I’ve previewed three films that will screen at the upcoming Frameline LGBT film festival. Here’s what I thought of them:
By following a handful of organizers and volunteers, this documentary provides a close and intimate look at the unsuccessful campaign to defeat Proposition 8. But aside from some brief historical context, The Campaign avoids looking at the big picture–there’s little discussion of campaign advertising and none about the Pro-8 Mormon and Catholic churches. Yet The Campaign succeeds in involving you in the emotional realities of a political campaign on the ground level.
The film you pay to see may be a bit better than what I saw. I screened an unfinished version off a DVD, with temporary music and narration. I doubt such alterations would have effected the film significantly.
The Campaign will screen at the Castro on Sunday, June 23, at 1:00.
B- Breaking the Girls
This lesbian (or arguably bi-sexual) thriller serves up more plot twists than three good Simpson episodes. Struggling student Sara meets rich, spoiled Alex, and the two become an item. Then, as in Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train, Alex suggests that they "swap murders. The motivations hardly seem credible, and the result is only mildly entertaining. But the story becomes a lot more fun as double and triple crosses enliven in the last act.
Breaking the Girls will screen at the Castro on Saturday, June 22, at 6:30.
D+ Big Gay Love
This romantic comedy rarely succeeds in being funny. And when it’s not trying to be funny, it succeeds only in heavy-handedly preaching about the need to accept yourself for what you are–overweight, insecure, and socially awkward. It starts well, as Bobby (Jonathan Lisecki) considers buying a house, only to be snubbed by a pair of gay fathers horrified that a single man might move into their quiet suburban neighborhood. But Lisecki way overplays the loser character to the point where he becomes annoying to everyone on screen and off. He dresses poorly, complains constantly, and annoys everyone around him. When smart, sensitive, gorgeous Andy (Nicholas Brendon) falls in love with him, he can’t believe it. (I couldn’t believe it, either.) His insecurities drive the story’s weak plotline. Big Gay Love has two or three good scenes, but the rest of it is painful to watch.
I screened an unfinished version of Big Gay Love. The sound mix and special effects weren’t complete, but they both seemed fine (I don’t actually recall any effects). I doubt that altered my opinion.
Big Gay Love will screen at the Victoria Theatre on Saturday, June 22, at 6:30.