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May 31, 2000
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This week my picks are Man on the Moon (1999 - ) and Apollo 13 (1995 - ).

The first film this week came in at the end of last year with high expectations, but somehow never caught fire with the public. Jim Carrey plays avant garde comedian Andy Kaufman in Milos Forman's film about Kaufman's tragically short life. Based on the title of an R.E.M. song, Man on the Moon shows how Kaufman got started in comedy clubs, eventually moving on to the TV sitcom "Taxi", then dying from cancer at age 35. Carrey's performance is the brilliant centerpiece of this otherwise uneven film. Also contributing good performances are Danny DeVito, Courtney Love, and Paul Giamatti. The Foreign Press saw Carrey fit to win a Golden Globe for best comedic performance, and the Screen Actors Guild nominated him as well, but the Academy failed to nominate this film for any awards -- to the surprise of many in Hollywood.
Full review from December 22, 1999

Andy Kaufman was never on the moon, of course, but neither was Jim Lovell, despite NASA's plans. Ron Howard directed the second film, based on Lovell's account of the Apollo 13 mission that failed to reach the moon, and nearly cost the lives of its three crewmembers. Tom Hanks plays commander Lovell, with Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon aboard, and Gary Sinise and Ed Harris in the control room. Only Kubrick's 2001 can rival Apollo 13 in its highly detailed depiction of space travel. Add in some solid performances, with a healthy dose of feel-good Americana, and you have a stirring adventure. The film won Academy Awards for best film editing and sound, and a SAG award for the ensemble cast.

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Man on the Moon (1999)
Apollo 13 (1995)

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Man on the Moon (1999) -- VHS
Man on the Moon (1999) -- DVD
Man on the Moon: Soundtrack -- Compact Disc
Apollo 13 (1995) -- VHS
Apollo 13 (1995) -- VHS Widescreen
Apollo 13 (1995) -- DVD
Apollo 13, by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger -- Hardcover
Apollo 13, by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger -- Paperback
Apollo 13, by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger -- Audio Cassette (read by Edward Herrmann and Jim Lovell)
Apollo 13: Music From The Motion Picture -- Compact Disc Home
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