The Seminarian


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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by adykstra-983-384944 8 / 10

Well written, directed and acted

I found this to be a refreshing film and very satisfying. I watch many gay movies and find many to be mindless. I am forgiving of many flaws, but not poor writing. This film delivers excellent writing. I wondered for a while whether this was originally a play. Material starting life in another medium has usually been well thought out. I read one of the other reviewers who found the action too slow. Perhaps like many people, that reviewer is too impatient. They cannot wait around for character development and their impatience is their loss. I did not find this slow-moving at all.

I found the relationship between Ryan and his mother believable. There was one scene where Ryan is ending his visit with his mother that I wished the camera had lingered just a little longer on his mother's face as she watches Ryan leave. We could have read in our own thoughts. No doubt some would have complained, though. Perhaps some were put off by the fact that the majority of characters were Evangelical Christians who were not easy cardboard targets.

This film does not pretend to be anything but what it is and I found it to be immensely satisfying. This is one for repeat viewing.

Reviewed by aretel 2 / 10

Very dull and unexciting

This film lacks the luster to captivate it's audience right from the start. The story line of a gay closeted seminarian student Ryan (Mark Cirillo), working on a master's thesis based on love, relationships and hypocrisy, in order to get into a post graduate Ivy League school makes very little sense in the evolution of this film. The story makes an attempt at character development, but falls short in its execution. Ryan's character is bland and unexciting with extended close up scenes that's are without dialogue or expression which makes you want to press the "fast forward" button. The cinematography and editing was sloppy and unimaginative, and does nothing to enhance the film's objective which is to allow the audience to identify with Ryan's struggle on theologies and personal experiences.

The gratuitously long nude scene with Mark Cirillo and Matthew Hannond seemed awkwardly out of place at the end of the movie and had no purpose other than to sensationalize Cirillo's well endowed member and to provide a hook for potential future audiences. There is nothing in this film with substance or character identification; making this film very difficult to watch in its entirety. This is perhaps due to the shortcomings and lack of vision that Joshua Lim has for movie making.

Reviewed by Paul Rutledge 5 / 10

Disappointing, Slow, and again Disappointing

I had high hopes for this movie as someone who has had my share of struggles reconciling my Christian faith and my being gay. The writer missed a good opportunity to address some Biblical issues when talking to his female friend but failed to take advantage of them. Also, the editing was atrocious as it was way too slow making the movie drag painfully in places. The biggest complaint was an ending that was a major letdown in two ways: not actually showing the coming out conversation with the mother and failure to establish a relationship with Gerald and forgetting the loser. On the positive side, the masters thesis made some valid points, the acting and writing were pretty good. I hope this writer/director will continue to make films on gay subject matter, taking into account constructive commentary anywhere he can get it.

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