Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Drama, Gay & Lesbian
A lively compilation of award-winning short films about gay first love, presented by JASON TOBIN of BETTER LUCK TOMORROW and MICHAEL SAUCEDO of RIVER MADE TO DROWN IN, who take the viewer on a fabulous tour of world-famous... more »
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A peppy collection of first gay love stories!
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Wow, I've never seen this before: a collection of short films presented like MTV music videos (with two VJ-like hosts giving a humorous intro and outro to each one). The films -- six in all -- range from sexy to funny to jarring. My fave was Stanley, Beloved, from Hong Kong. I also liked Absolution of Anthony, which is about a boy who is obsessed with his priest, but who ultimately scores with the neighborhood basketball hunk. Oh, yes, and then there's Piglets, which should be required viewing at every gay party. What a hoot!"
A great selection of shorts! From a biased guy.
David Kittredge | Los Angeles, CA | 11/18/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a really great bunch of shorts. Of course, I would say that, being that I wrote & directed the longest short on it, "Fairy Tale".
This 30 minute film took 3 years to make when I was 24 years old, just a couple of years out of NYU. We shot on 16mm in 1996 and it premiered in 1998 at Outfest in LA. It went on to win some awards and screen at over a couple dozen festivals around the world.
To make "Fairy Tale" as a young indie filmmaker, I had to max out my credit cards to the tune of $30K when my annual salary as a temp/secretary was about $29K. My relatives and friends thought I was crazy. Looking back on it, I'm really happy I did. So many people have bought "Boys Briefs" on VHS and DVD and have let me know how much they like the film. I've long since paid off my credit card debt and moved on to higher paying gigs, and have made another short called "Target Audience" which recently showed on Showtime. Even understanding all the struggle that was put into it, "Fairy Tale" will always be really special to me.
I'm really happy and thankful the people at Picture This decided to distribute it-- they're the real thing, a great independent company run by good people. If you want to support gay cinema and you like smarter movies, put your money toward DVDs & tapes like this. Independent filmmaking can only exist because of stuff like this.
Best wishes, and I hope you enjoy!
Some Plot, Some Not, all Vivid
Brian Kevin Beck | Whitewater, WI USA | 03/30/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I guess you don't need blazingly-clear resolutions to the plot, or happy or unhappy endings, to enjoy films today. Four of the six shorts here give just-enough resolution. A boy struggles against his sexuality by making heavy-breathing phone calls and ogling jocks, until.....A boy in Hong Kong covertly loves his friend, but he has to go abroad to school, so.....A boy overtly lusts with his friend, but then the friend's girlfriend comes over, and the three just go out together, and.....A gay guy brings his partner home to rejecting parents, and the two on the train back....aha. You'll see. For dessert, two of the six are a one-minute French farce-fooler, and a five-minute utterly wry, wacky, suave, cool German vignette of a family scene. If you can take less-than-neat endings, you can enjoy these."
Laugh out loud funny
Patrick | Wisconsin, USA | 05/03/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I cannot believe these short films are considered "good" by ANYBODY! They're horrible! I think the worst one is the one with the guy licking his arm. That's all he does. That's all you see. Just a man licking his own arm for about 3min. Another terrible one is with two guys and a girl playing some kind of running game with each other. They take turns running in front of each other. I don't understand why kids are playing Playstation 2 when they can take turns running in front of each other! The ONLY thing that saves this DVD is the very funny guys who introduce the films. Even they seem to think they're stupid. I'd like to see a film with the two funny guys."