Bemused

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Published on 27 Aug 1999 in Featured Texts, by jrosenbaum

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Trick

An aspiring composer of musicals (Christian Campbell) encounters protracted difficulties trying to have sex with a go-go boy he’s picked up (J.P. Pitoc) in this comedy directed by Jim Fall. I don’t want to oversell its merits, but what’s relatively refreshing about this is that it isn’t another movie about gay men–it’s a movie about these gay men. The other Greenwich Village characters who weave in and out of the action–the hero’s ditsy actress friend (Tori Spelling), his straight and horny roommate, the latter’s eccentric girlfriend, an estranged gay couple, and an outrageous drag queen named Miss Coco Peru (Clinton Leupp)–are comparably singular, and Fall gives certain bits of the story the feel of an old-fashioned musical. Jason Schafer wrote the clever script. Pipers Alley.

–Jonathan Rosenbaum

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): film still.

Published on 06 Aug 1999 in Featured Texts, by jrosenbaum

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Best Laid Plans

Another neo-noir about the intersection of various scams in a small American town. This one stars Alessandro Nivola, Reese Witherspoon, and Josh Brolin, and it’s directed by England’s Mike Barker from a script by Ted Griffin. The movie makes a great show of parsing moral issues, but it’s clear from the outset that the stylish interiors and the fancy colors in Ben Seresin’s cinematography are what really count, along with a couple of predictably unpredictable twists. It’s vacuous but diverting in a seedy sort of way. (JR)

Published on 01 Aug 1999 in Featured Texts, by admin

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Max Frisch: Journals I-iii

Treating Frisch’s 1974 novel Montauk as if it were autobiographical, Swiss filmmaker Richard Dindo rewrites it through images of the New York locations where the action took place and quotes from several of Frisch’s published works, exploring the creative process.

Published on 01 Aug 1999 in Featured Texts, by admin

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