Marc Huestis edits interviews with 15 men, including himself, around a set of topics starting with "what is sex?" The men are gay, living in or near San Francisco. They talk about their ...
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Marc Huestis edits interviews with 15 men, including himself, around a set of topics starting with "what is sex?" The men are gay, living in or near San Francisco. They talk about their first sexual experiences, the gay scene in San Francisco in the late 1970s, the pall cast by AIDS, the safe-sex movement, getting into serious relationships, the illness and death of partners, pornography, S/M and pain, race and stereotypes, personal fantasies, and bliss. Huestis has a thesis, that sex is going to be with us, so how best do we embrace it? His 15 subjects, archival footage, clips from porn films, and close-up looks at men loving men flesh out various answers.Written by
Annoying and amateurish. A bunch of randomly selected (?) gay men spew (with a couple of exceptions) mostly un-insightful observations about their sex lives. The attitudes are mostly homogenous and add little to a dialogue re: gay male sexuality, unless one finds the experience of listening to a bunch of guys go on...and on...and on....and on...about their experiences terribly entertaining. What's lacking is a variety of attitudes and a sense of dimensionality to the range of experiences presented here. For the most part the words could have come out of the mouth of one person and the viewer wouldn't notice anything missing. The usual tired avenues...S/M, cruising, hustling, etc. etc. etc. are re-hashed for the non-edification of the viewer. The strongest reaction it got out of me was a desire to throw my shoe at the screen. Sex Is? So What? Tell me something I don't know or don't realize!!! Isn't that the point of a "documentary"!?!?!?
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