All in 2005

in her line of fire

Have you ever wished that, just for once, after saving the day the women in the action flick would suddenly turn to each other and smooch, leaving the macho hero high and dry? Well if that appeals to you, this is your lucky day. A truly terrible film, and one of life's guilty pleasures.

red doors

For a ninety-minute film there were too many characters, too many interlocking stories, thus too little exploration of each character and too many loose ends left untied. This is only frustrating because I liked every single one of these characters and I just wanted more.

rent

How does such rich material become boring? They put the worst possible director behind this adapation who succeeded in basically filming a stage musical, rather than turning it into the three-dimensional masterpiece it was capable of being.

gillery's little secret

The location shots are nice, particularly those of Gillery by the lake and of the small-town ambience. Getting actors of this calibre helps enormously, and the film has a polished, well-produced look and feel that lifts it above your usual indie fare.

saving face

Treading on a little well-trodden, romantic comedy genre ground doesn’t at all diminish the originality and freshness of this film. First-time director Alice Wu has given us a funny, touching exploration of being gay against the background of the Chinese community, with a cast that live and breathe these characters. See it now.