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.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Three of Hearts

Ok, so this is not a gay film. Its about lesbian lovers but you would not want to categorize this movie under that genre as well. It can as well be termed as a romantic movie with lesbianism involved. Not that watching lesbians making love is my idea but what the heck, a film is a film is a film.

The film starts with Connie and Ellen, a lesbian couple breaking up. Ellen wants to move out because she needs to think and sort out things in her mind. You can instantly make out that she is confused about her bi-sexuality. Joe is a male escort whom Connie hires to meet her family at her sister's wedding since she had promised them that she will have her fiance meeting them (hoping to go with Ellen). Joe and Ellen end up becoming friends after that and come up with the idea of maybe Joe making Ellen fall in love with him, break her heart and so Ellen will come back to Connie. Meanwhile, an acquaintance has gotten out of prison and seeks to put a hurt Joe, blaming him for his prison sentence. Joe succeeds in making Ellen fall for him but in the process realizes that he is falling for Ellen and decides to stop hustling and be true to her. But before he could do anything, the guy from jail gets to him, beats him up and he is in hospital. Thats when the truth comes out by Connie to Ellen about Joe. Ellen is heart broken, but the incident makes Connie realize that Ellen is not in love with her. Rather she loves Joe but is hurt but whatever happened. Ultimately everything is fine and Ellen and Joe are together.

The movie was simple with decent performances. Joe is hot with capital H. The scene where Ellen says, "Who are you? You cook like a chef and you look like a movie star.", I thought was so true. Ellen was charming. My problem was with Connie's character. Her dressing was so over the top. The tried so hard t make her look like a dyke but I felt it was a sore thumb. Plus she was made to look obsessive to the extent to following her ex.

But otherwise, its a decent watch. Nothing great but good faces to see. :) (5.5/10)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

East Side Story

After a long time , I again saw a funny romantic gay movie that I liked. These are the kind of movies which I prefer watching any time. They make you laugh, feel emotional with the characters and stir that romantic feeling inside you.

Diego is a Latin guy living with his grandma in east LA. He helps his grandma run the Mexican restaurant that she owns. Diego dreams of getting out of LA someday and opening up his own restaurant. He is seeing this closet real estate agent Pablo for over a year. Diego wants to take this relationship further by living in but Pablo is too freaked out to accept reality. They break up. Meanwhile Diego's aunt Bianca comes in the picture and starts having an affair with Pablo. Oh! did I mention that she is the funniest character in the movie. Meanwhile, a new gay couple movies in the neighborhood and people find out that Diego is gay too. This starts affecting the restaurant business. The gay couple Wesley and Jonathan have a troubled relationship which is evident when Diego says to Wesley that "You are stuck in it and you can't get out. Accept it.". Wesley and Diego have obvious feelings for each other but it cannot go anywhere. On the other side when Pablo decided to marry Bianca, Diego tells her the entire truth and she runs away. Jonathan tries all evil things to keep Wesley on his side including insulting Diego whenever possible, which ultimately makes him and Wesley break up. he movie ends in a happy note with the restaurant renovation, doing good business and Diego and Wesley coming together.

Performance wise everyone has done a good job. There were plenty of shirtless scenes to tilt you including a few good kissing scenes. Its unbelievable that a absolute hot guy like Diego has no fiends. He really is very cute. The chemistry between Diego and his grandma is amazing and heart warming.

A definite watch for some cute boys and a romantic comedy love story. (7/10)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A Very Natural Thing

From the looks etc of the film, it would not be wrong to say that this movie must have been among the first ones to come out depicting gay life style and culture and gay sexual liberation. The movie is set in 70's and it is very interesting to see the way people dressed, cars they drove, their lifestyle and many more things.

David is a teacher who was an ex-monk. He meets a hot guy Mark in a club one night and they hook up. They start going out and have a good time. David is this guy who has all these romantic notions about all relationships while Mark is the guy who just wants to live in moment and enjoy all these moments with David. Its evident they both like each other and enjoy each other a lot. Soon David moves in with Mark. Things are all fine until slowly the differences with respect to expectations from the relationship stat to come in. Mark is younger and is somehow prone to commitment. He wants to explore other sexual encounters. David tries to keep with Mark because he loves him but then things slowly just keep getting worse and one day tired of all this David walks out heartbroken. David and Mark meet again but its very clear that all Mark wants is sex but David can't have anything that doesn't have a meaning attached to it. They grow apart for good. Later at the NY gay parade David meets a guy Jason and they hook up and start enjoying each other's company. They spend weekends together and hang out, till one day when Jason asks David to live in together. This time David refuses because he does not want to do the same mistake that happened with Mark earlier. They talk and David asks Jason to just enjoy, live in moment, be committed to each other because living together only complicates the situation. Towards the end, its shown that the two guys are just having a wonderful time at beach without thinking too much about what the future has in store for them. Just enjoy their present. And thats the scene in movie poster.

There are 2 ways to look at this movie depending on what our personal perspective is. From David's point of view who wants to do every single thing with his partner and looks for that ideal romantic life which probably exists only in books or from Mark's point of view who wants to be committed but is afraid because he wants to explore more options. I can at some point relate to both and feel what they individually felt.

For me the movie was ok. It did not stand for one particular point. A regular fare (5/10)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Amnesia: The James Brighton Enigma (Canada - French/English)

There are 2 important words in the film title 'amnesia' and 'enigma' and so rightly because while watching the movie, a viewer is in state of confusion between facts and fiction, the imitation of real life story to on screen story. Inspired by a true incident, this film adds on more substance and build s a fine film around it.

One morning a young nude lad is found in a deserted lot in Montreal. He is taken to the hospital by the cops where they find that he is total amnesiac and doesn't remember anything about his previous life except the fact that he is gay and believes that his name is James Brighton. He builds a very close bond with the lady doctor treating him. They together with the help of gay hotline try and search for his identity but with no luck. He starts living with a gay guy trying to be normal but of course frustrated with the fact that he cannot remember anything. The viewer is left confused as to whether James is really amnesiac or hiding something. One day police finds out that he is actually Matthew Honeycutt and he actually was running from his family in US. His mom comes and picks him up and James tries to bring his life back to normal and thats how the film ends. Apparently in real life, the guy still hasn't got back his memory. The movie moves forward through the eyes of Sylvie, a criminology student, who finds James Brighton story very good for thesis. The movie shows why James think who he is and what actually happened but like I mentioned earlier , since all that is shown through dreams and nightmares that James gets, you really don't know if that was all imagination or that really was the actual reason.

Acting wise it was a great job done by the main character. He acted and portrayed his emotions so well. You as a viewer feel for him and don't even want to imagine yourself in his shoes. Few scenes go back n forth in past and present that sometimes, its difficult to keep track and the movie gets a little difficult.

Definitely worth seeing for a different story and treatment. (6/10)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Straightman

A first time attempt by the actor director, this film was just about ok. It according to me was a film more about friendship between 2 guys one of which happens to be gay rather than the whole gay life style story. As a first attempt, it was only a decent outcome.

Jack lives with his girlfriend and is a worker in some factory. His best friend David works in a comedy club and has this thing of flirting with girls all the time and hooking up with them. As the movie progress. its shown how the 2 friends are very close o each other and how Jack's girlfriend is frustrated with lessening interest of Jack in her. She ultimately decides to leave him and doesn't even get a angry reaction from Jack. After this incident Jack and David move in together after renting a place in suburbs of Chicago since it would be cheap. Now we are suddenly shown Jack playing around with men. This comes just suddenly. As a viewer you are thinking how and when did this all start. There is no explanation provided. In one of the many discussions, Jack comes out to David and David is shown pretty cool about it. That was a good scene when Jack comes out and then David asks "Does it mean you are not gonna help me out in picking up girls?". I thought that was casual and subtle. What follows is just conflicts between 2 friends in which they try to understand each other, take care of each other and also leading their gay and straight life respectively. Jack is shown more confusing because he wants to get in a relationship and is not able to do so. Eventually David also just wants to get settled on his own with someone and does not wanna just flirt anymore. Finally the friends part and just move on to their separate ways.

This kind pf ending to a movie was a little confusing to me. By the time movie ends, I was confused behind the intention of this movie. Acting wise, its just an ok job done by both lead characters. Very low production values and an ok story does little justice to the entire premise.

Watch it only if you have nothing else to do. Keep remote next to you to keep fast forwarding. (4.5/10)

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Prom Queen : The Mark Hall Story (Canada)

My second time watching this movie and I must admit that it was equally exciting to watch it again. This one apparently is based on a true story that happened in Canada. If thats true then I have to really salute Mark Hall for all his courage.

In a fictional small town live Mark Hall, a happy go lucky teenage kid who is popular in school and who has managed to avoid the typical harassment a gay kid in a small town would expect to face. It's the time for school prom and he wants to being his boyfriend with him, but the catholic school dismisses it saying it is against catholic and religious rules. He has best friend like Carly who supports him throughout and even says that she wont attend prom if he cannot . Carly's boyfriend is in with her to support and does his best what he can for Mark. At this stage Mark decided to come out to his family who surprisingly he finds out have always known. Hence start the fight against the school officials to allow Mark to attend the prom. The story becomes talk of the town and a gay activist lawyer helps to support his case in court. Marc agrees to challenge the school/church stance. Even though all of us know what would be the result but the way n which Mark presents his case is very touching. His boyfriend Jason gets frustrated at one point because suddenly from being no one he is being recognized by each and every one and he just wants to be normal. BUt the love between the two is so strong that they are always together. Ultimately Mark Hall does go to the prom.

My favorite scene is the climax when Mark's dad tells him that any father would be proud to have a son like him. This especially makes sense in the movie because they have shown how MArk's father had always been in short of words to say anything to Mark. Mark's mother is shown very courageous and all supportive of his son. The school scenes are comic and interesting and acting was all decent. Mark has been portrayed with such cuteness, innocence and freshness. I particularly found his boyfriend Jason very cute.

You should definitely see this movie. It just might remind you of your days when you had a few challenges on your life just because you were gay. (7/10)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

An Angel Named Billy

This is one of those movies which are dragged for no reasons. Some of the characters are stretched for no reasons. Like the whole introduction of Billy and his dad was not required. Anyways, its a simple story otherwise.

Billy has an alcoholic father. One day he sees Billy kissing his friend and he throws him out of home since he is gay. Billy lands up in LA. There he meets Guy working in a cafe who helps him for a couple of days and becomes his friend. Billy find an ad for a job where James is looking for a help for his dad Mark kAnderson, a recent victim of stroke. Since James is usually busy with his assignments, he wants someone to take care of his dad. Mark is straight but his best friend is your over the top drag queen Thomas. James is gay too and has a troubled relationship with his ex since his ex was a drug addict. He is lonely and looking for love. Billy starts working and charms everyone with his hard work and dedication. James start falling for him and they become lovers. Mark dies and Billy and James get married.

Simple story. Not much to offer except that the acting was very very amateurish, specially James. He was so fake and kind of annoying. Billy was ok. There is not much I wanna say more about the movie.

Strictly ok. Not much to offer in any terms. (5/10)