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June 19, 2003
  Reminiscing RussiansPDF files may take a moment to load

The Hermitage in St. Petersburg is a historical treasure, with important works of Russian art spanning centuries. From imposing architecture to elegant oil paintings, the building is considered by many to exemplify Russia's rich cultural heritage.

Lauded as a ground breaking technical achievement, director Aleksandr Sokurov's Russian Ark is a single, fluid shot of the Hermitage, taking the perspective of a disembodied 19th century aristocrat and providing all the energy of a 200 year-old still life.

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June 19, 2003
  Suicidal ScotsPDF files may take a moment to load

Everyone deals with grief in his or her own way. Some people cry, others simply block it out, and still others leave the corpse on the floor for days, steal the deceased's manuscript and vacation in Spain. To each their own.

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June 12, 2003
  Way 2 amazedPDF files may take a moment to load

Before I even stepped into the theatre, I was sure 2 Fast 2 Furious was going to suck.

The warning signs were all there. It's a sequel to a big-budget film that didn't leave any unanswered questions. Only one of the guys from the original is back for the sequel (not the famous guy, the other guy). The title has the number two in it. Twice.

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June 12, 2003
  Getting Dumber, and Dumber...PDF files may take a moment to load

For those unfamiliar with the lost art of "math," the Gauntlet's Entertainment section offers a quick lesson. Take a 1994 blockbuster comedy and subtract its writers/directors and the stars that made it a hit. Now add the rights to the movie's trademarks, a couple of unknown actors and a director whose credits mainly include TV specials and you have Dumb and Dumberer--the prequel to Dumb and Dumber that asks the question: "Just how much dumber can things get?"

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June 09, 2003
  That Thing We DoPDF files may take a moment to load

A family reunion at a lakeside cottage is the backdrop for Kevin's (Drew Roby) thoughtful contemplation over telling his parents that he is gay. Director Andrew Hull uses tranquil music and picturesque shots to personify his process of introspection while keeping a hint of apprehension. Although this was the longest short that I viewed, clocking in at 16 minutes, the pace seemed slightly rushed with shotgun dialog and awkward acting in parts. All things considered, it was still an excellent short and worth checking out.

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June 09, 2003
  How Beatrice Came CleanPDF files may take a moment to load

A dirty little girl seeks out a "magical cleaning liquid" to rid herself of her unsightly soiled clothing and hopeless transient life. Sounds interesting, doesn't it? When in fact this short plays out like a Javex endorsement by mother goose. All that came to my mind after watching this was "what the fuck," closely followed by "why?"

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June 05, 2003
  Rick & Steve, Episode #4: Menage a TwatPDF files may take a moment to load

What happens when one mixes Lego, eight minutes and soft-core gay porn? Naturally, the tale of a certain Steve, the versatile top, and another Rick, the insatiable bottom. 'Tis the union of the happiest gay couple in the world--Lego style.

Feeling an urge to diverge from the mundane oral sex routine, Rick and Steve set forth to find the missing link to the exquisitely desirable menage a  trois, in the fourth short film episode, Menage a Twat.

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June 05, 2003
  Sweet LifePDF files may take a moment to load

This beautifully shot film depicts two gay men working together in the kitchen early in the morning. To chipper music, they each put ingredients into a large pot and set it in the oven. After returning from work, they pull the pot out, and an adorable child sits inside smiling.

Documenting their undeniable ability to be good parents, it ends on a scene that looks like one of the happiest home videos ever made.

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June 05, 2003
  Beso Nocturno (Night Kiss)PDF files may take a moment to load

Beso Nocturno packs a lot into a 14-minute short, presenting itself as a story about karma and compassion. Unfortunately, those themes are so obvious and cliched that this film fails to distinguish itself by needlessly repeating them to no real benefit.

Though it's not a visual masterpiece, creative cinematography and technical proficiency are evident throughout the film in its attention to detail.

While the manwhore sexing the infirm husband of a waltzer to death was a bit strange, to each his own.

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June 05, 2003
  Mavra MinPDF files may take a moment to load

When you hear the words "teen" and "lesbian" in one sentence, you most likely think of girls having pillow fights on the Internet. Unfortunately, it's just not real life.

Take Emily, the lead character in Lipstick, for example. She is a lesbian still in high school and has a girlfriend, but hasn't taken those first steps out of the closet.

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