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1998 Stories by Bill Gallo

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  • Southern cross

    published December 24, 1998

    The talents of Maya Angelou--she is or has been a teacher, memoirist, prizewinning poet, actress, civil rights activist, editor, playwright,... More >>

  • Mild Irish roses

    published December 24, 1998

    At the heart of Pat O'Connor's rich, bittersweet Dancing at Lughnasa lies the quaint notion that once upon a time, people--especially women--whose... More >>

  • Soul of the matter

    published December 17, 1998

    In The Eel, which won the Palme D'Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, director Shohei Imamura once again demonstrates his empathy for the... More >>

  • Money changes everything

    published December 10, 1998

    Ultra tough guy Jesse "The Body" Ventura says he means business as the new governor of Minnesota. But for now the nasty crime wave in that state... More >>

  • Never mind the troubles

    published December 10, 1998

    The relentless charm of Kirk Jones' Waking Ned Devine lies in its embrace of two lovable Irish geezers who manage to work beautiful mischief on... More >>

  • Start making sense

    published November 26, 1998

    A third of the way through Home Fries, you may begin wondering whether the filmmakers haven't outsmarted themselves. Overloaded with oddities but... More >>

  • Reeling inthe years

    published November 5, 1998

    As a requiem for the '60s, The Big Chill didn't quite hit the mark the first time around, in 1983 (the film is scheduled for recycling November... More >>

  • Only the lonely

    published October 22, 1998

    For filmmaker Todd Solondz, it's always midnight in suburbia. Life is lonely, and the natives can be hostile. In his daring second film,... More >>

  • Slam art

    published October 22, 1998

    The first time we see Ray Joshua, the young hero of director Marc Levin's impressive feature debut, Slam, we get a vivid taste of the conflicting... More >>

  • Color guard

    published October 22, 1998

    At the beginning of Gary Ross' Pleasantville, fraternal twins who are unhappy suburban teenagers (is there any other kind?) fall down the rabbit... More >>

  • Witchy women

    published October 15, 1998

    As witch movies go--even lighthearted, supposedly comic witch movies--Practical Magic is conspicuously lacking in supernatural phenomena. Director... More >>

  • Jibing with the Tribe

    published October 15, 1998

    Insofar as filmmaker Tony Gatlif's justly admired "Gypsy trilogy" is an exploration of his roots and a search for his nature--he was born in... More >>

  • Your fiends and neighbors

    published October 1, 1998

    Have adultery, murder, and greed all moved to the sticks? Once firmly rooted in the big city, the seven deadly sins have taken on a distinct... More >>

  • The thrill is back

    published September 24, 1998

    As a director of action thrillers, John Frankenheimer has been a peerless stylist for nearly four decades--without leaning on a pile of glitzy... More >>

  • Hollywood babble on

    published September 17, 1998

    For better or worse, the confessional memoir has become the most popular literary form of our time, prompting ballplayers, Irish bartenders,... More >>

  • A night to remember

    published September 17, 1998

    You can't keep a good ship down. No sooner have a billion or so Titanic videos hit the shelves than a little-known Spanish moviemaker complicates... More >>

  • Know when to fold 'em

    published September 10, 1998

    Matt Damon, the blond matinee idol, has apparently become Hollywood's idea of a deep thinker. After playing a math whiz in last year's Good Will... More >>

  • Let's not

    published September 10, 1998

    Men don't get it. Moms don't get it. Sometimes, even your roommate or best friend doesn't get it. But if you bray and carp and vent long enough,... More >>

  • A star is boring

    published September 3, 1998

    In the pecking order of tragic black musicians, Frankie Lymon can't hold a votive candle to, say, Charlie Parker or Billie Holiday. But now, like... More >>

  • Toys for thoughts

    published July 9, 1998

    If you loved Don Rickles as the acid-tongued voice of Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story, wait till you get a load of Tommy Lee Jones' gung-ho... More >>

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