The titles of Showcase 6, “Slightly Sexy,” offer takes on the salacious, from the statue of David’s naughty bits to Las Vegas hookers to a teenager’s first schwing! crush. In between however, are stories actually built around love, whether romantic or platonic. It’s not the strongest showcase in the fest, but its weaknesses aren’t deep enough not to recommend it.
Pokey Pokey A wildly animated film about an apparent brain-washing drink, Pokey Pokeyportrays a city that is a cross of present-day Las Vegas and New York in the ‘70s and full of crime and smut—a milieu from which children need to be shielded. So the citywide campaign is to cover your kid’s eyes when something untoward is happening and pour them Pokey Pokey like so much whiskey. This plot isn’t exactly clear, however, so YMMV.
Tommy and DavidTommy is an enterprising young American who decides to cash in on the most famous feature of Michelangelo’s “David.” Only four minutes long, but pretty amusing.
A BombA coming-of-age story in which three teenagers document the occasion that ultimately killed their friendship. They build a bomb together, though one of them is in on the project only to get to the mastermind’s smokin’ older sister. She teases the kid about his puppy love, and, of course, lessons are learned. A sometimes funny and overall sweet tale.
HopeThis Middle Eastern film has a twist ending that makes its preceding plot even lovelier. Two longtime friends, a doctor and a college student, discover that the student is several months’ pregnant. Naturally upset, the student believes she’s ruined, but the doctor comes to her rescue the old-fashioned way. Though the film starts out a little confusingly—there seems to be two women involved, not just one—it soon settles into itself, and the unfolding plot is lovely.
Love Is BlindA terrific comedy in which one of the protagonists is deaf, not blind. When the deaf man’s girlfriend is nearly caught with another lover, she must think of inventive ways to get the guy out the door before her boyfriend sees. Just when she thinks she’s in the clear, however, she discovers that her fling had witnesses anyway.
ResetSomewhat creepy, this sci-fi story tells of a robot housekeeper and her wealthy owner. But is he really just a master to her? And is it truly impossible for AIs to have feelings? The ending of Reset suggests no to both questions.
Showcase 6 screens Monday, Sept. 12 at 9 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 9 p.m. at Landmark’s E Street Cinema.