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 » Melrose Avenue.« less
"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! Dave www.triplefire.com"
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."
Eclectic collection of gay short cinema
Daniel S. Russell | Blacksburg, VA United States | 02/22/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Well the idea is always good -- showcasing short cinema, in this case with a common theme of young gay men coming to terms with their sexuality. Yet, as with nearly every short film collection, some of the installments are great, some are pretty lousy.
"Smear" is as confused as is the protagonist (at least I think he was the protagonist). "Front Room" is a gimmick that is more akin to something a high-school student would do in the privacy of his bedroom.
"The Absolution of Anthony" is good, especially with a cast that includes Victor Garber (of "Titanic" fame). "Stanley Beloved" is even better, but the ending is so unresolved and the characters so underdeveloped, I found it hard to care for it beyond the limited scope.
"Fairy Tale," while second-best here, is a bit uneven and I thought some of the characters were broadly-drawn and stereotypical, but there is some real depth to the plot and the dialogue. Like any short story or short film, it is difficult to keep the pace up without feeling rushed. This one handles it pretty well, with a few fits and starts that frustrated me. Still and all, among the dramatic pieces here, it was the most emotionally satisfying given the genre.
BEST BY FAR is "Piglets." I haven't laughed out loud like that in quite a while. The bizarre situations and characters made me watch this one over and over. I like the pantomime aspect of it, it is a German production, which lends a universal feel to it all. Kudos!
I'm renting Boys Briefs 2 soon -- let's see if our fortunes improve a bit...