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1994 Stories by Matt Zoller Seitz

Archives: 1995 | 1994
  • Natural women

    published December 22, 1994

    Gillian Armstrong, the director of Little Women, isn't a daring, kinetic film artist like Martin Scorsese or Peter Jackson or Jane Campion. She's... More >>

  • Rag trade

    published December 22, 1994

    It's quite a compliment to say that an artist's failures are more interesting than most of his colleagues' successes. The description certainly... More >>

  • Rough cut

    published December 15, 1994

    Public sentiment in the United States has historically placed public funding for the arts somewhere near the bottom of the list of government... More >>

  • Slickness as science

    published December 15, 1994

    When fans of old Hollywood complain that modern feature films are too darned commercial--that they've lost the personality and passion that made... More >>

  • Rushes

    published December 15, 1994

    The set of the gentle-spirited independent romance Late Bloomers incurred a stroke of bad luck last week, when the director, Julie Dyer, narrowly... More >>

  • Love and bore

    published December 15, 1994

    There are two kinds of bad movies: actively bad and passively bad. An actively bad one can prove perversely enjoyable. You sit there gazing up at... More >>

  • En garde!

    published December 8, 1994

    Screenwriter Steven DeSouza, who wrote the scripts for such action opuses as Commando and the Die Hard pictures, summarizes the lasting appeal of... More >>

  • Jack the Knife

    published December 8, 1994

    There's a modern cliche that it takes only three or four phone calls to get in touch with anyone in the world. But trying to contact action-film... More >>

  • Chestnuts and lumps of coal

    published December 8, 1994

    In their book Merry Christmas, Baby, Dave Marsh and Steve Propes explained the appeal of Christmas music this way: with the diversity of musicians... More >>

  • Rushes

    published December 8, 1994

    Unlike many large, university-heavy urban areas, Dallas-Fort Worth has never hosted an event celebrating the work of young film students. And... More >>

  • Fly paper

    published December 8, 1994

    Adapted from Michael Crichton's bestseller about sexual harassment and office intrigue in a high-tech Seattle computer company, Disclosure is a... More >>

  • Brute force

    published December 1, 1994

    John Frankenheimer's World War II-era railway adventure The Train turns 30 this year, and it's almost appalling to consider just how infrequently... More >>

  • Rushes

    published December 1, 1994

    When a first film--especially a locally produced, very low-budget film--doesn't ring your bell, the tempting course as a critic is simply to... More >>

  • Fever dream

    published December 1, 1994

    Peter Jackson might be the boldest English-language director working today whose films are seen by almost no one. His latest effort, Heavenly... More >>

  • Rushes

    published November 24, 1994

    The latest issue of local fanzine publisher Clyde Gentry's Chinese movie guide Hong Kong Film Connection hits stores November 23. It includes... More >>

  • Iron butterfly

    published November 24, 1994

    Twenty pages into her first read through the script of The Last Seduction, John Dahl's stunningly nasty film noir, Linda Fiorentino realized she... More >>

  • Channel surfing

    published November 17, 1994

    The 1994 Dallas Video Festival is as eclectic and erratic as the medium itself. The good stuff is some of the best you'll see anywhere in any... More >>

  • Rushes

    published November 17, 1994

    While sitting through Dreams of Equality and Thinking Like a Woman: the Life and Times of Mary Kay Ash, two locally produced movies scheduled for... More >>

  • Bloodlust

    published November 10, 1994

    Except for hardcore porn, no movie genre is as disreputable as horror. It is inherently, and proudly, visceral--a severed finger in the champagne... More >>

  • Rushes

    published November 10, 1994

    We're in the movies! The Dallas Observer's downtown digs will become a makeshift film set courtesy of the crew of Tornado, a new noirish thriller... More >>

  • Enema mine

    published November 3, 1994

    Except for Nicolas Cage, there's no leading man in movies today who suffers as exquisitely as Matthew Broderick. He's at his best when his... More >>

  • Loony tunes

    published November 3, 1994

    It's a rainy Thursday afternoon at the headquarters of DNA Animation, Dallas' seven-year-old hub of gleeful bad taste and excess, and the... More >>

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