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Eating Out (2004)
Makes Trick look like Citizen Kane
Horrible writing, incompetent camera-work, terrible acting, non existent direction. But it's got full frontal male nudity, so what does anything else matter, right? When is gay themed cinema going to be held to the same standards of mainstream film? Why is everything else left to trickle down the drain as long as we have cute boys running around naked and stereotypes abounding by the dozens. This one had everything but a drag queen, and my guess is it was left on the cutting room floor, where the whole rest of this dreck should have gone. And the audience ate it up. Sometimes, I think we get what we deserve.
Memo to the lazy DP- try switching lenses every once in a while. Half the movie looked like it was shot with a surveillance-cam.
Chutney Popcorn (1999)
Yikes! What a disaster.
I cannot believe the few good notices this film has received. It is by far one of the worst things I've seen in a while, and I sat through Trick!
Nisha Ganatra has fashioned a film so utterly devoid of any charm, personality or warmth that it is impossible to feel anything for the plight of her characters. Not only that, but their sheer unpleasantness and bloated sense of entitlement makes you hope things turn out much worse.
Madhur Jaffrey embarrassess herself by putting on what can only be described as The Bollywood epitome of an Amos & Andy character. And in the middle of all this mess is a maternity waiting room scene so ridiculous and inexplicable, it defies explanation.
Through it all, Ganatra sleep-walks through the film playing the lead character, Reena, as though she'd taken a handful of dolls during pre-production and they never quite wore off. In one badly photographed scene, she stands like a deer caught in the headlights until she finally "snaps out of it" and moves on to the next shot.
It's a mystery why gay and lesbian audiences will accept drivel like this and act as though they'd been given a supreme gift.
Ganatra needs to pick one thing (writing, directing or acting) and do it badly. All three is just too painful to have to sit through.
Skip the vanity New York City release. It's already played on cable, anyway.