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“… rich with the irony, distortions and various strangenesses of fame.”*
director El Mechri and Van Damme
*Alert the media: Van Damme is an actor. Not just a muscleman, not just a martial artist, but someone with access to a rich internal life that’s manifest on his once smooth and now rugged 47-year-old face. Seriously, if “JCVD” doesn’t signal some kind of turnabout in Van Damme’s career, there is no justice. –Mick LaSalle, SF Chronicle
We meet him in the midst of a ridiculously long take in which he fights dozens of assailants and kills dozens more. And then, just as the shot is in its last seconds, a piece of the set collapses, and he has to start all over again. “It’s very difficult for me to do everything in one shot,” he tells the young, impassive director. “I’m 47 years old.”
[My friend] went across the street for a while to put in some random cocksucking under the trucks, and I was left to my own devices.I didn’t want to take the chance of accosting anybody in a place that caters to S&M because I didn’t want to have to claw my way out of a caress, so I just worked my way across the crowded floor to sit in the corner by the pool table and watch… –Angelo d’Arcangelo a/k/a Josef Bush
Thanks to police harassment, the AIDS crisis, gentrification, etc., New York has lost the sextravaganza that once flourished here. As Lenny recalls, "In 1983, NYC had 19 porn theaters, 4 live sex shows, 1 sex theater performance, 8 burlesque theaters, 4 topless bars, 10 Scumatoriams, 15 adult book stores, 8 on-premise swing clubs, 4 S&M clubs, 10 gay movie theaters, 12 gay bath houses, 5 listed massage parlors, 11 listed oriental spas, 1 live S&M performance, 6 S&M and fetish shops, and at least 20 gay bars with active back rooms.” --Angelo d’Arcangelo a/k/a Josef Bush
Mr. Gage, I came of sexual age on your classic titles, but just recently I engaged the video on demand service at Titan for the directed intent of catching up on your current filmology. I was close to 20 when I saw “Kansas City Trucking Co.,” I am one month shy of 55 now. I have followed your blog intently for a couple of years, and I read every word I can find on your titles.Your plots intrigue. (A side note: I am an Alabamian, so while I nudgingly protest the portrayal and drawls in “Alabama Takedown.” I also wish, in vain, that I could find those darned fellows here!) Back to your plots: they intrigue, because they arouse, manipulate, and ultimately work to fruition, my largest sex organ: my brain. While clicking from one scenario and locale to another, with the outcome each time mental stimulation, I finally went for my own personal jugular and searched by PLOT (No Sex). I was hooked, engaged, and writhing in unabashed eroticism.
You hit the social, emotional, and sexual underpinnings of men — no matter their expression of sexuality — squarely on the head. We are cunning, we are gamey, we are duplicious, and we are — at the same time — simply direct. Your plots, often, would hold up, I think, without the explicit sex that follows (not suggesting that, however). As the men who choose to become gay porn performers hone their acting chops to match their physicality and sexuality, I predict that your films — how I wish even one a year could be on celluloid again — even in x-triplicate, might break back through into something of the mainstream.
Socio- and psychological storytelling is, after all, the basis of all good movies.
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