Auto Focus
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Auto Focus

This fascinating bio-pic traces Hogan’s Heroes star Bob Crane’s curious transformation from mild-mannered family man to sex-crazed amateur porn producer. With his creepy pal John (Willem Dafoe) in perpetual tow, Crane (Greg Kinnear) uses his fame to lure women to wild orgies he captures on tape. Ultimately, his refusal to acknowledge the serious conflict between … Continue reading

Bend it Like Beckham
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Bend it Like Beckham

I  had a heck of a time trying to decide whether, in reviewing Bend It Like Beckham, I needed to explain exactly who “Beckham” is. On the one hand, most gay readers couldn’t name a single American football player, much less a British one – even if he is one of the biggest internationally known … Continue reading

Big Eden
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Big Eden

Like most Americans (well, the women and gay men, anyway), I’m a sucker for a good romantic comedy.   Give me Meg Ryan tippity-typing away with Tom Hanks or Julia Roberts selling her love to Richard Gere and I’m quite content, thank you (and if Julia’s got a gay best friend and is trying to stop … Continue reading

Big Trouble
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Big Trouble

Many critics will undoubtedly point to Big Trouble’s unfortunate subject matter (particularly an extended plane-hijacking sequence and an excruciating lampooning of airport security) as the reason for the film’s certain failure at the box office. Disney, the film’s distributor, will surely cling to that theory as well, having already pushed the film’s opening back from … Continue reading

Birthday Girl
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Birthday Girl

When Al Gore invented the Internet, he surely never guessed how useful a tool it would become in helping love-starved denizens of cyberspace find their perfect mate.  How could he have known that, by the year 2002, websites like match.com would be advertising during Friends, promising a perfect partner for every Tom, Dick and Mary … Continue reading

Björk | Greatest Hits
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Björk | Greatest Hits

  In an endearing display of democratic goodwill, the Great Pixie herself, Björk, hosted a poll on her formidable website to determine which tracks would be included on Greatest Hits, a new retrospective of songs from her first four solo albums. It might be a stretch to call some of the eccentric artist’s musical oddities … Continue reading

Blow
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Blow

If you own a Palm Pilot, you’re probably already playing Dope Wars, the most popular game currently available for the Palm.  For those whose lives aren’t ruled by pocket circuitry (and may therefore be unaware), Dope Wars is essentially an accounting game: starting with $2000, players must make money by buying and selling a variety … Continue reading