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The Perfect Host
Warwick Wilson is the consummate host. He carefully prepares for a dinner party, the table impeccably set and the duck perfectly timed for 8:30 p.m. John Taylor is a career criminal. He's just robbed...  View more >

Starring David Hyde Pierce, Nathaniel Parker, Clayne Crawford...  View more >

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Jan 17, 2013
I just discovered this on Netflix today.

It's about a street criminal who cons his way into the home of a likable, unassuming man but who, in fact, he lives at the edge of sanity with his fetish for imaginary companions and sadism. Hyde Pearce nails it. His performance is riveting.

His character is compartmentalized yet not quite to the point of fragmented. He is either bisexual or gay yet successfully functions in the world, as a dominant ( and highly respected) heterosexual police chief.

At its core this film is a brilliantly executed D/s session. It also entertainingly demonstrates, how (some) people rely on fetish in order to survive . For this reason, the subplot, told in flashbacks are a distraction and it's probably the case that one should have an appreciation of power games in order fully to appreciate this.

Nevertheless, the film addresses sexuality, control, and even gay discrimination on may levels. Perhaps this wasn't marketed correctly (IDK). Clearly the Times reviewer was naive (although a bit too so), but I found the "The Perfect Host" excellent. Maybe it's time has come.

Just my opinion.

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