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June 05, 2003
  A Bit of YouPDF files may take a moment to load

A young woman reconsiders her ambiguous relationship with her best friend and neighbor when an old flame threatens to move back into town. Jennifer Markowitz's A Bit of You could have done well with a bit more content and insight into relationship management or the human experience. The straightforward story includes some subtle (or distracting) elements such as a flashlight and phone calls from mom, but does not appear to reveal any deeper message.

At times, Friends is more meaningful.

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June 05, 2003
  Bar TalkPDF files may take a moment to load

Set in a smoky bar complete with neon lights, Bar Talk is a miniature version of Blind Date. Panning around the room capturing gestures, eye contact and body language the camera encounters an attractive brunette. Without using words, she strolls to the bar and picks up another girl. The scene is played again, this time using witty captions for the "lesbian-impaired."

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June 05, 2003
  The Moment AfterPDF files may take a moment to load

This film documents the struggle for acceptance and self-worth between the gay community and the outside world. Gabriel shows his lover Tracy "all the possibilities," weaving ominous flashes from past birthdays up to his current birthday party. From wearing his mother's lipstick to his first sexual encounter, this stimulating film ends with a graphic shot of Tracy in an overflowing blood-filled bathtub. Unsure whether Tracy is alive and happy or silent in the tub, it is a careful reminder of inner struggle of homosexuality.

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June 05, 2003
  Going it alonePDF files may take a moment to load

It's a familiar narrative. The social issues, with people around judging and defining. The family issues, with the denial, rejection and disappointment. The intimacy issues, trying to find and maintain a romantic relationship. The personal issues, the inner struggles and conflicts.

Solo, the documentary directed by and following the life of Atif Siddiqi, a gay man who has never before had a relationship with another man, tries to personalize the focus of these issues.

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June 05, 2003
  Put your left arm inPDF files may take a moment to load

There's something to be said for romantic comedies--it's just not meant to be said in civil conversation. However, it is comforting to know that even the Danes make them, and that whether the subjects are gay or straight, the stories are still familiar.

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May 23, 2003
  Bruce Almighty PDF files may take a moment to load

When I first saw the trailer for Bruce Almighty, I thought, "This one could really go either way. It could be really funny or really lame."

Luckily, it is the former and not the latter.

Despite a predictable plot, generic religious undertones and cliché moral lessons (actions have consequences, money and power can't buy happiness, etc.) Bruce Almighty is really funny.

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September 12, 2002
  Tom Green, funny?PDF files may take a moment to load

I'm confused. It seems like I'm watching Kids in the Hall spliced with The Tom Green Show. The cast is different, but the humour is the same. I'm half expecting to see Tom Green shag an animal carcass, or start squishing heads between his thumb and forefinger.

Tom Green, as Walter "Duff" Duffy freaks out like one of his alter-egos on his tv show. He's a bumbling low-life goof with a lawn-maintenance business.

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September 12, 2002
  Potential squanderedPDF files may take a moment to load

There's a fine line between a good movie and a great one, and sadly, City by the Sea never manages to cross it. Had it included some sense of theme and purpose, it could have been one of those few films with something to say.

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April 11, 2002
  Blurring the line between truth and fictionPDF files may take a moment to load

The best word for Todd Solondz's Storytelling is intense-a movie made to shock. This shock value is so grotesquely obvious in the first segment, "Fiction," that you'll walk away shaking your head, wondering why certain artists feel the need to automatically associate artistic value with sexuality.

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April 04, 2002
  M’m m’m goodPDF files may take a moment to load

Love and strife are the main ingredients in Tortilla Soup.

The combination of a talented cast and creative filmmakers produced an intelligent and heart-filled drama worth watching.

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