Shortbus (2006)

Shortbus is the notoriously explicit, yet sweet-hearted, dramedy of New Yorkers struggling with their sex lives. As John Cameron Mitchell’s follow-up to the masterful Hedwig and the Angry Inch, it’s hard to read what exactly this movie was about beyond the narrative - but the way the narrative itself is told is truthfully pretty innovative. The … Continue reading Shortbus (2006)

Greek Pete (2009)

Greek Pete is the bizarre, semi-documentary, arguably-pornographic, story of a young British man who aspires to be the best male escort he can be. We follow Pete around for the course of a year, from intimate interviews to him meeting with his clients to celebrating the holidays with his “family” of other male escorts. Compared to Pete, … Continue reading Greek Pete (2009)

Inside Out (2015)

Inside Out is very possibly the best Pixar movie. I know, I know - that’s almost sacrilege to say. Since their groundbreaking 1995 debut feature Toy Story, Pixar has two decades of high concept storytelling under their belt, challenging audiences to wonder, “what if..?” on an almost annual basis. Inside Out takes it that step further, … Continue reading Inside Out (2015)

Mala Noche (1985)

If you thought Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho was a charming gateway to the Portland male hooker scene, you may want to dig even further underground into the world of Mala Noche. This is the story of a young man, Walt, who falls in love-at-first-sight with Johnny, an even younger Mexican hooker who … Continue reading Mala Noche (1985)

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

I’m not sure Fifty Shades of Grey is really a movie. It is indeed several scenes, containing filmed images, dialogue, and occasionally music, but it is not a coherent cohesive anything. Dakota Johnson plays the boring Anastasia (Ana for short!), who in a fateful turn of events finds herself interviewing Christian Grey, the most eligible bachelor billionaire … Continue reading Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)