Sunday, January 13, 2013
O Beautiful (2002) in Boys Life 4 Four Play (2003)
O' Beautiful (2002) is part of Boys Life 4 is one of my favorite short movies.
Four gay shorts are rolled into one 83-minute movie.
O Beautiful (2002)
This wonderful film deals with a confrontation between two young men following a rural American gay bashing. One is the victim who has been bashed and left in a cornfield. The other was among those who did the bashing, but may well be gay himself. Afraid to stand up to the gang mentality or to "out" himself while the assault was going on, he nevertheless regrets what has happened and comes back to aid the victim.
This confrontation is presented in split screen so we can see every expression and reaction as they both confront each other. While the scenario itself is one of the best I've ever seen presented in a gay film, the dialogue at times seems contrived and amateurish. Yet, overall this is a wonderful film.
Boys Life 4: Four Play is the latest installment in the successful series of gay short films. Featuring films directed by past Strand Releasing directors Brian Sloan, Eric Mueller and filmmakers Alan Brown and Phillip Bartel, this follow-up showcases gay filmmaking at its best. The films in this package include Sloan's BUMPING HEADS, Bartel's LTR, Brown's O' BEAUTIFUL, and Mueller's THIS CAR UP.
THIS CAR UP