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A: The current Version 2.0 release of UNZ.org incorporates major design changes from the previous version, but nearly all of the same underlying printed content is still available. Given the relatively slight use of the previous links to external videos and webzines, these portions have been removed, thereby streamlining access to the printed materials which constitute the main value of the system. Another major change has been the widespread use of Javascript, rendering most of the pages "reactive" as you begin entering information.

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  • Author: John Simon

    Total Archives: 1,419 Items - 18 Books, 867 Articles, 533 Reviews, 1 Poem
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    1. Art 
      The New Criterion
      , November 1996, pp. 37-41
    2. National Review
      , September 30, 1996, pp. 67-68
    3. Dumbing Down (1996) by Katharine Washburn, John F. Thornton, and John Simon
      Essays on the Strip Mining of American Culture
      3 Reviews, 1 Readable
    4. [+]
      (2 Reviews)
      Big Night (1996 Film), by Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci
      1. Big Night (1996 Film) by Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci
      2. To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996 Film) by Michael Pressman
      National Review
      , December 9, 1996, pp. 65-66
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      Stealing Beauty (1996 Film), by Bernardo Bertolucci
      1. Stealing Beauty (1996 Film) by Bernardo Bertolucci
      National Review
      , July 15, 1996, p. 52
    6. [+]
      (2 Reviews)
      Tin Cup (1996 Film), by Ron Shelton
      1. Tin Cup (1996 Film) by Ron Shelton
      2. Jack (1996 Film) by Francis Ford Coppola
      National Review
      , September 16, 1996, pp. 67-68
    7. [+]
      (8 Reviews)
      Sense and Sensibility (1995 Film), by Ang Lee
      1. Sense and Sensibility (1995 Film) by Ang Lee
      2. Sabrina (1995 Film) by Sydney Pollack
      3. Wild Bill (1995 Film) by Walter Hill
      4. The Crossing Guard (1995 Film) by Sean Penn
      5. Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995 Film) by Gary Fleder
      6. Total Eclipse (1995 Film) by Agnieszka Holland
      7. Richard III (1995 Film) by Richard Loncraine
      8. Georgia (1995 Film) by Ulu Grosbard
      National Review
      , January 29, 1996, p. 67
    8. [+]
      (3 Reviews)
      Vukovar (1996 Film), by Boro Draskovic
      1. Vukovar (1996 Film) by Boro Draskovic
      2. The White Balloon (1996 Film) by Jafar Panahi
      3. A Midwinter's Tale (1996 Film) by Kenneth Branagh
      National Review
      , March 25, 1996, pp. 61-64
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      Emma (1996 Film), by Douglas McGrath#2
      1. Emma (1996 Film) by Douglas McGrath#2
      National Review
      , October 14, 1996, pp. 86-87
    10. [+]
      Ma Saison Preferee (1996 Film), by Andre Techine
      1. Ma Saison Preferee (1996 Film) by Andre Techine
      National Review
      , May 20, 1996, pp. 70-71
    11. [+]
      (2 Reviews)
      Fargo (1996 Film), by Joel Coen
      1. Fargo (1996 Film) by Joel Coen
      2. Jack and Sarah (1995 Film) by Tim Sullivan
      National Review
      , April 22, 1996, pp. 60-61
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      Dead Man Walking (1995 Film), by Tim Robbins
      1. Dead Man Walking (1995 Film) by Tim Robbins
      National Review
      , February 26, 1996, pp. 64-65
    13. [+]
      (2 Reviews)
      Surviving Picasso (1996 Film), by James Ivory
      1. Surviving Picasso (1996 Film) by James Ivory
      2. Basquiat (1996 Film) by Julian Schnabel
      National Review
      , November 11, 1996, p. 59
    14. [+]
      (3 Reviews)
      Striptease (1996 Film), by Andrew Bergman
      1. Striptease (1996 Film) by Andrew Bergman
      2. Independence Day (1996 Film) by Roland Emmerich
      3. Heavy (1995 Film) by James Mangold
      National Review
      , August 12, 1996, p. 57
    15. [+]
      (3 Reviews)
      The Spitfire Grill (1996 Film), by Lee David Zlotoff
      1. The Spitfire Grill (1996 Film) by Lee David Zlotoff
      2. Manny and Lo (1996 Film) by Lisa Krueger
      3. Trainspotting (1996 Film) by Danny Boyle
      National Review
      , September 2, 1996, pp. 94-95
    16. [+]
      (3 Reviews)
      Lamerica (1994 Film), by Gianni Amelio
      1. Lamerica (1994 Film) by Gianni Amelio
      2. Nixon: An Oliver Stone Film (1995 Film) by Oliver Stone
      3. Twelve Monkeys (1996 Film) by Terry Gilliam
      National Review
      , February 12, 1996, pp. 56-57
    17. [+]
      (2 Reviews)
      City Hall (1996 Film), by Harold Becker
      1. City Hall (1996 Film) by Harold Becker
      2. The Birdcage (1996 Film) by Mike Nichols
      National Review
      , April 8, 1996, pp. 58-59
    18. [+]
      (2 Reviews)
      Secrets and Lies (1996 Film), by Mike Leigh
      1. Secrets and Lies (1996 Film) by Mike Leigh
      2. Michael Collins (1996 Film) by Neil Jordan
      National Review
      , November 25, 1996, p. 72
    19. [+]
      (2 Reviews)
      Flirting with Disaster (1996 Film), by David O. Russell
      1. Flirting with Disaster (1996 Film) by David O. Russell
      2. Carried Away (1996 Film) by Bruno Barreto
      National Review
      , May 6, 1996, p. 55
    20. [+]
      The English Patient (1996 Film), by Anthony Minghella
      1. The English Patient (1996 Film) by Anthony Minghella
      National Review
      , December 31, 1996, p. 52