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Getting To Know You Review


Very Good
When I first heard of this film, I immediately got the title reference. Like Joyce Carol Oates, I have lived in Princeton, and remember vaguely that ad series (I believe it was for Bell Atlantic, but am not sure) that featured the song with the thoroughly annoying refrain "Getting to Know You / Getting to Know All About You." For the remainder of the film, this tidbit of a song was stuck in my head. The fact that the film opens with music that seems a slight variant to the song does not help. The presence of such a score in my head for an hour and a half on end is enough to drive just about anyone to insanity.

Perhaps it is the annoying idiosyncratic insanity of that television Ad series that compelled Joyce Carol Oates to write the collection "Heat." Perhaps the filmmakers also heard the ads and, although not compelled to switch their local phone company, were compelled to make a film that would bring this particular psychological thumbscrew to the minds of anyone who lived on the Eastern Seaboard while the ads were running.

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Real Women Have Curves Review


Very Good
You think you had it rough as a teenager? Well maybe you didn't like your English teacher, but did your oppressive mother say you couldn't go to college because you needed to stay home and work in your sister's dress sweatshop -- for no pay?

That's what I thought.

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Getting To Know You Review


Very Good
When I first heard of this film, I immediately got the title reference. Like Joyce Carol Oates, I have lived in Princeton, and remember vaguely that ad series (I believe it was for Bell Atlantic, but am not sure) that featured the song with the thoroughly annoying refrain "Getting to Know You / Getting to Know All About You." For the remainder of the film, this tidbit of a song was stuck in my head. The fact that the film opens with music that seems a slight variant to the song does not help. The presence of such a score in my head for an hour and a half on end is enough to drive just about anyone to insanity.

Perhaps it is the annoying idiosyncratic insanity of that television Ad series that compelled Joyce Carol Oates to write the collection "Heat." Perhaps the filmmakers also heard the ads and, although not compelled to switch their local phone company, were compelled to make a film that would bring this particular psychological thumbscrew to the minds of anyone who lived on the Eastern Seaboard while the ads were running.

Continue reading: Getting To Know You Review

Tarantella Review


OK
Mira Sorvino and Matthew Lillard made this little independent for first (and only) time director Helen De Michiel, which feels pretty obviously torn from her roots. The story follows Sorvino's Diana, who returns home when her mother dies and rediscovers her Italian heritage through a kindly neighbor (Rose Gregorio), who is also dying. Lillard is on hand to eat cannolis. It's a bit saccharine, and Sorvino does not make for a sympathetic heroine at all. Nor does she really strike you as very Italian (though yes, I know, she is).
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