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NOW AND AGAIN – Season One
1: Origins
Written and Directed by Glenn Gordon Caron
Syndicated • September 24 1999

5-star rating

Insurance executive Michael Wiseman (John Goodman) is dejected after being passed over for promotion. But falling in front of a subway train brings on a change much more significant when he wakes up in a young, enhanced body (Eric Close).

Eric Close: now appearing as Michael WisemanMoonlighting creator Glenn Gordon Caron returns to television with a view of life decidedly different than that of his landmark comedy. Although this slickly-produced pilot is interwoven with sharp humor and ironic observation, its core deals with alienation. In a society where the influence and worship of youth has reached obscene heights, Caron uses the pilot as a vehicle to show the wreckage left in the wake of such veneration.

Caron’s writing and direction make a welcome homecoming to primetime and will definitely brighten up a lackluster Friday this season. On the acting front, Goodman displays his considerable talents in this one-shot appearance, raising the bar for Close who gets the chance to show just how good he can be.

Because Close’s character is revived to be a secret agent of sorts, people may be tempted to label this show as a latter-day Six Million Dollar Man, but Now and Again promises to have a life far beyond that.

James E Brooks

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US: November 12 1999 • Rated: R • UK: December 26 1999
Directed by Kevin Smith • Stars: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Linda Fiorentino, Jason Mewes, Alan Rickman, Salma Hayek
3_star rating

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck as avenging angels Loki and BartlebyTwo angels thrown out of Heaven have discovered a loophole in Catholic Church dogma that will enable them to return there, at the expense of wiping everything out of existence. The only people who can stop them are Bethany, a lapsed Catholic, Rufus, the forgotten thirteenth apostle and two rather dubious prophets.

As you can imagine, Dogma is not the easiest film to review. If anything, the opening captions demonstrates the tone of the movie to follow. There’s what some may consider sacrilegious statements alongside attempts to smooth over any offence caused, plus intermittent offbeat comedy. For every statement uttered in the film that has the potential to shock (Christ was black, God is a woman), there is another conversation that succintly analyzes aspects of the Christian belief system.

Writer/director/actor Smith has put together a screenplay which really makes you think. Sometimes, though, these thoughtful moments take over, covering the fact that there’s not a huge amount of actual story.

Luckily, Dogma features a cast of top-level talent all doing top-notch work (Rickman, Affleck, Mewes and Smith himself are particularly good), and the script is full of superb comic lines. It’s a shame that it isn’t consistently funny, but better to hit the mark less frequently than not hit at all.

Paul Spragg

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