8:15 PM, 31st July, 1999
Buffy. That might be enough of a description for some people but this movie really does have something more than just Sarah Michelle Gellar in it. It is a remake of Dangerous Liaisons and revolves around Sebastian (Phillippe) and his step-sister Kathryn (Gellar) who both come from a rich family. The affluent school they attend is the battle ground for underhanded games with Sebastian fancying himself as a Don Juan, seducing every girl in sight and dumping them heartlessly, and Kathryn, an expert in ex-boyfriend revenge as well as corrupting freshmen. Sebastian\'s greatest unrequited love is for his stepsister Kathryn and one day she makes a bet with him on how he can finally get his hands on her. There is a new female student at their school who has sworn not to lose her virginity until after marriage, and who also happens to be the headmaster\'s daughter, and the bet is for Sebastian to try and bed the girl. If he wins then he gets Kathryn, but if he fails she gets his classic Jaguar and he loses his reputation as a Don Juan. And we can be sure that the ice-queen Kathryn will not let him forget easily. Cruel Intentions has a lot of the erotic twists people would be expecting from the story line, and the rating, but there is still a good story (with morals!) behind it that should entice those of you who are not jus coming on the off chance of seeing Buffy reveal more than usual.
8:30 PM, 31st July, 1999
Syd, newly appointed assistant editor of 'Frame' magazine, discovers that the woman living above her flat is none other than the talented yet enigmatic photographer Lucy Berliner. When the two of them meet, Syd gets acquainted with both Lucy's past work and her circle of phlegmatic, junkie friends. Seeing a definite career opportunity, Syd encourages Lucy to shoot new pictures for her magazine. At the same time, a strong attraction starts to develop between them. As the photo assignment continues, both Syd and Lucy are forced to examine their own lives and loves.
After so many disappointing lesbian features it's a real thrill to see a film that's intelligent, funny, sexy, and compassionate. Lisa Cholodenko's work represents modern cinematic art at its best. The composition, colours, and lighting, there's nothing trivial about any of it, it all just works beautifully. High Art was a totally enjoyable cinematic experience.