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1997 Stories by Andy Klein

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  • 007 by the Numbers

    published December 18, 1997

    Now that the Japanese Tora-san series--with fifty-some entries in thirty years--has presumably drawn to a close following the death of star... More >>

  • Bloody Well Done

    published December 11, 1997

    Wes Craven's Scream, which opened almost exactly a year ago, was the surprise hit of an overcrowded Christmas season. In part, the success was a... More >>

  • Rasputin's Goons

    published November 27, 1997

    Disney Studios has had a near-monopoly on feature animation for almost sixty years now, and near-monopolies are almost as destructive as full-on... More >>

  • See Nick and Jane Lay an Egg

    published November 20, 1997

    In 1756, Voltaire wittily observed that "this agglomeration which...calls itself the Holy Roman Empire is neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire."... More >>

  • Gullible Travels

    published October 23, 1997

    The true-life incident of the Cottingley fairies is so full of possibilities, so thought-provoking and hilarious at once, that it's amazing it's... More >>

  • Looking Backward

    published October 16, 1997

    The Seventies were so awash in Fifties nostalgia that it's surprising that Dan Wakefield's 1970 bestseller Going All the Way is only now turning... More >>

  • Subverting the Bard

    published September 18, 1997

    Every film adaptation of a pre-existing work has its own unique set of problems; in the case of Jocelyn Moorhouse's A Thousand Acres, the problem... More >>

  • Leave It to Reruns

    published August 21, 1997

    Time has a way of slipping by when you're not looking, but don't worry. While you're distracted, studio executives are keeping their usual keen... More >>

  • Get Your Kicks

    published July 17, 1997

    It's no secret that the "new" Jackie Chan releases in the U.S. aren't really new at all. In fact, they're not even showing up in chronological... More >>

  • Rough Landing

    published June 5, 1997

    It wouldn't be completely fair to say that the string of hits produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer from 1983 through 1996 are... More >>

  • Reelin' in the Summer

    published May 29, 1997

    Here are the Joys of Summer...and the Oys of Summer, the nearly 100 movies scheduled to open between now and the end of August. Many of them may... More >>

  • Choosing Sides

    published April 17, 1997

    Nobody is going to seriously accuse writer-director Alexander Payne of being chicken. For his first feature, the hilarious Citizen Ruth, not only... More >>

  • Bull Fighter

    published April 10, 1997

    Over the past five years, action star Jean-Claude Van Damme has become one of America's leading importers of foreign talent. In 1993 he hired Hong... More >>

  • Fools Rush Out

    published February 20, 1997

    January and February are good times for taking a vacation--very good times. Not because the airfares are low or because the weather sucks, but... More >>

  • Premature Eruption

    published February 6, 1997

    "In the constant struggle of man against nature," the press notes inform us, "it is the most devastating adversary of all--a force... which... More >>

  • Jackie Can

    published January 9, 1997

    New Line's release of Jackie Chan's First Strike is salvo number three in Chan's invasion of America. (Miramax's version of the 1991 Operation... More >>

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