--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---
By AMANDA LEHMERT The Tattoo Wesley Snipes hits the big screen as Blade, the day-walking vampire half-breed who is out to avenge the vampire who killed his mother. In the movie, Snipes roams the cities of the world, mainly a New York-esque metropolis, sniffing out vampire hot spots, and destroying his fair share of vampire cronies. Along the way Blade exposes the whole evil chain of vampire command that has bought out the police and is moving to a city near you. EEk! More frightening than that is Reverend Frost, Stephen Dorff, a young revolutionary who wants vampires to take over the world by awakening the long dormant blood god. After all, vampires are at the top of the food chain. But there's no way Blade and his twohuman side kicks are giving up that easy. With enough severed body parts to fill up a morgue, this film is rated gory, but good. It has tons of action packed fight scenes, a plethora of life threatoning weapons, and a little bit of the sci-fi element woven in. Blade is a perfect pick for action and horror lovers alike. Hematophobics need not apply.
By JOE WILBUR The Tattoo Let's start by saying that I'm not an independent film guy. This established, you'll understand why I had to spend the first five minutes wondering what I was doing in the audience of a movie I'd never heard of, by an unknown director, with no big names and a shoestring budget. It also occurred to me that I was probably the only straight male at a homosexual romantic comedy. Twenty minutes into the movie I'd abandoned all reservations. Tommy O'Haver directs what I'd say was one of a handful romantic comedies of the last decade that I could stomach. The genre has grown as bloated by uninspired plots with big name players as "independent" film has stale in the warm glow of admiration from the coffee house crowd. Billy Collier, a struggling gay photographer, is bored with Hollywood. His work is "too artsy," his sex life's a mess and he's not sure where his next latte's coming from. That is, until he meets Gabrielle, the striking Brad Pitt clone waiting tables at the local coffee house. Billy's not only smitten, but uses Gabe as a model, finding instant success. Billy's head over heels, but is Gabrielle gay? I'm not telling. Suffice to say this is a humorous look at relationships, straight or gay, platonic or romantic. Finally, something worth your $7.50.