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1998 Stories by Andy Klein

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  • The Cyberpostman Always Writes Twice

    published December 17, 1998

    Old-fashioned romantic comedies are an endangered species, and in these generally unromantic days, it's always a pleasant surprise to find a... More >>

  • Road to Nowhere

    published December 17, 1998

    The worst thing about French director Manuel Poirier's Western--which was nominated for multiple Cesar Awards (the French equivalent of the... More >>

  • House of Mirrors

    published December 3, 1998

    According to the sparse information available in standard reference books, Chilean expatriate director Raśl Ruiz, still in his late fifties, ha... More >>

  • Starr Chamber

    published November 26, 1998

    Here we go again. Enemy of the State is Fascism in America 1998, Chapter Four...or Five...or whatever we're up to. It readily invites comparison... More >>

  • No One Cares What You Did Last Summer

    published November 12, 1998

    First, a disclaimer: Having missed last year's I Know What You Did Last Summer, I deliberately put off seeing it until after viewing its sequel, I... More >>

  • Final Jeopardy

    published November 5, 1998

    Fascism is in the air...well, at least it's on movie screens. In a two-week stretch, we've seen old Nazis (Life Is Beautiful), neo-Nazis (American... More >>

  • Don't Know Much About History

    published October 29, 1998

    American History X, a hard-edged look at American neo-Nazis, arrives in theaters with a lot of behind-the-scenes baggage. First-time director Tony... More >>

  • Two If by Sea!

    published October 1, 1998

    As a professional lamenter of how "they just don't make 'em like they used to," I am always thrilled on those rare occasions when someone even... More >>

  • Chan Still the Man

    published September 24, 1998

    Jackie Chan's American fans--and I'm one of them--have suffered through a nervous 1998 so far. The momentum the star earned with the 1996 release... More >>

  • Blood Lines

    published August 27, 1998

    After a summer filled with third-rate pulp, Blade arrives with a pedigree that suggests first-rate pulp: characters and situations from Marvel... More >>

  • Lame Horse

    published May 21, 1998

    The Horse Whisperer, the latest film from Robert Redford and the first of his directorial efforts in which he also stars, could almost serve as a... More >>

  • Crashing Symbols

    published May 7, 1998

    Chinese Box arrives with one of the weirdest hybrid pedigrees in living memory. The writing credits include--in addition to the film's director... More >>

  • Dutch Master

    published May 7, 1998

    One of the few seemingly spontaneous bursts of energy at the recent Oscars ceremony was provided by motor-mouthing Dutch director Mike van Diem,... More >>

  • Leaps and Bounds

    published March 26, 1998

    The American reissues of Jackie Chan films have met with declining box-office success since Chan burst onto the scene in 1996 with Rumble in the... More >>

  • The Fugitive Kind

    published March 12, 1998

    How do you make a sequel to a film whose plot simply will not yield a logical successor? You can bet your bottom dollar that somewhere in... More >>

  • Memories Can't Wait

    published February 26, 1998

    The science-fiction works of the late, great Philip K. Dick haven't been served particularly well on screen. The most recent adaptation,... More >>

  • Killer Chow

    published February 5, 1998

    John Woo has generated plenty of American disciples in the decade since his Hong Kong action films began playing film festivals in the West. Even... More >>

  • Return to Sender

    published January 1, 1998

    Kevin Costner's last outing as director/star, Dances With Wolves, nabbed Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay, but his... More >>

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