Archive for August, 2008
The story of Mysterious Skin follows two teenage boys living in small-town Kansas: Brian, a clunky and awkward fellow with no discernable social life; and Neil, a rebellious gay youth whose fragile beauty and cruel indifference make him a successful hustler to the area’s older men. Having suffered from blackouts as a child, Brian believes that these voids were actually alien abductions, and goes on a quest to confirm this. As his memories become increasingly vivid, Brian convinces himself that Neil, the star player on his childhood Little League team and a regular presence in his dreams, knows the truth. Neil does, in fact, know exactly what happened: the boys were sexually abused by their Little League coach. While Brian has suppressed the incident, Neil has held it deep within him like a treasure, considering it to have been a loving relationship of respect and tenderness, the absence of which has left him emotionally empty. The two strands of narrative are braided together elegantly, slowly leading up to a devastating final scene. Director Araki unifies the stories through an elegiac, celestial tone that manages to avoid preachiness via doses of appropriate humor.
The performances are extraordinary, pulsing with veracity and a bitter sweet naturalism, painful and profound. Savage in its depiction of Neil’s gay hustling encounters, graphic in its revelations of the inner pain inflicted on its characters and unflinching in its closing resolution, the film is a riveting original that some may find almost too agonising to experience. – Urban Cinefile
The memorial of homosexuals persecuted in the Nazi era was vandalised tonight. The memorial consists of a heavy piece of concrete with a monitor showing a film of two men kissing. Someone had crushed the monitor. Read on…
It happened again…
Joe & Alex did a Skype Chat…
(more catchy preview this time Joey ;o))
UPDATE: Video of Alex removed due to his request
O! beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey’d monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on.
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Can I eat all of the dead people?
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There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.
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Sexuality is the lyricism of the masses.
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Hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing whatever to do.
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The vanity of others runs counter to our taste only when it runs counter to our vanity.
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Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
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Photos by Devon Terrance. Quotes in order of appearance: William Shakespeare, Fullmetal Alchemist, Oscar Wilde, Charles Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde (yeah, again), Friedrich Nietzsche, Ambrose Bierce.
…containing gay porn!
A lazy drive home from a weekend auto show turned into a stomach-churning experience at the Canada-US border for an Ottawa couple. It was a sunny Monday afternoon, Jun 16. Rick Frenette and his partner Shawn were returning from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, snaking through the Eastern US to the border at the Thousand Islands, near Kingston. Both avid car buffs, they were towing their latest project, a vintage Bricklin, home. But a problem with the car’s paperwork led Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) officers to pull the pair in for an extra inspection. "We didn’t think there would be anything other than the normal questions, but there was," Rick says. "They went through our entire truck. They did not go through our toiletries, which we were surprised about, but they opened up the laptop, and I guess one of the icons said ‘porn’ on it."