A Dog of Flanders

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Mellow Nello The dog in A Dog of Flanders isn’t really the scruffy black Bouvier, but the motherless boy Nello (Jeremy James Kissner), raised by his poor, ailing grandfather. Delivering milk to his neighbors with a cart pulled by the abused mutt he rescued, nursed back to health and renamed Patrasche, Nello struggles innocently, selflessly. [&hellip
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West Beirut

Written by Godfrey Cheshire on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Summer Hat Trick If only for Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez’s The Blair Witch Project and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense, the summer of ’99 has ended up a noteworthy time for excitingly offbeat and inventive work from young filmmakers. Now comes Ziad Doueiri’s West Beirut, which is just as refreshing and quirkily original [&hellip
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Outside Providence

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Tough But Tender Teens I’ve heard Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s work characterized as silly, disgusting and shameless, but rarely heartwarming. Yet to some extent, all their films together share a certain sentimental quality, almost an innocence–no mean feat considering they’re the kind of guys who get laughs from mangled penises and semen-as-hair-gel (There’s Something about [&hellip
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The Muse

Written by Godfrey Cheshire on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

  Lost in Hollywood Albert Brooks, playing a Hollywood screenwriter named Steven Phillips, is going to see Steven Spielberg to pitch a film. Pulling up to the gates of Universal City, he’s told by the guard that the pass list doesn’t grant him a “drive-on,” only a “walk-on.” He’ll have to park across the street [&hellip
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The Source

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

  Beats Nicked You might have thought the Beats were just talented and driven writers and canny self-promoters who were plugged into the bohemian social currents of the day and successfully brought those currents to the attention of white middle America. If that’s your impression, you’ll be surprised and amazed by The Source, a documentary [&hellip
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Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

  Surrender Dorothy Halle Berry would probably make a better Lena Horne than a Dorothy Dandridge. Not as vivacious as Dandridge, Berry’s non-threatening cuteness really does recall Horne’s poised beauty (try Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes for a parallel Dandridge temperament). So in the HBO movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, Berry makes the best of loose-fitting apparel. [&hellip
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The Iron Giant

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

The Brad Bird Project The kids are not all right. The public’s veritable rejection of The Iron Giant confirms it. Hollywood has succeeded in creating a moronic youth audience, a subset of capitalism’s larger audience of robotic consumers. Like last year’s Babe: Pig in the City, The Iron Giant should have been immediately recognized as [&hellip
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