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, December 26, 2019

He Love Me (UK)

The idea on paper might have been interesting. A narrative to explore what happens when two gay men in a disintegrating relationship leave the city to spend some time alone, together in nature. But the end result in this case is a modern artsy soft porn lasting more than an hour long over a stretch on never ending monologue.

A couple hitchhike to a remote seaside beach hoping that a holiday away from the city will help them mend and strengthen their relationship. With a background narration by one of them, we get to learn how the couple met, how they fell in love, how slowly the insecurities of one of them with respect to money and career had started to bring distance between them despite the strong love that they shared. One man wonders if the other one truly loves him or not. The love is fragile and eventually the two of them have that big confrontation chat where the emotions are bared and the love that kept them together stays strong for the journey forward.

There are a lot of problems with the narrative. The dialogues don't really sync with the proceedings in the film. The visuals are about the 2 of them lazying around on beach, in their tent, most times naked, having sex and yet the story is all about their past; which makes it hard to focus. The narration is soooooo slow that it can induce sleep to anyone. A fast pace would have been better and that too in a short story format. The good thing is that the two guys are good looking, sexy with nice dicks that you get to see plenty of in full glory. The scenery of Greece and water is beautiful. The two men explore the unconventional nature of love and its ability to survive against the odds.

Besides a lot of nudity and graphic sex, the film is basically a narrated story of a sad life struggling to find happiness in a soft pornesque format. (2/10)

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Last Ferry

When the film started, I had high expectations from the film. The actors looked good and acted alright, the production quality seemed good and somehow I was getting a good vibe from it. But somehow just through halfway I could feel that the plot was getting convoluted and unconvincing. I feel somewhere, the film tried to deal with a few themes and in the process failed to focus on the mystery element which was supposed to be the core of the movie.

Joseph is a young naive gay lawyer from Manhattan who has just arrived to `fire Island for the very first time in offseason weekend for personal and romantic exploration. But he is soon drugged and mugged by a would-be hook-up and in his drugged state, it seems like Joseph may have witnessed a murder. He is found by Cameron, a young handsome sympathetic gay man, who's renting a big house along with his best friend Rafael. As Joseph gets to know Cameron and his friends and the two men have a mutual attraction, Rafael comes into picture after having broken up with his boyfriend. The mystery keeps increasing and soon Joseph feels something odd about Rafael and vice versa. Secrets come out when its revealed that Rafael had killed his boyfriend with the help of Cameron. The intent is never clearly explained and in a vague ending, Joseph flees from the house hoping to catch the ferry back to town while the two friends are still alive.

Let's talk about the goods first. The acting and direction if the film is overall pretty good. There is potential there and the film intrigues you in the beginning. Its the screenplay and story thats a bit of a letdown. Cameron's friends were just an unnecessary distraction and the film could have easily done away with all of them. Had the focus been completely on the mystery and thrill element, the film could have been so much better. The story has random disconnected threads that the makers try to connect but by then its a bit late. The vague open ending of the film doesn't help much to the case either. Its not very clear what were Cameron's real feelings for Joseph. Or the fact that whether Cameron and Rafael had some unsettled feelings and issues between themselves. The Fire Island was captured nicely and beautifully and to be honest I actually missed having not visited the island in a long kong time now.

The film had a huge potential but in my opinion, the makers got a little ambitious and tried to include a bunch of randomness. The film is really not bad but its sad when a film which could have been so much more just falls short. Thankfully the duration of the film was just right and wasn't unnecessarily stretched. (5/10)

Friday, December 20, 2019

Boys On Film 18: Heroes

This series comes of age with ten uplifting and powerful tales recounting the lives of everyday heroes with no special powers except striving for their own identities and fighting for the right for us all to be ourselves.

Daniel (UK) Read here

Buddy (The Netherlands) Read here

Half A Life (Egypt)
Pairing the intimate narration of a young, Egyptian gay activist with a highly stylized animation, Half A Life brings the streets of Cairo to life through this firsthand account of the increasingly oppressive social climate of Egypt.

Undress Me (Sweden)
When Micke meets Mikaela on a night out, he is immediately attracted to her, as he can sense that there’s something different about her. When Mikaela explains that she is trans he gets confused, aggressive and also curious. Undress Me examines and challenges our perceptions of gender.

The Colour Of His Hair (UK)
Based on an unrealised film script written in 1964, when homosexuality is still illegal, The Colour of His Hair merges drama and documentary into an impressionistic meditation on queer life before and after the partial legalisation of homosexuality in 1967. Confusing!

Silly Girl (UK)
Silly Girl is all about the first time you are noticed, that first time someone sees you for who you are and the transformative nature of that moment. It was a weird teenage film that didn't connect with me much.

An Evening (Denmark)
Frederik has had sex for the first time with Mathias, his friend from school. Whilst Mathias embraces what they have done and is keen to move forward, Frederik struggles to understand his own feelings and his newfound desire for Mathias.

AIDS: Doctors and Nurses Tell Their Stories (UK)
For the first time, doctors and nurses who cared for Britain’s first AIDS patients in the 1980s tell of the extraordinary situation they found themselves in and the rules they had to break to help patients forgotten by the state.

It's Consuming Me (Germany)
Read here

Mother Knows Best (Sweden)
A mother gives her teenage son some friendly advice on their way home from having met his boyfriend for the first time, but this innocent conversation leads to revelations that threaten to completely change their relationship, when the boy tells that his father has known all along.

Strictly average fare. these series are sort of losing my attention.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Gay Short Films : 68

Sisak (India)
A silent film, set in bustling Mumbai local train system, Sisak details a romance that develops between two men, slowly and intoxicatingly, nestled in the silences and quiet comforts of the end-of-day train journeys. A return to the unspoken, unsaid and universal expressions of love, on the path of subtlety and humanity, Sisak is the result of the belief that if love knows no bounds, it need not be bound with words, either. Absolutely Brilliant !!

Attention of Men (Canada)
Colt, an aspiring writer meets Ely, a wealthy man. Their relationship quickly evolves into a complex dynamic of father and son. As Ely's demons unravel, Colt tries to manage but fails. A random film about two men, their choices, fights, past, secrets and forms of freedom.

Bruderliebe (Czech Republic) [Brotherly Love]
A melancholic film about two brothers, an incestuous incident & obsession, abuse, and guilt.
Na Hory (Czech Republic) [On the Mountains]
Awareness film on how kids are blackmailed online by perverts but most kids dont confide in their parents. The film is part of the List project safely.

Knus meg (Norway) [Break Me]
Mansour, a boxer, is secretly in an affair with his best friend. But their love is put to the test when Mansour’s strictly religious father learns about the affair, and will do everything in his power to put an end to it. 
Le devoir (France) [The Duty]
A mother's illness sees two siblings returning home to face the closeted circumstances that drove them apart. The sister is secretly in love with the neighbor who was also the brother's first love.

Rough Trade (USA)
A hustler gets picked up by a man with a fetish for branding. The guy must decide to go back to the street or start a new life in leather. Terrible!

Guardian (USA)
Manuel is a gay Latino teen who keeps his sexuality a secret from his homophobic father. HIs mother cares but, she is only able to prove and instill her love through videotapes made from afar.

Matt (USA)
A short tale of two "Matts" - one has been around the block, the other a twink & fresh out of the closet. Matt invites Matt over for drinks, a movie, and a night that will mean much more for one of them than the other.

Stille (Denmark) [Quiet]
About to lose himself in shallow hookups and friendships, one morning the protagonist wakes up to a strange shift in his perception of reality. The film is a visual exploration of a generation's struggle to re-claim feelings of affection and intimacy. Weird!

Les îles (France) [Islands]
Characters wander through an erotic maze of love and desire. An absolutely ridiculous film.

Sabbatical (USA)
A couple grapple with the concept of taking time apart from one another, and dealing with the consequences of coming back together after a mutually agreed-upon separation. Does being apart strengthen bonds, or is it inevitably the first step in saying goodbye?

Ladies Day (UK)
A young, black lesbian spends the day in an Afro-Caribbean hair salon, full of gossip and laughter. Will she be able to deal with the casual homophobia?

Colla (Italy) [Glue]
Domenico is getting over his tormented relationship with Marcello. Domenico finds attraction and affection with Lallo, 14 year old brother of his best friend. A journey of discovery starts, between adolescence, maturity and desires of the two young boys.

Watch Me (UK)
David is being followed by a stranger recording his every move. As the stranger gets closer he sees more of the dark secret that David is hiding from his boyfriend.

Are We Good Parents? (USA)
When Lauren and Bill's 14-year-old daughter says she's going to her first dance with her classmate Ryan, they question their preconceived notions of her sexuality and their openness as parents.

A Normal Girl (UK)
The widely unknown struggles of intersex people is brought to light. It is common practice for doctors to perform genital surgeries on intersex infants on that don't conform to binary sex.

Sirene (Netherlands) [Siren]
Deep down inside, a fifteen-year-old boy feels different from the other boys around him. When he becomes friends with an enchanting girl, he gets more and more tangled up in his confusion.

Carlito se va para siempre (Peru) [Carlito Leaves Forever]
In the Amazonian jungle, Carlito, a silent young man, decides to leave forever because he is in secret love with another man.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Lost Everything

This could easily have been a simple straight forward film focussing on the closeted life of a famous movie star, but there are a bunch of ancillary storylines introduced here which, in my opinion, just introduce confusion to the overall plot and takes away from the focus of the main story. Also, I feel, ambitions of the film were too high but the treatment was done at a very basic level with minimal production qualities which fails to give it a realistic film at all.

Brian is a famous movie star who comes to Miami for a film shoot and is staying at a hotel. He has everything that one could ask for, except he is in closet and cannot be openly gay. The hotel bartender David flirts with him and they both start an affair. There is a journalist who is watching every move and is looking for the big story when he finds out that Brian might be gay. Then we have all these other ancillary stories of the bartender's best friend who is also gay and has a religious famous father, who has hired a team to find dirt on his son's boyfriend and to kill him off. The guy hired to kill him falls in love with the main, best friend who runs a local art store. Then we have Brian's manager, mommy dearest like lady who arranges for a girl Michele to play act Brian's girlfriend (except Michele and Brian are friends). Weird things go on and when David realizes tht this is not going anywhere, he decides to make money out of the whole deal. He makes a video of the himself with Brian and sells it to the reporter. When the reporter refuses to give the video to Brian, the actor ends up killing him thereby destroying himself completely. Michele steals all of David's money that he made selling his video to newspaper. All the ancillary stories have their own endings and one way or the other most people lose everything that they have.

The direction was strictly ok for the film. And the acting was very uneven throughout. David and Brain did a good job but everyone else felt a bit over the top, or somehow just not fitting into the film. The film is a wannabe thriller but instead it's a bit preposterous and its hard to take anything seriously thats going on. There is a lot of talk around the actor coming out and being a role model for the society but things are so fake that you eventually don't care. The movie is a melodrama trying to give lessons but fails on both accounts. The only good thing was some good eye-candy but besides that there is nothing much impressive to hold your attention.

Strictly below average affair which can be easily skipped. (4/10)

Monday, December 2, 2019

Analysis Paralysis

Its been a while since I saw a LGBTQ rom-com. This genre can be a hot or miss. To be honest, I used to be a big fan of this genre but with age, my taste is starting to get better. lol Thankfully, this movie wasn't outrightly bad. It wasn't amazing but given that the film has pretty much only the 2 actors playing off each other for the entire duration of the film, does manage to hold your attention besides a few hiccups here and there and we will talk about it.

Tyler is a young gay writer suffering from a peculiar medical condition called 'Analysis Paralysis'. With this condition, one cannot help but imagine all the possible ways that a possible choice or a situation could go wrong. And if not tackled head on, this condition will lead Tyler into a state of complete inaction. His therapist asks him to deal directly with it by facing his biggest fear, which in this case happens to be his crush on his neighbor Shane. Fighting his anxiety, Tyler manages to ask Shane out for a date and despite a flurry of imagined disasters, the date goes well, and Shane and Tyler ultimately become involved. Tyler confides in Shane of his disorder and he supports him well. The relationship keeps moving forward but not without the hiccups of Tyler imagining all things that could go wrong. Finally, convinced that Shane is leaving as a result of an uncomfortable interaction with Shane’s mom and dad, Tyler steels himself for what he sees as the inevitable rejection. But Shane has plans to propose him and be there for each other forever. But was this all a true story or did just Tyler imagine a whole life even before actually asking Shame out for a date?

Initially the repeated scenes every few minutes of situations that could go wrong got on my nerves and my expectations with the film went down, but eventually it started becoming funny. Some of the situations that Tyler would imagine were really funny and hilarious, especially of their first sexual encounter. The 2 scenes of their dinner and lunch outing with a very uninterested waiter were also hilarious. Shane was particularly brilliant in both those scenes. After a while the multiple scenarios got interesting. The reactions of meetings Shane's parents, of Shane breaking up with Tyler etc were quite funny. The film didn't feel stretched. And thankfully the 2 characters who are there throughout he duration of the film share an excellent chemistry and feed off each other very well. They are both good actors but I felt Shane had a slight edge over Tyler.

A good rom-com needs a good chemistry and some decent laughs which this film had. This is a decent time pass fun one time watch. My rating is not super high because the film doesn't have a repeat value and also there is nothing super great about it. Having said that, it does manage to bring a smile on your face, which a lot of films fail to do in today's time. (5.5/10)