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1998 Stories by Bill Gallo

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  • Losers No More

    published December 31, 1998

    It was the year of Hurricane Mitch and Typhoon Monica, of Governor Ventura and King Viagra. It was the year they finally played college football... More >>

  • Splice World

    published December 31, 1998

    Best Ten Movies of 1998: 1. Saving Private Ryan. Steven Spielberg's magnificent, harrowing D day epic is one of the great war movies ever... More >>

  • Sisters Doing It for Themselves

    published December 24, 1998

    At the heart of Pat O'Connor's rich, bittersweet Dancing at Lughnasa lies the quaint notion that once upon a time, people--especially women--whose... More >>

  • Southern Crossing

    published December 24, 1998

    The talents of Maya Angelou--she is or has been a teacher, memoirist, prize-winning poet, actress, civil-rights activist, editor, playwright,... More >>

  • Dog Days

    published December 10, 1998

    The finest professional athlete in Colorado will earn less than $15,000 this year. He has no sneaker contract (always goes barefoot) and will... More >>

  • Never Mind the Troubles

    published December 10, 1998

    The relentless charm of Kirk Jones's Waking Ned Devine lies in its embrace of two lovable Irish geezers who manage to work beautiful mischief on... More >>

  • The Big Chill

    published December 10, 1998

    Ultra-tough-guy Jesse "The Body" Ventura says he means business as the new governor of Minnesota. But for now the nasty crime wave in that state... More >>

  • Say It Ain't So, Joe

    published December 3, 1998

    Joe DiMaggio is dying. The most graceful center-fielder ever to play baseball, one of the game's finest hitters and a fathomless mystery for six... More >>

  • Follow the Bouncing Ball

    published November 26, 1998

    The rules of life don't change much. Never buy loose diamonds from a man in lizard-skin cowboy boots. Remain faithful to your beloved. At a mile... More >>

  • Start Making Sense

    published November 26, 1998

    A third of the way through Home Fries, you may begin wondering if the filmmakers haven't outsmarted themselves. Overloaded with oddities but a bit... More >>

  • Quarterback Sneak

    published November 19, 1998

    Pile your bowl high with Flutie Flakes and get a load of this. Among the thirty National Football League quarterbacks who held starting jobs at... More >>

  • The Camera Loves Them

    published November 19, 1998

    Holed up with his Sidney Bechet records, old flannel shirts and dog-eared copy of War and Peace, Woody Allen has made a second career of... More >>

  • Yankee Ingenuity

    published November 5, 1998

    Among the grand heroics and tragic disturbances of humankind, the performance of a baseball team is a puny thing. But it looms awfully large right... More >>

  • Birth of a Salesman

    published November 5, 1998

    The hero of Evan Dunsky's The Alarmist is a dopey innocent named Tommy Hudler (Scream's David Arquette) whose only sin seems to be falling in with... More >>

  • Run, Barry, Run

    published October 29, 1998

    There are no distractions. At Barry Fey's house, the parrot keeps screeching at the dog. The phone won't stop ringing, and Barry's... More >>

  • Daze of Future Passed

    published October 29, 1998

    As a requiem for the Sixties, The Big Chill didn't quite hit the mark the first time around, in 1983. Its greatest-hits soundtrack was... More >>

  • Poetic Justice

    published October 22, 1998

    This epic poem of a baseball season is drawing to a close. But before Tino Martinez hangs up his spikes for the winter, Mark McGwire and Sammy... More >>

  • Only the Lonely

    published October 22, 1998

    For filmmaker Todd Solondz, it's always midnight in suburbia. Life is lonely, and the natives can be hostile. In his daring second film,... More >>

  • Poetry in Locomotion

    published October 22, 1998

    The first time we see Ray Joshua, the young black hero of director Marc Levin's impressive feature debut Slam, we get a vivid taste of the... More >>

  • Color Guard

    published October 22, 1998

    At the beginning of Gary Ross's Pleasantville, two unhappy suburban teenagers (is there any other kind?) fall down the rabbit hole of their TV... More >>

  • Lame Dunk

    published October 15, 1998

    This just in: The National Basketball Association has canceled its 1998 exhibition games, the players and owners remain at each other's throats... More >>

  • Bell, Book and Boring

    published October 15, 1998

    As witch movies go--even lighthearted, supposedly comic witch movies --Practical Magic is conspicuously lacking in supernatural phenomena. There... More >>

  • Soul of the Matter

    published October 15, 1998

    In The Eel, which won the Palme D'Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, director Shohei Imamura once again demonstrates his empathy for the... More >>

  • Doing Pennants

    published October 8, 1998

    Some wonderfully gaudy facts and feats have decorated this extraordinary baseball season. Mutual admirers Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa demolished... More >>

  • Flights of Fancy

    published October 8, 1998

    The 21st edition of the Denver International Film Festival gets under way at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the United Artists Colorado Center Theatre with... More >>

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