Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Bryan Poyser, LOVE AND AIR SEX, is something to see, hear and experience for yourself. It's hard to think of another movie at once so hugely transgressive and absolutely dedicated to the eternal verities like love and decency. What a trip this movie is! Mr. Poyser (shown below) is the fellow who, via his three full-length films so far, has given us quite a range of human activity -- all of it based around our need for love and acceptance. And sex. Of all sorts.
Dear Pillow, which hit us just about one decade ago, Poyser explored everything from creativity and pornography to possible man-boy love while keeping you fascinated and off-base. In Lovers of Hate -- from 2010 and which, oddly enough received its theatrical run a full year after its VOD release -- Poyser plays around with love & desire, sex & jealousy, and has you alternately laughing and wincing. Now with this new one, by far his best, as well as his biggest-budget film, he tracks a young split-up couple (two of them actually) and via a kind of performance art (the love & air sex thing), he shows us how some things innate to us human beings simply refuse to roll over and die. Even in this age of irony.
Ashley Bell (above) and Michael Stahl-David (below, right) play one set, with each one the shy and retiring type -- which the film, always threatening to go over the top, dearly needs.
Zach Cregger (above, left) and Sara Paxton (below), the latter in a ground-breaking turn that should turn a lot of heads as to the kind of versatility this young actress might possess.
David DeGrow Shotwell and Steven Walters), and while not knowing just who is responsible for what, I have to commend the team on creating some lovely subsidiary characters, too. If the two fellows played by Justin Arnold (above, right) and Marshall Allman (below, right) don't charm the pants off you (as they do our two heroines), then you must be in your underwear already.
Tribeca Film and running just 91 minutes, the movie opens this Friday at the Cinema Village here in NYC, and elsewhere soon. There will also be a number of personal appearances made by filmmakers and cast. Check the list below to learn if any of them take place near you.