But most of the problems for Bathroom Stalls & Parking Lots fall on the weak shoulders of writer/ director/ star Thales Correa. His film style could best be described as Tommy Wiseau without the charm. With no concept of how to structure a shot, let alone a scene, this “movie” suffers from an ambition that outstrips the talent behind it by leagues. And that isn’t even touching on his acting. There have been several directors who starred in their own films and were brilliant — Wells, Branagh, Wiseau, to name a few. No one is going to be adding Correa to this list.
Future directors take note. Unless you’re a genius, find someone else to star in your movie.
“Mansky has a screen presence that outshines the rest of the cast…”
The one decent part of this whole flaccid piece of pasta is Oscar Mansky as the straight-ish trainer Hunter. Mansky has a screen presence that outshines the rest of the cast. Unfortunately, all Bathroom Stalls & Parking Lots gives him to do is be lusted over and a tepid sex scene.
Then there are the technical problems which are too numerous to mention. But maybe get the right lens to shoot in low light. Maybe hire someone to do continuity, so you don’t walk by the same theatre three times in the same conversation. I realize film making is easier these days, but Bathroom Stalls & Parking Lots shows just how difficult it can be.
This is the perfect time for a film about dating in modern gay hook up culture. We desperately need a film to explore that world and make a serious comment on it. Bathroom Stalls & Parking Lots just isn’t that film.
"…he carries himself through the film with a swagger..."