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SXSW - Muldoon seeks out THE LOST COAST!

Hey folks, Harry here... This is our badass intern, Muldoon, with a look at THE LOST COAST. He's running a completely separate schedule than I am - But that's great - as we're seeing different things. Here's his views on THE LOST COAST...

Hey Guys, Today was just as insane as any at SXSW and I was able to get into two films and sit in on a few panels. The "Script to Screen" panel was great and I can't wait until tomorrow where it looks like I will be camping out at all day the convention center where all of the discussions are. I don't typically go into festivals with serious plans on what I "need to catch" or what the "buzz" is all about (since those films typically come out in theaters a few months later), so I tend to go into a theater knowing absolutely nothing about whatever is going to be presented. With that said, THE LOST COAST was one of these random "know nothing" shots that I just ended up seeing. The movie follows a twenty something year old, Jasper, and his friends out on Halloween night looking to score some drugs and have a good time after not seeing each other in a while. That may sound like a cliche that's been played out over and over, but it is by far one of the most unique films I've seen in a long time. Jasper is about to get married to his fiance, Wendy, and visits with his best two friends from high school, Mark and Lily. Mark just happens to be gay and not too much is really played upon with that in the beginning, but soon you start to realize there's something odd with the relationship these three old friends have. Something's not right and questions start to pop up at the right time to constantly keep you tuned into what's going down. Apparently, the two guys had some sort of "thing" going on during high school which never quite got resolved. Had I known this was the story, I wouldn't have gone in to see it, I would have gone to see something with more explosions or more violence. That's the good thing about a fest that's programmed like this one, you can check out a film you would never have once thought to check out and to be completely frank, the weirdness of the man-love really did fall off. I'm not all that liberal at all and yet this movie had something to it that made it not about who is gay and who isn't and that was something that I dug. It'd be easy to imagine the film with the Mark character taken out and replaced by a female. Aside from THE LOST COAST, the only gay themed movie I have ever seen was BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, so I really don't know too much about the subject or how other filmmakers might have approached the material. Fleming clearly has a talented eye and manipulates the camera very intelligently. The landscapes and exteriors are beautiful and the acting is pretty damn good. I know it looks like I fell in love with the flick, but I didn't. It's not flawless (which very few films are), but it's worth checking out if you are at all interested in that type of stuff. I'm curious to see how the movie is perceived by homosexuals, since I'm assuming it's geared heavily towards them. I could be totally wrong about that, but either way it's worth checking out if you get the chance. -Muldoon
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  • March 9, 2008, 4:12 a.m. CST

    FIRST!

    by Chanoc

    HOLY COW!!! I GOT FIRST!

  • March 9, 2008, 5:28 a.m. CST

    Fuck You Uwe Boll

    by DamnMichaelBay

    Fuck You Uwe Boll

  • March 9, 2008, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Why can't I quit you...?

    by superduper3000

    Because quitting is hard! It's about time that Hollywood got around to their gay-themes again! You'd have thought after Brokeback there'd be a flood of them! Oh well... we'll be done with homosexuals soon enough, then it's back onto crack-whores and pimps. <BR> <BR> Pimps! <BR> <BR> Marley! <BR> <BR> http://tinyurl.com/3apz6p

  • March 9, 2008, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Is this anything to do with Half Life 2

    by newc0253

    because that would actually make me care.

  • March 9, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Damn I thought it was about Half-Life 2 too

    by Ray Gamma

    That would've been great. But this movie sounds interesting anyway. </P> <P> Maybe they could re-edit it to include some Combine soldiers getting thrown around by a Gravigay Gun.

  • March 9, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Gay-themed movies should have more explosions! And robots!

    by MrMysteryGuest

    With that Jerry Bruckheimer music too! And more robots!

  • March 9, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST

    is there any pudding eating in this?

    by trollkiller91

    If not then it's not really a gay movie.

  • March 9, 2008, 3:33 p.m. CST

    ZZZZZZ

    by skywalkerfamily

    Is this the South by Southwest site or Aint it Cool?

  • March 9, 2008, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Gods and Monsters

    by enoodle123

    is a pretty cool geeky gay-themed movie. Just throwin it out there for those that haven't seen it. worth a rental.

  • March 9, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST

    The Lost Gay Coast

    by skywalkerfamily

    Starring Catherine Bell.

  • March 9, 2008, 9:26 p.m. CST

    put me on the half life list

    by postalpez

    same as avatar being about an air bender. just a bad name.