The Wild Boys: DVD Now Available!

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Though I feel few share my fascination and admiration of The Wild Boys, I nevertheless decided to post up my review of the DVD, in which I will discuss in greater depth why I love this movie, as well as the Bonus Features.

To start with my love of the movie, let me express my admiration for the film making itself, which comes from what some, including the director, call the “Incoherents” movement.  Simply, this means the director does not concern himself with creating a false sense of unity and realism such as a viewer would find a mainstream Hollywood film.

So,  in TWB, sometimes the movie looks like an old-fashioned sea adventure, sometimes like a period drama, sometimes like dream.  In fact, to my mind, the result creates for the reader an experience much like a dream– with the  use of compression and symbolism, for example, inviting a series of sub-conscious reactions.   All of this works very well with the material, which explores mutability, metamorphosis, boys turning into girls, men into women.

As with the camera, the director does not ask the actors to play everything in a naturalistic way, which in any case he rejects as just another technique.  Sometimes the actors do seem to deliver their lines “California Style” but often, working with the camera, lines are infused with gravity, characters look off in dramatic ways or turn their heads for effect.  Within that context, the actors in this film, and particularly the young women who play the boys, I find all of their performances compelling.  The young women embody young masculinity, with the mannerisms and voices feeling right– not caricature  or camp, but like boys.  Similarly, they commit totally to surreal scenes, such as when a bout of boyish rough housing beneath falling feathers turns erotic just as they stand on the cusp of their new, female bodies.

So, innovative directing that matches the themes and subject matter, plus epic performances, and that’s a great film.  But, of course, I have a particular affinity for work that explores gender, and this one does it in ways that most such movies never have the nerve to explore.

Some of favorite moments resonate either because they blow past previous limitations, or else they celebrate what seem to me “classic” TG moments.  For example, there is a scene where one of the boys, still identifying totally as a boy, is startled and screams in a “feminine” manner, then discovers he now sounds like a girl when he talks.  The “voice change” had always been one of my favorite tropes, and so it was very fun to see this played out, with the boy clutching his throat, clearly embarrassed, and the others, not realizing they will share his fate, mocking him and calling him “girly.”

Another trope I enjoy the movie explores is that they boys develop breasts before they become biologically female, so we see a couple of them struggling with the shame of having breasts, the insecurity and ways it challenges their sense of identity.

Finally, the role-reversal and feminizing– or at least the forcing of the boys into feminine roles and situations, begins long before their physical change.  The Captain sexually harasses one of them at one point, while they also are forced to walk through a field full of “groping” plants.  And, of course, there is the phallic tree and its white juice they must drink to survive, as well as a suggestive fruit they are forced to eat.  So, while some may struggle waiting for the physical changes to occur, there is plenty to see in terms of gender before they even get to the biological morphing.  After the morphing, this film gets much more naked than most, so the reality of the new bodies is right there on the screen.

For viewers interested in seeing how characters adjust to their change, this film does not offer a lot.  After initially shocked and embarrassed reactions, including some morning for their lost phalluses, the characters seem to accept their new genders readily.  In addition, they seem largely unchanged, simply becomes female versions of themselves, with the same attitudes and values as before, something which I find interesting, but might not satisfy all viewers.

Bonus Features

Not much.  Of the deleted scenes, I did find two very worthwhile:  First, as he has first turned fully into a female, one of the boys is crying, staring at himself in the mirror.  A character known as The Doctor walks over and pulls his shirt open, so he now must confront the sight of his breasts.   In the second, a group of sailors comes to the island, and we see the boys– now all female–  moving in feminine, erotic poses, luring the men to their doom like sirens.

The others were well deleted.  In addition, the Behind the Scenes, while interesting, was a disappointment– and probably meant to be.  I must confess that here I had hoped for something more conventional, especially interviews with the actors about what it was like to play boys, for example, how they prepared, the voices…etc…  But it is a surreal short film shot on Super 8 with the actor murmuring poetically.  It works as a short film and ads some to the experience of the film– there is a scene of the actors, all in their boy forms, having fun with fake phalluses– but it doesn’t reveal as much as I had hoped.

 

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GrimmLord: New Book!

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Tough, brutal even, GrimmLord has spent his life hunting down and bringing the scum of New Rotterdam to justice.  His  game relies on intimidation and fear as much as his fists.  So, what will happen when one of his enemies starts to publicly feminize him over the course of the first, fabulous issue of this amazing new series?

In this story I explore gender identity, but also power and perception as GrimmLord not only finds himself female, but also forced into cute.  Will he remain the same when the world sees him as a soft, cute little female?  And how will his male team mates in the Justice Collective react to his shapely new body?

I am interested in how much a person can BE when the world sees them a certain way at odds with the way they see themselves.  In addition, how much does GrimmLord’s own biased view towards women– as things to be protected and cherished– impact his psyche when he looks in the mirror and sees his new, pretty face?

This books contains gender swap, age regression and forced cuteness!

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The latest collaboration OUT!

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Once more, it is my pleasure to share a story commissioned by the mysterious Anonymous, who also commissioned such popular, #1 best sellers as Boy Gone Blonde, Night at the Mall and Revenge is Best Served Cute!  This one features a Christmas theme inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

In our case, the story features a young man filled with bitterness who hates yuletide cheer!  But, what happens when a mysterious Christmas elf appears and delivers an ultimatum– start loving Christmas, or spend the rest of your life as a girl!

Read this fantastical tale to find out!

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Adorable: New Book Out Now!

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Joe Wilson figured he would crush his ex-wife’s soul by winning legal custody of their daughters. Enter a mysterious woman named Tatiana, who offers Jane a way to change her husband’s mind– and body. Joe soon finds himself transforming from a regular Joe to a regular Lolita, his identity stripped away as he goes from aggressive to adorable, talking, dressing and looking like a 19th Century school girl on her way to a tea party .

This is PG rated tale includes gender transformation, age-regression, and bad boy to good girl themes.

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New bare essentials UP!

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Action, adventure and romance continue for Allan Quatermain, Young Miss!  The explorer and big game hunter, now forced into dresses and bonnets, has placed himself under the protection of his old friend, Sir Henry.  Together, they travel to the famed Lost City in search of a cure for Allan’s tragic femininity.  But all is not as it seems, and as the two face danger together, man and woman, side by side, their mutual attraction grows!

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A Boy Goes To Oz!

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For every boy out there who ever wished he could be Dorothy, (or Glinda,) or, actually, anyone else with a love for Oz, I present the latest in the bare essentials line of short gender bender eBooks: The Boy Who Went to Oz.

Let’s say he ends up in dress wearing a very special pair of slippers and leave it at that!  Links below:

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Scroll down for links to other awesome books in this series where Captain Hook’s relationship with Peter Pan gets complicated when Hook finds himself trapped as a girl, and Allan Quartermain, legendary adventurer, finds out what its like to be pressured into being a proper young lady!

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Allan Quartermain, transformed into a young woman by his nemsis, Zikili, must seek out the help of his old friend, Sir Henry, and plead for help!  But Allan is a distraught and alluring ingenue now, and Sir Henry has a weak spot for women in distress!

Romance!  Adventure!  Victorian repression!  Buy it now, or read for free on Kindle Unlimited!!!!!

 

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