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1999 Stories by Michael Sragow

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  • Even punks get the blues

    published April 29, 1999

    The "SLC" in SLC Punk! stands for Salt Lake City, but it might as well stand for Some Lucky Chump. The filmmaker, James Merendino, has stated that... More >>

  • Man at the top

    published April 8, 1999

    Jimmy Cagney brought the same electric physicality to gangsters that he did to song-and-dance men. He gave a bright-eyed mug like his character in... More >>

  • Don't it make that white hair gray

    published April 8, 1999

    Steve Martin says he doesn't want audiences to expect the same old Steve Martin whenever he stars in a comedy. But that means one thing when he's... More >>

  • No score

    published March 25, 1999

    Self-serving confessions are a mainstay of best-seller lists; now we're doomed to see their ilk on-screen. 20 Dates is the not-so-verite story of... More >>

  • TV or not TV?

    published March 25, 1999

    "I hope it's better than The Truman Show," said the woman in line behind me at the publicized "sneak preview" of EDtv. Afterward, a man in my row... More >>

  • East End story

    published March 11, 1999

    Immodesty becomes Guy Ritchie, the British writer-director who makes a jovial debut on a Jovian scale in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. In... More >>

  • The Hollywood monologues

    published March 11, 1999

    It took me a while to fall for Julia Sweeney's one-woman movie--but when I fell, I fell hard. God Said, 'Ha!' originated at the Magic Theater in... More >>

  • Shallow end of the pool

    published March 11, 1999

    The Deep End of the Ocean starts out as a maternal horror movie and ends up as a family therapy session. Michelle Pfeiffer plays the photographer... More >>

  • Coal miner's son

    published February 18, 1999

    What's entertaining about October Sky is the unlikely-but-true spectacle of backwater West Virginia teens teaching themselves rocket science in... More >>

  • Sermonon the Mount

    published February 4, 1999

    In the 1993 hit Groundhog Day, Bill Murray played a show-biz smart-ass who grew into a human being. Murray added a core of warmth and romance to... More >>

  • The mild bunch

    published January 21, 1999

    "Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose," Kris Kristofferson sings in his most beguiling song, "Me and Bobby McGee." Stephen Frears'... More >>

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