MAIL & GUARDIAN: Friday

Notes from a heist-meister

<B>CINEMA:</B><B>USUAL SUSPECTS</B> Bryan Singer, director of Usual Suspects, has been hailed as the new Tarantino. Jonathan Romney speaks to him.

Hugh returns to his roots

<B>MUSIC:</B> Hugh Masekela and the search for authentic jazz<br> Reviewed by Meshack Mabogoane.

Keeping cool about the corpse

<B>CINEMA: </B>Shallow Graves

Blade Runner on electro-steroids

The cyber world of Neuromancer is brought to the big screen in <B>Johnny Mnemonic</B>. Martin Walker talks to author William Gibson.

Many flavours of France

<B>CINEMA:</B> French Film Festival

Ties in the Oz colony

<B>CINEMA: </B>Country Life

Bunk, but the battles are great

<B>CINEMA: </B> Braveheart

Vietnam with a twist

The Hughes brothers' debut feature, Menace II Society, was a clichéd story of the hood; filmed with flair on a budget of $3-million, it...

Art with a view of the city

Luan Nel abandons his miniature landscapes and transforms concrete walls into canvases for a show this weekend. He spoke to Hazel Friedman.

Star struck in SA

Hollywood came to town this week -- in the form of Jean-Claude Van Damme. He spoke to Peter Johnson.

Popcorn made epic

The feel-good, teenage boy rite-of-passage pic set in the early Sixties has, in the Nineties, become a genre all of its own. The era...

One for the road

Leaving Las Vegas is a pretty uncompromising look at the lives of two no-hopers loose in Las Vegas, who stumble across each other and...

Zoning in on Funktionality

Alex Dodd steps into the Funktion to discover the latest buzz in multi-purpose urban spaces -- trend emporium by day, cyberzone by night.

Polly Street days again

<B>FINE ART: </B>The Artists' Proof Studio, reviewed by Ian Tromp.

Polanski’s Roman empire

<B>CINEMA:</B><B> DEATH AND THE MAIDEN</B> Jonathan Romney speaks to director Roman Polanski, whose new film is released this week.

Something new, something old

Despite its expensive, chequered past, the newly opened Museum Africa successfully exposes South African history from a rarely seen angle.

Upping local content on TV

The two big boys of broadcasting -- the SABC and M-Net -- are at last starting to do something about that great thing called local content.

Mandela life story: pure hero worship but original

According to Fatima Meer, Nelson Mandela wrote an autobiography in the late 1970s.

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