Some capsule reviews:
Andrew Guerrero wrote and directed ‘Come Int Your Own’ and he also stars in it as Lirim (kind of an odd name, but very close to my father’s name, which is Lirio) who has some kind of emotional awakening. After being in a relationship with a man for years, he finds himself attracted to a woman whose phone he finds on the street. The indie roots of the film show up a lot, but I found the story interesting, and quite relevant as it contributes to the notion that love is love, that we fall in love with the person, nto their gender or orientations.
Matt Sobel’s ‘Take Me To The River’ is very interesting. It’s sort of a psychological thriller of sorts. Logan Miller plays Ryder, a young man from California who goes into a family reunion with his parents in Nebraska. I guess Nebraska is the operative word here, as things spiral out of control shortly after they arrive. He wants to tell people he is gay, but his mom says it’s probably not a good idea. Then what happens next could have been solved by that declaration, but no, Sobel takes the film to unexpected places, and I could just watch in horror shouting at characters, saying no, don’t do that. It tackles class structures, and secrets that are open-ended. I read that this film fares better after a repeated viewing, and I may just do that.
3 Way Junction stars Tom Sturridge, whom I liked when I saw him appearing on Broadway last year, but then again I like young British lads all the time. He plays a London architect here who gets stuck in a Namibian desert. That happens because the character he plays acts petulant when he doesn’t get his way. I wish I could sympathize but I stopped caring halfway through. For most of the desert scenes, Sturridge wears a freshly-pressed linen short, and for most of the time, the shirt stays that way. So that alone loses points for me.