College boy "Doc" is obsessed with a well-known NYC go-go dancer, nicknamed "Go." He befriends his hunky crush under the ruse of shooting a movie about what it's like to live in his skin. Camera in hand, he follows his subject across the city - into bars, onto rooftops, over dance floors and, ultimately, into his bedroom - but as they grow closer, flirtation blurs the line between subject and filmmaker until a steamy night together solidifies deeper feelings. Cory Kruekeberg's explicit directorial debut explores the thrill and danger of getting exactly what you wish for.Written by
In the scene where Doc first visits Go's home, he films the objects around the house. In Go's bedroom, the camera shows a collection of clutter in which an envelope with "Matt Camp" written on it. Matthew Camp is the actor playing Go See more »
Doc's laptop reveals that it's 2:42 AM when he's on Facebook, while the scene clearly shows it's the afternoon. See more »
I'm a huge Elvis fan.
[gazing at his Elvis bedcover]
So you sleep with him every night.
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The Horses Are Stuck
Written by Jordan Klassen & Jonathan Anderson (ascap/socan)
Performed by Jordan Klassen
Published by Endearing (socan)
Courtesy of Nevado Records See more »
A very painful film...suffers from indie problems
There are too many sequences of this film that drag on past the narrative point of including them. In particular the final near silent montage of kissing delays the climax far too much. The pace of the story is killed as a result. Further, several of the montages of Go border on the hypocritical given the rest of the film's commitment to discuss the rampant objectification of people in the gay community. The film is 20 minutes too long as a result. Likewise, there is a amateurish quality to the performances that prevent a more polished film. Camp and Cohen have good chemistry but they are not great actors. Camp, especially, doesn't seem to understand what subtext is. The docudrama construction feels like a vain attempt too hide this. The film is largely experimental in its filming (They shot at Camp's actual apartment for example) and this can be rather off putting at times.
With that being said the film is quite good. The story is a painful, and a painfully accurate exploration of several major tensions present within the gay community. The notions of too much sex, the cost-benefits assimilation, how to be gay, the various "tribes" of gay men and fickle nature of the male gaze all get a hearing in the film. I related to much of it but I can't say I found it much more than hey this problem exist. A lot of it is left unresolved. That is probably a realistic viewpoint but it adds to the indie vibe of the film.
The film is quite forward in its depiction of homoeroticism. I found the sex scenes very naturalistic. I am not sure if I have seen gay sex depicted as realistic as I have seen here. The film does provide a nice counterpoint to the heteronormative depictions of the male form one usually finds.
I am glad I own this but it is a challenging film to watch.
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