I saw several of these shorts at a film festival and hoped I'd eventually find them on iTunes or one of these comps, but in watching the entire collection, I'm now more of a fan of the ones I hadn't yet seen!
AFTER - 7/10 - Not gonna lie, if the object of the three guys affection was a little hunkier, I'd have maybe made this an 8/10, but I can totally identify with crushing on str8 jocks in school and I enjoyed this one more for not being so melodramatic at the end.
BEDFELLOWS - 10/10 - This one was such a knockout in terms of its visuals and its acting. I think its the first time I've ever cried watching a short film and yet by the end, I was grinning ear to ear. The soundtrack also really swept me along as a rather hypnotic dream sequence unfolded in a gorgeous way. Excellent, excellent stuff.
CURIOUS THING - 6/10 - I remembered this one a bit different from when I saw it first. I liked it again but the emotional reaction I had to it wasn't there this time, maybe because I had just watched After which is rather similar. A good film but it went by pretty quick.
GAYBY - 9/10 - Had seen this one and it holds up on 2nd viewing. The one film with a legit female character, and she really serves it in a great comedic performance, while her hot male counterpart is pretty funny too. The scene on the roof was very meloncholy and it was a great touch after making us laugh so much during the bedroom scene.
GAYSHARKTANK.COM - 7/10 - Another film that I remembered differently that maybe didn't feel the same on 2nd view. Really funny at times, but for whatever reason I felt there were moments where it dragged (no pun intened). Highlights were wife looking for her husband on the site and the trans hooker who offered 'parties!'
MY NAME IS LOVE - 6/10 - The one film I'd have maybe skipped. I guess I can understand if people like this kind of film but felt a bit too slow, the only one over 20 minutes. Also have to say that trying to make one of the characters' major indiscretions seem pitiable turned me off, plus the film just sort of ends in an odd place. Take it or leave it.
MOUSE'S BIRTHDAY - 7/10 - I watched this one twice just because it went by so quickly. Avant-garde stuff in queer films is always a welcome thing for me, it's where queer films started, and this is the queerest of the films on the DVD. Intriguing visual style, and it's better than the standard mindless gay comedies for sure.
STEAM - 8/10 - This is maybe the one film in the collection that seems groundbreaking, but yet its flawed as well. It is political, it is philosophical, and yet its sexy as well. The ending came out of nowhere and yet I was wondering what the director meant by it (is he/she straight??). But the fact that it makes me think about it after I watched it means the director came up with something weightier than a standard gay short, and we need more of those vs. the same.