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, November 30, 2009

Der bewegte Mann (German) [Maybe... Maybe Not]

This film was different. It was a different kind of comedy film where emotions also played a strong part. It is also a bot different from the regular gay films that you get to see. So anything that somewhat different and is done good, I appreciate it.

Axel's girlfriend of 3 years Doro catches him redhanded having sex with some random woman. She throws him out of the house. None of Axel's ex-girlfriends help him live with them even thouh he is so good looking. Certain events bring him to a discussion group of men which is also attended by a gay guy Walter who proposes to Alex that he can live with him. In a drunk state Axel thinks that Walter wants him for physical reasons, he decides to stay with Walter's friend Norbert. He is happy because of course Norbert likes him. Norbert is the kind of guy who falls in love with anyone and likes the idea of relationship. He helps Axel with everything but Axel makes clear that he is not gay although he doesn't mind getting naked in front of Norbert getting his hopes up. When Doro finds that she is pregnant and decides to get Axel back. She finds him in her own bed with unsightly Norbert, disturbingly naked, in the middle of a very inept seduction. Despite this awkward reunion, Axel and Doro get married. Axel unceremoniously drops Norbert because his wife is 'allergic to gays'. Axel stays away from Norbert until he misses some friendly moments with him. He is not very sexually active with Doro because of her pregnancy but is very horny. When he meets his ex-college friend, they decide to hook up and Axel asks for Norberts place. When Doro suspects something, the comedy of errors start where Doro suspecting Axel to be gay while reality is different. The ending has a nice feeling and suggests some reconciliation between Norbert and Axel. It's way too little, too late.

The movie was funny mostly and has its moments. Axel was really very hot. Gays can so drool over him. Acting wise also everything was pretty cool. Overall I enjoyed the film because it was funny, realistic, something you could relate to. It doesn't bore you.

Try it, you wont be disappointed. (6.5/10)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Get Real (UK)

I remembered seeing this movie but had to watch it again for 2 reasons. One of the members in his comments asked me to watch it and second it gives me an opportunity to write my blog on it. Going in with hih expectations, I must say that I wasn't disappointed at all.

"Get Real" is the story about a 16-year old gay teenager named Steven Carter who has known about himself since he was 11-years old and is perfectly fine with it. Although he is dying to be accepted for who he is and not for who he pretends to be, he is afraid to tell his peers and his parents about his true nature. Only his best friend Linda knows and is worried about Steven, due to his sexual adventures at a gay men's restroom in a park. But one day, he unexpectedly has an encounter with the "straight" high school jock John Dixon who kind of snubs it off. But Dixon can't hold any longer and cries for Carter's help in getting him out of the confusion that he is living with. They both start having an affair. Actually they love each other. Carter definitely does and so does Dixon but its just difficult for Dixon to prove it because he is very scared about anyone finding out and moreover he has a reputation in school about being the hottest and the best guy. Their passionate affair continuos until Carter can't hold back any longer pretending to be someone he is not and also because Dixon can never accept him in public. In school annual function, he comes out openly, apologizes to his parents. The last scene takes my breath away. Now both Carter and Dixon know, they cant be together but they both love each other very very much. Carter says to Dixon 'Be Happy' and just walks away. Simple but effectively beautiful.

The film can be old but they don't loose charm. For some people even after all these years, coming out is not easy wherever that maybe. This films tells us a story from a very emotional and romantic point of view. Brilliant performances by lead actors. Special mention for the girl playing Carter's friend Linda. She is great. The movie captures the excruciating paranoia of a situation in which there's nowhere the lovers can be alone except in each other's homes on the rare occasions their parents are out. The first kiss of the couple probably will take you back in the memories of your first kiss.

Must watch. (8.5/10)

Under The Gaydar

This is one of those really stupid movies. Director and Producer are torn between whether to make an issue based film, comic film or just generally have his money put into something because he has nothing better to do with it.

Darren and Ryan have been friends for a while. They have found out a way to get more girls. They pretend to be gay and they have been succeeding in getting more girls this way. Darren takes it so far that he even has his distraught parents believing his sexual identity lie. Mom and dad hire a girl Ashley who has made a business out of "turning gay boys straight." So she goes after Darren, and is surprised at how easy her money seems to be this time. But complications crop up like his pretend gay boyfriend who may not be acting so much, and a whole string of ex-gay clients who have an obsession with the high-priced gay boy turner. In fact it turns out that Ryan has been one of her clients who she turned straight but suddenly now he has feelings for Darren proving once gay is always gay. Ryan tries to prove his point and make him see straight. Its too late but by then both Ashley and Darren have fallen for each other. All's well that ends well.

I'm not sure whether to laugh or be offended by this film. It's not funny, and in the end that makes it offensive and not all that interesting. It is poorly acted, badly edited, and has a story that makes little sense. If it had been handled with smarts, the film could have been dangerous and edgy. But thanks to some major bungling, it is limp and ineffective.

I would not recommend it al all. (2/10)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Another Country (UK)

Having read good reviews about his fim, I was quite keen on watching this one. But I guess these are the kind of films which I personally dont like. IN some way, shape or form, I have been unable to identify myself with these films. And considering the fact that the film is set in 30's and talks about Communism and Marxism, It all goes above my head.

Films is set in a London boarding school. Among other things, the film focuses on 2 main characters who happen to be friend and room mates. Tommy sticks to his ideals and believes in Marx and Stalin. Guy is gay, in love with a younger pal who is forever ready to rebel against the rigid rules of the institution. The film shows the rigid, archaically proper British schools for young men where class is paramount in importance, rank reigns, and medieval views of sexuality and out of line thought are treated with public corporal punishment and (worst of all!) the inability to rise in the ranks of the 'important' lads. Throughout the film there is a powerful parallel between Guy's striving to become the head of the class being thwarted by his pursuing is passion for his love of men, and the 'religious zeal' approach of Tommy's absorption in Marxism. Many incidents keep happening which never got my interest until when Guy's sexual tryst with James Harcourt is 'discovered', Guy is beaten in front of his compatriots, prompting him to see (with Tommy in agreement) the dead-end of British society and leave the remnants of a once glorious empire behind.

The acting was very well but like I mentioned before I personally could not relate to the film. The surroundings were beautiful and visuals striking but thats it.

Dont go on my review. Take your on call. The ratings are my personal view. (2.5/10)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Galazio Forema (Greek) [True Blue]

I think there are very few gay themed films that have come from Greece. After initial expectations, it just started sliding down and by the end of the film it was nothing but a disappointment. I think the intentions were fine but the execution not so great.

The fifties. A widow is raising her three children but has a soft spot for her only son Giorgos. The first signs of the son’s ‘peculiarity’ appear early on. The father does not like the behavior of the son but dies soon. His passion for dancing leads him to Paris to work as a dancer in some cheap gay club and his passions to bisexual relationships which involve a so called marriage to some girl whom he pays some money. His relationship to the girl is not very clear because he sleeps with her and also with other men at the same time. Time moves on and we are in eighties. Giorgos has failed big time as an artist and is earning nothing. He moves back with his mother, doesn't do any work, expects his mother to take care of him and his random partners that he keeps bringing home. His sisters try to talk him out of this but to no avail. They all fight like cats and dogs. Further deterioration of his relationship with his mother lead him to extreme decisions: streetwalking on Syngrou Avenue, working as a dancer in a transvestite club, prison, a sex change operation. His mother has a hard time keeping up with the changes in his life. The happiness he dreams of does not come. The end is tragically liberating.

Like I mentioned earlier, it was a loud and a very odd film. The performances were good in parts and very over the top at other times. The relationship between the family members is also very odd. But culturally I can understand why a mother will do all what she does for her son even though she knows that his action are literally eating her up.

The film was dark and not my come up of tea. But then there are sides of every coin. (3/10)