No Skin Off My Ass

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A flamboyant hairdresser falls in love with a handsome, seemingly mute young skinhead in Bruce LaBruce's stylized, sexually explicit look at young punks in love. The Hairdresser (LaBruce), clad in gothic attire and copious adornments, spies The Skinhead (Klaus von Brucker) one day in the park near his home. He brings the seemingly heterosexual, enticingly dangerous-looking boy home, bathes him, goes swimming with him, and eventually imprisons him. After the detainee makes a surreptitious run for it and willingly returns, he eventually engages in extremely inventive gay sex with his captor. Through it all, The Hairdresser remains unaware that the object of his obsession is actually capable of speaking -- and quite willingly homosexual himself. It's only through the intercession of The Skinhead's sister Jonesy (G.B. Jones), a kooky lesbian filmmaker, that the young lovers move past their ritualized, symbolic sexual roles and settle into happy domesticity, uniforms and all. The debut feature from Canadian filmmaker and artist Bruce LaBruce, No Skin off My Ass reunited the filmmaker with G.B. Jones, his collaborator on the early "homocore" 'zine J.D.s, which helped fuel the late-'80s collision of gay and punk subcultures. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi


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No Skin Off My Ass is by far one of the best cult films I have seen. The film was shot in black and white, contrasting music (including a song about "Hot Skinheads") montages consist of weird camera angles that represented the mixed emotions of the protagonist. The film starts of in a Mondo Trasho like fashion with no dialogues and only lyrics to display the main theme of the film. The opening sequence seems very flimsy and peeping tom like, it was very artistic I must admit. I really liked the rapid jump cuts that really made you feel like you are having this massive crush on someone. Then you are introduced to the main characters: A gay hairdresser who has a crush on a skinhead, then he invites him home to make him "warm" with hilarious consequences (Narrated by the hairdresser) The set was absolutely stunning, it paid homage the German Expressionism. It just seemed so natural, but not realistic. The costumes were very stereotypical, not to mention the stock dialogues that made the film seem tawdry. I really liked the subtle eroticism, everything is highly sexual and yet you don't see much if you do not what you have just watched. The water splashing, television statics and the sound of music playing at the background is actually all very sexual. However, this is only the first part of the film, the rest is porn.. Some of the body shots may be a little bit lengthy, but that's the point of the film, you are viewing the the world as both the hairdresser and the skinhead alternatively, you are listening to the songs that symbolise what they thought of a particular situation. I don't see this film being a comedy, it's more of a new wave of post modernism and the conflicts between the politics and society. Maybe I am being a little biased here because I can relate to the filming style but I can assure you it's not a film that everyone would enjoy

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