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Shortbus Opens In NYC

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People, I cannot urge this enough. Shortbus opened in New York City today and I urge every one of you out there to go and see it, asap! Even the few pin-headed, racist, sexually uptight, reactionary, fundamentalist Christian douche bags that might stumble across my blog. Maybe this film will open up a new world for you and you’ll realize that singing sodomites are a wonderful thing.
The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis wrote a wonderful review of the film, which you can find here. Yes, that’s the same Manohla with whom I apparently almost had a flame war a few months back. What can I say, on that film we disagreed, on this one, we are on the same page…no Foley pun intended.
That said, TV Guide’s review while positive, has the most baffling lead I’ve read in a long time, and I quote:

A darkly comic trifle that follows in the footsteps of such films as Catherine Breillat’s Romance (2000), [Vincent Gallo’s] The Brown Bunny (2003) and Michael Winterbottom‘s 9 Songs (2004) by incorporating hard-core sex into a nonpornographic narrative.

Uh, ok. Except that the only thing Shortbus really has in common with those three films is genitalia. And “darkly comic trifle?” What does that even mean?
Shortbus is being released by ThinkFilm in New York City as of today, October 4th and in Los Angeles & San Francisco on October 6th. Make it a point to support the film on opening weekend and remember, we all get it in the end!


Other posts about of Shortbus:
The Rabbi Report’s TIFF Review: Shortbus
Tom Hall’s Back Row Manifesto…TWHiii nails it once again: Toronto 2006 | Ideas And Liberation
The Rabbi Report:
Shortbus Party At Cannes – 1st Video Blog
2nd Shortbus Cannes Video – Shoo Bee Doo Bee Doo Wop!
3rd Shortbus Cannes Video – Ça Plane Pour Moi!
Final Shortbus Cannes Video – Wig In A Box


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TIFF Review: Shortbus

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The American Heritage dictionary defines pornography as: “Sexually explicit pictures, writing, or other material whose primary purpose is to cause sexual arousal” while Dictionary.com says it is “obscene writings, drawings, photographs, or the like, esp. those having little or no artistic merit.” Using those definitions, know this: despite what you might have heard or read, John Cameron Mitchell‘s brilliant new film Shortbus is most decidedly not pornographic. As Tom Lehrer wrote in his genius pro-porn tune, “Smut”: “To be smut it has to be ut-terly without redeeming social importence.” Mitchell’s film is beautiful, sexy, smart, sensitive, loving, incisive, relevant and a whole host of other adjectives, all of which fall squarly under the rubric of socially important.

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