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Shiner (2004)

Unrated | | Drama | 5 June 2004 (USA)
Raising the subtext of "Fight Club'' into text, "Shiner'' depicts a pair of amateur boxers gratified by punching each others' lights out. Theirs is among a trio of twisted love stories in ... See full summary »

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Tony (as Scott Stepp)
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Bob
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Tim
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Raising the subtext of "Fight Club'' into text, "Shiner'' depicts a pair of amateur boxers gratified by punching each others' lights out. Theirs is among a trio of twisted love stories in the narrative feature by 29-year-old Los Angeles director Christian Calson. There's also a woman literally fighting her male lover's affections and another boxer who stalks his own shy male stalker. "Shiner'' transcends sadomasochism in that no one seems aware of what he or she is doing. "I'm trying to look at desire head on,'' the soft-spoken Calson said by telephone. "('Shiner') is about the politics of wanting and being wanted and how people respond differently.'' Rife with ugly behavior, "Shiner'' rejects the trend of queer filmmakers seeking straight understanding. "In L.A., we have this kind of sadness we carry around, that the only way we can make gay stories is by making more like 'Will and Grace,' '' Calson said. Like the activist-filmmakers tackling the marriage issue, Calson went into "... Written by Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle

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Many of the blurry, unfocused moments in the film, as well as "problems" with angles and sounds, were done intentionally. See more »

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Tim: Gosh, Bob, doesn't it gross you out or piss you off that you're such a fucking desperate freak?
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Rather Erotic and Funny
26 September 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I quite enjoyed it. I came by the screener doing some volunteer work for a film festival and then saw it again on amazon. I was curious what all the fuss was about.

I have to say it was quite funny and very erotic in some parts. I can see why there are such strong feelings about the film. The picture is stark and the soundtrack is fine. The dialog script comes as a surprise at times. The film dares to mix a rather morbid story with some childish jokes. The surprise is that it all works nicely.

David Zelina and Nicholas T. King deliver a real punch with their roles. Forgive the pun.


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