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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,Sun Staff Writer | July 14, 1995
While "The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love" is about lesbians, it is more about adolescent romance.Writer-director Maria Maggenti captures the goofy gazes, the breathless suspense, the belabored little notes inspired by first love. The characters are immensely likable, and the movie is cute, but it's also slow going until belated tension drives the film to a funny, frantic conclusion.Laurel Holloman stars as Randy, an awkward, rough-edged teen-ager who works at a gas station and lives with her lesbian aunt, her aunt's lover and whoever else happens to be passing through.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | May 28, 2004
SUN SCORE ***1/2 Depth and incandescence: that's what Lili Taylor has in A Slipping-Down Life. As Evie Decker, a small-town North Carolina girl who imagines herself all the way into marriage with an enigmatic local rocker named Drum Casey (Guy Pearce), Taylor hits peculiar notes of longing and fantasy and makes them resound like an Everywoman chorus. In writer-director Toni Kalem's inspired recasting of Anne Tyler's 1970 novel (itself a real find), Evie is a bundle of notions and instincts.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | May 28, 2004
SUN SCORE ***1/2 Depth and incandescence: that's what Lili Taylor has in A Slipping-Down Life. As Evie Decker, a small-town North Carolina girl who imagines herself all the way into marriage with an enigmatic local rocker named Drum Casey (Guy Pearce), Taylor hits peculiar notes of longing and fantasy and makes them resound like an Everywoman chorus. In writer-director Toni Kalem's inspired recasting of Anne Tyler's 1970 novel (itself a real find), Evie is a bundle of notions and instincts.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | May 7, 2004
Toni Kalem's A Slipping-Down Life will wow you when she presents it today at 3 p.m. at the Maryland Film Festival. So will the story Kalem tells about the making of the movie. Kalem, an actor turned writer-director, is one of those performers baby boomers probably know even if they think they don't. Her movie-acting high point came in one of the all-time-great adolescent sex scenes - the fixed strip-poker game in Philip Kaufman's 1979 gang movie The Wanderers. In that cult classic she plays Despie Galasso, the Italian-American princess of her Bronx neighborhood (circa 1963)
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June 8, 2003
On May 5, 2003 EVELYN C. "EVIE" (nee Farr) dear wife of Douglas E.; beloved mother of Judy A. Collison and John "Jack" R. Lawrence; loving grandmother of three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends at Fink Funeral Home, P.A., 426 Crain Highway S.W. (at 5th Avenue) on Sunday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. where services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. Interment Glen Haven Cemetery.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | May 7, 2004
Toni Kalem's A Slipping-Down Life will wow you when she presents it today at 3 p.m. at the Maryland Film Festival. So will the story Kalem tells about the making of the movie. Kalem, an actor turned writer-director, is one of those performers baby boomers probably know even if they think they don't. Her movie-acting high point came in one of the all-time-great adolescent sex scenes - the fixed strip-poker game in Philip Kaufman's 1979 gang movie The Wanderers. In that cult classic she plays Despie Galasso, the Italian-American princess of her Bronx neighborhood (circa 1963)
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By FROM LADIES' HOME JOURNAL Los Angeles Times Syndicate | October 15, 1995
"In the past, Greg has agreed with me on everything, especially our finances," says an angry Evie, 35, the mother of a 7-year-old and owner of her own computer programming company."Greg and I eloped after high school," she explains. "My wealthy parents were furious that I loved a man from the other side of the tracks, so we put ourselves through college on our own and have always worked hard and budgeted wisely," she adds.But now that they finally have a comfortable income and savings, all Greg wants to do is spend, spend, spend.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | September 5, 2003
The best line in the hot teen-angst movie of several years ago, The Virgin Suicides, comes when a doctor tells a girl who'd attempted suicide that she doesn't even know yet just how bad life can get. The girl answers, "Obviously, doctor, you've never been a 13-year-old girl." The hot teen-angst movie of this year, Thirteen, boasts a screenplay by someone who was a 13-year-old girl during its writing - Nikki Reed (now 15), who also co-stars - and was directed by a woman, Catherine Hardwicke, who desperately wants to be true to her junior-high-school vision.
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By SUSAN REIMER | September 2, 2003
THIRTEEN, A SAVAGE film about a middle-school girl gone horribly, horribly bad, has everyone buzzing. Movieland is buzzing about first-time director Catherine Hardwicke, who took top honors at the Sundance Film Festival of independent films. About 15-year-old Nikki Reed, who co-wrote the screenplay based on her own life and who portrays the seductive but toxic Evie. And about young Evan Rachel Wood, who plays the part of Tracy, whose semi-normal life is hijacked way out of bounds by Evie.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | April 6, 2000
Howard Community College turned his son's academic future around, but that's not why Pete Horowitz makes a point of donating time and money to the campus. When he was asked to join the college's educational foundation board in 1995, the environment so impressed him that he accepted. He thought he could help. Last night, he received the Gay C. Heitlinger Award, given annually to a Howard County citizen who has made "exceptional contributions" to the college. "What has kept me involved is the terrific bunch of people over there," said Horowitz, 63, president and chief executive officer of Engineering Vision and Innovation (EVI)
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | September 5, 2003
The best line in the hot teen-angst movie of several years ago, The Virgin Suicides, comes when a doctor tells a girl who'd attempted suicide that she doesn't even know yet just how bad life can get. The girl answers, "Obviously, doctor, you've never been a 13-year-old girl." The hot teen-angst movie of this year, Thirteen, boasts a screenplay by someone who was a 13-year-old girl during its writing - Nikki Reed (now 15), who also co-stars - and was directed by a woman, Catherine Hardwicke, who desperately wants to be true to her junior-high-school vision.
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By SUSAN REIMER | September 2, 2003
THIRTEEN, A SAVAGE film about a middle-school girl gone horribly, horribly bad, has everyone buzzing. Movieland is buzzing about first-time director Catherine Hardwicke, who took top honors at the Sundance Film Festival of independent films. About 15-year-old Nikki Reed, who co-wrote the screenplay based on her own life and who portrays the seductive but toxic Evie. And about young Evan Rachel Wood, who plays the part of Tracy, whose semi-normal life is hijacked way out of bounds by Evie.
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June 8, 2003
On May 5, 2003 EVELYN C. "EVIE" (nee Farr) dear wife of Douglas E.; beloved mother of Judy A. Collison and John "Jack" R. Lawrence; loving grandmother of three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends at Fink Funeral Home, P.A., 426 Crain Highway S.W. (at 5th Avenue) on Sunday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. where services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. Interment Glen Haven Cemetery.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | April 6, 2000
Howard Community College turned his son's academic future around, but that's not why Pete Horowitz makes a point of donating time and money to the campus. When he was asked to join the college's educational foundation board in 1995, the environment so impressed him that he accepted. He thought he could help. Last night, he received the Gay C. Heitlinger Award, given annually to a Howard County citizen who has made "exceptional contributions" to the college. "What has kept me involved is the terrific bunch of people over there," said Horowitz, 63, president and chief executive officer of Engineering Vision and Innovation (EVI)
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By FROM LADIES' HOME JOURNAL Los Angeles Times Syndicate | October 15, 1995
"In the past, Greg has agreed with me on everything, especially our finances," says an angry Evie, 35, the mother of a 7-year-old and owner of her own computer programming company."Greg and I eloped after high school," she explains. "My wealthy parents were furious that I loved a man from the other side of the tracks, so we put ourselves through college on our own and have always worked hard and budgeted wisely," she adds.But now that they finally have a comfortable income and savings, all Greg wants to do is spend, spend, spend.
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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,Sun Staff Writer | July 14, 1995
While "The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love" is about lesbians, it is more about adolescent romance.Writer-director Maria Maggenti captures the goofy gazes, the breathless suspense, the belabored little notes inspired by first love. The characters are immensely likable, and the movie is cute, but it's also slow going until belated tension drives the film to a funny, frantic conclusion.Laurel Holloman stars as Randy, an awkward, rough-edged teen-ager who works at a gas station and lives with her lesbian aunt, her aunt's lover and whoever else happens to be passing through.
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By Scott Shane|| TC and Scott Shane|| TC,SUN STAFF | April 13, 1997
Storrs, Conn. -- Standing near Beth Usher on the sidelines of a school soccer game, a rude stranger noticed the partial paralysis of the teen-ager's right hand. "What happened to you, honey?" the woman asked. And Beth, in less than the split-second of a kick on goal, sent her answer spinning back. "I was injured in the Vietnam War," she replied, training her calm, brown eyes on the woman.Humor is the fence she has built around her feelings. It is the barrier between Beth Usher the medical miracle and Beth Usher the teen-ager struggling to be normal, who likes jigsaw puzzles and creative writing, women's basketball and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."
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By Ben Neihart and Ben Neihart,Special to the Sun | March 5, 2000
Novelist Francine Prose, in the Feb. 13 issue of the New York Times Magazine published a one-note rant about the "stupid and narcissistic" onslaught of woman-oriented pop culture. She torched Anna Quindlen, Oprah, Oxygen, iVillage.com, "Providence," Faith Popcorn, Women.com, "Bridget Jones's Diary," "Judging Amy," "Allure," Diane Keaton, Meg Ryan, and "The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing" (though, weirdly, she didn't even mention Lifetime, "television for women," and, sadly, her deadline preceded the premier of "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-millionaire?"
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