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CDC stats for United States

–more than 1 million people are living with HIV in the United States.
–one in five (21%) of those people living with HIV is unaware of their infection.
–an estimated 56,300 Americans becoming infected with HIV each year.

Films About HIV/AIDS:

**I highly recommend each of the following films.**

Longtime Companion (1989)
–follows a group of Manhattan friends in the 80s when AIDS is first brought into the national spotlight
–starring Campbell Scott, Patrick Cassidy, Mary-Louise Parker
Longtime Companion

Angels in America (2003)
–Emmy-award winning miniseries based on Pulitzer winning play by Tony Kushner about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties
–starring Emma Thompson, Patrick Wilson, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeffrey Wright, Justin Kirk, Al Pacino, Meryl Streep
Angels in America

RENT (2005)
–based on Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about the challenges of life, love and AIDS on Bohemians in the East Village of New York City
–starring Taye Diggs, Rosario Dawson, Adam Pascal, Idina Menzel, Tracie Thoms, Jesse L. Martin
Rent (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition)

And the Band Played On (1993)
–focuses on the discovery of AIDS and its impact on scientific community
–starring Matthew Modine, Alan Alda, Glenne Headly, Anjelica Huston
And the Band Played On

It’s My Party (1996)
–man dying of AIDS decides to kill himself and have a party to say goodbye to friends
–starring Eric Roberts, Margaret Cho, Bruce Davison, Marlee Matlin
It’s My Party [Special Edition]

Jeffrey (1995)
–a gay man decides to become celibate but then meets his dream guy and faces a dilemma
–starring Steven Webber, Michael T. Weiss, Christine Baranski, Patrick Stewart, Sigourney Weaver

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DVD review: Brideshead Revisited

on DVD January 13
Miramax Films

For a film about the wealthy and privileged in England, Brideshead Revisited lacks the lushness and extravagance that pops in Evelyn Waugh’s literature exploring class differences in Britain. There are too few lavish events– only a 21st birthday gala celebration and trips to Venice. As Lady Marchmain, Emma Thompson [Last Chance Harvey, Sense and Sensibility] is quite stuffy and divine as the family matriarch devoting her life to divinity. She anchors and controls the family through unwavering choices based on Catholicism and stifles her poor little rich children. Her son and daughter have anything money can buy but lack experience and the ability for self-expression and most importantly, choice.

Sebastian (Ben Whishaw) is too closeted and attached to his teddy bear and becomes an alcoholic. His sister Julia (Hayley Atwell) marries a man carefully chosen by mum. In the mix is handsome, charming Charles Ryder (Matthew Goode) who becomes torn between his loyalty and friendship with Sebastian and his love for Julia. As with any English piece about the wealthy mixing with the working class (even if Charles is Oxford-educated), nothing ends well.

Brideshead Revisited contains too many missing elements and would have done better and just felt much more complete with greater character development.

Grade: B


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