Washington City Paper

12-21, 2001

Index of Films

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News at 11
Reel Affirmations Festival


Keeping It Local
Local filmmakers present Changing Room, Cyberslut, A Different Kind of Black Man, First Impressions, The Method, and Soft 'n Wet Afternoon, films exploring such topics as gay dating, drag-king performances, and overcoming racial oppression.

At 3 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre.

This is billed as "the gay answer to Sliding Doors," but that movie had only two romantic scenarios. Writer-director Quentin Lee's first feature has three, each more tiresome than the one before. Self-absorbed would-be screenwriter Ryan (Reggie Lee) is about to celebrate his third anniversary with easygoing Joel (Greyson Dayne), but he's feeling restless. Then Ryan meets Leo (Jonathon Roessler), a college student who shares his taste for horror movies, serial-killer sexual fantasies, and, uh, Wordsworth. Ryan leaves Joel for a few days to think about their relationship, and stumbles--drifts, really--into various possible futures: with Leo or with Joel, or with this other guy...The film is apparently somewhat autobiographical; both Lee and his principal characters are Chinese-Canadians who ended up in L.A. The relatively explicit sex may hold some viewers' attention, but the dialogue is deadly. And having to hear some of it repeated in successive chapters is a major drawback.
--Mark Jenkins

At 5 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre.

Burnt Money
This steamy 2000 action film by Argentine director Marcelo Pieyro is based on a notorious real-life 1960s bank-robbing duo, dubbed "the twins" in reference to their similar good looks.

At 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre.

When a small-town cop leaves the force to become a bouncer at a West Hollywood gay club, he is drawn into the seductive world of the Circuit party scene.

At 9:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre.

Digital Sex
Director Amory Peart's episodic documentary was commissioned and originally broadcast by England's Channel 4 television as a six-part midnight mini series. This might explain the annoying coyness that permeates Peart's investigation of the fringes of contemporary sexuality. In this feature-length version, trimmed to 93 minutes, Peart visits a sex-doll company, converses with phone- and cybersex addicts, interviews cross-dressers and transsexuals, experiences vinyl-vacuum restraint, and hangs out with his pal, actor Alexis Arquette, whose demonstration of autofellatio is discreetly obscured by a pink matte. Spotty and smarmy, Peart, who functions as on-camera narrator, seems to think that this material, the stuff of everyday trash television, is transgressively naughty, and peppers his film with gratingly cheeky, wink-wink, nudge-nudge gags. Too cheesy to merit inclusion in any film festival--or consume any moviegoer's time.
--Joel E. Siegel

At 11:45 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre.

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