Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

La Belle LaBruce: Two Sexy New DVDs Remind Us That in the World of Canadian Provocateur Bruce LaBruce, the Revolution Will Not Be PG-13

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

La Belle LaBruce: Two Sexy New DVDs Remind Us That in the World of Canadian Provocateur Bruce LaBruce, the Revolution Will Not Be PG-13

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The Raspberry Reich * Written and directed by Bruce LaBruce * Starring Susanne Sachsse, Daniel Batscher, Andreas Rupprecht * Strand Releasing Home Video

Sugar * Written by Todd Klinck and John Palmer; based on stories by Bruce LaBruce * Directed by John Palmer * Starring Brendan Fehr. Andre Noble * ThinkFilm]/TLA Video

In an era where gay movies are being sanitized for mass consumption, punk auteur Bruce LaBruce reminds us of the bite queer films can have. LaBruce has always brought us tales that push boundaries, from Hustler White's male amputee hookers plying their trade to The Raspberry Reich's revolutionaries screaming, "Heterosexuality is the opiate of the masses."

In Reich, LaBruce's latest offering, plans run afoul for a group of wannabe terrorists when they find that their kidnapping victim has been disowned by his wealthy father for his homosexuality. In the name of personal revolution, the members of the Raspberry Reich have sex with each other and their captive to liberate themselves from "the shackles of heterosexual monogamy." But they're only doing it, of course, to prove their dedication to the cause.

While graphic sex is liberally spread throughout the film, dismissing Raspberry Reich as mere porn is an oversimplification. The pornographic images don't linger long enough to be more than titillating. Instead, the sexual images are overlaid with revolutionary texts and catchphrases, selling them like a product in a beer commercial or music video. LaBruce isn't marketing revolution so much as commenting on the capitalist assimilation of radicalism. …

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