DARRYL?S HARD LIQUOR & PORN FILM FESTIVAL Rating: NNNN
Size definitely doesn't matter at Darryl's Hard Liquor & Porn Film Festival. This night of shorts spoofing sex and booze - most have to do with the former - has grown into a campy and hilarious event that's more fun than any half-dozen other earnest (and more government-subsidized) film festivals put together.
Judging from the shorts available for pre-screening, the quality's pretty high, too.
The definite standout is Signe Baumane and Pierre Poire's Teat Beat Of Sex, a series of three whimsical animated shorts about a nameless woman's journey through contemporary sexual mores.
In the first film, she's grossed out by men's obsession with their genitals; in the second, she balks when her boyfriend wants her to go pantyless to a party; and in the third, she tells a cautionary tale about not masturbating.
The animation and narration are quirky and quick - there's a clever visual pun every nanosecond. You'll want to replay them several times, they're so rich with raunchy details.
Duncan Beedie's The Making Of Gladiator uses animation and good voice work to spoof the overly serious Oscar-winning film, its overly serious Aussie star and the prevalence of overly serious DVD extras. It's got one joke, but it works fine.
Local comics/filmmakers Adam Brodie and Dave Derewlany manage to send up fetishes and online exploitation in Strip Show, which stars Rebecca Addelman as a very obliging webcam sex worker who well, you'll just have to watch it. Not one second is wasted here.
Screens Saturday (October 13) at the Bloor, which is licensed, so at least the liquor part comes true.