The ORIGINAL Ariels' Pages

BE ADVISED: 15 years ago Clare Quilty started his recommended movie list; As did his "girl" friend Ariel. In the years since Quiltys' staged demise, Ariel and Quilty have continued there friendship. It is do to Ariel that many of the boy "Coming of Age" films made it to the Quilty Lists. Ariel only gave a small list originally, but Juicy felt in the interest of the viewers, it should be re-released with all of Ariels' original reviews. These are Ariels' A-list of boy films.


This is the ORIGINAL Ariels' list. For the Expanded lists from Quilty with many of Ariels' recommendations, see List One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, and Eight here:

List 1 - http://www.imdb.com/list/anLj7YpF_mo/
List 2 - http://www.imdb.com/list/DsgZc3Z4IJQ/
List 3 - http://www.imdb.com/list/G5KIVJM3B6s/
List 4 - http://www.imdb.com/list/eus8iuqb4jQ/
List 5 - http://www.imdb.com/list/kM1oEq3yunA/
List 6 - http://www.imdb.com/list/Y1c96UaGSRM/
List 7 - http://www.imdb.com/list/ls058756242/
List 8 - http://www.imdb.com/list/ls077195722
SPECIAL List - http://www.imdb.com/list/8mvJk0dpQfM/

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Due to hard economic times, Juicy will note where to buy each film on dvd or blu-ray for the cheapest price. All movies listed can be found on dvd or blu-ray w/English subtitles at locations noted by Juicy under the comments for each product. Keep in mind, some of these movies are VERY RARE, and others may get discontinued, making the price skyrocket (ie. Fruit Is Swelling, Pups). Prices most likely will change. If the price at the site Juicy gives seems ludicrously high, check for the film at the other sellers below or at http://dvdpricesearch.com.


IMPORTANT NOTES:

Amazon - For those movies listed at Amazon http://amazon.com, Juicy will link you to the page for that title. Make sure to check under Amazons' price for the new and used prices given by Amazons' Marketplace sellers to make sure you get the best deal.

CVMC - For those movies listed at CVMC http://cvmc.net, the movies can be rented or purchased. The purchase prices are expensive, however, there is a new sale every two weeks with many movies avalible. ALL of the movies listed for CVMC have been on sale between $5-$15 before, sometimes many times. Juicy recommends checking in every two weeks to see what movies are up for sale to get the best deals.
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1.
Abuse (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(94 mins.)
“ From Ariel -

Directed by Arthur Bressan Jr.

Arthur Bressan Jr.'s unconventional love story has come to video. Abuse is the story of a student filmmaker who finds in a hospital emergency room the "star" for his documentary about child abuse. Thomas Carroll is a 14-year-old New Yorker savaged by sadistic parents. Ashamed to take showers after gym because of the cigarette burns that mark his chest, he reaches out for help to Larry Porter, a college student whose film project offers the boy a desperate chance for escape. When Larry and Thomas fall in love, however, both discover that building a life together holds challenges neither of them anticipated. Bresson's film, shot in black and white in 16mm, had only a limited theatrical release. The video offers a first chance for many to view this uncompromising and original story.

DVD at http://cvmc.net/movie.jsp?movie_id=8 ” - Juicy_Kumquat
 
2.
The Cement Garden (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Four children try to hold things together and play a family in their isolated prefab house after the death of their parents. As they begin to deteriorate mentally, they hide their mom's festering corpse in a makeshift concrete sarcophagus. (105 mins.)
Director: Andrew Birkin
“ From Ariel -

(Tartan Video, 1994; dir: Andrew Birkin)

Brilliant dark movie from Ian MacEwan's novel about a family of four English children trying to stay together after both parents die. The youngest boy starts dressing as a girl, while the eldest girl takes over the role of Mum. The elder brother is a compulsive masturbator who likes to look in the mirror while he jerks off. He finally falls for his 15-year-old sister, and with good reason: she's played by the brilliant Charlotte Gainsbourg.

DVD at http://cvmc.net/movie.jsp?movie_id=238 ” - Juicy_Kumquat
 
3.
Murmur of the Heart (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
This is a jolly coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old boy named Laurent Chevalier who is growing up in bourgeois surroundings in Dijon... (118 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
“ From Ariel -

Directed by Louis Malle

A poignant, romantic account of a boy's sexual initiation and his complex relationship with his vivacious mother. Young Laurent Chevalier is almost ready to leave the world of childhood, discovering with a sense of wonder both the pleasure and hypocrisy of adult life. Trapped on the cusp of manhood, the bright, sensitive boy is sent to recuperate from a heart murmur in a luxurious mountain spa. A witness to his confusion and fear, Laurent's mother provides a sensual expression of her love for her son as a gift to help him make a difficult transition. Told with humor and warmth, Murmur of the Heart is propelled by Benoit Ferreux's masterful performance as young Laurent. Almost banned by the French Moive Commission before its release, the film was ultimately nominated for an Academy Award.

DVD at http://www.amazon.com/Murmur-Heart-Criterion-Collection-Massari/dp/B000E1YVZA ” - Juicy_Kumquat
 
4.
Olivier, Olivier (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A nine-year-old boy disappears without a trace. Six years later, he reappears in Paris but there are doubts about his real identity. (110 mins.)
“ From Ariel -

Directed by Agnieska Holland

Olivier, Olivier is based on a true story, a mystery that revolves around questions of love, family and truth. While cycling through the gentle countryside near his home in Provence, nine-year-old Olivier Duval disappeared. The loss of the child nearly destroys his family, but the boy's apparent re-appearance six years later proves an even greater challenge. When a French policeman presents a 15-year-old Parisian street hustler as the Duval's missing child, Olivier's mother is eager to accept him without question. But his older sister doubts his identity, and her search for answers only raises troubling questions. Where does the truth lie: in the small scar that marks the boy's smooth skin, or half-remembered nursey rhymes? It's finally the teen's friendship with a young neighbor that provides the disturbing truth about Olivier's fate. Agnieszka Holland, director of Europa, Europa draws a sleepily sensual performance from the teenage Olivier.

DVD at http://cvmc.net/movie.jsp?movie_id=2248 ” - Juicy_Kumquat
 
5.
The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
At the height of his fame (his plays being much celebrated in London in the 1890's), Oscar Wilde angers... (123 mins.)
Director: Ken Hughes
“ From Ariel -

Starring Peter Finch

This 1960 British drama documents the true story of Oscar Wilde's ill-fated libel suit against the Marquis of Queensbury (who called the playwright a "posing sodomite") and Wilde's subsequent trial for sodomy. The prosecution's charges (and insinuations) from the proceedings 100 years ago could come from the daily paper in any American city today where some boy-lover is on trial, beginning with the assumption that any friendship between a boy and a man is grounds for suspicion. The film is also a reminder that Wilde's definition of Lord Alfred Douglas' poetic trope "the love that dare not speak it's name" was not just homosexuality, but the love of an older male for a younger. Wilde's wit and spirit, even when he's in the dock at trial, are inspiring and memorable in Finch's energetic portrayal.

DVD at http://www.amazon.com/Trials-Oscar-Wilde-Green-Carnation/dp/B005ETALKQ ” - Juicy_Kumquat
 
6.
Little Darlings (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Two fifteen year-old girls from different sides of the tracks compete to see who will be first to lose their virginity while at camp. (96 mins.)
“ From Ariel -

Starring Matt Dillon and Kristy McNichol

Remember when Matt Dillon was young, and jockey shorts were sexier than boxers? Remember when the coolest boy on television was "Buddy" on Family, played by Kristy McNichol? (Yes, Buddy was a girl, which just makes McNichol's portrayal that much more impressive--she was coolest boy on television nonetheless.) Little Darlings brings them together in a delightfully sleazy production documenting a bet between McNichol and co-star Tatum O'Neal over who will be the first to lose her virginity. (And the "loser," of course, wins.) It's impossible to imagine this movie being made under the repressive regime of the 90s--the scenes of McNichol and Dillon lustily smoking cigarettes would be enough to freak out moralists everywhere, long before Matt strips down to briefs in a little cabin in the woods.

DVD at http://cvmc.net/movie.jsp?movie_id=5138 ” - Juicy_Kumquat
 
7.
My Girl (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young girl, on the threshold of her teen years, finds her life turning upside down, when she is accompanied by an unlikely friend. (102 mins.)
Director: Howard Zieff
“ From Ariel -

Starring Macaulay Culkin

Oh, Macaulay, when did the rot set in? It's hard to forgive Culkin's sexless portrayal of Richie Rich, a travesty that's an insult to one of the most perversely titillating characters in all of comic book history. And there are signs of that in this film as well--do we really need a movie that features two young'uns diving into the swimmin' hole fully clothed? But there's a lot that's touching in Macaulay's role as a boy falling in love for the first time, loving and then losing. And it's fun to compare the purity and sweetness of his onscreen character--frozen forever in time--with media accounts of him just a few years later as the explosive adolescent product of an amusingly dysfunctional family.

DVD at http://www.amazon.com/My-Girl-1-Anna-Chlumsky/dp/B001BPVB5G ” - Juicy_Kumquat
 
8.
ChickenHawk (1994 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Members of the controversial group NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association) discuss why their... (55 mins.)
Director: Adi Sideman
“ From Ariel -

Directed by Adi Sideman

Your chance to view the film that sparked controversy wherever it was shown. Why did Newsday's reviewer call Chicken Hawk "frightening"? Simply because, given the chance to present a point of view clearly, speakers from the North American Man/Boy Love Association made too much sense. No endorsement of boy-lovers, Ari Sideman's film gives NAMBLA's opponents ample time and takes a few cheap shots in editing and presentation. But the chance to hear boy-lovers, unmediated by indignant talk-show hosts and know-it-all "experts," is valuable. Nothing hides the obvious pride, sincerity and decency of men who risk harassment, prison and even death because they refuse to hid their love of boys.

DVD at http://cvmc.net/movie.jsp?movie_id=3042 ” - Juicy_Kumquat