WELCOME BACK, MR. MCDONALD

WELCOME BACK, MR. MCDONALD
4 Stars
Year Released: 1999
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 103 minutes

This is a delightfully funny film, and Woody Allen-esque in the tradition of “Bullets Over Broadway”…


Posted on May 17, 1999 by

THE WINSLOW BOY

3 Stars
Year Released: 1999
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 110 minutes

I was at times underwhelmed by David Mamet’s latest effort as both writer and director…


Posted on May 17, 1999 by

WINGS OF HOPE

WINGS OF HOPE
4 Stars
Year Released: 1998
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 0 minutes

Moving and poetic, Herzog takes artistic license with the film, and blurs the lines of documentary film…


Posted on May 17, 1999 by

WOMAN OF THE PORT

WOMAN OF THE PORT
2.5 Stars
Year Released: 1999
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 0 minutes

Another slow-moving, barely edited film by Arturo Ripstein, this film creeps along at a snail’s pace and expects us to remain interested…


Posted on May 17, 1999 by

BADOU BOY

3 Stars
Year Released: 1970
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 65 minutes

Djibil Djop Mambety’s first feature is a sprightly, spirited look at the life of an African street urchin, told through vignettes…


Posted on May 17, 1999 by

SFIFF: THE 42ND SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (PART 2)

SFIFF: THE 42ND SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (PART 2)

It was week two of the Festival, and I was getting a semi-permanent feeling of being hung-over…



Posted on May 17, 1999 by

A TRUE MOB STORY

A TRUE MOB STORY
3 Stars
Year Released: 1998
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 0 minutes

This is an extremely conventional Hong Kong gangster film…


Posted on May 17, 1999 by

XIAO WU

3 Stars
Year Released: 1997
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 107 minutes

The film’s best moment comes at the very end…


Posted on May 17, 1999 by

Q & A WITH DIRECTOR WERNER HERZOG

Director Werner Herzog speaks with Film Threat…



Posted on May 17, 1999 by

GET REAL

4 Stars
Year Released: 1999
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 108 minutes

This film is ostensibly about a teenage boy coming out at high-school, but is really about the tribulations of growing up…


Posted on May 17, 1999 by

STOP MAKING SENSE (15TH ANNIVERSARY RE-RELEASE)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 1984
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 88 minutes

The Talking Heads had an exciting, adventurous career, and “Stop Making Sense” conveys that beyond their excellent and innovative musicianship, the band had a hell of a lot of fun…


Posted on May 3, 1999 by

EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE OF CINEQUEST IN SAN JOSE

Cinequest ’99, like many film festivals, is a well-meaning event put on by an enthusiastic group of film fans and connoisseurs in bed with a massive cotillion of big-business sponsors…



Posted on March 15, 1999 by

AXE HAPPY: GUY RITCHIE AND “LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS”

He looks like the kind of regular chap you’d expect to see down in the local pub, drinking a pint and cursing heartily at a televised World Cup match…



Posted on March 15, 1999 by

JOY IN THE STRUGGLE: A LOOK AT JOHN MILIUS

He’s a great, jovial bear of a man, and talking to him, even on the phone, was the conversational equivalent of shooting the breeze with your favorite uncle while smoking cigars and drinking single-malt scotch…



Posted on March 8, 1999 by

SIMULATING HISTORY: VIDEO ARTIST LYNN HERSHMAN LEESON

I met up with the director of “Conceiving Ada,” Lynn Hershman Leeson, at San Francisco’s Cafe Puccini in North Beach…



Posted on March 1, 1999 by

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