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