DEKKOO DISPATCH 054 – ‘BULLY’

Title – ‘Bully

Director – Larry Clark

Starring – Brad Renfro, Nick Stahl, Bijou Phillips, Michael Pitt

Release Date – 2001

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Oh Larry Clark. What a strange and unusual artist. In the late 90s his name was synonymous with the new wave of transgressive cinema coming out of Sundance from the likes of Gregg Araki and Bruce LaBruce. His subject matter is primarily troubled youth coping with the boring, sad world around them – usually through drugs and sex. On Dekkoo we’ve made one of Clark’s classic films – ‘Bully‘ available for your voyeuristic pleasure.

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Still from ‘Tulsa’

Before I tackle ‘Bully’ today I want to talk a bit more about Larry Clark. The preface of his now legendary first book of photography ‘Tulsa’ reveals a lot about Larry:

i was born in tulsa oklahoma in 1943. when i was sixteen i started shooting amphetamine. i shot with my friends everyday for three years and then left town but i’ve gone back through the years. once the needle goes in it never comes out. L.C.

We’re clearly dealing with an artist who spent a great deal of time living in a world that he know he’ll never actually escape from so he instead decided to explore his own world deeper through photography and expose it to the world. ‘Tulsa’ caused a big stir when it came out in 1971. Many viewers were shocked by the world contained within – a world of junkies, teenage sex, and violence. Obviously people responded to the work (Gus Van Sant & Martin Scorsese have cited ‘Tulsa’ as an influence on their work) and he was able to follow up ‘Tulsa’ with ‘Teenage Lust’ in 1983 – building on his world of drugs and isolation.

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A young Harmony Korine

In 1993 Larry Clark saw a young Harmony Korine skating with his friends in Washington Square Park, took a few photos, and then after finding out he was an aspiring filmmaker asked him to write a script about skaters and include a plotline about AIDS. Harmony was thrilled and eagerly wrote the script ‘Kids’ which then premiered in 1995 at the Cannes Film Festival. Chronicling the life of a group of NYC wayward youth, one of whom was unknowingly infecting girls with HIV generated massive controversy just like ‘Tulsa’. Due to it’s NC-17 rating it didn’t earn much money at the box office, but it certainly cemented the careers of both Harmony (who went on to direct ‘Gummo’ and ‘Mister Lonely’) and Larry Clark. After ‘Kids’ Larry Clark directed three movies in a span of nine months! Those films turned out to become ‘Bully’, ‘Ken Park’ (still unreleased in the U.S. to this day!), and ‘Teenage Caveman’ (a silly movie that’s worth watching if you’re into B-grade schlock).

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Nick Stahl and Brad Renfro in ‘Bully’

Bully‘ takes place in Hollywood. Hollywood, Florida that is. There’s definitely no glitz and glam here. Take it from me. I’ve been there. Many times. Don’t go there. Buttt it’s the perfect setting for a Larry Clark movie. It’s full of disaffected youth dying to escape the heat and move to the real Hollywood to make it big. ‘Bully‘ starts out innocently enough with horny teenagers just trying to get laid. But soon we come to realize that we’re witnessing a microcosm of sexual and interpersonal dependency between the main characters of Bobby and Marty. Bobby constantly has Marty in an iron grip of dominance that Marty simply can’t escape from. He might even like it a bit. But eventually the abuse becomes too much and Marty’s girlfriend convinces him that the only way the abuse will end is if they kill Bobby.

Wow – what a crazy-ass movie. I remember watching this in high school and enjoying it, but I definitely did not pick up on how freaking homo this film was. And hot. Bobby is basically Marty’s pimp. He makes him have gay sex over the phone for cash AND forces him on stage to strip at a gay bar. Also there’s a fantastic scene where Bobby literally accuses Marty of being gay, “Don’t lie to me boy I know you like dick”. Messages are mixed in the film as to whether or not they’re actually gay (for other guys. I mean Marty does have an Eminem poster in his bedroom…), but I do think they’re at least gay for each other.

The film is loosely based on a real crime that took place in 1993 – the murder of Bobby Kent by a group of kids hereafter known as The Broward County Seven. Comprising the ‘seven’ are a number of awesome cameos. Most surprising was the fantastic performance by Daniel Franzese (‘Mean Girls’) as a fat drug-taking Mortal Kombat addicted teenager (FATALITY!!). It’s also great to see Michael Pitt (pre-‘Hedwig’) as a complete brain-dead drug addict who can’t make any decisions in life without a tab of acid taking the wheel.

This film is totally bizarre, hot, ridiculous, and disturbing which really adds up to fun-ass time. Watch it tonight!

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Watch it with: Your trouble-making friends.

Mix it with: The traditional bad-ass high school dropout drink: Jack & Coke

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DEKKOO DISPATCH 048 – ‘THE RULES OF ATTRACTION’

Title – ‘The Rules of Attraction

Director – Roger Avary

Starring – James Van Der Beek, Ian Somerhalder, Shannyn Sossamon, Jessica Biel, Kip Pardue

Release Date – 2002

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On Dekkoo we’re turning our gaze to the glorious year 2002 with ‘The Rules of Attraction‘. While Ben Affleck was soaking up his Sexiest Man of the Year award from People Magazine there was another kind of sexy happening in cinemas. One involving James van der Beek from the legendary ‘Dawson’s Creek’ in an on-screen gay kiss with the smoking hot Ian Somerhalder. The film based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis (who also wrote ‘American Psycho’ and ‘Less Than Zero’ – both of which were also made into movies) follows the lives of 3 students as they make their way through the sexual angst of college.

Unlike ‘American Psycho’ and ‘Less Than Zero’, Roger Avary’s adaptation of the book actually tries to follow Ellis’ crazy narrative structures and wildly explicit views of sex and drugs. The film’s use of slow-mo, reverse motion, split-screen, and intense montage all call to mind the frenetic energy of Ellis’ visionary 1987 novel. The movie focuses on three main characters:

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Paul Denton – The gay one. The defiantly gay one I should say. Paul’s attitude towards his queerness is refreshing even to this day. He’s confident in being himself completely even if it ends in being shoved or spit on by a guy he makes a move on. Paul’s love interest in this movie is Sean Bateman who’s in love with Lauren Hynde. Oh did I not mention this was a love triangle movie?? Ah my bad. Yeah it’s a love triangle movie. Paul falls head over heels for Paul’s rugged looks, his ‘slutty’ attitude, and his devil-may-cry attitude towards almost everyone. Personally I think Paul (played by Ian Somerhalder) is the hottest character in the film. He’s constantly wearing the tightest outfits and has permanent pouty-lip syndrome. The shirtless dance scene with his friend ‘Dick’ is easily one of the highlights of the film and worth the price of admission!

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Sean Bateman – Enter the psychotic (or is he just a troubled genius?) straight character of the film. Funnily enough Sean is supposed to be Patrick Bateman’s (‘American Psycho’) little brother so it all makes sense why he’s a little unhinged. Sean’s religious views consist of sex, drugs, and more sex. Honestly he’s probably a dream boyfriend for a lot of people. Sean starts getting mysterious love letters from someone just around the time he first runs into Lauren Hynde. The two circumstances align in such a way that trigger a burst of longing and perhaps even love which he chases throughout the film. Oh and there’s a plot line involving him having to pay his drug supplier that honestly I could’ve done without. But c’est la vie!

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Lauren Hynde – Ok so Lauren is basically the sweeter version of Daria if Daria did cocaine. Lauren is probably the most grounded character of the film. She’s very much a good girl when it comes to sex, even going so far as to study venereal disease textbooks before parties to discourage hooking up. Perhaps that’s what makes the connection between Sean and Lauren so intense. Her desire to hook up with someone who has so much sex and tame him and his desire to settle down with someone so virginal.

Besides those three adorable human beings you can also look forward to:
-Early career cameos by Jay Baruchel & Kate Bosworth.
-An appearance by the legendary musician Paul Williams as a crazy doctor.
-Legendary actresses Faye Dunaway & Swoosie Kurtz in a hilariously awkward dinner scene.
-Jessica Biel!

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Watch it with: Two friends that you’re in a love triangle with

Mix it with: Beer and cocaine

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DEKKOO DISPATCH 016 – ‘G O’CLOCK’ AND ‘QUEER AS FOLK’

Title – ‘Queer As Folk

Director – Sarah Harding, Charles McDougall, Menhaj Huda

Starring – Aiden Gillen, Craig Kelly, Charlie Hunnam, Denise Black

Release Date – February 23, 1999

Title – ‘G O’Clock

Director – Mitchell Marion

Starring – Phillip Weddell, Leon Lopez, Seth Papworth, Damien Hughes

Release Date – March 16, 2016

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Happy hump day everyone! Hope your weeks have all been going swimmingly. Speaking of swimming, the focus of this week’s dispatch involves a quick paddle across the Atlantic to Britain where you’ll find two groups of guys partying hard!

First up is the classic original series of ‘Queer As Folk‘. The hit Showtime series here in the U.S. featuring Gale Harold, Randy Harrison, and Hal Sparks was actually a remake of a Russell T. Davies (who later went on to helm the revival of ‘Doctor Who’ and the gay series ‘Cucumber’ and ‘Banana’) series on Channel 4 in the U.K.. If anyone here is unfamiliar with the basic plot I’ll fill you in: The show follows Stuart, a rich advertising executive that parties extremely hard and manages to sleep with whoever he wants, his
best friend Vince, a nerdy type that has a bit more difficulty finding a man, and then there’s 15-year-old Nathan, the catalyst for the series who falls in love with Stuart. Also of note here is that Nathan is played by Charlie Hunnam who went from twink to hunk and has been in tons of stuff like ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and ‘Pacific Rim’.

It’s interesting to note the differences and similarities between the original and the remake. The cities are fairly similar. It’s Manchester in the U.K. which has a vaguely similar suburban feel to Pittsburgh in the U.S. remake. The main three characters are still in the remake, but with different names. Stuart is Brian, Vince is Michael, and Nathan is now Justin. Also of note is the age of Nathan which in the U.K. series was 15 and in the U.S. series was 17. We’re just not as mature as people in the U.K. I suppose…

I highly recommend checking out the whole series. It packs just as much of an emotional wallop as the American series and still has a ton of sex, drugs, and parties just like its cousin.

This segues just perfectly into our featured short of the week which is ‘G O’Clock‘. I got to see this film twice on the big screen and it’s definitely a short film the audience couldn’t quite figure out if they were turned on by or scared of. The reason for that is that for most of the film you get to see boys partying their asses off almost completely naked and
having sex while imbibing the drug GHB. A quick science lesson: GHB, scientifically known as Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (C4H8O3) is a drug that is typically used in party scenes and at orgies. GHB is very similar to alcohol and increases feelings of euphoria, sex drive, and tranquility. It’s also much more dangerous than alcohol and you can easily pass out on it.

G O’Clock‘ follows the lives of a few GHB partiers, one of whom happens to be a paramedic (a mega HOT burly dude) who saves the life of a friend of the main character at the beginning of the film. The short tries to showcase the fun side of partying with GHB (happy guys, hot sex, big dicks) and also the bad side (jealousy, overdosing, etc.). It’s a really well done short film that I wish was twice as long, but still packs a wallop and is definitely worth checking out.

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Watch ’em with: Your party friends

Mix ’em with: Uh so apparently there’s a drink called GHB and it doesn’t sound half bad:

-1 oz Patron Tequila

-1 oz DeKuyper Watermelon Pucker Schnapps

-1/2 oz triple sec

-1 oz sweet and sour mix

-1/2 lime