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.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Dying Gaul

Oh what a movie! Even though the climax of the movie left me a little confused, I still cannot deny the fact that it was a brilliantly made film. The casting, the acting, the story, the filming; everything was almost perfect.

Robert is a screenplay writer whose script "The Dying Gaul" is being appreciated by a few studious. At one such meeting he meets Jeffery from a big production house who wants to buy his script. The script has been inspired by Robert's boyfriend who died of Aids. Jeffery and others love the script but he can buy the script only if Robert changes the gay guy to be a woman because as per him Americans "hate gays". Robert refuses initially but later gives in when Jeffery proposes one million dollar for the script with the changes. Robert after hesitation gives in because he plans to invest that money for his son (from the days he was married). Robert now starts visiting Jeffrey house where he meets Elaine, Jeffery wife and mother of 2 kids. Theirs is a happy family until we are shown that Jeffery is flirting with Robert which later he gives into and the two start having an affair. On the other hand, Elaine connects to Robert on a more intellectual and emotional level and does not want Robert to change his script. One one such occasions she also finds out that Robert is so lonely that he ends up spending most of his time in a chat room. One night she enters the chat room and after some chat finds out that Robert and her husband Jeffrey and now having an affair. Torned between her husband's cheating and her strong empathy for Robert, she decided to get another name for chat room and poses as Robert's ex died boyfriend and starts tall king about all the things that were intimate only between the two lovers.

Robert believes all that and starts feeling guilty for betraying his ex. He wants to end everything and hence one day just candidly ends up telling Elaine , how Jeffrey sometimes thinks of killing his wife just because he is fed up being bisexual. Elaine takes action after hearing that and finally what happens comes as a shock to audience.

From execution point of view, a few sequences are brilliantly handled. The way Elaine confronts Jeffery is beautiful. Plus the way Robert and Jeffrey get together etc. The landscape and the whole shooting areas are wonderful. Though the movie is great, I certainly could not understand certain things about the movie a) How does Elaine know so much about Robert's personal life b) What exactly happens in the end to the characters. The Dying Gaul in reality is a roman Greek kStatue and towards the end of the movie, Jeffrey is shown as repenting in the same pose as that of the statue.

I feel like I can keep writing about this movie. But I need to stop. It is a must see. (8/10)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Più bel giorno della mia vita (Italian) [The Best Day of My Life]

A nice movie after seeing a couple of bad movies. My faith was restored in gay cinema. This movie reminded me so much of another movie that I had seen which showed the problems of all individual family members when they meet at a family reunion. This movie has good acting, nothing over the top, no right or wrong about love. It just had different individual's perspectives.

Irene, a grandmother lives by herself in her house. She has two daughters, Rita and Sara and a son, Claudio. Sara's husband passed away after 2 years of marriage and she can now not trust any other man. She always worries for her son. Rita, who has two daughters, is living the end of her marriage and is in love with a veterinary surgeon. Claudio is a gay and his mom doesn't know it. He has a lover Luca who lives with him but still he cannot tell his mom. Rita and Sara know about this though. The family meets every occasionally for lunch.The movie is shown through the eyes of Rita's daughter who is soon to have her first communion and prays to God that everyone in the family should be shown the truth. How the initial formal relationship between the individuals, eventually turn out to be how everybody starts accepting each other more openly forms a good part of the story. The way Claudio's boyfriend Luca enters family and Irene starts to like her is also very touching.

The movie beautifully shows how all of us desire for the same things. love, companionship, tolerance and hope. The movie brings forward these aspects beautifully. It cannot be termed as strict gay cinema. It just had one of the characters as gay man. The movie tells about everyone's stories and does not put right or wrong for anyone. I liked the confusions shown in Rita's and her husband's life. The way Sara keeps worrying about her son. How her son feels cheated for not being told about his uncle's sexuality for fear of him turning out to be gay too. Irene's proud when she sees Claudio in the courtroom handling his case. These were brief touching moments.

I loved it. It was beautiful. Definitely worth a watch. (7/10)

Monday, November 26, 2007

Just Can't Get Enough

Let me clarify. This is NOT a gay themed movie. I saw it because I was under the impression that it is but thats not true. I am still going to review it just for giggles.

Steve Bannerjee is just another club owner until he stumbles into the idea of male strippers playing to a women-only audience. His cash register is flowing specially after the choreographer Nick joins them and the shows are more organized than random. Chad is just another worker in the club who does not like the idea of dancing but he is ready to do anything apart from that. But when it comes to manipulations, Bannerjee proves Nick's equal and then some: the sex, drugs, and rock and roll atmosphere of the club quickly gives way to a headlong rush into murder, and the ride is straight down all the way.

The movie was full of flesh display of both men and women. Chad was soooooooo hot. But thats all there was to this movie.

Not worth my time. (2/10)

Chun gwong cha sit (Hong Kong/Argentina-Mandarin) [Happy Together]

I had read a lot of positive reviews about the film and hence my expectations were quite high from the movie but sadly I have to say that I was disappointed. Not by the content but by the presentation aspect of the story. It had a nice and engrossing story idea but had it been handled more maturely, I would have personally liked it more.

Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong and take to the road for a holiday. Their relationship is always under stress because Po-Wing keep disappearing and resurfacing again. Fai is more stable. They drift apart while they are on road but end up being in Argentina. Fai starts working first as a doorman to a local bar and then in a restaurant. As shown earlier he is more stable of the two. On the other hand all Po-Wing does is hustling. ONe day Po-Wing gets beaten up and he shows up at Fai's door steps. Fai starts taking care of him but something keeps him away from getting close physically with him again. Fai says that the best time they were happy together was the time was Po Wing was recovering and Fai had to take care of him as a child. He even wishes that Po Wing does not recover fast.Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong and take to the road for a holiday. Fai goes back home and Po Wing is still shown broken crying repenting in Argentina.

The acting from the lead characters was ok. Fai's character was portrayed beautifully. Po Wing I thought was strictly ok. The movie I think was shot with hand held camera and the cinematography and other stuff needed a lot to be desired. The only good aspect was to see the relationship disintegrate in a foreign country.

Not one of may favorites. I would not go for it again. (3/10)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Outing Riley

One of my close friends recommended the movie to me. He knew my taste and was sure I will like it. And yes! I did like it. Its the kind of movies I prefer to see. Comic, drama, emotions, family etc. It was nice... very nice.

Bobby Riley is one of the four brothers and 1 sister Maggie in a Irish catholic family. Except his sister no one knows that he is gay. After their father's death, Maggie wants Bobby to come out to his other brothers Jack (priest), Connor (obsessed with Internet porn) and Luke (the prankster). Bobby though he lives with his boyfriend Andy, still doesn't have the nerve to tell his brothers even though he tries hard to come out to them on a weekend getaway. One evening Maggie throws the bomb out in open by showing everyone Bobby's and Andy's pictures and telling everyone that he is gay.From here starts the tribulations that Bobby, Andy, his brothers and Maggie go through and they eventually accept Bobby and Andy. Bobby's dilemma functions on both comic and dramatic planes because when he does spill the beans, his brothers assume due to his regular-guy demeanor that he's kidding. Besides, they're meat and potatoes Irish-Catholic, so Bobby simply can't be gay. But, everybody, it turns out, has a secret. The way Maggie tries her best to keep the family together even if it means telling a big lie to everyone keep you giggling.

Acting wise everyone is decent. The shot where Luke is high and shows his ass is hot! Luke was hot and nude. What else would you want to see in the movie. Chicago as always look beautiful in the movie. Its plain simple entertainment for folks like me.

You should see this one for sure. Feel good entertainer. (7/10)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

In & Out

Funny! Funny! Funny! This movie was so much fun. I had a hard time controlling not to laugh at various occasions while watching this movie. The film gets into the mood right away and bears front the plot which is simple but hilarious, specially with the way things are handled in the movie.

A high school teacher Howard is about to get married to his fiance of 3 years, Emily. Everything changes in one night when a former high school student of his, named Cameron Drake, now a famous actor, makes an acceptance speech after receiving an Academy Award for his portrayal of a homosexual army soldier and 'outs' Howard Brackett as his inspiration for his role. Here begins the whole media circus where suddenly everyone in media is interested in finding out if what was said is true or not. Howard desperately tries keep his life from falling apart by protesting that he is not gay and that the whole thing with Cameron's speech is a simple misunderstanding. Everyone except one of the TV reporter believes him. The TV reporter who is openly gay wants to do an entire week special with Howard's story. Finally the day of wedding comes and thats when Howard instead of saying 'I Do' says 'I am gay'. This incident leads to Howard being suspended from school and other activities that he was doing. Movie ends with how Cameron comes back in the small town to help his teacher and how the people of the town accept Howard for what he is and everything is fine.

Performance wise everyone has done good. Howard, fiance Emily (she was damn funny) and all supporting cast. My favorite scene is when Howard is listening to this tape on how to be more masculine and when he just cannot control not to dance when the music is playing. The entire scene was hilarious and funny.

Definitely a worth watch. A comic, funny, hilarious joyride. (7.5/10)

Monday, November 5, 2007

Glue (Argentina-spanish)

This Argentinean film was a BIG disappointment. The director tried to portray the boredom in life of a 16 year old boy Lucas from a dysfunctional family living in the middle of nowhere. It also delves a little bit into his sexual experiments with his friends, the hunky Nacho and the mousey Andrea.

Lucas' parents' relationship is pretty unstable, but he doesn't want to be confronted with it. So he decides to spend his time hanging out with his friends, just talking about life and experimenting with drugs and sex. He wonders about his physical development, compares himself to his buddy, and begins to explore his sexuality. Not much happens in this dull observation of teen behavior in a small town in the boonies of Argentina. The events are mundane. The characters uninteresting. The overall quality is not much better than the home-video your friend did about distant relatives. The only good scene that I enjoyed was when Lucas plays with the monkey with banana. And the intimate scene between all 3 friends is strictly ok. I thought Nacho as teenage was very hunky and hot.

The bottom-line: don't waste you time with this one. (2/10)