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The story revolves around a gifted young painter David (Troy Ruptash) who lives with a transsexual friend who is awaiting gender-altering surgery while coping with the cold fact of being HIV positive (Shannon - played by a very fine actor whose name passed by too fast on the screen to acknowledge). David also has an alcoholic over-the-hill blonde reporter Kryka (again, played to perfection by an actress whose name flew by in the credits). David has painter's block and to escape that state he seeks anonymous employment as a waiter to observe life, seeking visual input for his canvases. The Main Street Diner is run by a newly married couple - Matt (Vincent Corazza) and Violet (Cherilee Taylor). David eyes the apparent 'straight guy' Matt and is surprised to find his gaze returned. The closeted Matt has a fling with David which produces a successful break for David's painter's block (he paints beautiful nude images of Matt without Matt's knowing it) and an unsuccessful dissolution of Matt's marriage. The active foil in all of this is Kryka and she is the undoing of the affairs.Read more ›
It probably marks a certain coming of age in gay/lesbian cinema that lots of nudity and hot (albeit soft-core) sex, both gay and straight, doesn't guarantee a good film these days. All the eye candy in Leaving Metropolis cannot disguise major problems in this story of a troubled painter (Troy Ruptash) who, for rather contrived reasons, moonlights as a waiter in a diner owned by a married couple (Vincent Corazza and Cherilee Taylor) and becomes enamored of the husband, with disastrous emotional consequences for all. This by now familiar love triangle still has possibilities; that they are not realized here is due not only to a script that, though occasionally witty, is more often trite and overblown, but above all to the stiff and stagy Ruptash, who is unable to rise above the level of cold reading in his performance. Corazza and Taylor are better, the former in particular managing to suggest the anguish of a man caught in the grasp of whirlwind emotions beyond his control. As in many flawed films of this sort, however, a subsidiary character steals the show: Thom Allison's turn as Ruptash's doomed, transgendered best friend projects genuine emotion largely missing from the rest of the proceedings.
This film was just really enjoyable. I really found the writer's (Fraser) commentary to be especially interesting. This film was daring, original, and well-directed. A little unbelievable at points, but enjoyable none the less.
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I agree with reviewer Grady Harp (in his Amazon.com and .ca review) that Brad Fraser's "Leaving Metropolis" (the French version cleverly titled "Fantasmopolis") is a successful... Read morePublished on May 24, 2011 by Celil Parker
This is a great Movie really like the story plot and it's real to life in so many ways. Hope others think so as well.Published on May 10, 2010 by Amazon Customer
a little 1980's, but also 1990's. funny. good. buy it without regret.Published on June 13, 2007 by madamboots
This DVD is a mixed product with some very good aspects and some aspects that could have been done better. Read morePublished on September 11, 2006 by C. Collins
because I found this to be a film with a great narrative. There is a flow from beginning to end, a view of relationships of different kinds. Read morePublished on July 1, 2006 by Jim B.
i bought this dvd a while ago and rewatched it last night for the first time after a while.....I just found the characters so two dimensional...the story wants to take of.. Read morePublished on June 15, 2006 by P. S. Lesch
The best thing about this movie was Vincent Corazza. Working with crappy dialog and a plot that tackled too many issues, he did a fantastic job expressing his character's confusing... Read morePublished on May 27, 2006 by Troy G. Johnson
The movie was good to watch. Gay artist has lost his muse and finds it in his one of his bosses who happens to be a straight male (well not anymore) and is married to his other... Read morePublished on October 26, 2005 by Osito Rican
David (Troy Ruptash) is a gay painter going through a bad time artistically who decides-- in order to get fresh inspiration-- to get a job in a restaurant owned by Matt (Vincent... Read morePublished on October 9, 2005 by Foster Corbin