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  • Sep 8-14, 2004
  • Vol. 24, No. 48

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  • Wicker Park

    This remake of the 1996 French film L’Appartement aims for angst and mystery, but is partially sabotaged by squeaky clean Hollywood actors portraying characters so wildly successful and cute that it’s impossible to believe any kind of terrible desperation would befall them. But even though the four troubled main characters don’t seem dirty or confused enough, the core plot of the film is compelling and inventive enough to warrant a recommendation.
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  • Springtime in a Small Town

    Set in China in 1946, this film explores the love triangle between a sickly young man, his unhappy wife and their unexpected visitor. This is a meticulous study of thwarted desire, with beautiful cinematography, but the movie is very slow. This can be invitingly contemplative if you’re in a receptive mood — or, if you’re not, just plain slow.
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  • Touch of pink

    A young gay Pakistani-Canadian is afraid of coming out, so he copes with the stress with help from his imaginary friend, the spirit of Cary Grant (played dead-on by Kyle MacLachlan). Imagine if Harvey was not a bunny but a dead, famous actor, and Jimmy Stewart was Pakistani and gay … sort of. What should have been a hoot instead falls flat, thanks to a too-bland handling. For a gay-Canadian-British-Pakistani-Muslim-romantic-comedy with Cary Grant hallucinations, that’s disappointing.
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Food & Drink

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  • Pacific adventures

    It’s understandable that the menu at Picasso of Manila would list some dishes without description. Not too many non-Filipinos are going to order chopped pig’s ear (sisig) or pork stewed in pig’s blood (dinuguan). The rest of us can get a fine and adventuresome meal by ordering one of the many seafood, pork or noodle dishes cooked by chef and owner Ernesto Malazo, and explained in detail on the menu.
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