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Remade/Remodeled
(acolyte)
01/26/11 09:24 PM
Re: Scobias FTW new [re: Marquis]  

In my defense, I saw Mysterious Skin before the start of the NCC but I'm certainly not going to argue with Scobias on this front. That feature is incredible though, it introduced me to Primer, the Pusher trilogy, Morvern Callar and several more.

Nabin, or NOEL BITCHASS MURPHY are fair game to argue with.

C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas la guerre

power2charm
(cook)
01/26/11 11:41 PM
Frottage, Naturally new [re: Auntie Prism]  

I feel obliged to say something on my own resurrected shipwreck.

Brokeback lost me when Heath hocked a gob on his dick before putting it in. To me, that's just gross. It's the equivalent of peeing in your radiator to get your car to the station. Nothing romantic there. The latter at least provides a funny story later on.

Come to think of it, the whole topic of assisted lubrication has always bothered me. Vasoline: REALLY? Is that really necessary .... ever??? I don't even understand that product. I have NEVER purchased Vaseline and I never will. Period.

Broadly speaking, I think gay-themed movies are tough to pull off. They always end up treating the fact of being gay as some sort of unfortunate affliction. I guess I liked Milk pretty well. Far from Heaven was kind of fun - a precursor to Mad Men's gay sub-plot. Hedwig was a touching film. Definitely had to think of a naked lady to keep the tears from making trax down my rosy cheeks during the "goodbye" scene near the end.

Alright. I've contributed. How 'bout dem Steelers?!?!

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Kid, you've paid your dues...dues and dues. ~J. Tweedy

schizophrenic
(acolyte)
01/27/11 01:08 AM
TW, I just can't quit you. new [re: Marquis]  

In reply to:

I never did get around to seeing Brokeback, which I guess makes me a homophobe, although I prefer to chalk it up to a general antipathy towards Ang Lee.


I second the hell out of this. I suppose I should really give Crouching Tiger a second chance now that my expectations have been lowered somewhat, but it's low on my priorities list what with this newfangled "iPad" people keep talking about, and "sex".

Also, am I a dick for mentioning Hulk? Because I seriously don't think Ang Lee should be allowed to live that down.



Auntie Prism
(stardust savant)
01/27/11 10:46 AM
Is the AV Club like Norton AV? new [re: power2charm]  

In reply to:

[R/R] [Mysterious Skin showed us that] Joseph Gordon Levitt was more than just that kid from that shitty sitcom about aliens


and, ironically, it was the drivel about aliens in Mysterious Skin that I found out of place. Yeah, it was a decent-ish film, but introduce aliens along side homosexuality and you automatically have the idea of tragic outsiders, or heroes of fortitude, which I think was partly what p2c was driving at. It may be done in a positive light, but it's getting fairly routine.

There's something of that in Idaho (which I mentioned above), but there's other stuff working for it.

Still, Gordon Levitt gave a good performance. Haven't seen Brick.

P2C, I'm afraid I've still no idea what this thread was meant to be about. I guess it wasn't gay movies, and now you're talking about lube? I was going to argue that lube of some kind is a necessity for most people (i.e. whose genitalia doesn't resemble a burst spacehopper); but then I recalled a story I heard last month, demonstrating that even the most unwieldy of objects can wedge themselves 'up there' with innocent intentions.

Rather than words comes the thought of high windows

Marquis
(wise like orangutan)
01/27/11 06:50 PM
THE Leonard Pierce? new [re: Remade/Remodeled]  

Perhaps I'm projecting; it would take a writeup as breathless as that one to make me consider watching an Araki film.

I'd say the best things it has exposed me to are The House of the Devil, which may be my favorite American movie of the last 5 years, and Oldboy -- or, more accurately, Park Chan-Wook, whose other movies I liked even more.

I've also had Martyrs out from Netflix for the last two weeks but haven't had the balls to brave it yet.

I feel like Rabin's started to buy into his own hype a bit too much. My Year of Flops used to be great, and now each one is a 3000 word essay, half of which is only tangentially related to the movie in question.

i'm 2 much for these niggas and 3 much for these hos

power2charm
(cook)
01/27/11 08:46 PM
Pass the douche new [re: Auntie Prism]  

In reply to:

I was going to argue that lube of some kind is a necessity for most people


I think Hollywood can certainly give gays the same generous portrayal where making love is concerned that straights receive. I don't ever recall hearing vaginal farting in a film, for instance.

And yes, this thread was supposed to be about gay themes in films and how straight audiences receive them. *bows deeply*

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Kid, you've paid your dues...dues and dues. ~J. Tweedy

th0mas
(acolyte)
02/07/11 10:16 AM
Re: A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum new [re: power2charm]  

Does Tarnation qualify as a gay movie? While the "director" is constantly pretending it would be about his schizophrenic mother the movie shows him being a faggot most of the time, doing faggot things and being the narcistic faggot one expects of a narcist who happens to be a faggot. Maybe there is something I don't get in this movie, but I never understood why someone with Gus Van Sants expertise would produce such a pile of crap.


Among all these wolves...


Remade/Remodeled
(acolyte)
02/09/11 05:02 AM
Re: A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum new [re: th0mas]  

Tarnation is gayer than cum on a moustache.

C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas la guerre

Auntie Prism
(stardust savant)
02/09/11 07:28 PM
Tango a la caprice new [re: Auntie Prism]  

In reply to:

[p2c] And yes, this thread was supposed to be about gay themes in films and how straight audiences receive them.


Ah, gotcha. But I guess the moment has passed for documenting the fevered conjectures about what exactly was at stake re. Brokeback Mountain's (non)Oscar.

Reposting to add Wong Kar-wai's Happy Together. It occurs to me that the other films I mentioned show relationships that are doomed from the start, or which never got off the ground (to reappropriate the old saying, 'I've been on fairground rides that have lasted longer than relationships in gay films...' ). Happy Together shows the lengthy deterioration of a failing, dysfunctional relationship, and depicts it in a novel, unpredictable way. Beautifully shot, slow-paced and partially in black in white, it offers the kind of serious treatment of a gay relationship that Brokeback should've executed better.

In reply to:

[R/R] the brilliant but hetero Brick



Yup, Brick (which I watched this week) is indeed brilliant. Now, if I could cross the two and find some Japanese gay neo-noir detective anime, that would be the perfect combination.

Rather than words comes the thought of high windows

Marquis
(wise like orangutan)
02/10/11 06:43 PM
Feigned Expertise new [re: Auntie Prism]  

Although to be somewhat fair to Ang Lee, "Wong Kar-wai did it better" applies to, like, everyone.

In reply to:

Japanese gay neo-noir detective anime


Satoshi Kon woulda killed this concept.

i'm 2 much for these niggas and 3 much for these hos


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