Fell Between The Cracks
- Baby Cake – Arrived late for homo.lv, just in time to see the end of the credits rolling for this short.
- Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same – Lacking any feedback from the first showing, decided to take drop going to the last showing and get some urgent matters sorted.
- Puppy Love & Lust – Planned to see it on the 16th, but it got bumped by a late addition to the schedule. The other showing is up against Karate-Robo Zaborgar: Robosexuality trumps homosexuality!
- Short & Sweet – Decided to see My Last Round instead so I could free up Saturday morning. Unfortunately, I really liked MLR and may see it again depending on how late I can wrangle brunch.
Reviews: Features | Shorts | Ratings Guide
|Very Good (4/5)||6||3|
- August – Inventive narrative punctuated with sharp humor knows to show, not tell. Evocative. Smartly written. Well acted.
- Four More Years – Kinder/gentler romcom where policy is foreplay; forgivable flaws, funny, inventive, nice–but in a good way.
- homo@lv – Thought-provoker. Religion, politics, relevance of Pride in Latvia. NoPriders literally act like feces-throwing monkeys.
- Love Her or Leave Her – Unprecedented all-5 shorts program. Hard to pick a best. Feels odd, being so excited about Lesbian shorts!
- Married in Spandex – West Philly girls marry in Iowa: More Adult Swim than Royal Wedding. Funny, authentic, tightly edited docu.
- My Last Round – Tragedy in the strictest sense. The right amount of slow since the’re no desire to rush towards that inevitable. — Gets extra points for appropriate use of guitar.
- Three – Quirky German love triangle is funny without being romcommy; no flaws AND the scientist gets the guy AND the girl!
Very Good (4/5)
- eCupid — Tech as problem & solution; sweet, silly, strong technically; suffers a little romcomitis in score, talky climax.
- Harvest – Deliberate, simple German farm boy first-love story. Amazing Q&A revealed its improv, grassroots, embedded making-of. — In honor of the #qfest film “Harvest”, I feel I must link to the surreal video “Cows & Cows & Cows”: youtu.be/FavUpD_IjVY
- I Am – Well-done gay-in-India docu focuses on parental relationships, acceptance; followed by excellent Q&A with film creator.
- Private Romeo – Strong cast, well-produced. Suffers by being too true to the Bard. Still surpassing previous festival adaptations.
- The Night Watch – No bodices ripped in Waters WW2 period piece. Very good, but lost its 5 because of too many plots for its running time.
- The One – Mirror image of _Three_ set in NYC struggles with some classic indie roughness but is more than the sum of its parts.
- Buffering – British stiff upper “lip” film manages to meet admittedly low expectations with only a few time-crawling segments.
- Circumstance – Proficient film examines dichotomy of modern Iran, but issues films like this (and Milk) feel somehow distant to me.
- Jitters – Icelandic ADD teen drama could be set anywhere in post-MTV product-placed world. Suffers from corny guitar montage-itis.
- Karate-Robo Zaborgar – Wacky parody (Space Giants meets Power Rangers) is funnier when not trying too hard. Based on actual show!
- This Is What Love in Action Looks Like – Competent, uplifting docu about friends rallying to support teen forced into ex-Gay camp.
- Eating Out – Drama Camp – Stretched premise; anemic jokes; lacks raunch and chemistry of previous flicks; score didn’t help.
- Finding Me: Truth – Well-meaning sequel depends too much on knowing story-so-far. Fun at times but uneven, temporally jumbled.
- Finding Mr. Wright – Sleepy, awkward, talky at times. Not horrible, but expected more from fest regulars.
- Finisterrae – Some interesting moments are trapped in lumbering film limbo. Being Spanish, expected faster pace, more absurdity.
- Hold Your Peace – Over-scored rom-com. Wobbly in its dramatic turns. Better in smaller moments. Oddly, too abrupt in its climax.
- Judas Kiss – Competent but slow. Lacks any time travel inventiveness. No SomewhereInTime, PeggySue, Primer, Timecrimes, ST:IV.
- Longhorns – Funny at times. Overwhelms dramatic moments with score. Story needs broader timeline. 80s now counts as period piece!
- Looking For Simon – Lacking in suspense and character development. Slow with a few underwhelming twists. So much for my pick!
- Milocrorze – Lush visuals and an amazing strobe/slowmo kabukiesque fight scene can’t compensate for plot, pacing shortcomings.
- Over The Edge – Wildly uneven dark comedy with some gasping-funny moments and bizarre characters. Recut as a short and it’s a 5.
- So Hard to Forget – Brazillian “learn to love again” unfolds too slowly for me despite some interesting characters, moments.
- The Love Patient – Screwball is hard. Choppy, especially at end. More generic comedy soundtrack problems.
- The Perfect Family – No Serial Mom. Turner slums it in a saccharine, predictable film with easy jokes and corny soundtrack.
- A Few Days of Respite – Glacial and French in so many bad ways; serious to the point of absurdity including corny guitar montages.
- Absent – Underage Latin swim-club man-eater film with Jaws-ish score lacks real suspense. Tediously slow, laughably serious.
- Birthright – Motionless for all but 5 minutes and improbable for the lot. OTOH, a great case for being pro-choice.
- Blackmail Boys – No amount of skin could save a good premise from such a uniformly poor production. And yes, corny guitars too.
- Sagat – No-show’s too-French self absorption is ultimate cold shower. Best to keep art and artist separate, even in porn.
- Ave Elle – French (but in a good way) short parallels Cyclicity’s narrative of telling the story of a whole relationship (real in this one, imagined in the other). Nice use of language to parallel the cognitive preferences of the painter and musician.
- AWOL – Frank performances make this no-way-out mini-drama compelling.
- Bye Bi Love – Coming-to-terms story uses flashbacks effectively and does a good job of making me care, RE: Will she/won’t she.
- Cyclicity – The give and take between two just-met women imagining their entire relationship during a Ferris Wheel ride plays out like a superb MMO RPG session.
- Fresh Air Therapy – Two older German women in couples therapy believably grow close again because of a clever trick and a simple vulgarity of being human.
- Fucked – Cautionary tale hearkens back to the beginning of the epidemic. Needed reminder for a new generation.
- Poker Face – Excellent local short with some great depth and humor. As good as everybody is in this, the two blonds in the bar absolutely stole the show.
- Tech Support – Definitely won points for geek angle, great little comedy with a gag about fear of bears (animals, not gay men). Did Colbert start all this?
- We Once Were Tide – Somewhat sad tale of obligation, opportunity, and separation was inventive and touching.
Very Good (4/5)
- Masala Mama – Comics motif accents a good story about intolerance, compassion, and how both can be taught–by example.
- Smut Capital of America – Fascinating glimpse into SF’s role in pushing boundries in the content and legal status of porn.
- Winner Takes All – Inventive short about narcissist stage actor who decides to have his two lovers square off for his undivided affection. Just desserts will definitely be served.
- I Want Your Love – Porn, really. Happy endings and all. Most notable is how power bottom resembles Charlie from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.
- Punch Me – Good story about fear and acceptance is a little muddled when unclear about reality versus imagination.
- Time Spent – A lesbian deals with her straight male best friend’s unwanted advanced and self-destructive tendencies; dark comedy (more dark than comedy) inspired by real life.
- Two Beds – Interesting “couple” squabble more notable for its nudity and vulgarity because it played before a family-friendly film, and my friends brought their teen-aged son along not having read the short’s blurb. Yikes!
- Shave – I really needed the story about a gender transition in a hotel room to go a little further.