|Shortbus - mini review
||[Oct. 26th, 2006|11:28 am]
John Cameron Mitchell has managed to do two almost impossible things:
1) Make a movie featuring actual sex that's watchable, touching, and actually a good film
2) make a dramatic film with gay characters that doesn't end tragically.
As we walked out, one of our party said "Could it be? a HAPPY gay movie? It exists?" I argued that "Hedwig" kinda had a happy ending, but Hedwig had to go through a lot of misery to get there, so maybe not.
Anyway, it was great. One reviewer used the term "Altman-esque", and that's not far off. Except with really hot men getting busy.
Sook Yin Lee was amazing. I'd say it was an Oscar-caliber performance, if the Academy would have the balls to nominate someone who appeared in a film like this. Stranger things have happened.
I saw this film with a bunch of Burning Man friends, including a couple of people from a camp called "Temple Whore". If you have similar types of friends, that's definitely who you should see this film with, and not, say, a first date.
Maybe it's because it was 10pm on a wednesday, but the theatre was pretty sparse when we went, and this is week 2 of its release. I would urge people who are interested in seeing more films made that buck the MPAA system to vote with their wallet and see this in the theatre rather than waiting for DVD. I don't know if a $107,907 opening weekend is good if you're only playing on six screens, but if it bombs at the box office, I'm sure the argument will be made that "Moviegoers don't want to see films that feature overt sexual situations", and it'll be that much harder to get films like this made. So go see it.