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1995 Stories by Arnold Wayne Jones

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  • Less is Moor

    published December 28, 1995

    In an age when the British Royal Family is more of a sick joke than it is a necessary monarchical body, it would seem to follow that many of... More >>

  • A tale of two Tricky Dicks

    published December 21, 1995

    It's comforting to think of leadership as an innate ability among certain men and women, a talent much like any other, such as playing the... More >>

  • Loose ends

    published December 14, 1995

    Heat, writer-director Michael Mann's heavy-hitting crime drama, has some eye-catching images, a wonderfully ambiguous mood, and numerous detailed... More >>

  • Bored game

    published December 14, 1995

    It's the old dilemma: Spectacle vs. substance--which do you choose for a movie? Ideally, you choose both--even if in unequal doses. ... More >>

  • The road to self-pity

    published December 7, 1995

    I wasn't much of a fan of Sean Penn's first effort as a writer-director, The Indian Runner. The film, a mood piece about a man's return from... More >>

  • Too much, too late

    published December 7, 1995

    As Sabrina opens, a woman's voice purrs in breathless tones: "On the north shore of Long Island there was a big house--a castle almost," and it's... More >>

  • Dry brush

    published November 30, 1995

    Although ostensibly a film, Carrington, about painter Dora Carrington (Emma Thompson) and her decades-long platonic love affair with writer Lytton... More >>

  • Time is not on your side

    published November 30, 1995

    Nick of Time begins with the type of set-up that should be the makings of high drama: The young daughter of drab businessman Gene Watson (Johnny... More >>

  • Lucky 007

    published November 23, 1995

    What can you say about James Bond that hasn't already been said about Ted Bundy? He's charming and reckless, well-traveled and intelligent, but... More >>

  • Paradise lost

    published November 23, 1995

    In Milton's Paradise Lost, as God casts him out of paradise, Lucifer declares, "Better to reign in hell than serve in heav'n," a sentiment not... More >>

  • Politics as usual

    published November 16, 1995

    The first time I saw Annette Bening was in Valmont, Milos Forman's adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. She played Madame de Merteuil, a part... More >>

  • Ghost in the machine

    published November 9, 1995

    If you aren't already familiar with the sound a Theremin makes, I'm not sure I can describe it to you. The Theremin was the first electronic... More >>

  • A man for all seasons

    published November 2, 1995

    In the 1980 Woody Allen film Stardust Memories, a Martian descends upon the troubled hero Sandy Bates. Sandy is a movie director in crisis, full... More >>

  • A movable feast

    published October 26, 1995

    As Feast of July opens, we are introduced to a young woman named Bella (Embeth Davidtz) as she hikes across the rugged hillside of southern... More >>

  • The lost generation

    published October 26, 1995

    How's this for a movie plot: two unlikely friends - one a responsible, buttoned-down dud, the other a bewildered, manic slacker - experience... More >>

  • Stop making sense

    published October 19, 1995

    Editor's note: With this issue, Arnold Wayne Jones, a Dallas attorney and writer, joins the Observer as a regular contributor and film... More >>

  • Adultery as fashion accessory

    published October 19, 1995

    A Roland Joffe film just wouldn't be a Roland Joffe film without a flaming cart rolling uncontrollably through the town square; I'd swear there... More >>

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