'THE TOY SOLDIERS' SEX SCENE MAKES THE BEST OF 2014 AMONG HOLLYWOOD HEAVY HITTERS
By Jesse Gumbarge
On one evening in a decade of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, the innocence of youth and family unravels. Five parallel coming-of-age stories dramatize the stages of grief in this poignant indie flick.
The best of these short stories is the one with the least propensity for melodrama: Elliot Harris’ (Chandler Rylko) battle with drugs and his attempts to find a connection with someone that isn’t steeped in fakery. When Harris meets the sweet yet guarded Angel (Najarra Townsend), the two find solace in one another’s pain and bond together so suddenly but amazingly that you’re instantly washed with a grand feeling of hope. In fact, their subsequent sex scene might be the best of the entire year. Deeply intimate, the scene refrains from being explicit or tasteless – it floats along with tender care thanks to some beautiful editing that respects the most exhilarating of unions without cheapening it. Read More ...