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1995 Stories by Matt Zoller Seitz

Archives: 1995 | 1994
  • Rushes

    published April 6, 1995

    There's a reason why you'll rarely read about music videos in this space: most of them are so unimaginative and dull that I can barely stand to... More >>

  • Lover men

    published April 6, 1995

    Nick Nolte's craggily handsome face, steely eyes, and whiskey-and-cigarettes voice are the epitome of ravaged old-movie grandeur. But in his... More >>

  • Stupid Dave tricks

    published April 6, 1995

    Because I usually enjoy David Letterman's nightly talk show, I wish I could say he did a great job hosting the 67th Annual Academy Awards. ... More >>

  • Hellbound

    published March 9, 1995

    There's a good reason why the new thriller Hideaway is proudly designated "A Film by Brett Leonard," a name few casual moviegoers would recognize,... More >>

  • Distant thunder

    published March 9, 1995

    Before the Rain, a three-part anthology of stories from the war-torn Balkan nation of Macedonia, is as powerful and passionate an examination of... More >>

  • Rushes

    published March 2, 1995

    It's a good bet that in any packed, claustrophobic gathering of movie buffs, some wiseacre will declare, "This reminds me of the stateroom scene... More >>

  • Barely there

    published March 2, 1995

    Set in 1817 during the aftermath of the Napoleonic wars, Colonel Chabert is about a legendary soldier presumed dead who returns home to discover... More >>

  • An ass and a banjo

    published March 2, 1995

    It's pointless to respectfully review a film as ineptly written, indifferently directed, and slothfully performed as Just Cause, the new legal... More >>

  • Nun so bold

    published February 23, 1995

    Subdued, elegant, and directed with disarming simplicity, I, the Worst of All (Yo, La Peor de Todas) is the kind of historical drama whose... More >>

  • Rushes

    published February 23, 1995

    A distinctive voice in Texas criticism was lost February 16 when Dallas Morning News film writer Russell Smith died in his Dallas home of AIDS... More >>

  • Rushes

    published February 16, 1995

    Informed that his interviewer saw The Quick and the Dead the night before, Sam Raimi gets excited. "How full was the theater?" he asks. "Did they... More >>

  • Dead bang

    published February 16, 1995

    About 10 minutes into Sam Raimi's Western The Quick and the Dead, his nomadic, gunslinging heroine, Ellen (Sharon Stone), slouches down in a... More >>

  • Uprooted

    published February 9, 1995

    It's rare that an independent film manages to survive and thrive outside the realm of major Hollywood distribution companies. Yet that's exactly... More >>

  • Rushes

    published February 9, 1995

    From the fertile mind of University of North Texas film teacher Justin Wyatt (who's also the author of High Concept, a compelling analysis of... More >>

  • Seaside bliss

    published February 9, 1995

    First-time feature filmmaker David Frankel's Miami Rhapsody is so fleet-footed, cheerful, and entertaining it's tempting to dismiss it as just... More >>

  • Quiet epic

    published February 2, 1995

    To Live, the latest historical melodrama from Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, isn't anything like the film I'd been led to anticipate--and that's... More >>

  • Rushes

    published February 2, 1995

    There's nobody in American movies like Hong Kong superstar Chow Yun-Fat. Best known stateside as the stoic center of John Woo's most dizzying... More >>

  • Disorder in the court

    published February 2, 1995

    Raucous, bawdy, sexy, and violent, Queen Margot is history as feverishly overwrought soap opera--history painted in tears, sweat, blood, and... More >>

  • Slack time

    published January 26, 1995

    All movie fans have a filmmaker they latch onto, take to heart, and enthusiastically root for. Their triumphs make you euphoric and their failures... More >>

  • The color of passion

    published January 19, 1995

    For several years now, I've wondered if I simply didn't get the movies of Krzysztof Kieslowski, the Polish filmmaker who specializes in fare so... More >>

  • Mother lode

    published January 19, 1995

    It's not at all surprising that when Susan Sarandon finally edged away from earthy sexpot roles and began embracing characters with maternal... More >>

  • Rushes

    published January 19, 1995

    After several years of talking about it, the Inwood Theater's parent company, Landmark, has finally decided to sink money into restoring the... More >>

  • B.S. 101

    published January 12, 1995

    Writer-director John Singleton's Boyz N the Hood was a triumph of intimate storytelling--an African-American melodrama set in a bullet-riddled... More >>

  • Rushes

    published January 12, 1995

    Though 1994 was an interesting year for local imagesmiths, I bet it won't hold a candle to 1995. Nearly three dozen independent theatrical... More >>

  • Personal best

    published January 12, 1995

    Matt Zoller Seitz When H.L. Mencken wrote that criticism is prejudice made plausible, he was onto something. Like music, movies are more often... More >>

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