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Cleopatra's Second Husband Review


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Ever had a houseguest that wouldn't leave? You don't know the half of it. A striking departure from films like Pacific Heights, Cleopatra's Second Husband cuts deep and pours salt in the wound -- a harrowing story that goes from semi-romantic comedy to gruesome thriller without looking back.

Jon Reiss's debut feature tells the story of Robert Marrs (Paul Hipp), an independently wealthy and prissy photographer unable to impregnate his wife Hallie (Bitty Schram). When they leave for a short trip, Zack (Boyd Kestner) and Sophie (Pitch Black's Radha Mitchell) are enlisted to care for the house. But upon their return, the place is a mess, the fish are dead, and Zack & Sophie don't look to leave.

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Better Living Through Circuitry Review


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Rave culture is analyzed to death in the appropriately energetic but highly repetitive documentary "Better Living Through Circuitry."

An interesting array of interviews with movement leaders and high-profile DJs, mixed with kinetic dance floor footage and commentary from flashy, E-enraptured partiers, this picture undeniably captures the carefree spirit of these densely-packed, all-night, makeshift discos that spring up in remote deserts and empty warehouses then evaporate into urban legend with the rising of the next day's sun.

Dozens of notable underground music leaders sound off at great length in the film -- from Carl Cox, an effeminate, flamboyant, aging English musical innovator who influenced the birth of acid house, to The Crystal Method, arguably the highest profile mix DJs on Earth, who despite their success still put together their highly recognizable Big Beat mixes in an illegally converted two car garage/studio in suburban L.A.

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