Monday, April 12, 2010
PORNOGRAPHY: A THRILLER opens in NY, offering a good example of the "gay" film
tion rather well. PORNOGRAPHY: A THRILLER offers the former, while HANDSOME HARRY shows us the latter. TrustMovies will cover Bette Gordon's new work later this week; for now, let's stick with our gay film, written and directed by David Kittredge (pictured below).
I know it when I see it." Well, when I see "it" -- gay film, that is -- what I see is generally some-
thing very low-budget; with acting, writing and directing that is usually serviceable, at best; offering plenty of skin, sometimes full-
frontal; with its themes/ideas/situations all quite restricted to a like minded/bodied group and thus preaching to the converted (it's hard to imagine non-gays being particularly interested in these movies). To my mind there is nothing inherently wrong in producing a gay film, but this does rather mark your level. What distinguishes Pornography: A Thriller is that, while all of the above remains true and on view, the film manages to transcend its own genre in many ways.
Red Riding Trilogy; quick shifts from present to past and back again that keep us off-balance and alert; camera-
work, sets and lighting that take us into strange and unknown territory befitting the thriller/otherworldly aspects of the tale. The filmmaker has conceived of his creation as a kind of crossword puzzle (a character doing crosswords pops up now and again) in which everything connects -- if only we can discover those connec-
tions. Comparisons have made between Kittredge's work and that of David Lynch, and while these are valid, I would suggest that the former has a way to go to catch up with the latter.
Cinema Village. Let's hope it makes it way to some other urban center around the nation before, one expects, that upcoming DVD appears.