Moments of Love

Moments of Love ★★½

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This review may contain spoilers.

My Lovely Tutor: Handles the genre shift from horny BL fantasy to pure melodrama well, but ends up just inoffensively lukewarm due to the performances honestly not being that good. 2/5

My Heartless Boy: Has an amazing twist ending that somehow both feels like it comes from nowhere and is actually insanely smart in how it reframes the relationship dynamics and the motif of performance. Despite the complex emotions, it's also just pretty funny; the deadpan, matter-of-fact way all is revealed (THE SIM CARD???) is absolutely the funniest part of the quadrilogy. The best Black Mirror episode after season 3. 4/5

My Ex-Boyfriend: Kind of tuned out because I was still in awe of how good the previous segment was, but the performances seemed really good, probably the best ones in the bunch. The twist in this one is so obvious that it doesn't really have any shock value. 3/5

My Crazy Romance: I appreciate the style, but the narrative is so difficult to follow it's hard to feel anything about it. 1/5

On the whole: it's pure, campy schlock, which I am not immune to. There is something seriously wrong with the audio mixing, but it's not completely terrible visually despite staying faithful to its BL influences – the recurring building is a fun motif, for instance. Worth watching for the second segment alone, which I am already calling the best short film of 2023.

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