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The New Twenty Review


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The worst thing about The New Twenty is its inaccurate title. The kinds of relationship, real estate, and career problems this group of college friends deal with as they approach their 30th birthdays are nothing like those suffered by 20 year olds. Way ahead of the game, these people should be saying that 30 is the new 40.

Studly and ambitious Andrew (Ryan Locke), the ringleader of this close-knit band, is a high-powered, squash-playing banker ready to try his hand at an Internet startup. His fiancée Julie (Nicole Bilderback) is climbing quickly at Merrill Lynch ("Every bank needs one hot Asian chick," she jests), and her brother Tony (Andrew Wei Lin) is a gay ad exec who would love to find a real relationship. The other gay guy in the group, Ben (Colin Fickes), is a lovable loser type suffering through a humiliating string of chat room hookups and career doldrums. Rounding out the bunch is Felix (Thomas Sadoski), a deep thinker and dreamer who diagnoses himself with "a touch of existential malaise courtesy of late capitalism." Dabbling in heroin helps him get through the day.

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American Gun (2002) Review


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James Coburn's final film went straight to video, and alas it's nothing special. American Gun tells the story of Martin Tillman, whose daughter (Virginia Madsen) is suddenly shot and killed. (On Christmas, no less.) He then does possibly the least sensible thing on earth: He goes on a nationwide journey to find out where the gun that killed her came from, and whose hands it passed through on the way to his neck of the woods. This leads him from the gun factory to the dealer to various thugs until he gets all the way back home. Putting aside the fact that it would be next to impossible to follow such a chain of ownership, we immediately wonder how a geriatric like Coburn is going to handle all this travel -- and it ain't exactly to the most scenic parts of the country.

Never mind all that, this is a journey of self-discovery, as Martin has some demons he's obviously trying to exorcise. He's got a granddaughter to atone with, a wife who's a bit distant, and a dead daughter, of course. By the end we've got a whopper of a secret in store, but still it's a little hard to swallow this Twenty Bucks-style road trip.

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American Gun Review


OK
James Coburn's final film went straight to video, and alas it's nothing special. American Gun tells the story of Martin Tillman, whose daughter (Virginia Madsen) is suddenly shot and killed. (On Christmas, no less.) He then does possibly the least sensible thing on earth: He goes on a nationwide journey to find out where the gun that killed her came from, and whose hands it passed through on the way to his neck of the woods. This leads him from the gun factory to the dealer to various thugs until he gets all the way back home. Putting aside the fact that it would be next to impossible to follow such a chain of ownership, we immediately wonder how a geriatric like Coburn is going to handle all this travel -- and it ain't exactly to the most scenic parts of the country.

Never mind all that, this is a journey of self-discovery, as Martin has some demons he's obviously trying to exorcise. He's got a granddaughter to atone with, a wife who's a bit distant, and a dead daughter, of course. By the end we've got a whopper of a secret in store, but still it's a little hard to swallow this Twenty Bucks-style road trip.

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