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Mansize

Released: Sep 01st, 1987
Running Time: 80
Director: Michael Zen
Company: California Bad Boys Film Group
Cast: Chris Allen, Ricky Rhodes, Chaz Holderman, Justin Rhodes, Micael Gray, Chad Johnson, Michael Cummings
Critical Rating: AAA
Genre: Gay and Bi

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Critical Rating: AAA

Director Michael Zen, critically acclaimed for his previous Falconhead features, returns with Mansize. Left behind is Zen's fascination with mysticism and the occult; brought to the fore is an on-target erotic sensibility and a highly sophisticated visual sense.

The story is standard stuff: Porno writer (Chad Johnson) labors away at his typewriter, camera cuts to the action described— sort of like show-and-tell, only the other way around. Scenarios include a depressed birthday boy (Michael Cummings), alone at his own party until his surprise arrives— dream lover Chaz Holderman in a gorilla suit (nice touch); Michael Gray (inexplicably listed as "Dana Toro") rejected by his lover and comforting himself with a solo turn in the barn; Justin and Ricky Rhodes (gayporn's latest "brother" act) engaging in a frenzy of young blond innocence; and our scholarly host, Johnson, stripping off his tweedy sweater and glasses to do some slam-dunking with Cam (aka Chris) Allen.

What elevates this simple narrative to at least AAA status is Michael Zen's magical camera work and sense of timing. Zen shows an extraordinary color sense, bathing his actors in unexpected pastels and sculpting them with shadows. This level of photography reminds us that the beauty of naked flesh resides only partly with the performer; a great deal of enhancement lies in the eye of the director.


 

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