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When It Stains, It Reigns: Film Flashback '98
By Jason Lloren
"This past year of films was a cornucopia of cumshots. And blood spots. And guts, non-stop. Let's put it this way: If it smears, it was probably in a hit movie in 1998. That's not even counting the crap, usually anything that pretended to be a horror movie and starred a bunch of teens. But more on The Bad later. It seems as if the end of "Seinfeld" earlier in the year and all its legendary episodes concerning social unspeakables - masturbation, pee stains, you name it - meant the dawning of a new age in film entertainment."

Apocalypse Now Showing
At World's End (at the Summer Box Office)
FILM REVIEW by Jason Lloren
"Man versus monster. Man versus meteor. Man on the run. Halfway through summer and already Hollywood has trashed the planet not once, not twice, but at least four times. A deadly comet threatens mankind in the drama-heavy 'Deep Impact.' A giant lizard takes Manhattan by storm in 'Godzilla.' Aliens and a shadowy group of men plan armageddon on Earth through slick and sinister means in the big-screen treatment of "The X-Files." A rock that dwarfs 'Deep Impact's' hurls toward Earth and only a dirty half-dozen of Bruce Willis and Co. can save the day in 'Armageddon.' Robert Redford tries to lull box-office masses into a deadening sleep with 'The Horse Whisperer.'"

"Something" In The Way She Moves
The team behind "Kingpin" strikes gold again
FILM REVIEW by Jason Lloren
"Peter and Bobby Farrelly, the comedy writer/director team that gave us "Kingpin," know gross. In that film - quite possibly the funniest movie to combine bowling, gambling, '70s fashion and the Amish - so much toilet humor was flung at the audience you could scrape it off the walls. But at its core, "Kingpin" had some heart: a simple story about a broken man who learns that winning isn't everything."

The Truth? There's No There There
An X-Fan says what's wrong with "The X-Files"
By Jennifer Bishop
"It started with Chris Carter's confession, escalated with the not-so-subtle detachment between the two lead characters over the last season, and finally sucked a final breath with a movie more about exploitation than exploration or even explanation. The X-Files are better off buried now as far as I'm concerned. "The X-Files: Fight the Future" is more an omen of the future credibility and believability of this show than it is a fictional planetary warning."

TV Guidance
So You Think You Know How to Watch the Boob Tube? Tune in and Learn, Grasshopper
By Jason Lloren
"For most people, the concept of television is simple enough. Hit the power button and -- bzzzzzztt -- other worlds magically come alive on screen. Unfortunately, most people have no clue how to watch the idiot box."

Channel Surfing
By Jason Lloren
"The wheel, the engine, the PC. Who says these inventions revolutionized society? Screw that. TV rules. The reason is simple: Where else can you find a whole channel devoted to airing old sitcoms? Where else are you gonna get 24-hour news? An all-weather station?"