Hercules – Review

September 1, 1997

More insidiously sexual and possibly disillusioning is our leading lady, Megora. During a stroll through a Bambi-esque thicket, she encounters two charming, woodland creatures. In a Snow White-turns-incarnadine moment, she says, “How adorable!” then adds thickly, “rodents.”

The Fifth Element – Review

July 1, 1997

Watching her up there on the big screen, half-naked, with hair the color of rosy napalm, karate-chopping alien goons – all the while with a vulnerability so raw and intense it makes you feel real… Holy shit, I want more, I want more.

Children of the Revolution – Review

July 1, 1997

Children of the Revolution is a courageous dare by first-time director Peter Duncan. He bases the film on one premise: What if Joseph Stalin had a son, and would he turn out just like Old Joe?

Chasing Amy – Review

July 1, 1997

Writer/director Kevin Smith knows a thing or two the big guys in Hollywood don’t, like, for instance, how to talk to people under 35 for whom Julia Roberts is not the pinnacle of sexual desirability. But he’s also got a thing or two to learn, or maybe unlearn.

Pink Flamingos – The 25th Anniversary Edition – Review

June 1, 1997

Allow me to shriek a hymn of praise to the quarter-century re-emergence of America’s own cinematic Sleazehenge, the cross-dressing, merde-munching, pullet- humping Godfather of celluloid atrocities, John Waters’ Pink Flamingos.

When We Were Kings – Review

May 1, 1997

Before George Foreman pitched mufflers; before Muhammad Ali lit the torch at last year’s Olympics; and before Don King redefined big hair, they all made history in a 1974 championship boxing match in Zaire, Africa that was captured in Leon Gast’s documentary, When We Were Kings.

Crash – Review

May 1, 1997

True to the dark, contrary nature of both author J.G. Ballard and director David Cronenberg, Crash has far more troubling and complicated things on its mind than mere titillation on wheels.

City of Industry – Review

May 1, 1997

City of Industry swims in themes of emptiness and corruption, no frills attached, with an intentionally unsatisfying pay off at the end. More than anything else, it’s a beautifully bleak parody of the American Dream, a gritty fable concerning the rat race.

Blood and Wine – Review

April 1, 1997

The film is filled with action although everything gets a little hectic and messy at times. But if car crashes, bloody fights, and a few mild cases of death turn you on, Blood and Wine is your cup of tea.

Lost Highway – Review

April 1, 1997

Your ability to take Lost Highway hinges upon your tolerance for ambiguity, plots that unfold intuitively rather than logically, and non-Hollywood resolutions.

Shine – Review

April 1, 1997

Focusing on classical pianist David Helfgott’s retreat into a private world, filmmaker Scott Hicks discovers a contradiction between this eccentric, slightly confused individual and the precision of delivering some of the most complex music ever written.

SubUrbia – Review

April 1, 1997

It may seem an odd pairing in certain respects – Eric (Talk Radio) Bogosian’s dark, cynical theatrical sensibilities coming head to head with Richard (Slacker) Linklater’s sweet-natured, seemingly unstructured cine-meanderings – but, in the case of subUrbia, it’s a match made in observational heaven.

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