Thursday, July 09, 2009

Humpday Doesn't Just Mean Wednesday Anymore

This weekend is gay gay gay what with Brüno opening wide (finally -- doesn't it seem like that should've opened for the holiday weekend? Or earlier? Too much hype) and the most interesting limited release being Humpday starring Joshua Leonard (The Blair Witch Project) and Mark Duplass (Hannah Takes The Stairs) as straight best friends who decide to get it on (together) for the camera.

Here's my Towleroad article on this weekend's movies. Comment there if you feel so moved.

So as not to bog down that article in festival minutiae, I neglected to mention that Duplass, the lead actor who has been making a name for himself headlining these micro indries was also in a tiny film I saw at Nashville called True Adolescents (see previous post) That film was also about a straight guy dealing with identity crises and gay stuff. What an odd twofer. Duplass is talented but that's a tiny niche he's developing there. MTV has a little piece on Leonard, who jokes
I started researching porn on the Internet about ten, twelve years ago, because I knew I would use it for something
He feels they lucked out with the timing on Humpday since it's emerging while there is lots of discussion about bromance, gender roles and gay/straight friendships. Has anyone here read that weirdly stereotypical gay/straight New York Times piece that was about... wait for it... stereotypes coming down?


Ben said...

I did read that NYT piece... Interesting, and a lot I related to, but yeah, oddly narrow-minded on the most basic stereotypes of gays and straights.

Brian Darr said...

Have you seen the films Duplass co-directed? the Puffy Chair and Baghead are among the best lo-fi cinema has to offer these days.

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gabrieloak said...

I thought the movie was funny in parts but the end of the film was a big disappointment. Also I felt I was in someone's closet for most of the film, the cinematography was so claustrophobic. After leaving the film, I asked my friend if she had seen Old Joy, which I thought was a much better film about straight male friendship directed by a woman.