Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actor: James Townsend; Alex Wilson; Sarah Kelly; Dan Swett
Director: Steven Vasquez
Genres: Drama, Gay & Lesbian
Devon (James Townsend) seems to be your typical high-school teenager. He is from a successful family, has a loving girlfriend willing to take their relationship to the next level, and is at the top of his graduating class.... more »
Cute and well done
Matthew | Texas | 07/13/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I think a lot of people might say this is a bad movie, but knowing this is a low budget film and having limited resources, this movie is pretty good. I got this video a few days ago, and I have watched it 4 or 5 times in 2 days a;ready. Obviously something in this movie got my attention, and no, it was not the sex scenes or nudity although they were pretty well done. The film definitely has a good story, so I am totally recommending seeing it at least once. You just have to take into account that this movie doesn't have the budget or resources of a blockbuster movie. A lot of people are pretty incompetant when it comes to watching smaller low-budget films. They dont see some huge explosions or special effects and they automatically label a film as being boring, or terrible. Don't fall for that. This is a nice endeavor with a lot of potential. See if you can find the hidden references to several pop culture itesm-- madonna, twin peaks, cher, gilmore girls, and more. Very cute and well done."
Loads of Fun
Paul Sanderson | Missouri | 06/29/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is loads of fun! It is truly a "little engine that could"! It is easy to point finger and knock down points for a film because it is low budget and stuff, but there really isn't much room to do so with this one. Sideline Secrets takes a few seeds and manages to plant an entire orchard. What I am saying is the fact that this film does best with what it has and in the end it comes out as a true winner. The actors are great. I think we will be seeing some of them in bigger projects in the near future as they clearly have a passion and comfort for what they do. The story is very dark. It touches upon a lot of controversial subject matter involving molestation, rape, physical abuse, alcoholism, and more. But, dont get too frightened, although much of the subject matter is serious, the movie knows how to tie it all into a somewhat complicated yet very entertaining story. The romantic story at the core in nice to see. I am glad to see movies like this climbing the charts. It has reached the #2 bestseller spot on another popular online retail store. For me it is no wonder why. Sideline Secrets truly is a gem to be found for many."
Examining a First Attempt
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 01/22/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Steven Vasquez directed and co-wrote with James Townsend, the star, this strange little drama cum horror flick with evidently very good ideas and intentions: make a gay film that takes a different storyline than the usual fare and make a drama that wants to be judged on its merits as a thriller. So why doesn't it work?
For starters the film loses direction from the opening frame and wanders rather aimlessly throughout the film, dead set on making a suspense thriller but getting sidetracked into satisfying an audience who wants to see nude encounters. Not that that is a bad thing: it can certainly enhance some films that have been Hollywood successes. The film also tries to talk about coming out experiences in young men and women, relationships, disturbed parenting, the club scene with all the wild antics that accompany such events - and murder. It is all a bit much to cram into a 96-minute film.
Devon (James Townsend) by all appearances is a successful kid with a kind girlfriend Jenna (Sarah Kelly) but he has an eye for boys and visits a bar where he meets Brian (Alex Wilson) who has been down the same path and can offer Devon assistance on every level. They bond, Devon comes out, and the mysteries begin: boys are missing in the neighborhood, Devon's stepfather psychologist Dr. Kirk Tyler (Dan Swett) is not at all what he appears to be and despite Devon's consoling mother Donna (Sonja Fisher) Devon is cast into the streets because of his new relationship. It seems Dr Tyler is in a dark business with hunky Detective Cunningham (Earl McDougle) who apparently is investigating the missing boys... Devon gathers his resources from his understanding girlfriend Jenna and her cronies and together the group unveils the dark doings of Dr. Tyler and his detective sidekick. And through it all Donna radiates warmth and understanding as the perfect mother of a gay boy, etc.
Some of the actors are pleasing to the eye (and there is very little the eye doesn't examine frequently!) but the degree of acting is at an all time low. The only thing that makes us forgive that (and in some cases it is just too poor to forgive) is the feeling of commitment on the part of everyone involved. Yes, this is a low budget movie and yes, the director needs time to learn his trade. But in the end there is something to be said for the involved people to try to take a gay film to a different level. Maybe their next one will be more polished. Grady Harp, January 07
Despite It All...
Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 01/10/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
Despite it all.....................
Amos Lassen and Cinema Pride
An interesting movie came my way the other day. Ooops, did I say interesting? The nude scenes in "Sideline Secrets" (In the Pink Productions) are very interesting, the movie has the potential to be very interesting but something happened while it was being made. Most of you who have read my reviews in the past know that I do not give bad reviews. I do not like to pan the work of others, especially when I think that there were good intentions involved. What happened here I am not quite sure, but I will attempt to explain what I can.
I must start of my saying that James Townsend who co wrote and stars in this film is as cute as a button and as well endowed as a horse. And he is not a bad actor. Well, what I mean to say he is not a bad actor compared to the rest of the cast who personify the word wooden. But that could also be the director's fault, Steven Vasquez, who was the co writer as well.
At what appears to be a simple story gets more complicated as we go along and about a fourth of the way through I was completely lost. But I digress--let's talk about what the movie is about. Well I would if I could, I am just not sure. It seems that Devon (cute and hung James Townsend) who appears to be a typical teenager and high school student has a successful family and a cute girlfriend. Devon suddenly realizes that he is interested in the male body (his own as well--he has a lovely jack off scene) and actually goes to a gay club when he quickly falls in love with Brian (Alex Wilson, who is no shoddy number). As they fall deeper in love, the plot falls deeper in the mud. Suddenly Devon's step dad throws him out and Devon goes to his boyfriend who was once involved with Devon's father who is molesting one of his psychiatric patients who is involved in sado masochistic sex play with other guys who are friends of Bryan who has also been sleeping with Devon's father and whose best friend (or maybe lover, who knows?) is involved with the detective who is investigating the case of missing good looking young men who are involved with Devon's father who is in partnership with the cop who is having sex with one of his partner's patients who is the mother of one of the molestees and who also is having an affair with Devon's father. Confused? This is just a start. Somewhere in all of this is a good story.
Sure it is a low budget film and Townsend is surely cute but....
The story is actually very good...I think. I really think there is potential here somewhere. It was not a waste of time, I actually enjoyed it, and maybe because I was hoping that the more I got into it, the more I might understand it. It is a mystery that it still is a mystery. There is lots of eye candy and even though I have been quite cruel, I really had a good time watching it and I am a James Townsend fan from now on. I don't know if it is blonde hair or his amazing eyes or his incredible equipment but I would venture to say that he will be someone (if he stops writing screenplays and concentrates on acting).
I will not give this movie a totally bad review because as bad as it was it was actually a very sweet love story. I was not a total waste of time because there is promise there. With proper direction and some real actors I am willing to bet that this could be a great movie. The plot has promise and it could certainly be polished. I liked the twists and turns, I even liked the actors for trying and yes I would recommend this movie--not because of what it is but because of what it could have been.