Sunday, November 14, 2010
Emily Bronte. (We've had enough Jane Austen for awhile: Book clubs? Alternate scenarios? Zombies? People: Come on!) So huzzahs to Jacob Chase (shown below), the young director/editor and his writer/lead actress Marja Lewis Ryan (adapted from her play) for their new film THE FOUR-FACED LIAR. Fast, crisp, sweet -- and very light on its feet, this Slamdance selection and winner at several GLBT-type film fests is generally delightful. (And when it isn't, it's never less than acceptable.)
Daniel Carlisle (above, left) as the "straight" -- in a few too many ways -- boyfriend is particularly adept at expressing genuine caring for his long-time girlfriend (Emily Peck, above, right), who is believable and more as she confronts new and passionate desires that come up against her more standard and expected needs.
Todd Kubrak (above, left) may be playing the typical spread-your-seed-everywhere male, but he does it with enough quirks and kindliness that he never completely loses our faith. And he has a wonderful "ballet" scene in which apologizes and woos back his girl: the lovely Liz Osborn (above, right) -- who might steal the movie were the whole ensemble not so strong.
Michael Parks movie Wild Seed. The Four-Faced Liar, another excellent title from Wolfe Video, appeared on DVD this past week, for sale or rental.