This is one of the best movies so far this
year (not that the competition from
Anakins Very Bad Day and Hey!
Were Cartoon Animals! Love Us!
hasnt been fierce) and yet, strangely, its
about a young man who looks back fondly
on the summer during which his Little
League coach sexually abused him.
Gregg Araki writes and directs an
extremely sophisticated look at the
complexities of the issue, focusing
especially on the manipulation of trust
and the need that young people have for
adult approval. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
gives a hypnotic performance as the
beautiful and amoral Neil, a hustler who
is shadowed by the nerdy Brian. Brian
believes that he may have been abducted
by UFOs and thinks that Neil holds the
answer. He does, but its not an answer
Brian wanted to hear. Beautifully
saturated colors and careful framing
make this a visual treat whose imagery
enhances, rather than distracts from, its
main premise. This film is so nicely
executed, youd think it had committed
multiple murders in Texas.