Started in 2007 to keep a track of gay films that I watched, this blog has come much further than I had planned. There are tons of movies that I need to watch and review here. Through this blog, I want to give you genuine, my personal heart-felt review of the films that I see. These are my personal thoughts and opinions about the films and I would love to hear your thoughts on these films as well. I always reply to comments in a day or two. Please help me make my blog more popular by becoming a member, following it and by recommending it to your friends. As far as I know this is one of the very very few gay movie review blogs where reviews are not linked or copy-paste imdb summary. Enjoy and do keep writing your feedback.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Un Robio (Spanish) [The Blonde One]

I should have known this while I was watching this film, but as soon as the credits rolled in at the end and I saw Marco Berger's name as the director, I exclaimed 'I knew it!'. Throughout the film i kept getting these vibes That this is so much like the films he makes and sure enough I wasn't wrong. Its surprising how you can start predicting the film-maker based on the kind of films they make. And if you have been a regular to my blog, I have mostly enjoyed all of his films and the underlying theme in all his films is the sexual tension he builds up. We have seen that in so many of his previous films and you wonder what he will do next but again, he brings us something new and fresh which you cannot take your eyes off.

Gabriel and Juan work together in a wood factory. When a housemate leaves, Juan invites Gabo, that blonde guy, to rent on the rooms in his inherited flat in Buenos Aires. Gabo is incredible shy and barely speaks anything but is very easily taken in by Juan's group of friends who regularly stop by to drink beer, hang out and watch TV. Gabo has an attraction towards Juan and he feels that Juan keeps teasing him. Juan has a girlfriend who keeps going in and out and Gabe has a 10 year old daughter living with her grandparents whom he meets every weekend. After creating plenty of scenes of sexual tension , the avalanche happens and the 2 guys have sex. After initial dismissal as just another event by Juan, the 2 men start coming one step closer to each other physically emotionally. Although Juan doesn't give up his lifestyle along with occasional flings with his girlfriend. Like a puppy Gabe is always ready whenever Juan makes a move but it feels Juan is using him. Juan feels bad but eventually tells Gabe that he wants a family for himself and there is now ay he can imagine a life for good with Gabe.

The build up of sexual tension takes forever. The charged gazes that the 2 men share, the lusty looks, its unbelievable the kind of atmosphere they create. I mean you can cut the tension with a knife. The kind of attention that the two leading men hold on the audience in unbelievable. Gabo has barely any dialogues to speak in the movie, but man o man, can he speak volumes through his eyes! What an incredible performance. The way he looks longingly towards Juan, he is trying to hide his desires, his attraction, and his guilt about his daughter. He is clearly craving for touch and love which he gets from Juan but he also takes it away every-time as easily as he gives it to Gabo. The internalized emotions displayed by Gabo is something only an expert actor and a very talented director can bring. The very first scene when Gabo dares to touch Juan while clearly Juan wants it too is electrifying to say the least. And this leaves us with Juan. Another amazing performance. A bisexual man, trying to keep his options open clearly feels lot more connected to Gabo than anyone else, but will never be ready to face the social wrath. He would rather have a family and kids and continue to explore his sexuality on the side, which eventually a brave Gabo refuses to at the end. The scene at the end when Gabo actually talks to his daughter about Juan was so heart touching. Something that he was fearing throughout his life is taken away by just one smile from his daughter and it feels as of all the burden on Gabo's head is taken away. There are some issues of course with constant repeated scenes with their circle of friends where nothing much happens. I understand they were probably to show the relationship between the two guys is evolving with time and how they treat other in public v/s alone but I think it got too much after a while. A lot pf those scenes can be trimmed which will make this film so much better than it already is.

Another great movie added to the repertoire of Marco Bergen as a director. I love his films. You have to be patient but watch them with feelings and you will be amazed how close they hit you as a viewer. (7/10)

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Gay Short Films : 71

The Shit!: An Opera (USA)
After taking the biggest sh*t of his life, Frankie is inspired to successfully bottom for the first time. And he calls the famous neighborhood top to do the honors.

Niño pez (Venezuela) [Kid Fish]
When a young boy cant face rejection by his one time male hook-up, he shows his evil side by killing his dog.

Hallelujah (Canada)
A dance performance set in a church in Montreal  to send a message of queer acceptance.

Cock N' Bull 2 (USA)
Wes and Chris, in couples counseling, decide to explore opening the relationship to spice up their sex life, and in the process meet some ver interesting individuals. (The first part was reviewed in the past here)

Adult (Australia)
A string desire to search for his dead son's reality, a mother finds out about the porn star alias that her son was living with.

Inquilinos (Spain) [Tenants]
An older lesbian couple is very excited to see a young gay couple move in next door, except the gay couple thinks of them as snooping old ladies.

Three Times About It (Russia)
A young athlete is concerned about a strange feeling he has for men. Only his close friend understands him and eventually a psychologist helps him open his eyes to himself.

The Things You Think I'm Thinking (Canada)
A black male burn-survivor and amputee goes on a date with a regularly-abled man for the first time since his accident. And he keeps wondering why is this guy with him. Wow!

Bachelor, 38 (UK)
Documentary short telling the story of a gay man and his time in London during the 1960s, when he had met a rich bachelor of 38 years old.

Gloria (Mexico)
Amidst the complex Mexico City, a man drives a public transport bus during daytime and works the night shift impersonating Mexican songstresses in a drag cabaret. Best thing is that he is a straight man with a supporting wife and kids.

Bed Bugs Babies (Canada)
Autobiographical account of meeting a boy when you are worried about bed bugs and the other guy being +

The Day Everything Changes Between Us (USA)
2 boys and a girl living a romantic life together but hiding from the world. They must deal with their uncertain future as one of them doubts threaten to break them apart. An interesting struggle for individuals to find the meaning of love.

Only Once (USA)
A silent film dealing with first love and bullying and not being able to come out.

Onde o céu acerta seus ponteiros (Brazil) [Where The Sky Sets The Clock]
After his mother's passing, Tomas' life turned black and white. Days change when he meets Gabriel, a photographer with a red jacket who helps him see other colors. Poetic and romantic with very few words spoken.

How I Came Out (USA)
A story within a story of a couple of people coming out and them sharing their stories.

Lions in Waiting (Canada)
A minor hockey player finds the courage to accept his sexuality after being hazed by his team members and in turn inspires another teammate to be fearless. This helps him start a new relationship.

Open (Coffee House Chronicles)
A couple dating for a year talks about whether they should open up the relationship or not. I enjoyed the discussion leading to when, what and why to do this.

Military Dog (Taiwan)
New to BDSM, young military officer meets a dom master. One night he can't resist the yearning to be dominated. Given a task to prove his loyalty to the master, can he face the inner desires by overcoming his doubts and fear?

Reunion (Coffee House Chronicles)
Three friends relive college days 10 years ago and some funny secrets are revealed.

Sleep On It (USA)
A quarrel puts things into perspective for a young couple mattress-shopping for their first apartment. I thought this was pretty silly.

Bad Boy on Probation (USA)
Mack gets his "Daddy Scott" to pretend to be his real dad when a probation officer comes for a check in. But Scott gets more than he bargained for.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Dew (Thai)

This film is set in two different eras which give us a glimpse of what time were like in Thailand during both years. This film is interesting with a novel plot but sadly there are quite a few misses in the screenplay and direction and the message doesn't come across as strongly as it should have and it could have. Thankfully very charming and beautiful actors save the face with their good emotional acting making this film poignant. Had this been done well, it could have turned out so much better.

The film starts in 1996 in a small town in Thailand where Dew has recently moved to. He meets a fellow schoolmate Pob who is a couple of years senior to him. Soon their friendship grows and they both realize that there is more to it and a romance blossoms. But because of the day and time, their secret is out soon and it impacts both of them. Pob's family is very strict and of Chinese origin and his father disowns him when he realizes that despite warnings Pob continues to love Dew. Dew is lot more in love and constantly keeps asking Pob to run away. But when the opportunity to flee away from the small town comes, Dew is emotionally blackmailed by his mother to stay put and not leave her alone. 22 years later in present time, we see that Pob comes to his town with his life as a school teacher in the same school he used to study. Apparently his business in Bangkok tanked and this brings him back. The principal assigns him to deal with a high school girl who is a problem child. Pob finds a strange connection with her and every time he is with her, she reminds him of Dew. We are then told that Dew passed away long time back (and Pob knew about this since he visited his hometown 2 years after he ran away) and now Pob wonders if this girl is reincarnation of Dew, to which the girl just laughs off. But soon memories keep coming back to her and she also realizes that there is a past connection. Of course this closeness affects Pob's married life and the girl's lovelife but once you get pass the age difference, Pob is able to freely express his love for the girl and in his mind be once again close to Dew, the love of his life.

As an individual we will all question the appropriateness of things that happened in the film, so lets leave that aside for now. Giving it a benefit of doubt, my concerns are around the continuity. Within the first era, the scenes would go back and forth. We never are told why do the boys fight for the first time and why the disconnect. Some random scenes keep coming at regular intervals. There is no mention of Dew and Pob going on a trip but suddenly its on a similar trip with the girl in present day that Pob realizes the truth. There are many such instances where I thought that the continuity of the film was severely compromised. We see a lot of scenes only towards the end of the film and by that time the 2 hour film has already started to test your patience. From the acting perspective, almost everyone does a decent job but its the older Pob that steals the show completely. He is charming, very good looking and a man who has love his childhood love and is looking for a closure. The younger boys were both quite above average. With some better screenplay, this film could have been a great film.

There is pain, romance, grief, gender, love but somehow it just gets lost in the proceedings and it failed to connect with my heart. And for films like these, if your heart doesn't connect to the characters, its hard to appreciate them. (6/10)

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Vampire Boys 2: The New Brood

As if the original film wasn't bad film, the makers had the audacity to come up with a sequel of theis film. You can imagine how bad the film was when none of the original actors are retained for the sequel. I doubt that there was any other reason for this film except to show some hot bodied men naked, in full glory with some penis shots. Add to this a lit bot of romance, blood, vampire, a quick and easy film is made.

Caleb is now living with Jasin and even though Tara was not the chosen one , she is also with them along with Jasin's entourage. Enter Demetrius, another vampire who is looking to build an army. We soon find out the reaosn for that is to get rid of Jasin. Demetrius was Jasin's master's original chosen one who left him for a new chosen one and this has caused a lot of anger within him. And he now just wants to destroy Jasin and his coven making a new brood for himself. He comes up with a plan to convert Tara against Jasin. He partially succeeds in this but plans change and Demetrius is unable to kill Jasin even after a fight. The extras in the coven for Demetrius die and Caleb and Jasin live happily ever after. There is a scope for further extension when they show Demetrius is a love and he and Tara actually are in love.

As I mentioned, from a story perspective, the movie is as dumb as the prequel. There wers o many new faces all with very similar-ish features and bodies that it was becoming difficult to keep a track of who's who. I personally didn't understand the whole story of the gym owner who was also secretly a gym owner and had given up on the vampire activities to live a simple life. How and why was he arm twisted by Demetrius into helping him share the gym space. It was all too vague. Jasin's mild mannerism and talking very slowly in every single scene gets annoying after a point. I wonder if the actors are former porn stars because literally there is noting for them to do in the film.

Watch the film only if you liked the first one. And if you did, I am so judging you right now. (3/10)

Monday, March 23, 2020

Everything's Gonna Be Okay (Web Series)

OMG! When I found that Josh Thomas is coming up with his next show, I was crazy excited. Afterall, 'Please Like Me' is one of the best shows that is out there. His quirky sense of humor, the sharp and witty dialogues and how every scenes feels real and human and not acting is his distinct charm and I could not wait to watch the 10 episodes of this series that are available of 'Freeform', a platform that, to be honest, I had not heard of till now.

Nicholas, a 20-something Australian, is visiting his father in America and his 2 half-sisters. The night before he is supposed to go back, he meets a boy named Alex and sparks fly. The next day he is told by his father that he is cancer and is about to die and so he will need to take care of his sisters. The series, essentially then, follows the siblings on how all of them deal with the grief and learn to be there for each other, care for each other, be there for each other and most importantly for Nicholas on how to balance being a cool brother and being a parent. The elder sister 17ish Matilda is autistic and wants to experiment with sex. She has her own sets of issues and then we have the younger Genevieve, who is dealing with all her insecurities. And in between we see the budding romance and relationship between Nicholas and Alex and how they both navigate through the entire situation. The y love, they fight, they drive each other crazy but the end they both the kind of moments we all want in our life.

As the previous show, this series is not dramatic at all. The show is more interested in the weirder, funnier, more real moments that can happen in between life’s seemingly biggest events than drawing out unnecessary drama. The series is not solely gay focussed. Equal importance is given to all the three characters. Matilda and Genevieve are each navigating teen girlhood in vastly different ways; Matilda’s extremely confident and itching to experience life whereas Genevieve is far more tentative than her sister. And in between these two, we have Nicholas trying to learn to be a parent while making sure he doesn't lose sight of who he really is and make sure his relationship with Alex works out. I have to say that Alex was my most favorite character in the show. Its hard for any other actor to stand in front of Josh Thomas (Nicholas) but Alex is so damn charming. They have one of the most beautiful chemistries I have seen on TV. They are funny, they have an easy rhythm, with very slice of life kinda events that give us a glimpse of what kind of relationship they share. This is the kind where you tell each other honestly what you are feeling and communicate. The two sisters form a very strong aspect of the show and the show also deals with issues of suicide, rape etc through some segments. I feel bad to say that I wish there was lot more of Nicholas and Alex and less of the sisters but thats purely me being selfish being gay. Matilda and Genevieve's stories add warmth and soul to the whole show. I am not sure of I like the ending of the show where Matilda is not very sure to continue her dreams of studying and living in New York and they decide to come back. I wish there was something more concrete and a better closure.

The show is a bit shy of being awesome like 'Please Like Me' but it is still a pretty good show. The short 20 minute episodes keep it light, easy and breezy to watch. Thankfully the show ditches sadness and tragedy and instead uses humor to show how we all eventually learn to navigate through life figuring it out while making sure that family stays the most important thing for us. (7/10)

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Vampire Boys

As you can imagine , when there is a gay vampire horror film; your expectations are already very very low. And so were mine. I was fully expecting to see something stupidly ridiculous where I will be constantly rolling my eyes and cursing the makers. But I have to say, this film wasn't as bad as I imagined it to be in my mind. This is not to say that it was good by any means but sometimes its all about expectations.

Caleb has moved to California to attend college and is staying with Paul, an attractive college guy whom he met online. Soon after arriving Caleb starts getting this visions about a guy Jasin and so does Jasin about Caleb. Jasin and Caleb meet at school, and the attraction between them is instantaneous. The reality is that Jasin is the head of vampire group with 3 other folks. And according to the prophecy, Jasin must choose an eternal companion before his 100th anniversary as a vampire, or he and the entire group will die. The group thinks that the girl Tara is the one but Jasin's heart feels it is Caleb. When Caleb is told of the truth, he freaks out but eventually gives in to Jasin's demand of giving up this life to be with him forever as a vampire.

The intention, maybe, of the makers is right, but the script is a major letdown and it feels that these guys had no budget whatsoever. Unnecessary shirtless scenes to cater to the primary gay audience is clearly seen. With vampires you would think blood and action and both are missing here. Although there are a couple of hissing scenes between Jasin and his friend and if anything, I was just laughing at them, which is not what the intent was. The lead actors thankfully have charisma and look cute and can act alright, but sadly that's not enough. The direction is strictly ok and there is way too much seriousness into everything. And the whole Paul getting killed by other vampires never came up again. How could Caleb be so insensitive towards a guy who let him stay for free and helped him in every way (unless he was also eventually supposed to be a creep himself).

If vampire stories are your thing, feel free to check it out. With a run time of just over an hour, this film is not half as bad as some of the atrocities I have seen and reviewed on my blog. But maybe it really helped me to keep my expectations very very low. (4/10)

Friday, March 20, 2020

You're Killing Me

This film was a interesting mix of thriller and comedy. Done well with some good production budget and actors this film could have done wonders. But with a simple story of one killing after the other, the proceeding start to become monotonous and after a while you lose complete interest.

Joe is dating Adam for a week and when Adam insists that he will do anything to have sex with Joe, Joe's inner demons come out and he kills Adam while Adam was watching online videos of George & his friend. Next day he meets George at a parking lot and they are both smitten by each other. Joe talks honestly about killing his ex bf but George thinks thats sweet and that he has a good sense of humor. Even when most of his friends say that Joe is weird, he says Joe is gorgeous. Joe then goes on to kill his own parents when they dont behave nicely to George and eventually George's best girlfriend and her lover because he was flirting with George. All the while Joe is never joking and he keeps telling the truth to George but he never takes him seriously. Things get really out of hand when finally they all realize what the truth all along is and eventually after a ridiculous comedy of errors, Joe is taken in my the police but still George and Joe keep in touch through video chats.

As I mentioned above this film was an interesting mix of comedy and thriller and done right it could have been a game changer but sadly it stays just a mediocre average film. After a while the constant videos of George and his friend became annoying and unnecessary additions that were just increasing the runtime of the film which is already getting repetitive with one murder after the other. And guess what murders keep happening and no police or anyone ever shows up. How does Joe get rid of the bodies is never shown. He just keeps murdering and gets away with it. The one scene that I generally found funny was the scene when Joe takes George to meet his parents and the entire mother sequence. The acting was strictly ok and so was the direction given the genre of the film. The big letdown os from the script itself.

Besides that it was a campy thriller comedy and not to be taken seriously at all on the face value. Only then you will be able to manage to sit through the film. (5/10)

Thursday, March 19, 2020

What's The Matter With Gerald

This film, according to me, fall in the "wtf is the film trying to say" category. There are scenes that go on forever, a wafer thin plot and a dragged uninteresting direction that doesn't hold any interest at all for the viewers. I am really amazed at the glaring reviews that this film has online.

Gerald is a 30-something gay man, whose father pays for everything and who has never worked in his life. He lives with his partner of 10 years. Every morning he wakes up with some sort of pain and builds up all kinds of medical conditions in his mind. On the advice of a friend he consults an energy healer. a foul-mouthed, chain-smoking jeweler, and is shocked when the gemstones she sells him magically ease his pain. This unexpected stroke of luck prompts Gerald to reexamine his life in new and unexpected ways, taking him out of a well-established rut and leading him to wonder whether he can make the necessary changes to be more fulfilled. These include meeting a new neighbor and visits from his past boyfriends as ghosts. He breaks up with his boyfriend and starts a new life.

The story was just so random. Even though I saw the film, I still don't understand what was the real problem with Gerald. Was his lack of confidence, self-respect, mother, or something else? There is absolutely no chemistry whatsoever between his husband and him and the actors seem pretty wooden to me. As an actor, I think Gerald does a decent job but thats all lost in the weird storyline and no character development at all. What is the real problem with him was never addressed and I still keep repeating the title. Not only is whats the matter with Gerald, but also What's the matter with people wanting to make a movie on this odd subject. The mother in another annoying character with this fake madeup accent that makes no sense. A lot of people online say that this movie was funny. I didn't even smile even for a second in the entire film and am amazed at what kind of things people laugh at these days.

Do not waste your time. Completely avoidable. (2/10)

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Naked Dragon

There are not many gay thrillers out there, so I was actually looking forward to seeing this film, but I felt very let down. They underplayed the thriller part and instead focused more on the gay relationship. Normally I wont complain about such a thing, but the whole culmination of the serial killer angle was so sudden and random, that its hard to digest.

David Harris is a black cop with LAPD and is secretly gay. One day he is called in a murder scene where the body is mutiliated. The case is taken over by FBI because it apparently falls in a similar pattern of other murders that have happened in recent past. Enter Robert, a psychic, brought in by FBI to help them nab the killer. His psychic powers are actually psychology and behavioral analysis; and very soon he figures that David is gay and makes a move on him. They very soon start a secret relationship while one after the other more and more bodies start showing up. The victims are mostly gay asian men. Robert tells David that this reported killer has murdered 20 victims in 20 days in 2 different cities. Robert and David alongwith 2 FBI detectives keep looking for the killer and during the process Robert keeps getting in dangerous situations because he feels that the killer is somewhere close and is playing a cat and mouse game. After almost risking his life twice, the FBI finally catches the killer and David kills him in an encounter to save Robert's life and the two men profess their love for each other.

The story is simple yet the characters have no graph at all to them. We know nothing about the lives of David and Robert. They just randomly meet and very quickly start this passionate romantic relationship. This feels a little odd. Also the serial killer angle and the romance didn't go much hand in hand. We are never told why the killer is killing, how he is killing, psychic behind it or other reasons. They just magically find the killer using a psychic and bravo, he is dead. Its too just too convenient of an ending. If the focus was more on the gay relationship, even in that we see three full on sex scenes between them but nothing much besides that. I think the movie was made on a very low budget because we never see the murders or the bodies and never media presence. You can tell the budget was tight. The performances were also strictly average. Almost every character talks slow. The urgency when a murder happens is never felt. It felt more like a stage play acting rather than a film. The 2 leads however were both alright looking but had no chemistry at all. There is just not enough conflict here. The cop is closeted gay but why in closet. None of his team members or anyone else ever makes a gay joke or comment, so why leave it like that. Many more questions like this still linger in my mind and I feel a bit cheated by the sudden ending of the film.

It feels movie was shot while actors were just reading through the lines and rehearsing and that was then decided as a final product. Disappointing. (3.5/10)

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Hoan Doi Thanh Xuan (Series) (Vietnamese) [Comet, I Love You]

Yet another one of those silly Asian BL drama. I want to like it and enjoy it and i can see why locals would enjoy it. It is kind of silly and funny in a weird sort of way. I am sure I would have enjoyed these series a lot when i was much younger, but at this stage, when good cinema and series are abundantly and easily available, its hard to dismiss and over the top series like this.

A young teenage girl is the daughter of school headmaster. One night she dreams that a boy is stealing her boyfriend, who is the very handsome yet brat Duong Lam. Next day , a young boy from the village named Van Thanh is introduced to her classroom as a new student. He had already met Duong Lam earlier. When she reaches home, she finds out that he is her distant cousin and her being a queen bee and diva can't digest this. Moreover, for some reason Duong Lam takes a liking for Van Thanh. Circumstances keep throwing these two boys together and Duong plays with his heart but we find out only in the end that he is actually serious. We find out who is the ghost boy whom Van Thanh keeps meeting. Apparently he was bullied by Duong's father to an extent that he committed suicide. And now with the comet crossing out earth's atmosphere, it is the right time to take revenge. Silliness continues and the series end in sort of a cliffhanger (maybe season 2).

This is the main story which could easily have been finished in maybe 3-4 episodes. There was actually no reason to have 13 episodes of about 15 minutes each, but then thats just my opinion. Maybe on a different day and in a different mood, I would have enjoyed it more. Every episode has about 5 minutes or so, where the 2 teachers of the school get in an interesting banter. Then we have the girls gang, who are there to make Van Thanh's life miserable, we have Duong's gang of bullies within which it turns out that one of them is also gay and may have feelings for Duong. So many such smaller tertiary storylines keep running in parallel.

Luckily the lead boys are good to look at and also actually act quite decent, so it wasn't very terrible to get through the whole thing. (5/10)

Monday, March 2, 2020

Ce qu’on a (French/English) [What We Have]

I think this film is supposed to b a tragic film, but its never made amply clear on where the tragedy is stemming from and what really happened (both in the past and why the repercussions in the future). Our hero is not right in the head. He is fragile and we see glimpses of the reasons but its never made obvious to us. I do like movies where sometimes its left to audiences to interpret heir own version but in this case, I don't. think it worked as well as the makers hoped it would.

Maurice has relocated from Paris to North Bay. He is running from his past, we don't know what exactly. He lands an acting gig in a french play. Maurice is a strange and quiet expat, refusing to socialize with his fellow actors at the small theatre company where he plays the role of a minister. He is fine having random hook-ups but just a mere thought of feelings scare him off. To pay for his basic needs he is looking to teach french and finds a student in Alan, a talented teenage struggling with his sexuality. Alan is a troubled teenage, being bullied at school and its only with him that Maurice can smile, laugh, joke and becomes altogether another kind of man. The theatre owner turns out to be the man whom Maurice kicked out of his home one night, but he still wants more from Maurice, but he has issues. Drawn to protect and defend Allan from the bullying that he faces at school for being gay, their student-teacher relationship is soon complicated when Allan falls in love with Maurice, in turn triggering Maurice's own repressed memories of childhood sexual abuse. And the film ends ambiguously with Maurice confiding in the the theatre owner who he is now starting to warm up.

The story is simple. We see all kinds of images in flashback that Maurice sees but its not clear until the very end what exactly happened. You can tell his parents came from a theatre background but thats it. The student-teacher relationship was shown well, but I can't understand how in this day and age, someone can constantly keep bullying a kid and the swimming coach does nothing about it. Thankfully, nothing in the film is over the top. Even when Maurice hits the bully, its done with restraint. The performances are very nuanced and restrained from everyone. Maurice, Allan, the theatre owner have all done their job right and given their best shot to the film. But its the screenplay that could have been better. The film seamlessly keeps going between English and French and I liked that aspect. It somehow worked well.

Its a decent film but a little ambiguity killed it. I wished the reasons were made very evident and then personally I would have been able to connect with the film a lot better. Not a bad film by any means. (6/10)

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Soul Maid

I normally despise these silly wanna be gay comedies because they are always done so bad. This film was no different in essence but something about the story I found a little interesting. IN fact I caught asking myself, why am I not hating this film. This, by no means, mean that I liked the film. I did not, but I think if a better screenwriter had done something with the story, this had some potential.

Moses lives with his hag Ruth. He works as a underwear clad gay housecleaner being employed by horny gay men. He has been having seizures during which he has a religious "visitation" from the goddess Glintentica. Moses meets David, so called straight guy and they both fall in love. But this in unacceptable to Glintentica. She takes over Moses body and converts him to a straight man. Now Moses is on a mission to convert all gay men to straight. From google search, David figures out a way to get rid of Glintentica. Apparently the reason she is doing this is because she was cursed having a lesbian lover. So, since Moses body has been taken over by her, he should have a secret vagina and if Ruth licks that Vagina, Glintentica will be forced to leave the body. She warns David if that happens, Moses will be a new man and he will not remember who David is, but he is willing to take chances. In the last act of the film, Moses is now working ina coffee shop where David comes to meet him. He acts straight but still feels a connection to David. Tables have now turned to when David had first met Moses.

The movie started awful, with Ruth being totally over the top but as the film progressed, she was fun. The whole idea of Glintentica and taking over bodies etc was totally unbelievable but i think that was the idea of the satire. The whole story behind Glintentica was explained nicely but it was really funny when Ruth says to David that "all this you found through google search?", because that's exactly what I was thinking. There is nothing much to do as far as acting chops are considered but the 2 men looked alright and were decent in the film. The problem is that the film is all over the place. Is it a romantic comedy, is it satire, is it sci-fi or is it a mockery on fanatic religious groups? Oh, and what was it with sponges. That was totally odd and took a good part of the film. The film could have been much better if the direction was something about Moses being a gay house cleaner and his escapades. That would have been funnier.

Its not as bad as some of the recent ones I have seen, but its still pretty bad to not want to waste your time and money on it. (3.5/10)

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Do You Take This Man

We all love some well made wedding films. More often than not, most of these films have some sort of drama between the lead pair, differences crop up and lo behold, the film ends with the happily ever after scenario. If done well, this simple storyline can be very entertaining. Sadly I feel that the drama and the way it was handled was very artistic. The talkfest makes the film feel very sluggish and an an audience you pray the film to move forward quick.

Daniel and Christopher are about to get married. The day before, Daniel, the older and more controlling of the two, is organizing the rehearsal dinner for family and close friends. Christopher's closest friends have a surprise for him when they track down his best friend Emma from his childhood days and invite her for the wedding. Christopher cant control his excitement but Daniel is little upset that he didn't even know of her existence. Few friends have doubts if the couple will make it because of age difference but they are all very supportive. Its time for dinner and slowly folks start toasting. The group includes Daniels parents, his sister and his best friend and 3 of Christopher's friends. We slowly find out how Emma and Christopher know each other and how Christopher gets emotional about his parents when he gets the love from his in-laws. But this eventually leads to an explosive argument when Christopher tells Daniel that the woman who was supposed to marry them can't make it anymore. Both of them start questioning on their communication and are they really ready for this marriage. Eventually Emma and Daniel's sister put some sense in them individually and they decide to get married then and there that night.

There is a lot of drama in the film, but thankfully nothing was over the top or even humongous issues. But every single thing that was the reason for drama is something that you would expect to come up in a new relationship. You expect that a couple who has been together for 4 years would have talked about these things. There is barely any humour and everything after a while gets very dramatic and too talkative, especially at the dinner table. The 2 men have both withheld information but due to any malice or bad intention. t just happened and it takes external folks to make them realize how much they love each other. Acting wise thankfully everyone does a very good job and I never rolled my eyes. They were all thorough professionals and the leads had very good chemistry between them. The problem here is the story and screenplay. There is not much meat to it. Too much dialogues and a lethargic direction is the big disappointment.

The film is strictly average. It feels like a made for TV movie. Not a bad film but the slow pace and too much dialogues test your patience to an extent. (5.5/10)

Monday, February 24, 2020

The Thing About Harry

We have seen many queer rom-coms , so when I started to watch this film, I was wondering what will be the unique perspective that this film will bring to this genre. The one big difference that I felt that its 2020 and thankfully the film normalized gay/queer relationship as normally as any hetero normative movie would have done.  Besides that, to be honest, the film doesn't have much unique or new to offer but at a crisp length of less than hour and a half, the movie manages to hold your attention.

The film is about Sam and his high school bully turned friend Harry and their relationship over the course of a few years. Sam has just broken up with his boyfriend and needs to go home for his friends engagement party. He is forced to take Harry with him, who used to bully him in high school. But in that road trip , he realizes that Harry is actually a very decent guy and is pansexual. There is mutual chemistry but Sam firmly believes that once you friend zone someone in gay relationship. if you start dating you will eventually end up losing both the lover and your friend. Few months later they meet a singles party and decide to become friends. Their friendship grows over a period where most of their friends think they are a couple. Harry feels very strongly for Sam but somethings holds back Sam. Harry (in frustration) makes out with Stasia, Sam's best friend all along and they start a relationship. This makes Sam really upset and hurt by the two people he loved the most and he can't bear the heartbreak . Over a year passes and this is when Stasia tells Sam that she is getting married but not to Harry. At her wedding Harry finally professes his love for Sam and begs him to give their friendship a try to move to being lovers. Love prevails and eventually the lovers are reunited after a small misunderstanding even after their love.

Th first thing that you notice in the film is the amazing chemistry that the actors share with each other. Sam and Stasia are the kind of friends you want to root for. Of course we all have issues, but that doesn't make us bad people. Similarly, the crackling chemistry that Sam shares with Harry is another one to look out for. Needless to say that the two men look extremely gorgeous, especially Harry. I feel as an audience we should have been told more backstory for Harry. Whey does he keep moving on from one relationship to there, especially when he is not a hook up kinda guy and wants something serious. It feels there is a gap somewhere here. As I mentioned above, one thing that stands out was that the film was about love and not about sexuality. There’s no shame, there’s no coming out moment. It’s just normalized and this is what separates this film to an extent from others.

Its a feel good film in the rom-com genre. Nothing ground shattering but not bad at all. It gives you exactly what you expect. Love, heart-break, chemistry and aww moments. (6/10)

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (Hindi)

Finally, a hindi film that doesn't stereotype gay men and doesn't make a caricature out of them. A film that deals with homosexuality as much with homophobia keeping it all very commercial and easy to understand. India has produced a few gay themed films but more often than not they have either been preachy and outright bad. This film keeps things in humour and make a novice finally understand that love is love and your sexuality is what you are born with without being preachy about the whole thing.

Kartik and Aman Tripathi are a loving couple. Its Aman's cousin's wedding and the 2 men decide to join the celebrations. All hell breaks loose when Aman's father sees the 2 men kissing. Kartik reminds Aman that since his father is a scientist he will understand the relationship but that never happens. Aman's parents and his his extended family are furious. They force him and pressure him to marrying a neighborhood girl, despite knowing very well that Aman may be gay. This is where the struggles begin. For Kartik, its about educating Aman's parents that homosexuality is not a disease and he is ready to take on any fight that comes his way for the sake of his love. And Aman finally gives into the parental pressure just so that Kartik doesn't get beaten up. The girl who is selected for Aman is ready to go marriage of convenience because she loves someone else, but thats unacceptable to Aman or Kartik. Finally, as you would expect in a bollywood film, eventually the parents come around and even give the two men their blessings.

The story above may seem really simple, but I cannot tell you how funny the film was!! And the humor was not at the expense of homophobic jokes. Thank God! It was the entire wacked up family that made this film a treat to watch. The constant bickering of Amman's parents, his uncle and aunt being reminded of their status and education and Aman's cousin who is desperate to get married. These are the characters who give this film its soul. Of course the shy and coy Aman and more flamboyant Kartik's chemistry is amazing (given they are both straight men). There are multiple scenes where homosexuality is explained either through humour or through drama but it never gets overboard. Few dialogues remain with you. Instance when Kartik tell's Aman's father that gay people have to fight for their rights everyday but its the fight with their family which is the hardest. Or when Aman explains his sexuality to his parents and asks them how come their love is love and his love is illness. There are a few scenes where you cannot help but crack up. When the two boys kiss again at the cousin's wedding and the entire family comes up with a theory so far fetched, that you cannot help control your laughter. Each and every single character in the film is just perfect. There is a lot of fun which I am not sure, to be honest, if that will be relatable to people outside India, but I had a blast watching the film. It made me laugh, it made my eyes get moist and it made me think how much India has progressed in the kind of things we show in our cinema. You could never have expected a mainstream hero do a film playing a gay character and never in your dreams you could imagine two men kissing on the screen. I really hope people of India give this film and make this film a success because its time India start accepting gay relationships and be proud of who we are!

Watch this film, especially if you are Indian. It educates you that homosexuality is no disease or sin. Its no different from any other love. And be ready to be a roller coaster ride but the Tripathi family will take you on a joy ride like nothing ever before. Fantastic and looking forward to more Indian films with strong content like this. (8/10)

Friday, February 21, 2020

Love with Flaws (TV Show - Gay Storyline) (Korean)

So, this whole series wasn't a gay series but I managed to see only the entire gay storyline of this series which in total was over an hour long. This is apparently one of the first Korean dramas to openly have a gay storyline, although few films that shown this before. I wont be able to comment on the entire storyline but watching just the gay storyline was quite enjoyable by itself.

Joo Won-suk and his 3 siblings live together. He is extremely handsome, almost a playboy and runs an elite gay club in the city. One day an average university student Ho-dol comes to the bar and Joo Won-suk asks him to leave because he is very average looking and doesn't belong there. Incidentally Ho-dol gets hired as a private tutor for his youngest brother by his sister who hates good looking men. Ho-dol is a very shy, reserved student who is forced to come out by one of his classmates who likes Joo Won-suk. This shatters Ho-dols life and things take a turn here. Joo Won-suk start scaring for Ho-dol including giving him confidence to accept his sexuality and be brave and honest about it. In fact we see realize that Joo Won-suk may even have feelings for Ho-dol and gets jealous when Ho-dol gets attention by others. Eventually Ho-dols father gets to meet Joo Won-suk and they are together as a couple.

There were a lot of moments in this storyline that were heartwarming. The way Joo Won-suk comes to Ho-dol's rescue after he has been outed was nicely done without being overdramatic. We have seen these extremely handsome guys struggle for love because they never know if someone is with them for their looks or for the person that they are and in this case, you realize that the love that is slowly developing between the two men is real and is there to stay. We are told struggles that Joo Won-suk went through when he came out to his parents and he will be there with Ho-dol to make sure he doesn't have to go through same situation. There were side stories of the other siblings that were not very clear. The 2 guys acted really well and keep your attention. While reading more about the series I read that the actor who played Joo Won-suk passed away and the cause of his death was never made public. I am shocked and I hope his soul rests in peace.

This was the first time, I saw only a particular storyline (in this case a gay-storyline) of an entire series. I was always worried whether the whole storyline would make sense or not. I was wrong. This wasn't as bad to watch at all. (5.5/10)

Monday, February 17, 2020

Gay Short Films : 70

Fawns (Greece)
A beautiful heartbreaking short that uses the nature & story of deer to explain that when you love someone, sometimes its better to let it go. Imagery here is gay but its true for all love.

Present Perfect (Thailand)
A heart broken gay boy meets a straight guy on a holiday trip and they both get cozy but soon our man leaves the gay boy giving him hopes for him to find true love.

Encuentro (Argentina)
Two strangers in a dreamlike space of words, bodies, and ideas as they explore the true nature of difference, acceptance, and free will.

El amor mola: Cupido in Love (Spain)
Super cute short story that shows anyone can fall in love, even the cupid.

De azi inainte (Romania) [From Now On]
Stefan’s 18th birthday presents are: a driving lesson, a bottle of vodka and an open-minded discussion about women and possibly his homosexuality, which ends with an unexpected surprise.

Touch (Belgium)
Lieven is confused: confused about his relationship and about his sexuality. After a fight with his girlfriend, he goes to his gay best friend Senne for support.

Lives Under The Red Light (Cambodia)
A documentary focusing on life of a ladyboy who work as sex workers in Phnom Penh. It talks about the daily discriminations they face. Sex work places them at risk to gang rape, sex violence, drugs and arrests by police.

Queerability (Laos)
This short documentary explores the intersectional identities and experiences of Lao individuals who identify as LGBTQI and live with disabilities.

Para Kay James (Philippines)
Cedric goes to the wake of his deceased lover, James. While trying to gather the courage to tell James' mother, Carol, about their relationship, both Cedric and Carol journey through their memories with the departed. The film tackles grief and the many forms it takes.

Pink Point (Amsterdam)
We hear the story of the owner of the gay store Pink Point in Amsterdam.

Sodom's Cat (Taiwan)
A young boy attends an orgy by a dating app. He meets four other guys there and together they start a journey of body pleasures. But is the satisfaction and pleasure real or not? Or is it that they will be even lonelier than before?

My Arabian Prince
Fantasy becomes reality when an adult video star invades the dreams of his voyeur.

Invitation (South Korea)
Humans deceive humans and make an effort to meet their needs. When a jobless guy starts peeping through a neighbors home, little does he know that its all a plot to invite him to his home.

This Night (Philippines)
High school friends meet after ages at a reunion and rekindle their old connection, knowing very well that this might be their only night together.

Closeted (USA)
Helped by his best friend, Sebastian; a teenage boy tries to figure out his complicated romantic life. He has to make a decision between a popular girl vs a boy he is attracted to.

Pele Suja Minha Carne (Brazil) [Dirty Skin]
A teen black boy is attracted to his friend and he dares to even kiss him when he thinks that the boy must have the same feelings for him.

Arrangement (South Africa)
A regular hookup between two men becomes more complicated than intended. When both guys realize that this is not just a release but they really dot love their wife/girlfriend anymore.

Playground (Israel)
Two boys meet at a playground at night. There's nothing stupider than disclosing their biggest secret in graffiti on the wall right there. Especially when they can lose everything.

Coming of Age (USA)
In the afterglow of sex, a generation gap opens between two men as they struggle to define trust in the age of open marriage and NSA hookups. This was a very very interesting take of what hook up and love means for today's generation.

Home (Israel)
A couple returns home after the stabbing at the 2015 Jerusalem Pride Parade. One of them decides that they must have sex.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Sister Mary

After a great film, back to a trashy campy gay OTT film. This film is so damn silly that I wonder if it found any audience at all. To make things worse, the film is unnecessarily stretched beyond reason. If they focussed on the core story and stuck to a maybe 6-80 minute runtime and toned down the gayness a bit, the story had some potential

A group of gay guys form a band called "The Ex Choir Boys". One night one of the band members gets killed and another guy sees a nun around the crime scene. Detective mark is assigned to the case, who is a big time homophobic person. And the sheriff invites a very flamboyant detective Chris to partner with Mark on the case. The duo make a couple of arrests but the killings continue and killer nun is on a spree to kill these boys. Pretty soon, the mystery is revealed where the real identity of who Sister Mary is revealed and the history behind the reason for her/him killing the boys.

Yes the film was silly and not that I was expecting much histrionics from the film but the stereotyping of gay men goes on and on and beyond a point, it gets very annoying. I have not seen so many offensive stereotypes and crude gay jokes thrown into one film. I mean a gay detective having sex with witnesses is not my idea of fun. Mark did a good job of acting as the uptight homophobic detective with a secret. Chris was too much for me to handle. The whole point of the guys pretending to be priests to find the killer was so silly. There are random stories and scenes thrown here and there and nudity for no reason. (or maybe we know the reason is to attract the gay crowd).

Its a very indie film which is simply stupid and totally avoidable. (3/10)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

1985

I had no expectations from this film. In fact I didn't even have an idea of what the film is about and what a pleasant surprise this film turned out to be. Although made in 2018, the film is set around the AIDS epidemic in 1985, which to be honest, is not really told to us clearly until very later in the film. The whole black and white photography and a grainy feel literally transports you into that era. And sometimes less is more and this film is a classic example. The film is never overdramatic, everything is underplayed but you can't help feeling your eyes watering with what's happening on the screen.

Adrian comes to his small town in Texas after three years over Christmas holidays from New York. He justifies that with reason citing to a big promotion at his office and him being very busy. You see a bit of friction between Adrian and his father. The mother is cheery as usual and Adrian's little teen brother Andrew is upset because Adrian didn't let him visit New York. We get a sense that Adrian is hiding something but we are not very sure. When Adrian gives really expensive gifts to his parents for Christmas, they are shocked since they belong to a very religious low income family. He manages to reestablish himself as a brotherly ally, but the weight of secrets withheld from his parents is almost crushing. His father, over drinks confesses to Adrian that he knows about him being gay because he saw him with his "friend" once in New York. He reconnects with an old girlfriend of his from school who still has romantic feelings for him but he makes it clear that he is there to see her as a friend. When he finally comes clean, she (and we) learn that the AIDS epidemic has become brutally central to his existence. There is a hint that Andrew , the young brother, might also be gay, and Adrian leaves a recording for him with some of the most beautiful and encouraging lines. The film ends with Adrian leaving back for New York, knowing very well that this might be the last time he is seeing his family, but unable to bring up the courage to confide in them with the reality he is facing of maybe this being his last Christmas and new year.

This film is different from most other films in this genre, in that this film focuses on the untalked tensions that come to surface because of the gay plague and how an individual gay man deals with it on his own and his family. The tensions where Adrian's father tells him that he knows about him being gay, where the mother hints at being a lot more progressive than he gives her credit for. Even at the end, she tells him that she will wait till Adrian is ready to tell her thinking only about the sexuality, meanwhile Adrian has bigger things to worry. Its painful to watch when Adrian confides to his ex girlfriend about his lover and how he died and how his family treated him even after the death, thereby making Adrian fear even more of his parents reactions. He takes a promise from her that she will tell all about Adrian to his little brother at the right time. This film felt very personal to me, to be honest. An individual dealing with sickness, which may even take his life soon, but is unable to share with his family anything about his life, including the fact that he doesn't even have a job. I liked the fact that we are not told at the outset what's going on. Its only through bits and pieces here and there that we start putting pieces together. Adrian takes pills every night, complains about stomach flu and talks to his dog about who will outlive the other. Its only towards the end we know the actual disease and its only at the end that we also get to see a glimpse of his NY life. The long silences are never awkward in the film. Parents love their sons but at the same time fear for their life and safety and this is the reason for their contradictory emotions. You first feel resentful to the father but eventually you do try to understand where he is coming from. Its the charisma of all the actors and an absolutely brilliant direction that this film goes to another level altogether. The main lead Adrian is simply mind blowing. In fact everyone else is fantastic.

This films never preaches or goes overboard. The way this film manages to force the audience to confront this subject on such a deep and personal level allows us to really think about, and understand the matter a lot better. I highly highly recommend this film. (8.5/10)

Saturday, February 1, 2020

2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten (Filipino/English)

This film also joins the list of movies that do not really fall in the queer genre per say but the underlying theme of coming of age and same sex attraction and a couple of scenes does qualify for it to be reviewed here. The movie is set in Pampanga in Philippines and in summary follows the life of a lonely teenager Felix, whose boring existence is shaken up when a pair of American-Philipino siblings joining his school.

Felix is a young teenager, an over achiever and belongs to a poor family. Because he is super smart, he lives a very lonely friendless existence. When two new high school students, half-American brothers Magnus and Maxim join his school, his life takes a major turn. Since the brothers are not the most intelligent but have money, Magnus hires Felix to teach him for money since they are in same class. Maxim also uses Felix to do his homework. Felix finds himself feeling emotions like none before and finds himself drawn towards both, especially Magnus. We hear the backstory of the brothers' prostitue mother and their absent father. They both want to go to US but their father has remarried and the only way they can now go to US is if they were orphaned before they turned 18. Maxim comes up with a hineous plan with Felix to kill his own mother. Felix uses this secret to watch Maxim naked and jerk himself off but then still goes and tells Magnus. By now Felix is in love with him but Magnus refuses his advances. and in the process of saving his mother, Magnus also ends up dying, leaving Felix again alone all by himself.

The gay subcontext is here that Felix finds himself drawn to both the brothers sexually. Though he doesn't really make any physical advances towards Maxim, He totally fancies Magnus and is also afraid of his own feelings at the same time. It is an interesting underlying theme which is briefly touched upon without swaying away from the core theme. All the actors were really good and the 2 brothers were soooo cute. Felix plays the over achiever student whose family's financial situation is what's keeping him from attaining more than what he's capable of, plays the part to perfection. The Snyder brother's story was nice but could they really have been so rich was a little hard for me to digest but whatever. They were good actors and really easy on the eyes. Don't expect too much drama or gay scenes in the film.

The film is not boring and keeps you hooked at a decent length, but be prepared that it does not strictly fall in the gay genre. Nevertheless an interesting film. (5/10)

Thursday, January 30, 2020

A Closer Walk With Thee

This was a very unusual queer film. A random mix of religion, questioning sexuality and exorcism. And at many places it was unexpected comical (not in a funny way).

4 bible thumping young people are trying to bring the Lord into the lives of people in the ghetto. The lead is Eli with Jordan and 2 girls. Jordan is totally fixated with Eli and we see how he is constantly aroused by his physical presence as well. One of the girls catches Jordan masturbating watching Eli and this creates weirdness in the group, with everyone calling hime a 'pervert'. But things start getting worse when their home gets attacked by the goons. Now, in addition to a local woman, Jordan slowly starts showing signs of demonic possession. Luckily, Eli is a self proclaimed exorcist and he’s ready to do battle with the sinister entity residing inside his friend… but not even faith can protect him from the true evil found within.

I am not sure what I was really expecting from the film. I thought it would be another one of those 'Latter Days' kinda film but the plot was definitely not what I had imagined. There was a lot of t alking and at quite a few places it got very preachy and religion focussed. I feel the film could have gone a notch up if there were some more surprise elements added or something else done. When the film ends, I felt a missed opportunity. The is filled with pining and lusting and fantasizing that it slightly arouses us in anticipation and hope that the Eli & Jordan would get physical but sadly that never happens. The film is shot in a single home at a super low budget. The handsome Eli and wel acted Jordan make up for the low marks.

This film will not be everyone's cup of tea given its a weird mix genre about gay urges, christianity, exorcism, baptism and street gangs. It is all over the place. (3/10)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

District

I am not very sure what was the whole point of this film. It was all over the place. Although it does reflect various themes like friendship, love, loyalty, sacrificing one's morality for money, Mother/Son relationship etc.

Miller is a 20-ish young gay black man whose mother in prison for his father's attempted murder. There are a few scenes between mother-son that don't add much to the story. Miller is looking for a job and is in a weird physical relationship with another young street boy named Jay. Jay occasionally comes over for food and some sex. Miller is hired for some 'construction job' buy local goons. Even though he is warned by Jay to not trust those guys, Miller desperately needs money and hence takes the job but it has repercussions since those goons have more than vested interest in the deal. The film just goes back and forth, with continuous sex between Jay and Miller and then as random the movie started, it comes to a sudden end.

This film is apparently adopted from a popular book, but irrespective, it makes absolutely no sense. The plot os non-existent, screenplay is terrible and acting is strictly ok. For some strange reason every few words they like to use the N-word. This film is not worth even at a fast forward speed. The only good thing about the film is Miller. He is a hot looking man, with great body and attitude. The audio was terrible, dialogues cringeworthy and just a bad overall experience. Please do not waste your time on this one at all. (1/10)

Monday, January 27, 2020

Dead Boyz Don't Scream

This film is not a gay film at all but given that in almost half of the film you see all males, full naked with their penises flopping around, I don't think anyone else besides the gay audience would be even remotely interested in the film. And trust me, their is a penis in pretty much every single frame.

Chris along with his 2straight male model friends get invited by a a photographer for a cowboy shoot. But as per their agent Tess, they shouldn't do any nude modeling yet. Same night Chris' sister Callie is in town and the 2 other friends along with photographer's assistant party that night. Callie starts having sex with 3 of them but changes her mind. Eventually the assistant is pushed off the roof. To keep the models out of any controversy, their agent Tess asks them to go for the cowboy photoshoot. Surprisingly, the killings continue and one by one people start to die there as well. First the 2 other male models, then the blonde gay couple, then the photographer and another assistant. Tess, her girlfriend and Chris are the only ones remaining alive when the final big reveal of the killer happens.

This movie felt pretty much a joke. The models were naked at the drop of a hat for no reason whatsoever. I mean, I am not complaining about seeing hot bodies and penis throughout but after a while, it loses novelty. The acting by everyone was just fair. Their acting and delivering every lines seems they were reading it from a visual aide and or memorizing it. The big reveal at the end does surprised me, because I wasn't expecting it but besides that if you really do have to watch this film, you can easily watch it at twice the speed. That way you wont have to waste that much time at least. As I mentioned above, this is not a gay cinema per say, but its very clear that the target audience is gay.

A badly acted murder mystery whose only positive thing is a whole lot of nudity, this one can be avoided. Watch porn instead. (3/10)

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Gay Short Films : 69

Roosa Kampsun (Estonia) [Pink Cardigan]
Henrik is a successful actor and comedian. In his private life he is lonely and insecure, struggling with adulthood. He is not homophobe but somehow circumstances always portray him to be one. When he joins yoga and makes a gay friend, will he end up losing him?

Hurt (Singapore)
Explores the theme of rejection, acceptance & hurt with the underlying theme of cheating in a relationship which seems to be the norm in the gay community.

I Go To School Not By Bus (Hong Kong)
A coming out of age story of 2 secondary school students who study in a Christian school. Ming, is in closet and Hei is openly gay., It is a story of self-discovery, struggle through love, loneliness & religion.

Do You, Andy? (Taiwan)
Andy is about to propose to his boyfriend but his parents walk into the restaurant, throwing him entirely. The foursome eat together and by the end Andy's parents let him know they accept him and his boyfriend.

Life Of Silence (Taiwan)
Story of three gay men who are entangled in doomed romances. Silence usually comes with a backdrop, waiting to be stirred bu social pressures. Three gay guys and two marriages. When love and marriage can't go hand in hand, how can marital bliss be realized?

The Goodbye (UK)
A young gay man has to come to terms with the fact that he has 6 months left to live. Not everyone gets a chance to forgive people who have wronged them.

Good Boy (USA)
When his childhood friend, Caleb, returns from military, Macon's mind is filled with flashbacks to a violent and emotionally charged day in his adolescence involving Caleb and his younger brother, Eli. As the day goes on Macon tries to keep his cool while being tortured by the horrific secret about Eli's disappearance,

Eloi & Biel (Spain)
Two youths exploring an empty country house share a moment of uninhibited passion. 20 minutes of soft porn.

A Friend Is Another Self (Thailand)
Ton and Champ study together in a technical school and live a secret love story. One day when Champ doesn't answer Ton's calls, he gets worried. A shocker in in store when Champ hears that Ton is dead. But is it really the truth or love had something else in store?

The Mountain King (USA)
A reserved young man meets an impulsive stranger on a secluded beach. Their brief friendship leaves each subtly changed.

Refugee's Welcome (Germany)
Moonif, a young Syrian man, leaves the refugee camp to wander the streets of Berlin. When he is harassed he is saved by a Czech immigrant who helps Moonif realize the pleasures of flesh.

Das Wolfskind (Germany)
An overwhelming grief for the death of his partner, killed in the worst possible way, right in front of him. He is distant from everyone including his son since he prostitutes himself to support him.

Stay With Me (Taiwan)
2 teens are very close friends. One of them has struggling family conditions. He is stuck in middle between friendship and romance & he seeks for the sanctuary between lust and emotion. During the process, his weak characteristic leads his emotion to happiness, avoidance and pain.

Scorpio Rising (USA)
An army of gay bikers, leather gay bars, pain/pleasure. Sexual and sadistic symbols are intercut.

Call Me A Ghost (Belgium)
The protagonist is going through depression and doesn't leave home. He is visited by a supernatural presence and they have the most visual 10 minute sex scene. Is there a place for desire in the unknown?

Verona (Brazil)
Ten years after the end of the dance music duo Verona, Elias comes to Brazil to meet his former partner, Walter who is going to marry a young man.

Petit Homme (Switzerland)
David is a young apprentice jockey. To get closer to Elias, a handsome boy, & to seek his advice, David spies on him and covers for his nocturnal sorties. Eliab starts to open up, but does David wants more from him.

Hot Legs (South Africa)
Over six days of the tense psychological abusive relationship when a gay man kidnaps his childhood bully to show destructive impacts on him.

Crazy In Sex Dream (China)
Two strangers met at a McDonald's, one follows the other into the toilet. The following day they met up again under a bridge, and the training begins for a master slave love.

Vibro Boy (France)
An old aztec statue brought back from Mexico to France by a transvestite suddenly releases Vibroboy, a superhero endowed with a phallic driller.