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1999 Stories by Andy Klein

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  • Austen Powers

    published December 2, 1999

    The last half-decade has been very good to Jane Austen: Besides Ang Lee's estimable 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility, we've been given... More >>

  • See How They Run

    published November 25, 1999

    How do you make a sequel to a nearly perfect film? Toy Story, the 1995 hit from Disney and Pixar, not only was the first fully... More >>

  • To Market, To Market

    published November 18, 1999

    The engaging and delightful low-budget feature Where's Marlowe? began life as an unaired one-hour TV pilot. Somehow director Daniel... More >>

  • Ruined in Rouen

    published November 11, 1999

    Luc Besson, director of La Femme Nikita, The Professional and The Fifth Element, is not the first name that would leap to mind to... More >>

  • Of Gods and Demons

    published November 11, 1999

    Much like the religion that has swirled around the Star Wars trilogy for twenty-some years, the fanaticism evidenced among American fans of... More >>

  • The Wedding Swinger

    published October 28, 1999

    Since there is no way to talk about The Best Man without eventually invoking the phrase "Spike Lee's cousin," let's just get it out... More >>

  • Stringing Us Along

    published October 28, 1999

    Wes Craven -- purveyor of fine horror movies, including A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven's New Nightmare and the... More >>

  • Found Highways

    published October 21, 1999

    And now...a G-rated movie from David Lynch! No, Lynch hasn't lost his mind. He hasn't gone soft in the head. And he hasn't sold out to the... More >>

  • Bold Is Beautiful

    published October 21, 1999

    Steven Soderbergh may have had some rocky times after his 1989 breakthrough with sex, lies, & videotape, but these days he's on a roll.... More >>

  • Less Than Zero

    published October 7, 1999

    There's a long tradition of stories about mysterious drifters who arrive in a small town and either create trouble or catalyze an explosion of... More >>

  • Fops and Robbers

    published September 30, 1999

    In general, period films are not what you would call a commercial sure shot in the current marketplace -- unless, of course, the period in... More >>

  • World Without End

    published September 23, 1999

    As American film has increasingly dominated the world's cinemas and once-healthy European film industries have grown unable to sustain themselves,... More >>

  • It's No Gem

    published September 16, 1999

    Since his TV show ended, Martin Lawrence has gotten more ink for his off-camera life than for his movie career. There's nothing about Blue... More >>

  • One Steppe Beyond

    published September 16, 1999

    Joan Chen, director and co-writer of Xiu Xiu the Sent Down Girl, is best known as an actress: American audiences probably identify... More >>

  • Play Right

    published August 19, 1999

    As a filmmaker, actor John Turturro clearly believes in drawing from personal experience: His directorial debut, the 1992 Mac (which won... More >>

  • Not a Ghost of a Chance

    published July 29, 1999

    Robert Wise's 1963 version of The Haunting, from Shirley Jackson's novel The Haunting of Hill House, has long been considered one of the... More >>

  • One Big Croc

    published July 15, 1999

    You can tell the first wave of summer blockbusters have shot their wad when the studios start tossing out their second- and third-string films.... More >>

  • Death as an Amateur Theatrical

    published April 8, 1999

    Has any major American director had quite so many career swings as Robert Altman? Maybe not, but if there's one thing the last thirty years have... More >>

  • All That Heaven Allows

    published March 25, 1999

    The last decade has been an extraordinary period for Iranian cinema. Restricted by minuscule budgets, filmmakers have been forced to fall back on... More >>

  • Hero or Villain?

    published March 18, 1999

    The Corruptor should come as something of a relief to fans of Hong Kong superstar Chow Yun-Fat, who were mostly disappointed with his American... More >>

  • Through the Past, Starkly

    published February 4, 1999

    The new Mel Gibson vehicle, Payback, is arguably the first major-studio release this year to have even a modicum of aesthetic ambition. For his... More >>

  • Mission Accomplished?

    published January 7, 1999

    Writer-director Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line, the filmmaker's adaptation of James Jones's 1962 bestseller about the World War II battle for... More >>

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