Darryl's Hard Liquor & Porn Festival

Darryl’s Hard Liquor & Porn Film Festival

Time to drop your pants and put dial-a-bottle on speed dial!

Darryl's Hard Liquor & Porn Film FestivalThat’s right folks, Darryl’s Hard Liquor And Porn Film Festival is here again. It’s one of those rare Toronto niche film festivals that lives up to its name. Horned up and booze-fuelled viewers will be treated to some of the finest R-to-X rated “art” currently making the rounds on the international film festival circuit. The festival has been kicking around for ten years and always offers a night of safe sex giggles with friends (with benefits?). To alleviate the concerns of nervous nellies and curb the expectations of the trench coat crowed, it should be stated that there will be no full-on hardcore porno shown. Nope, the festival is dedicated to the laughs that tend to go hand-in-hand with sexual activity and of course, the joys of drinking.

On Friday November 16, the festivities kick off with a screening of entries compiled the 69-hour Film Challenge that local filmmakers are busying themselves with right now. A Best Film prize will be awarded on that night by a team of judges sequestered in spank booths. On Saturday, a 90-minute program of short sex comedies from around the world will be screened and the only prize on that night is hilarity (awwww….). The screenings take place at the that delightful haven for cinematic filth known as The Projection Booth East with after parties (there’s where the “hard liquor” part comes in) held at The Centre of Gravity Circus Training Studio East. If you’ve got that magical combination of a filthy mind and a sense of humor, this is the film fest for you and a good time is guaranteed for everyone who isn’t a member of a church group. We got a chance to sample a few of the entries in this year’s international program and offer these thoughts on just a few of the sexy/funny delights to be offered by Darryl this year. No booze was available while writing these reviews, so keep in mind that they will probably be even funnier when you see them with a few brewskis under your belt.

Tram

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Tram

Director: Michaela Pavlatova

Country: Czech Republic

Ever wondered why streetcar operators tend to have a peculiar grin on their face while delivering drunks somewhere near their destination at 3am on a Tuesday night? Well, you can thank Czech animator Michaela Pavlatova for finally answering the question that has plagued late night TTC users for decades. Pavlatova’s charmingly hand-drawn short features a bosomy driver who….er plants her button on a special place in the driver’s seat that ensures every passenger gives her a nice jolt when they check their tickets. The influence of Bill Plympton at his filthiest is clear, but Pavlatova has an innocently perverse style all her own. The filmmaker builds up a steady supply of dirty laughs before reaching a surprisingly sweet and even romantic conclusion that is sure to plaster a smile on the face on all of the delightfully perverted festival attendees.

Kaleidogasm

Kaleidogasm

Director: Ms. Naughty aka Louise Lush

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Country: Austrailia

From the sweetly sexual we move on to the artfully pornographic. Louis Lush’s bizarre short kind of gives the game away in the title. She takes footage of people playing with their own and each other’s naughty bits and puts it through a kaleidoscope visual filter to create a series of abstract images that seem like pure visual art until closer examination reveals the X-rated content. It’s all cut to circus music and given an old timey peep show wrap-around credits to highly amusing effect. This is the type of short that would be a big hit on youtube were it not for all of the erections.

One Night Stand

One Night Stand

Director: Jack Tew and Dave Humphreys

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Country: UK

You know that sadly all-too-familiar Saturday morning feeling when you wake up in a stranger’s bed and a blurry-eyed glance around the room instantly confirms what a massive mistake you’ve made? Then you’ll get a big kick out of One Night Stand, a five-minute short that milks that familiar discomfort for all the laughs it’s worth. Told almost silently through some crisp high definition cinematography that reveals all of the unfortunately filthy details of a bachelor’s bedroom as a young women attempts an escape without waking up last night’s mistake, it’s a nice little piece of piece of slapstick that gets in and out just before the joke wears thin. As an added bonus, if you manage to sweet talk a date into attending the screening with you, there’s no way you’ll look nearly as bad the next day as this guy.

Big: An Unfortunate Re-imagining

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Director: Bruce Simpson

Country: Canada

Remember that movie Big? Ok, you know how there’s that part where the kid makes a wish at the fair ground attraction to be bigger? Imagine if that wish came true, but it didn’t translate to height. Got it? Good. Bruce Simpson’s hilarious 1-minute short (made for a previous 69 hour film challenge) is simply that gag, but it’s a good one and the animation style pitched somewhere between South Park and School House Rock suits it well. Good for a laugh as intended (the writing credit is amusingly “gag by”).

Certified Organic

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Certified Organic

Director: Olivier Bonenfant

Country: Canada

Proving that French Canadians can film a sex joke just as well as us filthy Anglophones, Olivier Bonefant’s short follows a horny dude’s visit to an Amsterdam style window escort. His concern isn’t so much the lady of the night’s feminine ways as he is obsessed with her commitment to an organic lifestyle. The fridge and condoms had better be fair trade for this guy to get his rocks off. Yeah, it’s another one gag film and one that stretches that gag a little farther than it should. Still, as a parody of the safe sex and the organic eats obsessed, it gets the job done.

Freudian Ship

Director: Gundrun Heinz

Country: Canada

As a rule, comedies that announce their hilarity with a pun title are to be avoided. Thankfully Freudian Ship is an exception to the rule. The silent movie parody about a ship full of sex fiends is filled with additional puns and slapstick of the broadest possible variety. The goods is that it’s charming and well-acted enough to get by on cheap gags that wouldn’t be out of place in a porno script. The bad news is that it it’s a little too long and the gag wears thin. Ah well, at five minutes it’s hardly a slog and the gags that land are pretty damn good.

For more information and to buy tickets for twenty sweet and sweaty dollars, visit hardliquorandporn.com.

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