Monday, 5 August 2013

Longhorns (2011) - ★½

Director: David Lewis
Writer: David Lewis
Stars: Jacob Newton, Derek Villaneuva, Dylan Vox, Kevin Held, Stephen Matzke, Bonnie Marion, Katrina Sherwood

I'm becoming quite the LGBTI film-buff. My aim is to watch as many films in the genre as possible, and I heard good things about Longhorns. It's not a good movie, but it's kinda cute. It's clearly low-budget and amateur, and the story isn't anything special either. I guess what makes it interesting is the performances by Jacob Newton and Derek Villaneuva. The sunshiny, cutesy, Southern charm of Newton managed to make me enjoy the film, which is only 75 minutes long. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who likes good cinema and a high level of decency. There are a total of 5 full frontal naked men in this movie. No, it's not a porno. It's not even soft-core. It's just a 'bad' movie that emits happiness.

Kevin (Jacob Newton) does what most men of the straight persuasion do, he jerks off with his straight friends. Well, that makes them the first guys I know that do that sort of thing... Anywho, a friendly and intelligent homosexual young man, Cesar (Derek Villaneuva), moves to the same dorm as Kevin. Feelings develop between them, which causes an Kevin to feel inner-conflict about his sexuality.

They do make a really cute couple :)
It isn't a very intelligent film, and it doesn't really bring anything new to the table. It's one of those 'nothing' films that makes you happy. I don't really know why, but I liked Longhorns. I didn't find it very 'sexy' or exciting, but kinda cute and innocent. It's hard to articulate exactly why I found it entertaining, it's one of those things that you can't explain. All I know is that I'm a huge fan of the actors in this film. I hope Jacob Newton has a big career, I can see him going far. Same goes for Derek Villaneuva, who is sweeter than iced-tea. Dylan Vox, Kevin Held and Stephen Matzke were the comic relief, and they were all pretty funny in their quirky ways. 

The verdict: Longhorns is a quirky, fun little movie that the LGBTI community should find entertaining.

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