4/04/2007

Shortbus...

I admit, when I add films to my Netflix queue, I don't always read up on what the movie is about. If it's won a few awards or looks like it might be a bit subversive, that can be enough for me. Yesterday, I received the movie "Shortbus". It wasn't what I was expecting.

For some reason, I thought this was going to be some off-color biopic about Sammy Sosa (Frank will understand this). Imagine my shock when, in one of the first scenes, there is a guy contorting himself trying give himself a blowjob (I won't give away whether he's successful). The movie continues from there with many scenes of gay sex (anal and oral), straight sex, orgies, masturbation, and domination.

It was very odd to see a film with so much graphic sex (which included penetration) that wasn't a porno. There was an actual story with some depth to it. I'm not sure if I liked the movie all that much, but I definitely applaud the filmmakers and actors for their courage to try something new.

11 comments:

Princess Extraordinaire said...

It's an interesting perspective on riding the bus.....

Flannery Alden said...

Why was it called Shortbus? Is that some kind of position I've not heard of yet?

Teri said...

wow, you'll watch anything.

vikkitikkitavi said...

I really liked the movie, and I liked the role that the sex played in the story. It was such a giant step forward in the way sex is portrayed on screen, I'm surprised it wasn't banned or something.

GETkristiLOVE said...

If I'm riding the bus, I don't want it to be short at all.

Chris said...

Princess- Believe me, there was plenty of riding.

Flann- Shortbus was the name of the sex club the characters hung out at.

Teri- Pretty much. I have zero interest in watching snuff films, though.

Vikki- I guess generally I liked it. The performances were quite good.

GKL- You probably like those really long buses with the flexible gasket thingy in the middle, right?

The Boob Lady said...

I tend to try to give myself blowjobs on the bus too. Never happens.

Dale said...

I haven't watched it yet but it's sitting there giving itself blowjobs while it waits for me to get to it.

Did you see Hedwig & The Angry Inch? Same filmmaker. The Asian actress playing the lead works for our big public broadcaster here, CBC, and they gave her time off to make the film. Very nice of them (and me with my tax dollars).

CATHERINETTE SINGLETON said...

Must immediately add it to my netflix queue.

genn6 said...

I think naming the film "Shortbus" is underminig what it's supposed to be about???

Variant E said...

I read that the significance of this film, other than it actually had explicit sex AND a plot was that the actual actors that starred in it actually had sex in the movie...no doubles, no simulations. (did I actually use the word actual that many times?!)