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, August 31, 2009

The Ode

The film is actually based on the book 'An Ode To Lata'. I saw it in recent I-View festival in New York. Apparently the film is still in work (post production stage, I guess). Overall I was not very impressed by the film. I doubt whether the book actually got all the rave reviews that everyone kept talking about.

The movie is about this South Asian (Indian/Pakistani, dunno) boy Shiraz grown up in Kenya and who now lives in LA. A successful banker during the day, his night life is totally different. He is deep down in world of sex, drugs and all typical gay-ism. He has just broken up with his boyfriend Richard whom he cant forget for some reason. He is slowly going deep in drugs and depression and looks for Richard in every man he meets. He is visited soon by his mother. The film keeps going in flash back showing his troubled childhood, the fighting parents (who were actually not married) and how his childhood was always with people fighting with beating each other. This still keeps him unrest. He tries to met new people in LA but something stops him from loving them. He has his own set of issues. FIlm progresses showing some of his tricks and his friends and then just ends up abruptly where they show that he is still looking for that love and stability in life.

There was nothing about the movie that held my attention. Acting by lead actor was actually pretty good but overall screenplay and direction and movement of the whole story just could not hold your attention. There were so many unanswered questions and the viewers were supposed to assume a lot of things. Not having read the book, I can't say is that is any better. There were so many people yawning and complaining but of course no one says its a bad film when you are watching it in its first ever screening with all actors, director and the writer. The film is apparently part autobiographical

Lets see its fate when it releases. (3.5/10)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Amores Possíveis (Portugese) [Possible Loves]

Films with 'what if' scenarios are always interesting. This film takes a step further in which they show three possibilities in a man's life based on one incident in his life. Each of the 3 possibilities are triggered by one incident. Is one of the story his true identity and others his wannbe scenarios, its left for the viewers to decide.

Carlos went for cinema 15 years ago to meet his girlfriend Julia but she never showed up. This incident is the main trigger point and hence the movie goes parallel in 3 different tracks. In the first version, Carlos is married to Maria but they dont have a successful married life. Its loveless. He meets Julia and they start an affair. The second version has Carlos divorced to Julia and has a son. He now lives with his gay partner Pedro, his soccer buddy whom he now loves. Third version has a carefree Carlos, never married living with his possessive mother hoping to find his perfect love and bang he meets Julia. The 3 stories keep moving parallel in the sense that the characters go through the emotions of love, passion, compassion, confusion, guilt and realization of the true love around the same time. Carlos is confused whether he wants Maria or Julie, He is confused whethr he really loves Pedro and still has some infatuation with Julia in the second and in he third he is just not sure whether Julia is the right girl because his mother doesn't approve of her. And then finally in each story, Carlos returns to his real love: Maria, Pedro and Julia respectively.

Its a very interesting premise. I can see audience getting a little confused initially but the cast, characters and their acting is so good that you immediately realize which story you are witnessing. Carlos is very handsome and it i so funny to see that just the way he dresses up, can make him look straight or gay in the film. Julia acts very well too. Pedro acts as Carlos's conscience in all the versions who guides and helps him to choose between right and wrong.

It was my second viewing of this film. You will like it too. (6.5/10)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Antique (Korean)

This was a surprisingly good movie. It is s hard to categorize it as a comedy, thriller or feel good cinema. It had bits of everything and hold the audience attention throughout. Although the lead character is straight and the chef is gay, it is refreshing to see homosexuality being played with flirtatious sweetness all through out with a dash of magic.

After Jin-Hyuk rejected Sun-Woo in high school, Sun-Woo has become the opposite of his stuttering past: a Prada-snug love magnet that no man, gay or straight, could resist. He also becomes the best baker in business. Years later, Jin-Hyuk puts up a patisserie called Antique and hires Sun-Woo to be his pastry chef. The rest of his staff, a retired boxing champ and Jin-Hyuk's childhood friend and bodyguard---are all bewildered why he opened Antique when cakes in particular make him vomit. The viewer doesn't know why Jin-Hyuk doesn't like any cake until later when the secret is revealed. As a kid, he was kidnapped for 2 months and when he came back home, he did not remember anything except that he could not eat cake anymore. The only reason he had this shop opened was in anticipation that the person who kidnapped him will return and he will be able to face his fears. And the time comes and the culprit is identified but police can't catch up. You have to watch it to see what happens.

The boxing champ who starts learning to make cakes under Sun-Woo is a ardent cake fan like no one else and really wants to learn the trick. The dumb bodyguard tries to help in the shop but he is really dumb to do anything. Sun-Woo tries to keep flirting with Jin-Hyuk because he is the only one whom he ever had a crush on but to no avail. The chemistry between all 4 lead characters is very real, funny and interesting. The problem is initially the characters speak so fast that it is very difficult to keep a track of what's going on and enjoy it vs look at the screen. And what do I say about the cakes. Oh My God!! they look so fabulously delicious that you just wanna go inside the screen and eat all of them. All male characters are also exceptionally good looking and well built. They have their charm in their own ardent way.

I loved it. It was little long but worth the fun. (7/10)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Eighteen (Canada)

After having read mostly positive reviews about this film, I had a little bit expectations from this movie but I must say that I found this film very boring and totally out of context at various places. A lot of actions of various people have no justifications.

Pip leaves home after his brother dies in a car accident because of his father who was mad since his brother came out of closet and confessed he is gay. He hates his father ow. On his eighteenth birthday he receives his grandfather's Second World War memoirs on audio cassette, a gift that awakens the ghost of the long lost world. His grandfather relates the story of the day he turned eighteen, fleeing German forces through the woods of France with a dying comrade hanging on for life. In Pip's own and contemporary way, he begins to live the parallel life of his grandfather, both lost in their environments and generations. Along Pip's path he stumbles into an unlikely alliance with Clark, a gay street hustler on the make, and Jenny, an aspiring social worker who tempts Pip with feelings of love and domesticity. He also forges a small but important relationship with a local priest. His relationship with Jenny takes a turn when she suddenly becomes pregnant. Freaking out initially, he soon realizes that despite what his father did, he can and will try to be a good father.

Pip was alright. An 18 year old taking al these responsibilities and living alone sounds a little over the top. Plus his gay friend Clark's character is not very defined. Why does he hustle, why does he suddenly wanna be friends with Pip and then equally suddenly starts loving the gas station guy. Acting was decent and still there was nothing in the movie to hold my attention.

Not my cup of tea. (3/10)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

3 garçons, 1 fille, 2 mariages (French) [3 Guys, 1 Girl, 2 Weddings]

One more of those movies which I had to watch again so that I could blog about it and make really sure that I have seen it. I must admit that by writing this bog, at least I can make sure that I dont repeat movies, unless I really want to. Another hilarious take on gay man falling for his straight friend but in a funny hilarious manner is what this film is about.

Dan and Laurent are best friends and room mates. Laurent is gay and madly in love with Dan who is straight but of course Dan has no idea about it. Dan runs a sex talk show on radio and Laurent along with his 3 other friends is fighting for gay rights. Wen Dan finally meets the girl of his dreams Camille, Laurent's dreams take the shape of fear that he wont ever be turn their friendship to love. Laurent tries every trick to derail Dan's relationship and when Dan plans marriage and moves out, Laurent takes on lesbian roommate Sam who is very supportive to Laurent, even to the extent that hey both end up having sex just to try it and see. Camille knows of Laurent's passion for Dan and she encourages Dan to try out a gay experience just to be sure that he is making a right decision. The results of course are hilarious. Laurent tries so many tricks to show Dan how much he loves him but they all end up in hilarious ways. FInally on the day of the wedding things comes out and Dan ends up punching Laurent for all he had been doing. That helps Laurent get over Dan completely. And thats when one of his friends from the gay activist group tells Laurent, how much he loves him and likes him an was waiting for him to get over Dan and proposes him. A year later when they are getting marred, Dan shows up again with a pregnant Camille reminding him that they were supposed to be friends forever and they should be irrespective of what happened.

The movie is made with a funny pretext and it makes u laugh and smile in parts. Acting is pretty good by everyone. Laurent's desperation to get his best friend to love him is so well depicted. The only thing that stands out as a sore thumb is the guy in the end proposing Laurent suddenly out of nowhere when nothing of his feeling was shown throughout the movie.

Its definitely a good time pass moie that makes u laugh at some points. (7/10)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Tenue de soirée (French) [Ménage/Evening Dress]

What d you write about a film, which you enjoyed, but you are still not sure of what exactly happened and you have to consult internet for that. Is it god or bad? I can't decide. I liked the film but after reading a little bit online about it , it seems hat lo of people have their own interpretations of the film.

Bob, a burglar mets a fighting couple Monique and Antoine at a bar where Monique is fighting with Antoine for not giving her a good decent life. Bob has instant liking for Antoine and makes friends with the couple. They start burglary in various rich houses. The couple realizes that Bob fancies Antoine which freaks him out. But by then Monique is so used to money that she doesn't mind her husband to sleep with another man. Ultimately under constant pressure and for Monique, Antoine gives in and sleeps with Bob. Slowly his feelings start getting stronger for Bob and less towards Monique but he still cares for her. The movie is then suddenly is in what I think Phase 2 where Bob and Antoine are living like a couple and Monique is the care taker. Bob abuses her and makes her do al the hard work. Monique still is not ready to leave them both because she is nothing alone. Bob hatches out a plan by which a guy seduces Monique and she decides to leave because she is totally fed up. Bob now has Antoine all by himself. But things change. Their relationship changes. Antoine is now the typical house wife and Bob is out all the time. Antoine accuses him of cheating. One day Bob gets a dress for Antoine to take him out. Antoine is more than happy to go dressed as a woman for Bob. Bob there keeps flirting with other men and Antoine sees Monique prostituting. The 3 of them have their fights. Movie suddenly enters Phase 3 where all 3 people are now dressed as women and are prostituting themselves to pay the bills and thats when the movie ends.

As you can see the movie's end is totally random. When they were so great at burglary, why did they end up prostituting themselves? The transitions between the phases was so random without any explanations provided. Acting by Bob was good. But how could Antoine change form a complete homophobic to a drag. Agreed the movie was fun and had comic timings but a lot of questions were unanswered and thats my only issue with the film.

Watch it and let me know if you get what I failed to understand. (5.5/10)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Diverso da chi? (Italian) [Different from whom?]

Now this was a truly different gay film. It was funny, it had message, it was wonderful, well acted, nothing stereotypical. In short I loved it. Mainly because it was very different.

After a series of unexpected events, politician Piere is running for Mayor elections. He has lived with his boyfriend Remo for 14 years and is very open about it. Since he is gay, the party wants someone more family focussed to run with him for deputy position. They select Adele for this. She hates Piere because she thinks she should have gotten the opportunity to run for Mayor. They make a team but are constantly fighting. Thats when Remo comes up with a suggestion to Piere that rather than fighting, he should get to know her. So they hang out and get to know each other a little better. They hit off well and their popularity ratings increase in the city. Meanwhile, Remo and Adele become very close friends. Adele is divorced and has very little chance of having kids. Piere and Remo both love kids. One evening while Adele and Piere are working, they have a couple of drinks and they end up in bed. Piere is very confused now. He knows he is gay but there is something about Adele that is very attractive to him. He can't figure that out. He starts falling in love for her but still loves Remo. When he tells him everything, Remo leaves him. Meanwhile both Adele and Piere can't concentrate on work. Piere says that he can't go on with Adele and thats when she drops the bomb that she is pregnant. Now Piere is all the more confused. She wants to keep baby and can have Piere anything to do with it only if he marries her. But Piere cant leave Remo. When Remo finds out about the baby, he tries a lot to convince Adele to let them share father's responsibility between them both. A few hilarious incidents later, the three of them take care of the baby. They loose the elections but win it the next time.

Piere is very handsome. The way he acts when he cant figure out whey he is falling for Adele is acted very well. The chemistry between Remo and Piere is also very true. The entire story moves on a light note and most of the scenes have comic undertones without trying to attempt too hard to be funny. Thats the best part of this film.

Watch it for sure. (7/10)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Amor de hombre (Spanish) [The Love Of a Man]

One of te numerous films where the relationship between a gay man and his fg hag is explored. It is funny how sometims whether you liked a film or not depends on the fact when you saw the film compared to the other films. By now I have seen so many films on similar theme, that I did nt find anything novel about this film. Granted it was made much before these other films that I saw.

Ramón is a handsome, successful lawyer in Madrid who happens to be gay and unlike most of his friends has not settled into a partnership. His closest friend is Esperanza who is a divorced school teacher, just turned 40, who love Ramón and constantly tries to help him find the 'right man' while Ramón tries to help her find her 'right man'. They party together with all of Ramón's professional friends - doctors, businessmen, teachers - and Ramón is hedonistic enough to have a different be partner every evening. After an automobile accident in which Ramón is injured, Esperanza moves in to care for him, a care that includes asking one of her fellow teachers Roberto to offer physical therapy and massage to the ailing Ramón. Roberto gives no attention to Ramon leading to Ramon's growing fascination for him. A twist hapens and now Roberto seduces Ramon. (He is a gold digger who earlier used to live with another old rich man). Esperanzo warns him but Ramon doesn't listen which affects their friendship. The romance comes to a tragic ending and the quality of friendship is at last tested.

The only good thing is that the film focusses on healthy men who happen to be gay rather tahn showing tragic lives. The circle of friends seems always on the watch for the 'new man on the block', but the cruising is healthy and fun. Ramon was very cute like most Spanish men.

A light entertaining film. (5/10)

Crutch

Sometimes, films are made for genuine interest and for creative satisfaction but do the viewers like it. Depends on many things. Made on low budget, this film aims to deliver a statement about the dangers of drug abuse and how to conquer it.

David, a 16 year old boy is trying to hold together his fragile family of adulterous father, an alcoholic self-destructive mother, and brother and sister. The father leaves the family for another woman, mother is hospitalized for rehab after an injurious fall, the other siblings are fed up of all this and dont want to deal with any of this shit. Looking for escape David joins acting classes where his teacher is Kenny, who has acted in a few films. He goes there with his close friend and confidant. Kenny encourages David's young ability ultimately starts falling for David's charm and boyishness. Out of need for order in his life David opens up his sexuality and becomes bonded with Kenny. Kenny's hidden drug addiction is uncovered by David and David begins to use the coke and his downfall begins. It is a love/hate relationship, David becoming the movie star Kenny's drug habit prevented. And eventually David attempts to return to his family and girlfriend only to meet with disaster until in the final moments of the film we find David in a 12-step program. The ending summarizes how each of the characters' lives stand at the present via screen statements before the credits.

The film is supposed to be the director's true story. It is a poignant tale but the problem is that a similar story has been told so many times that there is nothing novel about it. Acting wise, everyone is strictly OK. David definitely does not look like a 16 year old. The camera work is also very inconsistent in the film. David and Kenny have no chemistry and the film after a point just starts running.

I would not watch it again. (3/10)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Comme des voleurs (French-Polish) [Stealth]

An interesting film set in Switzerland. It will be wrong to categorize this film under gay category or maybe it wont be. The lead protagonist is gay and has a boyfriend but the film for a change is not about him being gay or anything but about trying to discover what his roots are.

Lionel lives with his boyfriend Serge. One day he finds out that his grandfather came from Poland. Suddenly he starts liking everything Polish. To the extent that he meets a Polish illegal immigrant Ewa. He breaks up with his boyfriend and decides to marry Ewa so she won't be deported from Switzerland. Lionel's sister Lucie is more practical. She wants everyone to see and realize that Lionel is gay and he needs to get out this dream of being fascinated with Poland but his parents are more than happy to see him getting married and all. in a spur of moment on day she drives her brother to Poland and thats when their adventure begins. They have various encounters on the way including getting getting beaten up, meeting a young charming Polish guy and getting robbed of everything that they have. Ultimately they find the rots of their grandfather in Poland and they complete the family chart. Lionel comes out of his fantasy world and goes back to Switzerland. Lucie decided to stay back in Poland and figure out what she wants to do with her life.

The film seemed like on of those independent films made realistically on a low budget. The acting was ok but there were some weird scenes like just because Lionel is obsessed with everything Polish , he decides to sleep with a girl and breakup with his long term boyfriend. The story basically is that f the brother and sister and the bond that they share.

Its an ok watch. Nothing too great about it. (4/10)