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1998 Stories by Andy Klein

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  • A Slightly Dirty Dozen

    published December 31, 1998

    The past year has been filled with good films... interesting films... worthwhile films. In fact there were many that I think of as being wonderful... More >>

  • 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 decent... 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 >>

  • Don't Know Much About History

    published November 12, 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 8, 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 >>

  • Camera Ready, Willing, and Able

    published October 1, 1998

    Back in the early '70s, when John Waters made his first splash with such low-budget gross-outs as Pink Flamingos and Multiple Maniacs, who would... More >>

  • Chan Still the Man

    published September 17, 1998

    Jackie Chan's American fans -- and I include myself among them -- have suffered through a nervous 1998 so far. The momentum the star earned with... More >>

  • Bloodsucker

    published August 20, 1998

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

  • Buying the Farm

    published June 25, 1998

    There will always be a Britain, and very likely there will always be movies about the pluck and sacrifice demonstrated by the little people during... More >>

  • Screen Saver

    published June 18, 1998

    The X-Files is a movie that answers questions.... No, wait a minute: The X-Files is a movie that asks questions.... All right, The X-Files is a... More >>

  • Pretty Vacant

    published May 28, 1998

    Only one week after lizards came crawling across the nation's screens in Godzilla and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, along comes the bloated Hope... More >>

  • They Shoot Directors, Don't They?

    published May 14, 1998

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

  • Daddy Dearest

    published April 23, 1998

    One of the few seemingly spontaneous bursts of energy at the recent Academy Awards ceremony was provided by motor mouth Dutch director Mike van... More >>

  • Weird Science

    published February 26, 1998

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

  • Native Intelligence

    published February 26, 1998

    Back in the '60s and '70s, when its animation unit was in the doldrums, the Disney studio made a number of live-action "family" comedies (1976's... More >>

  • Can't Get Up!

    published January 22, 1998

    After Santa's overstuffed sack of Oscar qualifiers is disgorged in December, Hollywood follows by dumping its lost-cause features during the first... More >>

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