Vanilla/A Little Comfort
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- "The Making of Vanilla" featurette
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Top Customer Reviews
'VANILLA' is anything but vanilla, if the term refers to the dichotomies between vanilla and kinky in the usual sense. A young lad Jeff (Ryan A. Allen) is a highschool photographer who happens upon the kneeling suicide victim body of a beefy serial killer in the Bay Area. Questioned by the police and his father, he becomes obsessed with the string of murders linked to sexual encounters with young men, and his curiosity contributes to an art project as well as his own drive to experience how the murders took place. Just how far his curiosity leads him is the fairly dramatic conclusion to this short film. The acting is pretty 'basic' cum weak, and the acting out of the trysts is heavy, but Graham does use his story as a romance with the camera: the film is appropriately shot in both black and white and color with the uses of each more important than they first appear.
'A LITTLE COMFORT' ('Just un pea de recon fort...') is a brief 36 minute French film by director Armand Lamellose that employs better actors and better cinematography, and actually a better story. Arnaud (Arthur Moncla) is a young teenager coping with his attraction to the popular hunk Guillaume (Remi Bresson) who has a steady girlfriend. Arnaud imitates his idol trying cigarettes, alcohol and sex, finds a girlfriend, but when both girls leave their beaus, Guillaume (whose mother is dying and who has no family) seeks refuge with Arnaud, whose mother is more than happy to have Arnaud's 'best friend' stay with them rather than in a foster home.Read more ›
(FIVE STARS for "......Comfort" / TWO STARS for "Vanilla")
Don't waste your time on the "Vanilla" portion of this DVD.......unless you're into the weird and surreal. The director presumably is projecting a "message" in this work, but this viewer is not at all sure it's worth discovering. (2-Stars awarded for filming technique and not-the-world's-worst acting levels).
On the other hand, for all you romantics out there, take comfort in the great little second feature on this disc. It's one that can make us all feel young again (oh, gosh, do we really want that?).
Poor little Arnaud, he's a real sweetie. He pretty much knows, sexually, who he is and what he wants, but it's the desire for the who-he-wants that's giving him problems. And, unfortunately for his peace of mind, the "hotness" of that desire manifests itself.....even during sleep (though Mom is very sympathetic at a time like that, does she actually realize the problem's cause........hmm, perhaps more than we know).
Arnaud, of course, must make one of life's first mistakes, one which so many of us make: choosing the wrong object of desire, the wrong person to fixate on. And, here, this reviewer's interpretation of Guillaume's role in Arnaud's life is at polar opposites from the opinion expressed by another viewer/writer on this site. In my eyes, G. is the epitomy of the "mixed-up kid" (and, perhaps with good reason, considering his family/home situation). He's a tease, concerned primarily with his own gratification, and, in the end, is someone who can relate to our sweet little hero only if pretense is involved (the nature of that pretense you'll easily discover with your own eyes.....er.....uh.....I mean, ears).Read more ›
Being that I was a silent character who only had the opportunity to work ONE day on the set of the film, and my scenes are imagery based and I was the GOGODANCER, I can say that there was a lot more going on in this film than I even knew until I actually was allowed to view the final piece for the opening night in San Francisco.
I never read the script for I was directed to conduct my own choreography for my role, since at the time I had been gogodancing in San Francisco for real. BUT to see what the finished product was compared to the 12 hours on set, I was blown away.
There is many aspects to filming and a film that one cannot truly discuss about Vanilla if compared to the other indie film it was paired with for DVD. It's unfair to even try.
AND out of fairness to the film that I participated in, and upon acquiring my own copy of this film, I HAVE never seen the other film 'A Little Comfort' and I have no desire to. It brings me no interest, despite if it has good reviews or not. I don't think this movie should have be lumped in with Vanilla. TLA should have just given Joseph Graham his own packaging, and the other one as well.
Neither of these films had anything to do with one another. It's a shame too, because Joseph Graham is an EXTREMELY talented gay director.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wouldn’t say that Vanilla is the worst gay film I’ve seen last years, but it isn’t far from it. The problem stays mainly with the actual filming of the flick. Read morePublished 27 days ago by laercio larapha@gmail com
Love in all it's permutations and variations...."It is what it is". So a famous actor said about his role in a recent movie on this theme.Published on July 16, 2013 by Rodney M. Brown
from underwear fetish to excellent music, this short film has something to get everyone off! I don't even care that Vanilla was a bore, a little comfort is a turn-on.Published on August 17, 2012 by as nails
Vanilla is the worst movie i have ever seen.
A Little Comfort is good one but short with an od ending but worth getting.