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1999 Stories by Andy Klein

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  • 1999's Top Ten

    published December 30, 1999

    Top Ten of 1999By Andy Klein Film critics are by nature a sour lot, so it is with truly great pleasure that I suggest that... 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, was not only the first fully... 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... More >>

  • Wild Gypsy Ride

    published October 21, 1999

    Ever since the mid-'80s release of Emir Kusturica's first two features -- Do You Remember Dolly Bell? and When Father Was Away on... More >>

  • Bold Is Beautiful

    published October 14, 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 >>

  • Crimefighter in Spite of Himself

    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 >>

  • New to You

    published September 16, 1999

    Word processing has made life easier for screenwriters. No need to retype some old classic with your own little changes, nowadays you can just... More >>

  • The Play's the Thing

    published September 9, 1999

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

  • Fright by Bite

    published July 22, 1999

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

  • Bigger, Longer, and Almost as Funny

    published July 1, 1999

    The animated TV show South Park was the big sensation of the 1997-98 season -- or at least as big a hit as a cable channel like Comedy Central can... More >>

  • The Lucky Bidder Beware

    published June 24, 1999

    Anthology films are an odd-duck genre: Although there once was a time -- now long gone -- when books of short stories were published with nearly... More >>

  • Missive as Catalyst

    published May 20, 1999

    The Love Letter has the dubious distinction of being the other studio film to open this week. In a week when all the other majors have run for... More >>

  • Reality Is (Fill in the Blank)

    published April 29, 1999

    We seem to be in the middle of one of those thematic blitzes that happen every now and then in the film world. Last year we had Dark City and The... 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 30 years have made... More >>

  • Singing Through History

    published April 1, 1999

    Back in 1993 Disney released Swing Kids, a dead-earnest portrait of rebellious German jazz fans during the Third Reich. This bizarre hybrid -- a... More >>

  • Sweeps Stunt

    published March 4, 1999

    The independent production-distribution company the Shooting Gallery probably got a lot more attention when Monica Lewinsky showed up in... More >>

  • The Waiting Was the Hardest Part

    published January 14, 1999

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

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