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Portraits Chinois Review


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Think of it as French Friends, the movie. A gaggle of Parisians, led by Carter and Bohringer as two fashion designers, experience love, loss, and raucous comedy -- at least when the subtitles are legible. The characters are too difficult to distinguish from one another, as well, and only Carter stands out as any different from her companions. Rather droll, but very Frahnch, oui oui!

Fast Sofa Review


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I found Fast Sofa, the novel, in the discount bin in early 1994, intrigued that it came with a 45-rpm vinyl soundtrack attached right into the binding. The story, about an L.A.-livin', heavy metal obsessive named Rick who takes an odd (and pretty short) road trip, most notably visiting his favorite porn star, Ginger, in Palm Springs.

Amusing enough, and a quick read. And Fast Sofa, the movie, keeps the guts of this road trip intact -- enough to realize that our pal Rick is on a real road to nowhere. Jake Busey makes for a creepy and considerably miscast hero, though Jennifer Tilly's wanton Ginger is enough fun for the both of them. Stealing the show, however, is Crispin Glover, as a shut-in sophisticate named Julian who tags along on the latter half of Rick's abortive journey. His outfit alone is reason enough to rent the tape.

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