I want this DVD! Produced by Picture This, this compilation of 8 short gay films with the theme “Hooking Up,” was just released on Nov. 7, 2006. The “Boys Briefs” compilations began in 1999 and what makes Picture This unique is that before every film there is original footage giving us an idea of which each short film is about. They are also linked by a common theme; this one (Boys Brief 3) being dating and the also newly released “Boys Briefs 4″ is about guys who hustle.
Here’s what Amos Lassen and Cinema Pride had to say about this compilation.
“Cabalerno” is a coming of age short, so to speak. A clumsy young guy films a good looking young skater as he performs his skating maneuvers. As the “cameraman” comes to terns with his newly found sexuality, we are given a short view of his sexual awakening.
“Shakespeare’s Sonnets” features a young fop at Harvard who entices his young schoolmate to leave the bonds of conformity. I think what bothered me about there two films was that they had the opportunity to be brilliant–the seeds were there, but somehow the ideas were not fully realized making both films feel unfinished.
On the other hand “David” is amazing. A young good looking mute lusts after an unemployed businessman and the awakening they experience s exhilarating. It was amazing t se how much can be accomplished when no words are spoken and age difference is overlooked. It is just a beautiful and loving short film.
“Boys Grammar” to me was the highlight of the compilation. Through the use of violence in an exclusive prep school, two boys find each other and love. As short as it is, this movie packs a wallop as the young guys suddenly accept themselves for who they really are. It is graphic and a disturbing look at the ritual of hazing.
“Latch Key” is another winner. Two brothers come to terms with their adolescent sexuality. While the older brother is upstairs with his girlfriend having his first sexual experience, younger brother is downstairs with a classmate watching straight porn and mutually masturbating each other. As they are both about to experience their first reciprocal sexual climax, Mom returns from work and both stop their activity. The ending is a super surprise that you do not want to miss.
“Little Boy Blue” stars Malcolm Gets of “Caroline in the City” and “Adam and Steve” and is a study of what loneliness can drive a person to do. While mourning the death of his lover, Gets has unprotected sex with a stranger who is obviously only using him. Almost scary in what it has to say, this short is extremely well done.
Remember when you could not keep your hands off of your first boyfriend (or your brother)? “Between the Boys” is about just that. It is very clever and hits close to home.
Finally there is “Post Mortem” in which two ex-lovers meet years later to have a look at what went wrong between them and to decide how to move on. I found this to be very sweet and tender but painful. It is bittersweet and hopeful and allows the viewer to decide how it ends.
Included on the DVD are interviews with the eight filmmakers who created the movies and this alone makes the entire compilation worthwhile. I really enjoyed the movies and am looking forward to the fourth DVD of the compilation. All in all, this compilation is an extremely satisfying experience and a welcome addition to the already existing collections of gay shorts.
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