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1999 Stories by Andy Klein

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  • Cold, Cold Heart

    published December 30, 1999

    Writer-director Anthony Minghella has chosen to follow up his Oscar-laden The English Patient with another literary adaptation -- this... More >>

  • Of Gods and Demons

    published December 2, 1999

    Much like the religion that has swirled around the Star Wars trilogy for twentysome years, the fanaticism of American fans of Japanese... 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 >>

  • To Market, To Market

    published November 11, 1999

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

  • Depressing and Dreary, but Fun

    published November 4, 1999

    Scotsman Irvine Welsh became a literary sensation in Britain with the publication of his first novel, Trainspotting; and Danny Boyle's film... More >>

  • Violins in Danger

    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 >>

  • 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

    The Limey. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Screenplay by Lem Dobbs. Starring Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda, Luis Guzman, Melissa George, and... More >>

  • A Parent Trap

    published October 7, 1999

    Take pity on poor Sebastian (Adrian Grenier). As your typical teenager in a small town in upstate New York, circa 1983, he's already got enough... More >>

  • Remembering Bergman

    published September 23, 1999

    Late August, Early September takes an intensely up-close look at its characters. French director Olivier Assayas broke through to American... More >>

  • Crime Fighter 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. Nothing about Blue Streak... More >>

  • The Play's the Thing

    published September 2, 1999

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

  • Big People's Cartoon

    published August 19, 1999

    Spike and Mike's 1999 Classic Festival of Animation, Spike and Mike's latest edition of their annual festival (which is definitely not to... More >>

  • Sadness on the Steppe

    published August 12, 1999

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

  • Creepy No More

    published July 29, 1999

    Robert Wise's 1963 version of The Haunting (from Shirley Jackson's novel) has long been considered one of the milestones of the horror... More >>

  • Gotta Get the Money!

    published July 1, 1999

    Run Lola Run is proof that the influence of MTV on feature filmmaking hasn't been all bad. The jagged stylistic excess that dominates short-form... 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: While at one time books of short stories were published almost as frequently as novels were, their... More >>

  • An Heir for Art

    published June 17, 1999

    While Hong Kong movies have been invading Hollywood through the success of Jackie Chan, John Woo, Jet Li, and others, mainland Chinese cinema has... More >>

  • Blood Guts Bullets & Octane

    published June 3, 1999

    In the desert outpost of Needles, California, two pathetic, near-bankrupt used-car salesmen (writer/editor/ director/producer Joe Carnahan and... More >>

  • Home Sweet Home

    published May 13, 1999

    The Castle is a modest little comedy from Australia that falls into the subgenre of Capraesque idealism, in the... 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. This past year it was Dark City and... More >>

  • Oedipus Hex

    published April 8, 1999

    Six Ways to Sunday is only director Adam Bernstein's second theatrical film, so it's a little early to attempt a coherent analysis of his career.... More >>

  • Death as an Amateur Theatrical

    published April 8, 1999

    Has any major American director had quite as many career swings as Robert Altman has? Maybe not, but if there's one thing the past 30 years have... More >>

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