Jonathan Yu: A Tribute to Me

God bless…movie theaters.

"On the Long Island Expressway there are lanes going east, lanes going west, and lanes going straight to hell."

I saw L.I.E. tonight. It was a solid, if faulty, coming-of-age movie that was sadly rated NC-17 simply for exploring relationships between man and boy. First of all, the movie features a pederast (attracted to adolescents), not a pedophile (who preys on children). Second, the movie in no way advocates NAMBLA, eschewing nudity and sex for basic storytelling. Third, the performances by Paul Franklin Dano as 15-year-old Howie Blitzer and Brian Cox as elder "Big" John Harrigan are simply amazing. Too bad almost nobody's gonna see L.I.E.

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