CD-ROM producer-turned-filmmaker Jed Weintrob brings his expertise with new media to this structurally innovative, if not terribly insightful, look at sex in the digital age. A year ago, John Roth (Josh Hamilton) was a relatively happy New Yorker. But a
lot can happen in a year, as he explains in the video diary he maintains on his personal website. Alone and miserable now that his fiancee has dumped him, John has retreated into the relative safety of the Chinatown apartment he shares with Moe (Harold Perrineau), his college roommate. Each night, John guzzles peppermint schnapps and pours his heart out to anyone with an Internet connection and his URL. When he's not exposing himself online, John logs onto angelcam.com, where 24-hour cameras capture the every movement made by a mysterious exhibitionist as she undresses, showers and puts herself to bed. John's social circle extends no further than his buddy list; even his income is generated via modem. John and Moe run online porn operation Intercon-X, where clients pay for virtual sex with the man or woman of their dreams. Videocam vixen Jordan (Vanessa Ferlito), one of the site's more popular attractions, doesn't mind simulating sex for a living. All she wants is one real-life orgasm, which she finally achieves online with John, who, in a moment of weakness, logs onto Intercon-X. Jordan suggests they meet in person, a prospect that terrifies John. Moe, meanwhile, prefers sex the old fashioned way and has begun seeing the depressed Moira (Isabelle Gillies), who downs booze-and-valium cocktails before bedtime and checks in regularly with her friends at "Final Exit," a webcam chatroom dedicated to people obsessed with suicide. Her morbid chat peers include desperate 19-year-old gay college student Ed (Eric Millegan), who craves human contact but is making do with pay-for-play sessions with online fantasy man Al (performance artist John Fleck), who just happens to work for Intercon-X. What a tangled web of whining, self-obsessed characters! Weintrob doesn't have much to add to the discussion of our image-obsessed culture, but he tells his story beautifully. The movie deftly jumps back and forth between characters the way users click through links on a web page, and Weintrob keeps several balls in the air at once by splitting the screen into multiple "windows," much like a computer desktop. The film is hardly profound, but the form perfectly fits the content.
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- Released: 2003
- Rating: NR
- Review: CD-ROM producer-turned-filmmaker Jed Weintrob brings his expertise with new media to this structurally innovative, if not terribly insightful, look at sex in the digital age. A year ago, John Roth (Josh Hamilton) was a relatively happy New Yorker. But a… (more)