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.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Visions of Sugar Plums

Now this is a bad bad film. By the packaging, you feel that this film might be funny but don't let that fool you. Its a very amateurish attempt at telling something very simple.

Bruce and Joey have been together for 9 months and are looking forward for their first christmas together. But Bruce finds out that his parents are going to give him a surprise visit. Joey then finds out hat Bruce is freaked about this since he is not out and his parent are priest in church. Now he has to choose between his boyfriend and parents. Joey moves to the neighboring drag queen apartment while Bruce entertains his parents. They stumble upon a picture of Bruce and Joey together, lose their temper and leave home. Joey comes back and consoles Bruce and they spent Christmas eve together.

Horribl acting by everyone specially the drag queen. It has to be the worst. And the landlady was also bad. Wors were the parents reactions when they discover Bruce is gay. Even the lead characters had no chemistry. The production and direction were poor. Any film going student can make a better film.

Just dont waste your time. (2/10)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Echte Kerle (German) [Regular Guys]

Age old formula where a gay guy falls for a straight man and eventually straight guy turning gay has been done so many times. BUt it seems so unreal. Finally a straight guy who is definitely straight. This movie deals with the chemistry between a gay man and a confused sexist cop beautifully.

Chris Schwenk is a regular macho policeman whose partner is Mike. Chris' girlfriend one fine day just dumps him. Getting too drunk that night, the next morning he finds himself in bed with a guy called Edgar. Chris doesn't remember what happened and Edgar refuses to tell although he invites Chris t stay with him if he wants. Chris refuses for obvious reasons but after his car also gets stolen , he has no choice but to come and stay with Edgar. Their bonding slowly gets stronger. Meanwhile another cop in training Helen joins the team of Chris and Mike. She also has a broken love behind her and slowly she gets a liking for Chris but just cannot understand her. Edgar deals with stolen cars and refurbish them. His friend Marco deals with stolen parts. When Chris finds out that cops can be after him, he advises Edgar and Marco to stay out of all this for some time. Edgar agrees because he has a very strong feeling and emotions for Chris but knows very well that Chris is straight. There are a lot of moments between the 2 characters regarding this. Ultimately all 3 cops become friendly with Edgar and help him. They each find it easier to turn the other cheek and support each other. The ending pairs off the various members of this story in a warm and funny way, a manner which some may find predictable, Helen and Chris together and Mike declaring that he is gay and is now boyfriends with Edgar.

Acting wise everyone was very good. The main characters of Chris and Edgar were specifically very well characterized. The supporting roles were also well defined. It was a drama but with a touch of comedy built in. The movie also dealt with the fact that not every stariht guy can turn gay and also the fact that a gay and a straight guy can have a perfectly healthy friendship.

I think this was my second time watching it. Its definitely worth a watch. (6.5/10)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

True Love (Short Stories)

This movie is another collection of seven short love stories explores the ups and downs of gay relationships. ach short represents a snap shot of gay life; growing up, growing old, and falling in & out of love. Although, the title "True Love" may not fully speak for the wide spectrum of perspectives in gay life shown in the 7 shorts, it does represent what each short's character was trying to find.

"A Christmas Story" - The collection starts with this silent film about a little boy and his gender-crossing attempts to get attention from his parents.
"Going Gay" - A sixteen-year-old boy in a car is shown fingering a necklace as his father grills him about being caught having sex with his best friend.
"History" - This one, shot mostly in an LA restaurant, tells a story of a gay uncle and his now-adult nephew dealing with their past.
"Sunday" - A well-worn couple spends their Sunday morning in bed telling a tale of immense love and devotion.
"He Was Perfect" - This is the story of a young man on a search for love, and a twisted couple he gets in the middle of.
"Staying Together" - At a dinner party, two men reinforce their love in the kitchen while their buddies speculate.
"A Little Drama" - The stunning conclusion is the story of Romeo and Juliet, a kiss, and the show's lighting panel operator.

Personally I thought 'He was Perfect' was best. This one actually if deigned properly can be made in a feature. 'History' was kind of cute. Seeing 2 old men still very much in love with each other was very heartening. Rest were all ok.

Another decent collection of shorts. Some good, some ok. (5/10)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Breakfast on Pluto (UK)

Who does not want to be loved? Not many of us, and Kitten wants it more than most. Her journey to find love in whatever form it may take is both touching and harrowing at times.

Patrick "Kitten" is abandoned on the parish house doorstep by an anonymous mother. Father Bernard takes the baby in and finds a foster home for the child. We later learn that the child is as the result of a liaison between the priest and his housekeeper. It's quite an auspicious beginning for this budding young drag queen who is immediately tagged as different. He makes friends with a mentally challenged boy, the only person of color in their school and her boyfriend. Kitten's boyhood is always a struggle – he's not only gay, but a drag queen. After being caught dresing up too many times, he flees the small town for the big city. He decides he needs to find his mother in London and so he's off. Finding all sorts of trouble doesn't bring this upbeat character down. Kitten just slogs his way through everything. His first boyfriend turns out to be running guns. Some how Kitten manages to save her life and move on. He picks up a man in London who tries to strangle him. He's in a club when it's bombed and he's accused of being the "Trannie Bomber" – oh well. This is one young man with perfect Karma. Towards the end KItten does find his mother but he never discloses his identity and is just happy to see his mother happy with a family. He just lives with his friend and her baby.

The story moves as different chapters in Kitten's life which talk about different incidents that happen in her life. Each chapter show us a different facet of his life. While some are cheesy, others are hair rising and make you think. Performance wise the lead character is reallygod. Its a very very tough act to do but he has done it very well. For me personally the movie was a little long and it could have had a much better impact if it was trimmed down.

Overall a decent experience. Not too bad. (5.5/10)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Boy Crush (Short Films)

Seven short films in which gay youths and young men negotiate society, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. In several, teen boys come out, perhaps first to a close friend - how will the friends react? For some youths, coming out risks violence. In two films, love is thwarted - by mother, in one, and by immigration, in another.

"Night Swimming" - This terrific bittersweet teen drama depicts that perennial gay dilemma: falling for straight boys. Young Otter idolizes his alpha-male buddy Darby who just might have similar feelings for him. This exquisitely crafted story unfolds on a road-trip to New York City.
"Summer" - This intricately crafted short delicately explores the ache of unrequited love as Leung reveals his true feelings for his beefy straight pal Will on an expedition in jungle. Will being a good friend reciprocates that he will be there for him.
"Oedipus" (French) - Thomas, a gay man who dies and then awakens as a clone in a terrifying sci-fi future only to have his mother deny him access to his boyfriend as she attempts to cure his sexual preference.
"Out Now" (German) - Small town shy teen Tom is tormented by his high school classmates while he pines over the blond boy at the candy kiosk. Finally he gets the courage and overcomes all obstacles
"Running Without Sound" - A deaf teen with a crush on his pal grapples with confusing emotions and tensions with his fellow cross-country runner team-mates in this finely crafted gay jock story.
"The Bridge" - A forboding dramatic snapshot of a bi-national gay couple who just want to be together in Sydney. BUt circumstances force one of them to leave Sydney because he does not have valid papers to live in the country.
"Hitchcocked" - This smart, sexy, scary short gives new meaning to the term: shower scene. LIterally. This is a rle play scene between boyfriends who are soon to get married.

All were pretty decent movies except Oedipus. That was really weird. Plus I did not get too much out of 'Out Now' . My favs would be 'Summer' because of emotions and 'Hitchcocked' because it really came as a surprise. (5.5/10)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Milk

Writing review for this film is not something I am worth doing but then this is the only way to show my appreciation to the makers of the film and to thank hem for making such a wonderful film. Although the film is set in 70s, it could be true even in todays time.

Harvey Milk and his partner Scott move to Castro district in SF in early 70s and open a photo shop. Slowly in the interest of the gay community in his neighborhood, Milk decides to become a gay rights activist and run for city elections. Of course he looses twice. But during all these times, how he overcomes all the challenges and hardships that are faced by the gay community are wonderfully woven in the movie. His spokesperson Cleve Jones does a great job. How his partner Scott decided to break up because he cannot handle anymore politics in his life. Milk gets a new crazy Latino boyfriend who commits suicide because he cant keep up with Milk's busy schedule. On his third run for elections he gets selected as city supervisor but the following year both he and the mayor get shot dead by a fellow supervisor Dan White who blamed his former colleagues for denying White's attempt to rescind his resignation from the board.

Story wise, it seems its simple but I have to tell you its much more tan that. From wonderful performances by everyone in the cast to a great direction this film has everything going for it. Everyone should see this movie. Not only does it educate us on San Fransisco history but it also educates us all on what is currently going on in the world and how important civil rights are to EVERYONE. I wish this film came out during the battle with No on Prop 8 because I think it would of made an impact on those who didn't understand the prop.

I dont know why I cant find words to praise this movie but please do yourself a favor. Go and watch this film. (8/10)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Fat Girls

Supposed to be a comedy flick, I was terribly disappointed by the film. The story gave me hopes of a good time pass comic film but unfortunately, it as short lived. 15 minutes into the film and I knew something was wrong.

Rodney and Sabrina are best friends who live in a small town in Texas. They both hav dysfunctional families.Sabrina has lesbian moms and Rodney's parents are very reliious. Sabrina is like the fattest girl I have ever seen. Rodney is closet gay (at least to his parents) ,feels like a fat girl trapped in a man's body and has hots for a class mate Ted (export from London who i also gay). They have friend in the face of one of their professor who they think is also a fat girl. They meet Rudy, a Cuban boy who falls for Sabrina and they decide to go to prom together. Rodney asks his Ted who agrees. Rodney wishes to go to NY and star in Broadway. The film just looks at various incidents in the life of these 2 people in a small town. Rodney's tryst's with Ted to gay bar etc are partly funny but apart from that it was a major major disappointment. The end f the movie was also confusing.

I just dont feel like writing anymore. Avoid if you can. (2/10)

Friday, December 5, 2008

R U Invited? 5 Guys and a Sex Party

Another one of those movies whih dont let us use ur brains too much but at the same time neither bore us o an extent to switch off the movie. A film made on a very small budget, as the name suggests talk about 5 individual men and what they go through whne they decide to go to a naked party.

Ben lives with his sugar- daddy and just chills out everyday at home. His friends Gordy, CHarlie and Mondo keep visiting him. Mondo's boyfriend is Jason. One day they all decide to go to a naked sex party. However, to qualify for attendance each invitee must submit revealing photos as a "screening" process."Now Jason is nt too keen to go to the party but is ging just because Mondo wants to go and jason loves Mondo. Gordy is the kind of guy who cares just about sex and not for everybody else's feelings. He has a history with Mondo and keeps poking at Jason to irritate him. As the party time keeps coming closer, all these people have to deal with thier issues. Jason confronts Gordy why is he doing what he is doing and probably he doesn't like the fact that others can be happy in a relationship. Mondo keeps forcing Jason to go who clearly does not want to go. In the end, Jason decided to stay but Mondo says very clearly that he will go. Among all these people is Charlie, a fat boy (in comparison to all other 4 hot guys) who deeply loves someone but who doesn't care for him at all. Naturally because of his looks, Charlie doesn't get invited to the party and moreover his boyfriend comes over. Charlie has had enough and he breaks up with him. Gordy feels bad for him and apologizes for his behavior and decided to stay back to give him company. Ben is the only one who is normal, likes to help everyone and loves his sugar daddy but its k for them to play around and the old man understands it. In the sex party Ben enjoys while Mondo struggles o see if he made the right decision.

An ok film with performances by some stereotypical gay characters. I personally liked the character of Ben because only he seemed to care for true friendship without hoping for any rewards. He loves his old man, cares for him but then also has his own needs. In the end, the ld guy tries to tell Jason that everyone cannot be the same. You have t let the person be himself who you love otherwise life would be too difficult.

A total timepass film. (5/10)

The Matthew Shepard Story

Wow!! Now his was a wonderful film. If this film doesn't bring tears to your eyes and choke you p a little bit, then I wonder what would. Even after you finish watching the film, its is so unbelievable that this actually happened with Matthew Shepard.

Matthew is a young man living in Wyoming. He is gay and one day he is killed brutally by 2 young men. The film primarily focusses on his parents after a year, how they have been dealing with this situation now that the trial is coming to an end. Their lawyer asks them to prepare to say something about Matthew on the final day in court. He is pretty sure that the defendant would get death sentence but is that what hey really want. The parents o through flashbacks of his childhood, moving from Wyoming to Saudi Arabia. Matthew studies in boarding school, falls in love with Pablo, his classmate but gets beaten up on a trip to Morocco by local goons for being gay. Matthew's parents decide to move back to Wyoming but even this is not suitable since it is totally a non gay-friendly city. Matthew decided to move to Denver, what goes on with his life in Denver. They try and find all about it. FInally he moves back to Wyoming only to be lured away by his two killers. In the end, the parents ask for forgiveness of the killers so that every minute that they are alive, they can think of Matthew because of whom they are alive.

Every single scene in the movie was touching. Matthew's struggle with himself, the society and the people around him is shown very realistically. Its only people like us who can realize how difficult it is for us t fit in the society and feel accepted. It is a constant struggle. The parents n the other hand also have don a great job. They acceptance f however he is and feeling proud for being Matthew's parents is really commendable.

I am so glad for having watched this film. Words can't express. (8/10)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Five Senses (Canada)

The five senses is a truly lovely film. It takes a look into the lives of several people, most of whom are somehow the embodiment of a sense. Yet the fact that they are so involved in a particular sense prevents them from experiencing life fully.

The story that glues all five senses concerns the disappearance of a 4-year-old girl, Amy Lee. One day at the massage therapist, Ruth, Anna finds that Amy Lee is bored. Ruth asks her very reluctant teenage daughter, Rachel, to take Amy Lee to the park across the street to play. Rachel's attention gets diverted and Amy Lee goes missing. Now lets talk about the 5 senses and the people who get interconnected through these. Sight is embodied in Rona, a young woman who bakes designer cakes. The cakes are visually stunning, but she has very little regard to how they taste. She just cares about external beauty. In contrast, Taste is embodied by her Italian lover Roberto whom she met on a trip and now she feels she cannot get rid of him. Rona is the last one who sees Rachael and Amy Lee together. Hearing is embodied in the bittersweet story of Dr. Richard who lives in the same building and is making a list of those sounds that he wants to listen to before his hearing goes ...
Gail, a paid "escort" and sympathetic person, helps him in his quest. Smell is personified by Robert, a fun guy, cleaner by profession and Rona's best friend. He is meeting all his ex's so that he can smell true love in maybe one of them. His quest ends when the wife of one of the couple he works for gives him a perfume as a gift knowing that Robert has a crush on her husband. They all 3 end up in bed together. Touch is Ruth, a massage therapist who seems to use her practice to regain the intimacy she once had with her now deceased husband. Meanwhile Rachael and her friend Rupert use all their senses and try to discover who they truly are.

Te film was very interesting though culmination of Rona's and Roberto's story was a little weird. Everyone's acting was just superb. Its very difficult to say who was better. Clearly the only gay connection in this movie was for the cleaner but it still made me review this film here. The film also shows the struggles of people's lives and how some of us fight with loneliness.

A very well made film. (7/10)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

3-Day Weekend

A story about friends hanging out together or a weekend kind of reminds you of 'Love, Valor and Compassion', and this is mentioned in the movie itself but the similarity just ended here. It is something different and a nice mix of different gay relationships (old, young, open relationship ,monogamous etc.) and enough drama to keep viewers entertained.

Long-term couple Simon and Jason, along with “daddy-ish” Cooper and his boy of the moment Ace, meet annually for a three-day weekend away from their hectic city lives. Looking to spice up this long-standing tradition, they add a special twist to this year’s retreat -- each of them must invite one attractive single friend to their mountain getaway. Arriving are a frisky former college roommate, Cameron a constantly naked yoga instructor, Simon’s uptight geeky co-worker Mac and a high-priced rent boy Andre, who do indeed stir up the weekend posing as Jason's single friend. Tensions start just when Andre walks in and Mac, Kevin and Cooper recognize him. Simon and Jason have their one more of various fights over this. They apparently have an open relationship but never bring any boy home. One day Simon, Jason and Andre end up having a threesome and Jason not liking it this time. Because of constant fighting, they just decide to separate and Jason leaves. Meanwhile Kevin makes sure he brings out the confidence in Mac and let him know hat he is smart, handsome and sexy. We see a beautiful relationship building between the two. And then we have the old Cooper with his very young boy Ace. Ace is completely in love with Cooper and wants everything in life like a regular couple with Cooper. He fears he wont have enough time with Cooper because of the huge age difference between the two. Cooper had been in hat situation when he was young and he promises Ace to be there with him. And finally we have Cameron, the college broke guy who knows he is not good at anything. He gets lots of information from Andre about being an escort and toys with the idea of joining the profession because he thinks he might be able to do something there and make some money.

The movie just walks us through different relationships - a couple breaking up, a new budding romance, a very much in love couple, a struggling with his life young boy and an escort. Performances are ok by everyone. There was nothing extraordinary about the movie in my opinion except trying to show different. Made at what looks like avery low budget, its a decent watch. Dont expect any great shakes.

Watch it for its simplicity and everyday characters. (5.5/10)