmmaker, actor John Turturro clearly believes in drawing from personal experience: His directorial debut, the 1992's Mac (which won... More >>

  • Sadness on the steppes

    published August 19, 1999

    Joan Chen, director and co-writer of Xiu Xiu the Sent Down Girl, is best known as an actress. American audiences probably identify her most... More >>

  • Touch of Orson

    published August 12, 1999

    You don't have to believe in ghosts, Haunting-style, to perceive the specter of Orson Welles hovering about The Big Brass Ring,... More >>

  • Broken Jaws

    published July 29, 1999

    It has been 24 years since Jaws changed the face of the film industry and made director Steven Whatshisname moderately well-known, and it's... More >>

  • You creep

    published July 29, 1999

    Robert Wise's 1963 version of The Haunting (from Shirley Jackson's novel) has long been considered one of the milestones of the horror... More >>

  • Bite me

    published July 15, 1999

    You can tell the first wave of summer blockbusters have shot their wad when the studios start tossing out their second- and third-string films.... More >>

  • Bigger, longer, and almost as funny

    published July 1, 1999

    The animated TV show South Park was the big sensation of the 1997-98 season -- or at least as big a hit as a cable channel like Comedy... More >>

  • The money shot

    published July 1, 1999

    Run Lola Run is proof that the influence of MTV on feature filmmaking hasn't been all bad. The jagged stylistic excess that dominates... More >>

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