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Paul Colichman - OUT Celebrates LA Fashion Week With OUT Fashion Benefitting The AIDS Healthcare Foundation - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 7th March 2013

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Paul Colichman - OUT Celebrates LA Fashion Week With OUT Fashion Benefitting The AIDS Healthcare Foundation - West Hollywood, California, United States - Saturday 17th February 2007

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Maze Review


Grim
When did Turret's syndrome become the disease-of-the-week? Maze, directed by and starring Rob Morrow, portrays an artist with the disorder -- whooping and popping his lips every few seconds -- and gives us a little peek into how one might live with such a malady. It's a little peek -- and the main plot line, following a strange relationship with a soon-to-be single mother (Laura Linney), is pretty weak. Then again, we are given a fully-nude Linney to ogle, so it ain't all bad.

Gods and Monsters Review


Excellent

It will probably be honored as a triumph of filmmaking (and indeed has already one the National Board of Review's Best Picture award), but while Gods and Monsters is a good film, it's really more of a curiosity than a legitimate masterpiece.

The adaptation of a fictionalized account of the final days of director Frank Whale (best known for directing the first two Frankenstein movies), director Condon's story is really a simple one, about Whale's infatuation with his gardner Clay (Fraser). That Whale is a not-so-in-the-closet homosexual is pretty clear up front, but for some reason, Clay can't figure that out.

What follows is a series of encounters between the two, the degeneration of Whale's mind thanks to a stroke, and, most curiously, one dream/fantasy sequence after another, wherein Whale relives his childhood, World War I, and his years in Hollywood.

The dream sequence, long known as the biggest crutch a screenwriter can use, works. At least part-way. Because Whale's mind is going south, we are asked to indulge his fantasies as near-reality for him. Like I say, this works, but only up to a point. After two hours, the device has grown stale and predictable.

Still, Gods is a truly good film with a great cast (McKellan and especially Redgrave, playing Whale's maid, both deserve serious praise), and what must have been a tricky adaptation of the novel on which it was based is also a feat unto itself.



A Whale of a tale.

Margaret Cho: Assassin Review


Terrible
Divas do not, as a rule, make good comedians. Unfortunately, Margaret Cho loves loves loves divas, and not only that, seems intent on being one, coasting on the good will earned earlier in her career.

Taped at a May 14, 2005 concert in Washington, D.C., Margaret Cho: Assassin starts off like her 2000 film I'm the One That I Want with a parade of gushing fans, then segueing into the show itself, but unlike that much more ambitious effort, this film shows a comic treading water. Like many other performers in recent years, George W. Bush's presidency has spurred Cho to cover more political matters, usually a deadly development with comics. Although Cho has always been admirably outspoken in her support of gay and feminist causes, this change of focus to red-blue state matters leaves Assassin dead on arrival. The problem with Cho's tirades on Bush and the Christian right is not her choice of target - they're obviously subjects rife with possibility - but rather her inability to say anything remotely fresh or cutting about them. Bush is stupid? Check. The pro-life right is hypocritical on Terri Schiavo? Check. There is hardly a politically-targeted line in this show which has not already been uttered many times before, and by less talented people; it's like catching a second-rate rerun of The Daily Show.

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