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Marjorie Baumgarten

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Marjorie Baumgarten is a film critic and senior editor at The Austin Chronicle, where she has worked in many capacities since the paper's founding in 1981. She has been the Chronicle's Film Reviews editor for the last 25 years, and her work has also appeared in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and Film Comment.

371 articles in 2000   •   page 1 of 10

All the Pretty Horses

This much-storied and long-in-the-making film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's widely cherished Western novel is neither the sacrilege that McCarthy's true believers feared nor the epiphany...

Film Review, Dec. 29, 2000

Quills

“Tell me more,” whisper the titillated listeners of the imprisoned Marquis de Sade's stories of sexual perversion in this fictionalized account of the notorious writer's...

Film Review, Dec. 29, 2000

It's a Wonderful Life

This sentimental perennial is a holiday chestnut. A man learns that he's made a difference in the lives of others, and an angel gets its...

Film Review, Dec. 27, 2000

Pee-wee's Big Adventure

This is the movie that, rightfully, catapulted both Tim Burton and Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman) into the superstar arena. A shambling adventure, this movie...

Film Review, Dec. 27, 2000

Apartment Zero

Set in Buenos Aires and co-written by the director and David Koepp, Apartment Zero is a psychological drama that is part black comedy and part...

Film Review, Dec. 27, 2000

Chocolat

This English-language movie is set in a provincial French village in 1959 and deals with the pressing question of whether the seductive and mysterious powers of chocolate can soothe the priggish tendencies of the local townsfolk – and during Lent, no less.

Film Review, Dec. 22, 2000

Cast Away

Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis, whose pairing on Forrest Gump scored a high-flying home run, reteam for this new effort, Cast Away, a bravura...

Film Review, Dec. 21, 2000

A Hard Day's Night

This is the kind of timeless artifact that, decades after its making, still hits the senses like a burst of fresh air. Where a pop star like Elvis churned out silly movies with phony plots, props, and pretense, the Beatles launched into movies playing hyperbolic versions of themselves and their lives of newfound celebrity.

Film Review, Dec. 21, 2000

Scanners

Wanna see someone's head blow up and eyes pop out? Be certain of your answer before casting your gaze on Scanners, because otherwise it's liable...

Film Review, Dec. 21, 2000

Just Looking

After having indelibly burned his public persona into that of the kvetchy George Costanza on Seinfeld, Jason Alexander turns his talents to behind-the-screen work with...

Film Review, Dec. 15, 2000

The Mstk 3000 Christmas Variety Show

The MSTK3000 Christmas Variety Show blends comedy and movies as comics Jerm Pollet, Owen Egerton, and John Erler tackle short subject holiday films such as...

Film Review, Dec. 14, 2000

Proof of Life

I seem to remember hearing something about romantic sparks flying between the two co-stars of Proof of Life, Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe. I suppose...

Film Review, Dec. 8, 2000

The Autumn Heart

This Boston-based sudser ought to come with its own bubble machine. The way it manufactures turmoil surpasses all known quotas and believability. And that's too...

Film Review, Dec. 8, 2000

Mr. Accident

Maybe it's one of those things better left Down Under or maybe it's something that should have remained under even when it was exclusively Down...

Film Review, Dec. 8, 2000

Harry Knowles’ Butt-Numb-a-thon

Butt-Numb-A-Thon is an endurance event designed by Ain't It Cool head geek Harry Knowles for film phreaks citywide. In order to celebrate his birthday and...

Film Review, Dec. 7, 2000

Madadayo

Kurosawa's 30th and last film is Madadayo, which translates as "not yet." Regarded as one of his most personal films, Kurosawa uses incidents in the...

Film Review, Dec. 7, 2000

Flowers of Shanghai

Hou's latest film (and his first not to be set in Taiwan) delves into the complicated sexual politics of late 19th-century Shanghai brothels. The power...

Film Review, Dec. 7, 2000

Orfeu

Director Carlos Diegues, a participant in the Brazilian Cinema Nôvo movement of the 1960s, surely had that group's social and aesthetic vision in mind when...

Film Review, Dec. 1, 2000

A Time to Live and a Time to Die

Heavily autobiographical, this film draws on Hou¹s childhood and adolescence, as his family moved to Taiwan from the Chinese mainland in 1948. The displacement caused...

Film Review, Nov. 30, 2000

Four Films by Tom Palazzolo

Chicago filmmaker Tom Palazzolo's films, which were made in the Seventies, continue to be shown in anthropology classrooms. "Marquette Park" focuses on the reactions of...

Film Review, Nov. 30, 2000

Crashing the Party

This documentary documents the demonstrations against the corporatization of the 2000 Democratic National Convention and the failure of party politics to address grassroots concerns and...

Film Review, Nov. 29, 2000

Chinese Torture Chamber Story

This Hong Kong export promises a very weird mixture of sadomasochistic torture, humor, and eroticism. A maid and her master are arrested after the penis...

Film Review, Nov. 29, 2000

Jerry's Deli

Chicago filmmaker Tom Palazzolo's films, which were made in the Seventies, continue to be shown in anthropology classrooms. "Marquette Park" focuses on the reactions of...

Film Review, Nov. 29, 2000

Ricky and Rocky

Chicago filmmaker Tom Palazzolo's films, which were made in the Seventies, continue to be shown in anthropology classrooms. "Marquette Park" focuses on the reactions of...

Film Review, Nov. 29, 2000

Against the Grain: Vive La Revolucion Festival

The Co-op's latest festival presents a screening of more than 20 local and international revolutionary Super-8 films that illustrate the idea of a personal manifesto....

Film Review, Nov. 29, 2000

Enjoy Yourself ­ It's Later Than You Think

Chicago filmmaker Tom Palazzolo's films, which were made in the Seventies, continue to be shown in anthropology classrooms. "Marquette Park" focuses on the reactions of...

Film Review, Nov. 29, 2000

This is What Democracy Looks Like

This documentary was made with footage from over 100 independent videomakers who participated in the Independent Media Center and focuses on the coalitions that were...

Film Review, Nov. 29, 2000

Marquette Park

Chicago filmmaker Tom Palazzolo's films, which were made in the Seventies, continue to be shown in anthropology classrooms. "Marquette Park" focuses on the reactions of...

Film Review, Nov. 29, 2000

Twenty-Four Nights

Does Santa answer his mail when the lovelorn send him letters requesting a new boyfriend for Christmas? This romantic comedy with a gay slant makes...

Film Review, Nov. 29, 2000

102 Dalmatians

God bless Glenn Close. She really gives this Cruella De Vil thing her all. She brings such relish to the role of the rotten archvillainess...

Film Review, Nov. 24, 2000

Prince Valiant

A wonderful cast headlines this opulent comic book epic translated to the screen. Director Hathaway is one of those stalwart Hollywood verterans who could turn...

Film Review, Nov. 21, 2000

A Fight to the Finish: Stories of Polio

With this Austin screening, this new documentary launches a statewide polio-awareness campaign called the Texas Tour. The film chronicles the story of America's battle against...

Film Review, Nov. 21, 2000

Invasion of the Bee Girls

Women are lured into a hive and zapped with some kind of goo. They come out wearing dark sunglasses and capable of screwing male victims to death.

Film Review, Nov. 21, 2000

Goodbye South, Goodbye

With this film, director Hou moved his focus from the countryside to the loud, fast chaos of suburban Taipei. Moving shots (radically different from his...

Film Review, Nov. 21, 2000

Butterfly

Nicely performed and beautifully shot, this story of a young boy's political awakening flutters lightly across the screen.

Film Review, Nov. 18, 2000

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Whoville is a truly great place to visit, although this movie's 100-minute stopover is more than enough time to take in all the sights. Ron...

Film Review, Nov. 17, 2000

Goya in Bordeaux

Carlos Saura's portrait of the artist Goya as an old man is sumptuous to behold, although one will not leave the theatre with a much...

Film Review, Nov. 17, 2000

Women With Rank

Women With Rank is a film about female officers in the Zapatista National Liberation Army....

Film Review, Nov. 15, 2000

Animated Films by the Brothers Quay

Animated Films by the Brothers Quay includes video screenings of Street of Crocodiles (1986, 21 min.); De Artificiali Perspectivas or Anamorphosis (1991, 15 min); Stille...

Film Review, Nov. 15, 2000

Wonderwall

Recently restored and remastered, this 1968 relic features music by sitar-era George Harrison, who performs with Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar, and Ringo Starr. Wonderwall played...

Film Review, Nov. 15, 2000

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