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Picture - Thom Fitzgerald and Brenda Fricker , Thursday 16th February 2012

Thom Fitzgerald and Brenda Fricker - Thom Fitzgerald and Brenda Fricker Thursday 16th February 2012 Irish premiere of 'Cloudburst' at the Savoy Cinema - arrivals

3 Needles Review


Good
It's exceedingly strange that 3 Needles, a lavish and dramatic film shot on three continents and starring a huge cast of A-listers has garnered almost no attention since it was first shown in 2005 and later had short releases in major cities in conjunction with World AIDS Day in 2006. Lucy Liu fans, why haven't you spoken up?

A collection of three short films connected only by their central theme that a lack of AIDS awareness around the world can lead to nothing but the most abject kinds of tragedy. Writer/director Thom Fitzgerald sets his short stories in China, Montreal, and South Africa, each outlining its own depressing reality.

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The Event Review


Terrible
Who wouldn't want to have a party before they died? In The Event, Matt Shapiro (Don McKellar), a talented young cello player dying of AIDS, decides to do just that before having his friends and family help him to kill himself. Everyone gets together, blasts music, has champagne, and twirls under the disco ball, wishing Matt a fond farewell into the afterlife. This is all well and good until district attorney Nick (Parker Posey) starts nosing into Matt's death, noting that several of the recently dead people who were under the care of AIDS clinic worker, and Matt's friend, Brian (Brent Carver), died with unusually high amounts of drugs in their system.

Although director and co-writer Thom Fitzgerald sets us up for a mystery at the beginning of the film - Who is Matt? Did he commit suicide? What will Nick find? - the story quickly derails into an extremely sappy and self-indulgent amble through Matt's life, which didn't seem to be terribly interesting. We are given hardly anything of Matt prior to his disease, he is only presented as an AIDS victim, and one particularly prone to flights of self-pity. While The Event is refreshingly candid about many of the particulars of the disease, resisting the melodramatic impulse to keep the more physically unpleasant aspects of it hidden away, it is much less honest and forthcoming about Matt's relationships.

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The Hanging Garden Review


Grim
Canadian potboiler and freak-out session, this bizarre look at family relations won't resonate with any audience. Unless, of course, you're a prodigal gay son who has lost about 200 pounds and see delusions of a younger, fatter, you. Then it'd be right up your alley.
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