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, April 28, 2008

En Kort En Lang (Danish) [Shake It All About]

Another one of those typical gay movies but with a little twist here. Contrary to most movies, here a gay guy suddenly realizes his passion for woman and the trouble starts.

Jacob and Jorgen are a gay couple who have been together for a long time. On his birthday, Jacob asks Jorgen to marry him. Celebrations are on but something happens the same night. Jacob falls in love with Caroline who is not just any girl but is wife of Jorgen's younger brother Tom. The life suddenly get complicated. Jacob and Caroline both try to fight it but they are helpless as they are very passionate about each other. Jorgen finds out about it and gets devastated. He gets in an accident and loses one eye. Jacob apologizes and ays he will not meet Caroline but Jorgen later finds out that all the time he was in hospital, Caroline and Jacob were sleeping together. He is devastated. They break up. Meanwhile Caroline gets pregnant and she also leaves home. Jacob and Caroline decide to get married. But on the wedding day, Jacob realizes that he still very much loves Jorgen and goes back to him. Caroline is happy because she still loves Tom and they also get together to work things out.

Story is simple and execution is also just ok. Acting wise I did not find anything great about the movie. I am still confused as to how a gay guy can suddenly have sexual feelings for a girl. A few comic moments during the whole story bring a smile but thats about it. The whole climax is very filmy and does not work for me. It is kind of cheesy, to be quite honest.

Overall just a ok timepass movie. Just about average. (5/10)

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Shelter

Beautiful, refreshing, wonderful and touching are the words that I will use to describe the movie. Coming out of the stereotypical gay movies, this movie deals with some of the most practical challenges one has in life, be it gay or straight. Most importantly it talks about importance of family, the sacrifices you make for them and how things can be made to work if you really love and respect the people around you.

Zack lives with his sister Jeanie and nephew Cody whom he loves more than anything. He was forced to give up his dream of art school and support his sister (whose husband left her). He genuinely loves Cody and wants everything best for him. But life has something else in store for him. Zack's best friend Gabe's older brother Shaun comes to town. They start hanging out together because both of them are crazy about surfing. Zack is struggling to keep his relationship with his girlfriend Tory. During this time Zack and Shaun start building relationship. Zack is confused and is torn between hat he wants in life versus what he should do as his responsibilities. He genuinely cares and loves Shaun but is afraid to do anything because it would mean shying away from his responsibilities towards Jeanie and Cody. Meanwhile it is shown how he is trying to best to keep everything in place. Gabe finds out about Shaun and Zack and is completely supportive of it. But Zack can't handle it anymore. He freaks out and breaks up. But he is restless. Meanwhile Shaun applies in the art school for Zack and he gets in. This time he genuinely wants to go but he cannot. Jeanie wants to move to Portland with her boyfriend who does not want Cody. Zack is ready to live with Cody but only if Jeanie agrees that they would be living with Shaun. They promise to make things work between them. Things end well.

The story seems simple but the way it is directed is beautiful. The way Zack is struggling to balance between his aspirations and responsibilities is amazing. It kind of reminded me to a level of my personal life. I respect the fact that Zack wanted everything best for COdy and the way he reacts when Jeanie's boyfriend snubs at Cody. One more thing that I admired was when Gabe says that he will still be best buddies with Zack irrespective of whatever.

Small things can make a movie a wonder to watch. Go for it. Definitely. (8/10)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

All The Rage

A thought provoking interesting insight into the mindsets of people who are young, handsome, smart, rich, everyone wants them but they lack substance and love in their life. Gliding through life, celebrating himself as the 90's gay playboy ideal, without ever realizing what a mess he's become forms the crux of Christopher's life.

Christopher is a successful rich smart 31 year old handsome lad. He is gorgeous, clever and everyone in Boston wants him. But he just likes to play with everyone, one night stands, exchange numbers and never return back their calls. He is good friends with Larry, a gay co worker and Susan, a black woman who herself is looking for her Mr. Right. A day comes when Christopher meets Stewart and gets attracted to him. What's surprising is that Steward is ok looking, does not go to the gym, a shy guy but real nice and sweet. Christopher starts falling for him very unexpectedly and all his friends are surprised. Things are going fine between them, but once in a while Christopher craves for another body. He has not overcome completely a lust of another male flesh even though he loves Stewart. Finally Christopher gives up and ends up cheating Stewart with his room mate, whom Larry and him used to call Donkey Dick from the gym. Stewart is hut and goes away. Christopher tries to go back to his old ways but realizes that no one wants him and he is slowly losing his mind. The narrative is filled with Christopher's confessions beautifully shown in black and white which try to give insight into what he had been thinking all this while. The movie tries to depict that everyone is prone to pain. Just because someone is rich and wealthy and has money does not mean he is devoid of pain. You can play with everyone's feelings but a day will come when someone will play with your feelings.

The film had decent performances by everyone. There is couple who is trying to work on their relationship is also pretty neat. Susan's quest for her guy has not been created very well. What I did not understand was why was Larry so upset when Christopher was getting involved with Stewart. But apart from these questions, I quite liked the movie.

I would suggest watching this just to see that everyone can get hurt. No one's perfect. (6.5/10)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Chuck & Buck

I expected something more when I read the preview but I have to admit that it has been one of the most boring experiences. The concept of he movie was good and it could have been made in a beautiful movie but the one that I saw just did not do it for me.

Chuck and Buck were best friends when they were young. Chuck grew up, and Buck didn't. When his mother dies, Buck invites Chuck (Charlie now) to the funeral. He wants to be Chuck's best friend again, but Charlie is busy working and preparing for his wedding. Since Buck has not grown up and after his mother has dies, he looks forward to being with Chuck again. But since Buck has not mentally grown up, he doesn't realize when he is crossing the line. Like the time he says to Chuck, 'Chuck and Buck, Suck and fuck' , Chuck gets very surprised and looses it and asks him to go away. Buck moves to Los Angeles and tries to revive the old friendship. He tries tooo hard even to the extent of telling Chuck's fiance that they used to play sexually when they ere kids which she dismisses off saying every kid does. He finally writes a play, and hires Beverly to direct it to depict his and Chuck's life. Chuck completely hates it. Ultimately he understands that Buck wants affection. He asks Buck to leave him forever. Buck agrees but on condition that Chuck will sleep with him one night. They do it and they then show that Buck has realized Chuck is not meant or him and he lets Chuck and his now wife live together happily.

The concept was good but I think it could have been handled better. Many people liked the movie but Idid not simply because of the execution. I think even the acting was bad. Either they shold have explained the mental state of Buck more clearly so we know why he is doing what he is doing.

Overall a bad experience. Watch at your own risk. (3/10)

Friday, April 18, 2008

Manay Po (Filipino)

A fun film with lots of emotions, drama and good performances sums up this movie. It does not get preachy but at the same time tells you to just be yourself in a very funny though predicable way. Nevertheless, its totally enjoyable.

Luz is a small time jeweler who dreams of making it big so as to provide a better life for her family. Her life revolves around her 3 sons Oscar, Orson and Orwell and her live-in boyfriend Gerry. Oscar is an architect and is about to be married to his girlfriend of five years Pauleen. He works with his best friend Adrian who also happens to be his secret boyfriend of 7 years. Orson, on the other hand, is openly gay, much to Oscar's discomfort and his only dream is o win Miss Gay University. He has a hunky straight best friend with whom he is in love and who doesn't exactly relish his friend's girly behavior but he tolerates it for the most part. Until a new girl comes into the picture and wins his attention. Orwell , we see is pretty much dealing with his own sexuality at the tender adolescent age. He is confused but surely seems destined to follow his brother's footsteps. In spite of her children's questionable sexualities, their family paints a picture of a happy family - a home filled with laughter and unconditional love. This is the best part of the movie. Then one day, a family crisis involving stolen jewelry jolts Luz out of her seemingly perfect existence. She decides to keep it a secret from her children, wanting to shield them from any form of worry. With Gerry's help, Luz tries her best to keep the atmosphere as normal as possible and also to keep the whole family together. In the end everything seems perfect when Oscar realizes that he needs to be true to himself, Orson wins the pageant, Orwell still enjoying his boyhood and Gerry and Luz shown loving and caring for each other.

The movie was funny, poignant but the whole essence of importance of love and family was never lost. My favorite of course was Orson. He was splendid. Even Luz did a wonderful job. The story was told i a friendly, comic but convincing manner.

Overall a very very enjoyable movie which you wont regret seeing. (7/10)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Freshman Orientation

A refreshingly comic tale of a guy trying to woo a girl by pretending to be gay; this movie has loads of comic elements which keeps viewers interested all throughout.

The film starts with usual cliches of a young student Clay Adams just joining the college and all he wants is sex. He sees this very pretty blonde girl Amanda and wants to go out with her. But she is kind of with another college guy. Meanwhile Amanda's fraternity asks all the girls to befriend a guy as per the chit and then dump him after 2 weeks. Amanda gets to date a gay guy. WIth turns of events, Amanda mistakes Clay to be gay and befriends him. Clay admits to being gay because at least that way he gets to spend time with Amanda. Even though his room mate Matt is totally against the idea but Clay goes on. He ends up going t a local gay bar and requests the owner to teach him how to be gay since h has just come out of closet. The sequences that follow are hilarious. One after the other, there are surprises for Amanda, Clay and others including the LGBT group of the college. Although initially all Clay wanted was sex but slowly he starts developing feelings for Amanda. Even she gets feeling for him but since he is gay she dismisses them. After a turn of events, Clay admits to everyone in the college that he pretended to be gay just so that he could get Amanda. She gets pissed hearing everything but of course in the end, they both get together.

Apart from the lead characters, Clay's roommate Matt, the drunken senior college girl and the frat girl head have superb roles. The scenes between Matt and Clay are very good. A few of them touching too. It could have been one of those mindless college stupid movies but thankfully did not turn out to be so.

Very much recommended for some fun stress-free time watching a movie. (6.5/10)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

A Very Serious Person

A different movie which does not really deal with the coming out theme. Yes, the characters in the movie happen to be gay but the movie is about relationships, growing up, love and respect for each other and just trying to lead a normal life. Its different from our usual run of the mill gay movies and still gives you an impression that you are not dissatisfied after watching the movie.

Mrs Aronson is a terminally ill old woman who invites her 13 year old grandson Gil to spend the summer with her. She is famous for being difficult with in house nurses except her caretaker Betty. We are introduced to Gil as a young teenager obsessed with old musical movies, slightly feminine, write grand stories about great actresses and refuses to do any outdoor activities. In comes a Danish gay male nurse Jan who admits to being avery serious person. He is very obsessive compulsive in taking care of Mrs Aronson. He copes up with a clustered Betty and does not pay any attention to Gil's activities. Slowly they start befriending each other. Jan in his own amusing way tries to teach Gil swimming. They also make friends with a neighboring stylists Glenda and Lee. The growing relationship between Gil and Jan forms the crux of the story. No such importance is being given to them being gay. Gil at one point says that he is gay as if it is the most normal thing. Ultimately the time comes and the grandma dies. The movie focusses on how during this summer Gil has become more mature and goes to live with his aunt whom his grandma had chosen. Also we are subjected to Jan's vulnerability who wants to take Gil with him as his son since he has grown a certain fondness for him.

Performances in this movie are good and very touching. Certain scenes between Gil and the grandma are very nice specially the ones where Gil tries to put up a skit and the other one where grandma dies.

Watch it for something different and meaningful you wont be disappointed. (6.5/10)