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, February 15, 2010

Both Ways

I didn't realize until very late that this 1975 film was actually a pornographic film. A film that mixed both gay and straight sex. It might sound exciting but it wasn't for me. Not one bit of it aroused me at all.

Donald is a married man who picks up a young man Hank in a gay bar. The wife becomes suspicious after she sees his jacket in her husband's car. What started as a casual fling between the two men start getting serious and this is where things turn a bad note. Donald is struggling to lead both his lives. Meanwhile their housekeeper Pauline who likes to interrupt in everything tries to find out what's going on and maybe help her master but in turn nly ends up creating more trouble. Well Thats that with the story. The one-and-a-half hour film is loaded with sex scenes. Full on. Man-man, man-woman and even 2 couples straight orgy. It was so weird to watch this film because I thought I was in for watching a feature film and it ends up being a pornographic film.

Avoid. This is just porn (0/10)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Les Petis Fils (French) [The Grand Sons]

Another big disappointment. SO far I have been decently impressed by the French gay cinema but this one was very odd. Firstly it seemed like someone took a home camera and started filming some random story with some amateurish artists. It was another one of those films where I realize that there is so much trash gay cinema out there.

This is the story of Guillaume, 24 years old, who studies to be an opera singer. He tries to free himself from the love of two women: his mother, who just died, and his grandmother, who brought him up. The relationship between Guillaume and his granny is often stormy. Especially since Régine, the grand-mother, keeps on the balcony of her Parisian apartment an urn containing Guillaume's mother ashes, which goes against the dead woman's last wishes, who wanted them to be scattered in Scotland. A few other 'satellites' evolve around these two eccentric characters: Ben, a little boy who stays at Régine's from time to time, and who's fascinated by the mysterious urn, Maxime, the young guy who come to clean up Régine's apartment, and Serge, who's in love with Guillaume, but who doesn't seem to be able to express it.

I have already mentioned about some of the negatives that I personally felt about the film and I couldn't deal with. Acting was poor, direction was bad and there was nothing n the movie that was interesting. 2 bad movies in a day. What days have come. ONly if this film was even half as interesting as the poster.

Stay away. Don't be fooled by some of the reviews on imdb. (1/10)

I Like You... I Like You Very Much (Japanese)

I think this is one of the first Japanese gay films that I saw and boy what a disappointment. This film was more of a soft porn rather than trying to either depict gay life in Japan or show a story or something.

Yu has a good thing going with his boyfriend, college student, Shin. One evening, while waiting for the train, Yu spots Taka, a hunky young man in tight jeans. Gathering his courage, Yu approaches his new found attraction and whispers " I Like You, I Like You Very Much". This casual meeting sets off a series of events that allow each character to explore their changing sexuality.

The film is laced with lot of sex scenes and personally none of them got my attention. They were done in a very weird way (neither aesthetic nor sexy). It was very difficult to watch through the whole movie despite the fact that movie was barely an hour long.

Save yourself some time and please dont watch this. (0/10)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

When I'm Sixty-Four (UK)

When I read the title and saw the cover, I wasn't sure if I wanted to watch this film as my first choice, but I am glad I did. This is definitely a very different film about male bonding specially around the age of 60's which make sit very different. You can fel for characters and realize and feel what they are going through.

London taxi driver Ray is in his middle sixties and a widower. He has two grown-up children and grandchildren but grieves deeply still for his wife. One day, he is called out to a private school to collect newly-retired bachelor school master Jim who has spent his entire life in that school first as a student and then as a teacher. He now plans to travel the world. Coincidences keep Jim and Ray bumping into each other. Jim's plans for travel are upset when his elderly father falls ill. With Ray offering support for Jim their friendship grows. The two men spend more and more time together and there is a natural bond that develops between them both physical and emotional. which is clearly not liked by Ray's children. They talk to him and Ray swears to not meet Jim again. Both men understand why they have to do what they have to do. Jim now wants to go ahead with his plans for world travel and comes to say one final goodbye to Ray. This is when Ray realizes that its high time he starts living for himself and volunteers to go with Jim on his world tour.

The relationship and the story develop so very well, so comfortably, so believably, so tastefully. The acting here is superb and the screenplay solid. In one the scenes when the two men come to terms with homosexual longings they have suppressed for decades the viewer is on the edge of his or her seat willing them to succeed. By the time they reach the bedroom their tender clumsiness together has been so well established that no graphic details are necessary; we know they'll muddle through somehow. Supporting characters are realistic, consistent and help move the solid plot along. Motivations are shown, difficulties are encountered, decisions are made.

Definitely worth a watch. Who knows who might be in a similar situation some day. (6.5/10)

The Mudge Boy

When the film started I wasn't sure what its going to turn out to be but slowly the film got my attention. Although the pace of the film is slow but its very important to show and reflect that a the pace of life of the people involved in the story. It also would be wrong to actually label this film a a gay film but I am sure there are people who would argue that because of some of the feministic characters depicted by our main character.

Duncan, a teenage young lad is left mourning after his mother's sudden death with his distant father Edgar. Unable to wholly cope with the loss of his mother, Duncan holds closely to her remnants - a chicken as a pet who his mother taught him could be calmed by putting the chicken's head in Duncan's mouth, an old fake fur coat he wears to bed, and some kitchen skills he learned at her side. Edgar is resentful that Duncan isn't more helpful on their small farm and is shaken by observing Duncan's means of mourning his mother. Duncan who is hungry for compassion encounters a neighboring kid Perry who is beaten by his father regularly. The two bond, slowly, out of mutual needs. Perry defends Duncan's ridiculing by the local rowdy kids and even encourages Duncan to join the drinking bouts with the group. Yet Duncan remains an outsider, longing to be included. Duncan is very attracted to Perry (physically and emotionally). One such evening when they are drunk, Perry ends up having physical relation with Duncan after he forces him to wear his dead mother's dress only to be later partially discovered by his father, who then forces Duncan to help him with all the 'manly' jobs. Despite Perry's refusal and saying he is not queer, Duncan manages to get a kiss form him but cannot still control getting bullied by local rowdies. As a final confrontation, DUncan ends up killing his most prized possession, his chicken. the movie ends in one of the most life affirming moments ever captured on film, when his father finally understands Duncan's agony and pain and hugs him tight.

Th film has some of the most brilliant acting by all 3 lead characters. The movie slowly draws you in it. You can feel Duncan's pain when he has lost his only companion his mother (since they literally live in middle of nowhere) and how he yearns for emotional attachment with Perry and companionship and acceptance of other young guys and girls in the town. The movie is a slow poetry if I may say so. Definitely it deserves to be seen because it is so uncliched.

Brilliant performances and a wonderful script. (6.5/10)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Four Letter Word

This is one of those wannabe films where producer/director wants to fit in everything. Gay romance, cliches, nudity, issues, love, relationship, marriage, stereotypes everything. There is something for everyone. The end product can vary for different films. In this case the film turns out to be ok. It keeps your attention and interest but thats it. It doesn't manage to hold it. But at the same time it doesn't bore you either.

The story is about 6 people with primary focus on Luke. Zeke and Luke work in a sex shop: Zeke takes gay liberation seriously, Luke likes to sparkle and takes nothing seriously. he is out there every night mating a new man. Peter and Derek are a couple who move in together after 10 months. Peter's compulsive neat freak nature and Derek's nice to everyone issue tests their relationship. Newly-engaged Marilyn, a recovering alcoholic stuck at step 2, can't stop obsessing about wedding details. She works with Peter at a restaurant. Lastly enter Stephen who first rejects Luke in a bar because he is everything that a gay cliche is but later gets into him. Luke and Stephen start going out but keep relationship open. Through Zeke's help it is found that Stephen actually works as a prostitute and has been lying all along. Luke is hurt, he talks to Stephen but gets sweet talked into again. But time and again he feels that Stephen lies to him about everything. As much as Luke is now getting attracted to Stephen, he can't get through the lying part. He finally breaks up with him and also makes Marilyn realize that love is important and she should enjoy being engaged rather than get fussy about it. Zeke's and Luke's friendship bonds gets closer because of all that happens with Luke.

Acting wise everyone was good actually. Luke did portray a gay cliche (stereotype to the T). Zeke's character though not long was interesting. All of Marilyn's portions were weird and strange. She was shown so lonely. Stephen supposed to be very handsome and to die for was alright. He acted ok but his expressions remained same throughout. eke doing naked yoga was just for titillation. It had nothing to do with the film.

Overall decent film. Would keep you entertained. Don't have too many expectations. (6/10)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Be Mine

A nice cute film but a little unbelievable. But then who says all gay films have to slice of life stories. When otherwise w can have escapist cinema, we can also have some make belief romantic gay cinema as well.

Mayson (very cute) has been patiently waiting and dreaming of that ever elusive sweet and perfect first kiss. His best friend Robyn thinks it's about time he kissed a boy. he loves chocolate scones in the coffee shop. His love for that brings him to an unexpected encounter with Riley who takes the last remaining scone in the shop. Mayson has instant crush on Riley but is very shy to even trying to talk to him. The same night Mayson's close buddy Eric is having a Valentine's Day party at his house because his buddy broke up with his girlfriend. In the party it turns out that Riley is that friend. One event leads to other and Riley and Mayson start getting to know each other at the party. Mayson being a die hard romantic does not believe in flings and Riley is struggling with his sexuality. The next day they both ask each other out on a date and with Robyn's help , a very sweet and adorable love story begins. Thrown in the mix are 2 other characters, an awkward girl who invites herself to the party but ultimately becomes part of the group and Eric's other friend who initially got liking for Mayson. The whole story is been told in flashback when all the friends are preparing for the reception for Riley and Mayson after they go married. Cho Chweet !

Mayson was very cute. It was interesting to see someone having such a great idea of being a romantic but really ow many people do we know out there like that. The fact about Riley's background and he was straight and now suddenly interested in Mayson was a little unbelievable but then sometimes we should not put our thinking caps on. I liked that the film had not much drama. ALl it wanted to show is how the romantic couple met and fell in love and their love story ended up in their wedding.

A sweet and engaging story of budding first love that finds a path even in the face of undying shyness. (6/10)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

End Of Love (Cantonese - HK/China)

This is one of those movies where it is a little hard to decide whether I liked the movie or not. There were parts which were good but then again there were sections which were totally avoidable and had nothing to do with the film.

Ming is a young boy who works in a sales store. Soon he meets Yan and an affair starts between them. When Ming's mother confronts him of his sexuality, he leaves home and rents an aptt with someone. He also loses his job. His roommate takes him to parties where once an older man makes him an offer for sex for money. Since he is short for money he accepts it. Slowly he gets deeper into the world of prostitution and drugs. Ming is leading this double life and Yan finds about it only when he is hospitalized once. Following a police raid Ming is sent to a rehabilitation center where he meets Kueng. He has been there a while and helps Ming live through the rehabilitation period. When Keung is leaving the center he invites Ming to visit him. Keung has no idea about Ming's sexuality. When Ming visits Keung, he starts living with him and his girlfriend Jackie. They all 3 work in the hair saloon. Slowly Jackie warms up to Ming and one day when they are drunk they get physical. Jackie then dumps Keung and he goes back to drugs. Ming wants to take care of Keung now like he did for him.

That Ming's problems don't stem from his homosexuality is a breath of fresh air. Ming's issues are not with being gay, but with intimacy and trust. Performance wise Keung has an edge over Ming. Yan and Jackie were just side kicks.

Just an alright movie for me personally. (3.5/10)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Mr. Right (UK)

The primary concept of this movie is that a woman introduces her boyfriend to her gay friends and that makes him gay--is just sketched at. Essentially, we're observing her friends and their friends and their various respective lovers as they interact. It goes through 6 different people, their lives and interactions.

Harry hates being a TV producer and dreams of leaving his job to travel the world. He loves Alex, an aspiring actor who is struggling to create an identity for himself as a performer. Alex lives with Harry who takes care of him. He is yet to find out that he sucks at acting but he is a very very good cook. Rugby player William's nine-year-old daughter is intent on sabotaging his relationships with new boyfriends. She thinks when a new man enters her dad's life, her importance will reduce. This prevents William to let Lawrence get into his life. Lawrence is a famous TV soap star whom Alex hates. Harry and William are friends. Their 3rd friend is Tom, a not so good looking but a very very successful artist. He keeps Lars who is very handsome who is in the relationship just because of money. Tom is so pathetic that he will excuse his every betrayal so long as Lars doesn't leave him. This despite when Lars tries to make an attempt on Harry too. This brings Harry and Alex to revaluate their relationship. When Alex moves out, he realizes that being a cook gives him more satisfaction. He and Harry get close once again but now Alex feels grown up and wants to be by himself and not someone else take care of him. Harry realizes that it is now time for him to travel the world. On the other hand, by continuous trials, William is successfully able to get a balance with Lawrence and his daughter, Lars leaves Tom who now keeps a new man.

Sometime British films specially gay can be as trash as American films. The only difference being that at least the men are good looking. Again the film looked more episodic and TV serial type. Some of the scenes with Alex and his family were the fun parts of the film. Alex's character after a point got very annoying because of his constant talking.

Just an alright film. Have seen worse. (4.5/10)