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Dream Boy Review


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With this evocative drama, filmmaker Bolton (Eban and Charley) tackles deep-seated prejudice in the American South. It's somewhat overwrought dramatically, and the themes are a little vague, but it's strikingly well shot and acted.

Nathan (Bender) is a new kid in a rural town, living with his deeply religious parents (Scarwid and Ryan). He catches the eye of his neighbour Roy (Roeg), a classmate who helps him adjust to his new school, and while doing homework together they discover a mutual attraction, which they of course have to keep hidden in such a church-going community. And there are other issues in Nathan's life, including parental abuse and bullying from two of Roy's friends (Wayne and Beckman).

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The Graffiti Artist Review


Weak
The production notes for The Graffiti Artist reveal that one of its stars, Ruben Bansie-Snellman, was discovered by Gus Van Sant. No big surprise there. Whenever you see a homeless skateboarder thrashing it in the Northwest, you have to assume that Van Sant is somehow involved.

Bansie-Snellman plays Nick, a homeless teen wandering the streets of Portland looking for blank walls on which to spray his graffiti tag: Rupture. Gathering both food and spray paint through expert shoplifting, Nick makes his way around town sullenly and wordlessly (for nearly half the film!) before he opts for a change of scenery and heads up to Seattle to see what's going on there.

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