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, September 25, 2008

The Big Tease

The Big Tease is a surprisingly fun mocu-mentary movie about hairdressing as a competitive art form. My first exposure to such a genre and I cant decide if I like the genre itself. Maybe it will take time to get used to it. For this movie, it did not work for me.

Crawford Mackenzie is the up and coming gay hair stylist from Glasgow, Scotland who has received an invitation to compete in Los Angeles for the coveted "Platinum Scissors" award. Mackenzie is delighted and gets a documentary crew together to document the events. The first mishap to take place is the fact that his credit card has been maxed out, unexpected to Mackenzie because he believed the participants expenses were taken care of. Second, he finds out that he was not invited to compete, but to watch. Mackenzie takes it upon himself to earn his HAG card (Hairdressers of America Guild) so he can become eligible to compete. Stig Ludwiggssen is the main competition for Mackenzie and comes off as a pompous jerk. During all these events, he meets Candy who ends up being friends with him. She helps him in getting his HAG card an making sure he gets to at least participate in the competition. As anticipated, he ends up winning the competition.

Best part for me in the movie was the whole Scottish accent. I loved it. The actors did pretty well as far as acting is concerned. Where it failed for me was it felt a little stupid and it really didn't tickle my funny bone.

Probably could be given a miss. (3/10)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ice Blues : A Donald Strachey Mystery

I have loved Donald Strachey movies so far, so I was pretty excited to watch this one. This film is the fourth in series. I still have to watch the third one. These detective movies at least take you on a different path within gay community. The lead characters are still the same and its just another extension in their life.

Strachey’s relationship with his partner Timmy is not all well. Timmy complains about the facts that they can't do anything with friends or movies or vacations because of Strachey's late night detective assignments. Plus its dangerous and he cant sleep. Then Timmy’s pet charity, a local youth center, is threatened with closure over a lack of funds. Late one night in a parking garage a mysterious figure gives Timmy a three million dollar donation. He is later found killed. But this donation comes with some serious strings attached. Soon someone is trying to kill Tommy. Things start to go out of hand, Timmy “hires” Donald to find out who the money really belongs to. Soon they find out that Lehyman and Leyhman law firm is somehow involved and it was their black mony which they get from a local thug who makes child porn. The law firm supports them. The mysterious guy who gave the money to Timmy was actually grandson of the Lehyman who doesn't agree to anything wrong and has his conscious of his own. Turns out hat it was his own brother who killed him. Donald and Timmy are both drawn into a web of intrigue involving theft, murder, long-buried family secrets, and a child pornography ring. Meanwhile, Timmy himself gets a strong taste of the adrenaline rush that comes from being in the thick of things. “It’s amazing what’ll happen when your body wants to stay alive,” Donald tells him.

The best thing about the film as usual is the theme and nothing in your face. In the earlier series, the suspects have some gay connection but this one is very refreshing. Also we see see tender moments between the lead couple and their chemistry. I also like Strachey's assistant.

Overall a very good movie. A different genre. (7/10)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Bowser Makes A Movie

The premise sounded interesting. It started off as well too. But somewhere in the initial few minutes itself, it was going nowhere. It seemed that the people had a contrived script and they just decided to make a movie out of it.

Bowser is a young gay man who manages to get fired from all possible jobs that he ever manages to get. His accomplice in his is his friend JJ who is always with him. Bowser comes up with this brilliant idea to direct porn films to make money. His ex-military dada refuses. Bowser tries to sell his idea to a publishing firm telling that he will write a book for that and make a film but the company agrees for only the book part. The head of the company (a smart sexy young married man) has a soft spot for Bowser. Bowser manages to get some funding for his film by disguising as his father and mortgaging their house. He ends up losing that money. But JJ manages to get some money from a dangerous loan shark and they start the movie. Things dont go smooth as Bowser loses his publishing job, his parents find out about the mortgage and JJ realizes that he loves Bowser unconditionally. he film ends with all these people coming together at the place where Bowser is shooting for his film and Bowser tells them what he is doing and why.

Strictly ok acting by everyone with some over the top as compared to others, there was not much in the movie that did for me. Bowser was not so good looking that every one was falling for him. The only identifiable part was a young man not knowing what he wants to do in life.

Just time pass. You might be well-off not watching the film. (4/10)

Endgame (UK)

Now this was disturbing movie and a lengthy one. The director definitely look a lot of liberties in the entire script and went along with it. The movie is strictly very ok.

Tom is a rent boy living in stunning flat somewhere London which is financed by his gangster lover/pimp Norris. Tom does little except sitting and smoking waiting for Norris to pop round, whiff a line of coke and start beating ten belts out of him. Then there is the cop Dunston who enjoys Tom from time to time. Soon Tom meets Max and Nikke , an American couple as their neighbors. For some inexplicable reason Max takes a shine to Tom and invites him round for dinner. Unfortunately when Tom returns hme, Norris is waiting for him. He gets upset and wants to torture Tom but Tom doesn't wanna take it and in a an accidental twist, Norris gets hurt and dies and turns up to his new friends for help. Conveniently they have a cottage out in the middle of nowhere in Wales where they can all flee. This turns out, luckily, to be quite handy as corrupt policeman Dunston is hunting Tom for some incriminating video tapes. Nikke and Tom get a liking for each other. Max returns home after a while but Nikke and Tom stay back and get in a relationship. Dunston gets hold of Max after he is back home, tortures him, gets information about Tom and then kills him. He reaches to that cottage, beats Nikke and Tom, Nikke dies but in the process also gets killed. The film ends with Tom's been shown as a rent boy for some caring old man.

We also get to see some background flashes from Tom's life which don't add much to the narration. Acting wise I think its pretty god except I wish Tom was shown more character. His character was very undeveloped. Others were ok but like I said it was lengthy movie and a lot more was desired from screenplay perspective.

Strictly an ok movie. (5.5/10)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Denied (Canada)

Shot almost entirely in a basement apartment with lighting coming from a few table and bed lights this film is very dark. In at least half the scenes you have a very difficult time seeing the leads faces! Compounding the downside of this film is a really bad soundtrack, with lots of thumps, knocks and barely audible dialog.

College dropouts Troy and Merrick share an apartment in a dead-end town. They appear to sleep together sometimes, but their own mental issues plus a psychotic former girlfriend sabotage their chances at a relationship. Maybe it's mostly about unrequited love but its just plain dull and annoying. There is nothing more than this that I would like to write about this film.

It was simply BAD. (0/10)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Luster

Like a few other movies, 5 minutes into the movie I realize that I have seen this movie before. But what the heck, since I dont remember it anyway, might as well watch it. And it was frankly not that bad although lot of it did not make any sense.

Jackson, a blue haired, skinny LA poet works in a music store for his friend Sam, who owns the store. Jackson is infatuated with Billy, a guy whom he saw in an orgy party. One day he meets him but son realizes that he is into SnM with a famous singer for whom actually Jackson is writing lyrics. Meanwhile there is this good looking neighbor Derek, who seems to be completely in love with Jackson and keeps visiting the store just to look at him but obviously Jackson is completely clueless. One day he finds the courage and tells Jackson. They kiss but Jackson doesn't feel anything. Enters Jackson's cousin who is a typical straight guy. Jackson gets infatuated with him and seriously starts contemplating incest. But he is soon lured by one of his lesbian friends. A sudden twist happens in the story when San commits suicide and leaves a tape for Jackson mentioning that how much he loved him and since he knows he can never have him , he just doesn't want to live anymore. Jackson gets a shock by this and runs to Derek. He asks him if he still loves him. But when Derek asks does Jackson love him, he ays he can try and they hug. The movie ends soon.

So what was the whole point? I don't know. I think they were trying to depict that although you can be infatuated and think that you love some one but try to be compassionate for people who actually love you. There were no explanations given as to why everyone was all over Jackson. He was just some ordinary guy. A couple of full frontal nude shos was a good saving grace of the film. Acting wise it was strictly ok.

Neither exceptional but not completely awful. (5/10)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Oh Happy Day (UK)

There are very few gay romantic comedy films. So in that sense watching this movie was interesting. Its 2 hours of escapism on how and what you would define happiness in life.

David and Jonathan meet at a advertising awards party and end up having a one night stand which later turns out to be a small date with Jonathan's family when Jonathan's daughter and ex wife welcome him in the morning. The blond David from New York likes black Jonathan's family (they live in England) and they spend some time together and decide to meet later. Next day they realize that David is actually client for Jonathan's company and they will be working together for a while. Jonathan completely freaks out and asks David that they should forget what happened and concentrate on work. David is hurt but goes along with it. They both try to bring each other down during this period (some hilarious sequences) but ultimately realize that they love each other and like to be with each other. During this process, we realize that Jonathan has commitment issues. He is not what he seems to be. He is not very happy in life but pretends to be. David tries to change him but fails. Also Jonathan likes to be in charge of things. The campaign he designs is not acceptable o David but for job security, Jonathan sees it as the right campaign even though it is not the truth. David breaks up with him. Jonathan son realizes that he is in love and sometimes to be happy you have to accept other things. Jonathan finally gives in, comes out of his misery and tells the world who he really is.

The main cast was very interesting. Good looking an acted well by both. In the supporting cast, I loved the 2 old women. They were pretty darn cool. Jonathan's daughter Poppy was also nice. Overall a realistic gay fun and romance.

Its a good time pass. I liked it. (6/10)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds

The second movie in series takes a different turn this time. In he first series the girl asks her straight room mate to pretend to be gay to get the girl and here something reverse happens.

After Kyle and Marc breaks because of trivial issues, Kyle doesn't know what to do. Marc is the hot guy and Kyle always suspects him. Marc along-with girlfriends Tiffany and Gwen attend a arts class where they meet a naked hot model Troy. Troy is confused about his sexuality. With Gwen and Tiffany's help Kyle pretends that he is gay turned straight and can help Troy with it. His ultimate motive is to sleep with him. Meanwhile Marc sees this and he befriends Troy but doesn't lie to him. They become hang out buddies and eventually when they try to have sex, Marc flips out. He still has feelings for Kyle. Troy soon finds out that Kyle had been lying to him to get into bed with him. Towards the end everything is fine. They all become friends and after a series of incidents on campus, Kyle and Marc get back together.

There is nothing new as far as story is concerned. Even otherwise it is one of those mindless movies which are for pure entertainment purposes and which depict a typical stereotype events in a gay man's life. These things are fun initially but after a while you get bored of it. This was very simple story and simple treatment , kind of no harm done fun. Marc was so hot. Much hotter than what he was in the Curiosity of Chance.

A simple entertainer that does exactly what it promises. (5/10)