So...as part of the International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival going on throughout October in Pittsburgh, a couple of friends and I went to see the premiere of "Shortbus" by John Cameron Mitchell, the creator and star of the drag hit "Hedwig and the Angry Inch".
I personally thought the movie was fucking brilliant. My take on the premise was one of a fear of intimacy and its varied manifestations, as personified by the characters.
The controversy underlying the film is that it may be miscontrued as pornography. Granted, there are many blatantly sexual scenes in the film, but never did this sheltered, smalltown queer think of it as such. The story is so poignant and familiar that the sex and real-life orgasms that are occurring before your eyes just blend in with the story.
The movie is captivating, moving and identifiable to pretty much anyone. If you haven't seen this film, you owe it to yourself to go.
One review I read recently talked of the film's potential to redefine audience expectations for films with a similar theme.
So, what are you waiting for ?! GO! Now! Quickly!