Boys Life 2 | Chicago Reader

Boys Life 2

Of the four shorts in this collection, the least issue-oriented happens to be the best. Must Be the Music (1996), written and directed by Nickolas Perry, dramatizes a night out at a club where underage designated driver Jason (Milo Ventimiglia) sees the boy of his dreams across the dance floor; powerful close-ups and compelling long takes do as much to anchor us inside Jason's character as his voice-over monologues. Nunzio's Second Cousin (1994) is a striking hyperbolic parable in which a man (Vincent D'Onofrio) tries to give the benefit of his painful experience to a violent teenager (Miles Perlich). This unpredictable story written and directed by Tom DeCerchio works because, like Perlich, we never know what D'Onofrio's going to do next. Mark Christopher's sober Alkali, Iowa (1995) and Peggy Rajski's near musical comedy Trevor (1994) come from opposite ends of the stylistic spectrum to convey the evolving self-acceptance of their main characters—gay males in families and communities that are motivated by hostility and denial.

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