Commandments

Ludicrous as morality or theology but passable as light entertainment (despite the lame try at jaunty theme music), writer-director Daniel Taplitz’s comedy-drama concerns a man (Aidan Quinn) who loses his wife, home, and job and is even hit by a bolt of lightning. He then resolves to defy God by breaking all of the Ten Commandments. Since this, like most commercial American movies, is about capitalist male ownership, the bad luck of the hero’s wifenot to mention the welfare of his community relative to his lossesis never remotely at issue; what’s at stake is God’s respect for a man’s private property. With Courteney Cox and Anthony LaPaglia. (JR)

Published on 28 Apr 1997 in Featured Texts, by admin

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Burden Of Truth [SLING BLADE]

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Published on 25 Apr 1997 in Featured Texts, Featured Texts, by jrosenbaum

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Fire On The Mountain

The strength of this 1995 documentary by Beth and George Gage, a couple based in Telluride, about members of the remarkable World War II Tenth Mountain Division is the presence of the men themselvesnot only as expert skiers and mountain climbers over the past half century, but as courageous soldiers and gifted, humane storytellers. The film mixes archival footage with present-day interviews and imparts a great deal of information about the historical importance of these individuals, who virtually invented snowmobiles, motorized toboggans, and Vibram-soled hiking boots while training on Mount Rainier. (JR)

Published on 01 Apr 1997 in Featured Texts, by admin

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Inventing The Abbotts

More impressive for its script and cast than for its handling of place and period, this fresh coming-of-age story about two working-class brothers (Joaquin Phoenix and Billy Crudup) and three wealthy sisters (Liv Tyler, Jennifer Connelly, and Joanna Going) in small-town Illinois during the late 50s is a beautifully constructed narrative. And despite some awkwardness in Pat O’Connor’s direction when it comes to establishing a world wider than that of the characters, the sincerity and craft of the actorsespecially Phoenix, Tyler, and Kathy Baker as the boys’ widowed motherput it across. With Will Patton; adapted by Ken Hixon from a Sue Miller story. (JR)

Published on 01 Apr 1997 in Featured Texts, by admin

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