He Likes Guys


Wolfe Releasing sometimes offers compilations of gay short films. Some of those appear in the series She Likes Girls. Now Wolfe presents the next obvious step, He Likes Guys, with eight films from the years 2005 through 2008. Unlike many such collections, all of the films are in English.

This particular collection includes a couple of films that I found less than entertaining, and I omitted those from the following comments. However, it also includes some gems that make this DVD well worth ordering. 

Steam, 2008. This short-short from director Damien Rea relies on sexiness and a funny twist. It also provides a light-hearted introduction to an unpredictable collection.

Silver Road, 2007. Directed by Bill Taylor, this Canadian film involves two farm boys, played by Andrew Hachey and Jonathan Keltz. Both enjoyed their summer and will obviously miss each other. Their journey down a dark road reminds me of the creepy short film Bugcrush, from the Strand Releasing collection Boys Life 6. However, this film soon takes a much sadder turn and could easily grow into a longer feature.

Traces, 2008. One of the longer films, this story from director Rachel Zisser involves a seemingly strong relationship between a middle-aged man and his adult son. However, the son lies to keep most of his life hidden from his father, out of apparent fear. Tragedy arises from unspoken words, but unspoken words also infuse the final scenes with strength and compassion.

Just

Just, 2007. Part of a duet of films with Asian casts, this winner of the PlanetOut Short Movie Awards takes place in a bedroom, after a one-night stand. The discussion becomes surprisingly heavy as the two men discuss their views on monogamy and relationships. Both men seem completely honest with their feelings, but their faces reveal much more. David Maurice Gil directs.

Laundromat, 2007.  Another film involving gay Asian men, this touching story from director Edward Gunawan starts out funny as Lawrence argues playfully with his lover Joey. They have just moved in together, which accelerates their relationship’s growth in ways that sometimes cause friction. Bob, an older Asian man who seems to cruise the laundromat, interrupts their conversation. Joey gets annoyed, but this 13-minute feature manages some surprises that affect all three men. 

Seeing You In Circles, 2005. Director Sam McConnell brings experimental, non-linear story-telling to the collection’s longest film. I don’t like it as much as some of the others, but the strong performances and the slowly revealed secrets keep it interesting.

Waiting for Yvette


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He Likes Guys 

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