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September 24, 2004
  Movie Review: Wayward First DaughterPDF files may take a moment to load

When you look at the repertoire of Forest Whitaker's roles, compared side-to-side with his directorial portfolio you have to wonder how in the hell someone involved with films like Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai and Platoon could also be responsible for cinematic atrocities like Sandra Bullock's Hope Floats and the dismal Waiting to Exhale. But Whitaker's directorial past shouldn't be held against him. He and his new film First Daughter deserves another chance, don't they?

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September 09, 2004
  Film Fest more unifying than US politicsPDF files may take a moment to load

Canadians are trying to do what the Germans so successfully did before the onslaught of World War II: unify the beautiful people within this massive landmass into a fully functioning nation. Admittedly, as a nation we are quite scattered and thus unprepared for war if it were to encroach on our unsuspecting collective unconscious.

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September 09, 2004
  From SCTV to the operating roomPDF files may take a moment to load

"Take off, ya' hoser!"

Those words, known to any warm-blooded Canadian as those of Doug and Bob Mackenzie, were written and made famous by Canada's own Dave Thomas, who made a name for himself on the ever-popular Second City Television. It was through SCTV that Thomas became known for his zany sense of humor, clever writing and comedic directing. Even now, years after SCTV, Dave continues to write and direct, and is still making the nation laugh with new projects.

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September 02, 2004
  Gorgeous epic simply hollowPDF files may take a moment to load

Ah, the sound of a thousand critics cheering in unison. Play a movie with certain requirements--say, a foreign film that mixes attention-grabbing action with art house elements--and the literati can barely contain their glee, saliva pooling in collective mouths and out their pens. Hero is sitting at 94 per cent fresh on www.rottentomatoes.com. If that's not consent, clearly I have no idea what is.

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August 05, 2004
  Van Peebles shows men in blaxploitationPDF files may take a moment to load

When Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song was released in 1970, it kick started the blaxploitation genre, which lead directly to classics like Shaft and a little less directly to Blacula. It also became the highest grossing independent movie of the year, and in the eyes of many, helped bring independent cinema into the limelight.

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July 22, 2004
  Fall in love one last time with Before SunsetPDF files may take a moment to load

Love is easier to believe in before it's experienced. When we're young, every stranger brings us one step closer to the lifelong bliss promised by Hollywood and Harlequin stories. We soon learn our encounters with true happiness will likely be brief and exist only in retrospect.

Typical storybook romances focus only on those moments. They'll throw in some conflict in a halfhearted nod to an imperfect world, but the audience knows things will end on a positive note.

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July 22, 2004
  Touch of clichePDF files may take a moment to load

They've all started to look the same, haven't they? Romantic comedies clawing their way through sub-fecal jokes and charmless performances, draped in sweater vests and teetering on designer shoes in the flickering light. Lately, filmmakers seem unable to move past the basic formula: X meets Y, X falls for Y, complications and misunderstandings break the two up, until they reconcile so X and Y live happily together.

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June 10, 2004
  Bon Voyage is a good journeyPDF files may take a moment to load

Ze Germans are coming... and France surrenders.

The scene is France, 1940. The protagonist is an aspiring novelist, and the plot is convoluted. Bon Voyage follows the exploits of Frederic during the frantic wave of migration caused by the German advance into France. Unable to be with Viviane, the self interested, manipulative actress he loves, and equally unable to give up on her, Frederic finds himself torn and ass deep in a world of trouble.

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June 03, 2004
  Film review: Eating OutPDF files may take a moment to load

How far would you go to attract the attention of the girl of your dreams? Would you pretend to be gay and date her gay best friend in order to get closer to her? This scenario unfolds in director Q. Allan Brocka's Eating Out.

Caleb (Scott Lunsford), a red-blooded heterosexual male, possesses an insatiable attraction for Gwen (Emily Stiles), whose gay roommate Marc, (Ryan Carnes) is interested in none other than Caleb. Caleb's gay roommate Kyle (Jim Verraros) is fascinated with Marc, who wants nothing to do with him.

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June 03, 2004
  Film review: One Dyke Wore WhitePDF files may take a moment to load

If you can sit through a whole episode of The Bachelor and Fear Factor, you'll do fine spending 50 minutes watching five lesbians from Calgary tell their story.

Morag and Kam cram into a Cadillac head for British Columbia with their flower girl, ring bearer, and a videographer to document their right to a legally binding marriage that will be recognized by Canadian courts.

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