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8 Mile
Eminen's semi-autobiographical story of a young, white rapper on the rise in Detroit has a soft-focus Hollywood tint.
"...work of skank art. No wonder this kid's so bent. In between working at the local automobile plant and..."

Nov. 8, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Igby Goes Down
Black comedy about youthful unraveling while on lam from boarding school.
"...warts and all is fitting for a film so bent on magnifying the pockmarks of these Upper West Side..."

Sept. 20, 2002 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Cherish
"...I suppose). The film soon loses the surreal, poppy bent of the beginning and devolves into something of an..."

July 5, 2002 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Scooby-Doo
"...(Scream, She's All That) has blessedly lost that vicious bent he brings to roles; he not only nails Shaggy's..."

June 14, 2002 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Clockstoppers
"...are quickly dispatched by Dobler's villainous boss (Biehn), who's bent on stealing the gizmo and silencing all witnesses. Oddly,..."

April 5, 2002 Movie Review by Russell Smith

The Devil's Backbone
Set in a crumbling boys' school/orphanage/fallout shelter during the Spanish Civil War, the lost boys of this haunting film contend with a vengeful ghost as well as the more worldly traumas of war, greed, and abandonment.
"...Marisa Paredes); the gamekeeper, Jacinto (Noriega), an orphan himself bent on reversing his fate; the powerless doctor; the orphans,..."

March 15, 2002 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
Animated Japanese sequel about the legendary bounty hunter.
"...vampiric countess, an entire civilization of bizarre, Boschian creatures bent on killing any mortals in sight, and lest we..."

Nov. 30, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

In Person
In a fast-paced two days late last month at the Red Lion Inn, the most successful writers conference in the Writers' League history saw some 200-plus writers get the hard-knock world of real publishing described to them gently but firmly by a dozen agents and editors from both coasts.
"...actually changing words is one that, according to Tim Bent, a senior editor at St. Martin's Press who attended,..."

Aug. 10, 2001 Books Feature by Ric Williams

American Pie 2
"...some action, baby, and trying not to get too bent out of shape when the boys run into some..."

Aug. 10, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

You Can Leave Your Hat On
The ballad of Mambo John Treanor
"..."But jail definitely bent me. I don't want to say I carry the..."

July 20, 2001 Music Feature by Andy Langer

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
"...in a subtle, chilly way. While her husband seems bent on taking this corporate opportunity by the horns (he..."

June 29, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Swordfish
"...game in his so-bad-it's-guffawingly-good performance as the psychopathic Gabriel, bent on world peace by way of nuclear-fortified world domination..."

June 13, 2001 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Terminal Island
"...the exploitation formulas, while also exhibiting a noticeably feminist bent. Her female characters were always non-passive independent sorts, the..."

May 16, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Little Shop of Horrors
A house plant with an appetite for flesh says, "Feed me."
"...Steve Martin's shining number as a leather-clad, laughing-gas-happy dentist bent on causing as much pain as possible...."

May 2, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Animated Films by Jan Svankmajer
"...of this Czechoslovakian filmmaker are world-renowned for their surrealist bent and dark imagery...."

Jan. 18, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Scanners
Wanna see someone's head blow up and eyes pop out? Be certain of your answer before casting your gaze on Scanners, an early beaut from Toronto's king of visceral horror.
"...on to weed out the bad ones, who are bent on world domination,­ their execution leaves too many details..."

Dec. 21, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Art of War
"...Chaykin, Michael Biehn and Donald Sutherland. Wesley Snipes seems hell-bent on becoming one of the kings of the action..."

Sept. 1, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Bring It On
Catfights, navel-baring, a Top 40 soundtrack, sugarcoated sentiments: Cheerleaders grab center stage.
"...very slight variation on her rockin' Faith role (still hell-bent on nonconformity, but unfortunately, no impaling of her cheer..."

Sept. 1, 2000 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

After a Fashion
That's the stuff i really want to hear from a fashion consultant.
"...the unsettling ripping sound of the waistband when I bent over, to the badly sewn facings that kept poking..."

Aug. 11, 2000 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

Hot Sweltering Summer Sex Vignettes
Author and semi-regular Chronicle contributor Spike Gillespie (All the Wrong Men and One Perfect Boy) has been working on a new novel called thebelljar.net, about the high-tech nightmare that Austin has become. In it, our heroine, Alice, takes on a job as "the world's oldest high tech intern" to escape her former career in food service. At her new company, The Universe, she is in charge of making coffee and copies and building an in-house Web site to act as a style guide for her higher-ups. Her self-appointed position is to keep high the morale of one of the programmers (aka moles) whom she decides is fuckable (she's naive).
"...attempted to stand balanced on one leg, the other bent up, foot pressed into thigh of unbent leg --..."

Aug. 11, 2000 Features Feature by Spike Gillespie

Disney's the Kid
"...a kid old beyond his years, and a supernatural bent ­ and process them through the Disney-movie meat grinder?..."

July 6, 2000 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Confessions of a Cowboy
Working a cattle drive in Texas in the 1870s probably wasn't like what you imagine; ask Frank Harris -- he was there and he knows.
"...picked up three more men belonging to their outfit: Bent, a Civil War veteran; Charlie, a handsome American youth,..."

May 26, 2000 Books Feature by James C. Simmons

From Here to Eternity
The only punk rock band that mattered, and why they still do
"...while summing up much of the band's complex political bent in a wholly unsentimental way: "White youth, black youth,..."

May 19, 2000 Music Feature by Jerry Renshaw

Two Generations, One Art
Like twins who have grown up apart and are finally reunited, writer-performer Terry Galloway and the Austin theatre company Rude Mechanicals are creative soulmates who have at last discovered their kinship through their collaboration on Galloway's dark comedy In the House of the Moles.
"...play. And around the mind, there's that unmistakeable literary bent and relentless drive to be better. These artists are..."

Feb. 25, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Our Lying Eyes
A New Revelation, like its predecessor, Waco: Rules of Engagement, will face an uphill climb with the intellectual and political establishment.
"...roof had fallen onto their heads. Revelation shows downwardly bent rebar in a hole in the "bunker's" roof --..."

Nov. 12, 1999 News Feature by Dick J. Reavis

Dr. Akagi
"...a fairy tale, though one with a decidedly anarchic bent. Inamura, as he did in The Eel, maps the..."

July 23, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Exhibitionism
Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander: Time Passages
"...kind to Preston Jones, if the recent production by Bent Spectacles, OnStage, and K.S. Travis is any measure. The..."

July 23, 1999 Arts Review

Live at Liberty Lunch
The Neville Brothers
"...was in San Antonio. ¡Que, que que! -- Bill Bentley TABU LEY ROCHEREAU..."

July 23, 1999 Music Feature

Idle Hands
"...staying blissfully stoned 24/7. Things take a more interesting bent when Anton's right hand is suddenly possessed by an..."

April 30, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A Web of Influence
"...liked it). So I tried not to get too bent out of shape that, say, The New York Times..."

March 5, 1999 Screens Feature by Jon Lebkowsky

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