Guest House Films // 2012 // 93 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Brett Cullum // July 19th, 2012
Time to put on some blue short shorts.
Black Briefs was a collection of short dark gay films looking at the scary and shocking, and now Blue Briefs explores melancholy and sadder territory through another half dozen vignettes. It seems to all be about the pain of relationships interfering with friendships and how gay guys process all of that. Some handle it all more successfully than others, but you can rest assured their stories will be told in a stylishly unflinching way. What's nice about these six films is they all wear their heart on their sleeve.
Included in the collection are festival winners such as...
"REQUITED" -- Nicholas can't get over the longing for his best friend, even as he marries a woman. (20 minutes)
"BOYS LIKE YOU" -- A young photographer struggles with the boundaries of his roommate who seems hellbent on seducing him and a girl simultaneously. (12 minutes)
"WE ONCE WERE TIDE" -- Anthony and Kyle spend one last night together, before Anthony has to leave to look after a terminally ill mother. (18 minutes)
"REVOLUTION" -- An Iranian boy living in 1989 Los Angeles has to figure out how to deal with his traditional parents and their expectations of him. (16 minutes)
"THE IN-BETWEEN" -- Jared longs for monogamy, but is unable to find it. It's a meditation on how faithful men can truly be. (10 minutes)
"FROZEN ROADS" -- Three friends living in rural Canada come face-to-face with what it means to redefine their relationship. (17 minutes)
Blue Briefs is a satisfying hour and a half of shorts you normally would not see outside of a film festival. The films are emotional and powerful, all dealing with longing and loss. They work because they feel honest and raw in the way only independent short features can. All six are well-written, and the acting is always on point with the material.
Though the DVD from Guest House Films is a bare bones affair, the standard definition 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfers are all equally good. Audio is a simple Dolby 2.0 Stereo track with no need for anything more expansive, since most of the films are about quiet dialogue and soft music.
If you are looking for short shots of melancholy and sadness, Blue Briefs delivers the goods in a very attractive package.
Guilty of keeping the sadness short and sweet.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Guest House Films
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 93 Minutes
Release Year: 2012
MPAA Rating: Not Rated