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Over Coffee

If you work in an office, half the fun is keeping track of the gossip that goes around -- or if you're more like me, the gossip is actually the single biggest problem about working in an office. Who's got the time to keep track of all that anyway? But in the workplace featured in Over Coffee, everyone knows one thing for sure: that Andrew (Erik Potempa) has a crush on Carla (Jocelyn DeBoer). David (Michael Oberholtzer) likes to tease Andrew about it, but then David's kind of a jerk.

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Carla and boss-man Rice. Note the look of vague terror in her eyes.

Dirty Books

I hadn't really thought about it before, but there probably aren't an awful lot of paper and ink school newspapers anymore. Mind you, I went to school in a town so small that the school's paper was also the town's paper, but it does seem a shame to lose the actual newsprint. Online writing is great (I'd better say that, right?), but there is also something irreplaceable about holding a book or a newspaper in your hands.

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Woodward meets with Deep Throat. I mean, David meets with Owens.

Psychos

In a residential area of southern California, two police officers (Monte James and Cliff Everett Smith) investigate a large Victorian house with blood on the welcome mat. Guns drawn, they enter cautiously, so far mercifully unaware that they are about to discover the havoc that can be wreaked by three Psychos.

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Sasha faces off with her tormentor. Beware of axe-wielding manic.

What Jack Built

In a little shack somewhere deep in the woods, Jack (Timothy J. Cox, Night Job) is building something mysterious. He's working quickly and secretly, following a set of complicated hand-drawn and illustrated plans. They seem like the sort of plans that Rube Goldberg might have designed, with added hints of Wile E. Coyote and just a touch of Da Vinci thrown in for good measure. However odd they might look, though, Jack is taking them very seriously.

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You can't imagine how glad Jack is to see this keyboard.

Catfight

College is a time when many people expand their horizons and meet people they might otherwise never have known. Of course, sometimes everyone would have been better off had certain people never met, as Catfight neatly demonstrates. Veronica (Sandra Oh) and Ashley (Anne Heche) were at least sort-of friends in college until Veronica put an end to things. Ashley is convinced that this was because she's gay. Veronica denies it but quite frankly it's hard to believe anything she says, at least to begin with.

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Seen here: One last moment of calm before everything explodes.

Slasher.com

There's a serial killer somewhere in Missouri known as the S/ash.er, because all serial killers need catchy names and this one has a fair amount of computer ability. He hunts women on dating sites, you see, and is a master of deception when it comes to things like hiding his IP. Police are at a loss, reduced to warning women to stay away from OkCupid, and presumably also Slasher.com.

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Momma and Jesse try a little too hard to entertain their guest, Jack.

Bloodrunners

You know you're in for a wild ride when a movie's first shot is of Ice-T playing the trumpet in a 1930's speakeasy, with a couple of corrupt cops enjoying the show. Throw in some vampires and things are guaranteed to get weird. If you think about it, Prohibition would have been an excellent time to be a creature of the night, since so many otherwise regular people were already getting swept up into doing sneaky things as it was. Even some cops took bribes to ignore bootlegging operations. As one character puts it, who doesn't live a double life these days?

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Ice-T entertains some guests. No, the one in the middle isn't happy to be there.

Will Reading

Gathering for a will reading seems like a dying tradition these days, no pun intended. But Wendy (Katie Weigl) is hosting one nonetheless, after the recent death of her husband Will. Sadly, there's no mention in the film as to whether or not his last name is Reading, but I like to think it is. Wendy is a vegan chef, so this is a dinner party as well as a will reading, but she isn't exactly starting with a recipe for success.

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There's a surprising amount of green screen work for a story set inside one hous

Deadly Virtues

One ordinary Friday night, a man (Edward Akrout) enters a nice house in a nice neighborhood somewhere in England, and makes himself at home. There's just one little problem: it isn't his house. It belongs to a nice married couple, Alison and Tom (Megan Maczko and Matt Barber), who are extremely startled when he interrupts them during an intimate moment. But in Deadly Virtues what starts as a simple story of a home invasion takes several sharp turns along the way.

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The stranger with his favorite tool. He's really into the whole rope thing.

Romeo's Distress

James (Anthony Malchar) has a few more problems than your average nerdy 20-something. He never knew his parents, having been raised by his now largely helpless grandmother (Renee), and he doesn't have any friends. Photography is a bit of an obsession with him, including photographing graveyards. He often gets beaten up by Bobby (Adam Stordy). Of course he's also madly in love with a pretty girl named Jane (Kimberely A Peterson), which isn't a surprise for any 20-something, though the violent opposition from her father, Dale (Jeff Solomon), is a little unusual.

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James in his natural habitat, the cemetery.