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April 2000

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We’re back at last! Did you miss us? Didn’t think so. Anyway, we’re back just in time to miss April fool’s day, so be on the watch for plenty of wacky, Kaufman-esque pranks throughout this issue! Shakespeare takes on Hannibal Lector!   Cuba Gooding Jr. continues his quest get his Oscar stripped away! PLUS: ASH gets pissed off and rants for a full page! Oh Boy! All this and more more MORE!
Titus *****

The brutally violent and unpleasantly graphic new movie would at first seem to be the perfect subject for a PULP review. Unfortunately, the only joke I was able to come up with for the article involves pronouncing the title wrong, and that doesn’t come off too funny on paper. Titus, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Lange, is directed by theatre veteran Julie Taymor and written by William Shakespeare, who apparently was penned quite a few other screenplays, all of which have the distinction of being exactly as pretentious as they are long. Taymor handles the material very well, but there are a few problems with Shakespeare’s script. Firstly, although he has included several beautiful soliloquies and some marvelous pieces of dialogue, he has neglected to writhe them in English, making it difficult for those of us who don’t speak Latin or whatever. Secondly, he’s not particularly original. I’m not sure where, but I’m sure I’ve heard some of the lines in this movie before, and that cannibalistic ending is a little too derivative of Silence of the Lambs. His last big movie, Romeo + Juliet also seemed a little familiar, and I’m surprised no one else has caught on yet. Mark my words, this guy’s in for a big lawsuit one of these days. Titus follows the misadventures of Roman General Titus Lector, a brutal general who has just returned from a victorious battle against the Goths. He carries with him as spoils Jessica Lange, queen of the Goths, and her disturbingly sexual sons, one of whom he kills to appease one of those weird gods Xena is always fighting on TV. This displeases Lange, and she embarks on a campaign of revenge against Lector, which includes doing some awfully unpleasant things to his daughter. Needless to say, Lector doesn’t take this standing down, and ends up dining on Lange’s sons with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. The movie holds together quite well, up until the end when it turns into a particularly zany episode of the Krusty the Clown show, and bafflingly enough, for once art-house pretentious don’t spoil a perfectly good cannibal movie. I know, I’m as surprised as you.

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