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.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Three: The Series

The age old big gay question "Can a long term gay couple continue to be in a monogamous relationship after being together for a few years?" I have seen a few films/short films on the topic and it has been a mixed bag. This is the first series that I am seeing that tackles this subject with the possibility of adding a third person to the relationship. This is a 6 episode series, each about 12-15 minutes each. As individuals and gay men, we all have our opinion on adding a third wheel to the system, so its interesting to see how the makers of the series deal with the issue.

Dylan and Patrick have been together for about 5 years now. On Patrick’s 40th birthday celebration, Dylan starts feeling that Patrick wants to open the relationship. On confronting, Patricks suggests brining in a third guy to spice up their sex life. Dylan very reluctantly agrees to it. He confides this to his best friend Elliot. They go through a couple of options where Patrick enjoys each time but Dylan still can’t get over his hesitation. Things are about to change when Jason comes into picture. First Dylan wants this to stop but after seeing young and very handsome Jason, he gives in,. They both have a good time with Jason and slowly he becomes their regular. In fact he moves in with them making this a polygamous couple. While things are going ok, hell breaks when Patrick’s brother visits them. Argument breaks between the two brothers on their relationship with Jason. This makes Dylan worry even more as to where the relationship of the couple is heading to. Getting into action, one morning Dylan asks Jason to leave them forever so that he can work on his relationship with Patrick. When Patrick hears this, he argues back and wants Jason to continue. This leaves Dylan with 2 choices: either stay with Patrick with Jason as the third or leave Patrick because Patrick definitely wants to have Jason in his life.

This series beautifully explores what happens to a relationship when a third person is introduced. Thankfully it is not all serious. There is ample dose of comic relief thanks to Dylan’s friend Elliot. The actors playing the gay couple are both really good actors. It does not look forced but looks natural. I can totally see these kind of discussions happening among gay couples and friends and how each and everyone of them has their own way of dealing with these issues. Jason acted pretty well also and of course he did look the part of being a nice gentleman while keeping his smoking hot looks. And thats why everyone including the couple wonder why he likes being with them. I cant really find faults with the series besides an open ending which we can all have our interpretations. Well directed, well acted, crisp editing and no unnecessary sex.

Definitely recommend. This is no path-breaking piece of work but is definitely very good, handled well. Short , simple, very well and sweet. (7/10)

Monday, October 16, 2017

Make It Right: Season 1 (TV Series) (Thai)

This is season 1 of Thai  boys’ love romantic comedy series featuring 12 episodes each of about 45 minutes each. So you can see that it was quite time consuming to watch all of this. The story revolves around young boys’ budding relationships and how they deal with their feelings within themselves and in front of the judging society. The primary story(s) takes place in a high school institution where most of the characters go to study.

The story of this series is paper thin. The primary two characters are Fuse and Tee. When Fuse finds his girlfriend cheated on him, he finds solace in Tee, a young boy who shows immense interest in him, but Fuse is confused. Doesn’t know what he wants. Then we have this other couple Book and Frame. Frame is outgoing guy who sleeps around while Book is this really shy guy. They have a chance sexual encounter and how this changes the equation between them forms the crux of their story. There is a whole load of other characters as well who add to the story. Frame’s sister who does cosmetics business, her lover, her admirer. Then there are other boys in the school, and each of them have their own story going on. We also have Rod, who has a huge crush on Fuse. Anyway, there is not much to the story necessarily, and the series just follows their day to day activities of love, heart-break, jealousy and friendship.

I am not sued to Thai series, so I maybe reacting a bit weird; but I found the acting, especially people’s reactions to any situation very dramatic and over the top. In fact the boys look a bit awkward. Sometimes, the reactions made me laugh out loud. I blame all this to the directors but then maybe this is how thai series are. I will have to watch more. Also the series is way too long. There are many side stories and even the main stories drag out. Each of the episode should have been of about 20 minutes each and crisp. I think that would have added a lot to the merits of this series. Book and Frame have good chemistry which was completely lacking between Fuse and Tee. On a positive note, the boys were all very cute. It was surprising to see how comfortable everyone in school is with anyone’s sexuality. It was never shown as a big deal being gay. Is that Thai culture really that advanced? I doubt so. Interestingly, none of the young boys’ parents were shown and it felt, they all belong to affluent families with constant junk food eating, buying cosmetics and hanging out with friends. Nothing wrong with that but just an observation.

The story and the plot is promising but I am highly disappointed with a teenage like execution but then I guess its the teenagers who were the target audience for this series. (5/10)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Better Half

Aah! The stab you feel when you see a wonderful story and idea and paper and see it blow up in execution, not just in one department but various aspects of it. I will talk about it more in details later but to give the credit due where it belongs, the story is pretty novel and had huge potential if this was in a capable director’s hands.

The story is about a gay couple Tony and Leo. Tony is a social worker who works with lower section of society (drug peddlers, convicts, hospitals, abused women etc.) and he is very passionate about his job and very dedicated. Leo, on the other hand is a financial advisor and is very much into career and money. They have been together for a while. In one of the many cases, once a woman leaves her stillborn baby in a hospital. While taking care of the kid, Tony gets really close to the baby Dylan. When Leo proposes marriage, he accepts but also asks if he would consider adopting Dylan. Leo is very reluctant because he has barely accepted the idea of marriage. Ultimately he gives into pressure. But because of gay adoption legalities involved in the system, Leo has to adopt baby as a single parent with Tony later applying for guardianship. Tony becomes a full time home maker while Leo is fully focussed on his job. But Tony’s old cases come to haunt him and he gets killed in a gun shot. Leo’s world is turned upside down because he was never ready to take care of baby. In fact, he wants to run away from the baby. But with support from his friends and Tony’s colleagues, he gets over the fear and finally accepts Dylan as his own son.

So clearly the story has enough potential, but where do I even begin with the flaws. The beginning is flawed. We see 4-5 different scenarios completely unrelated to each other before we can even figure out what’s going on. And the camera angles are so weird with completely focussing on head shots of the characters that it gets very distracting and flat and annoying. The photography is very uneven. The lead actors had potential but the director IMO didn’t do a good job of extracting performances from them. An independent film has its constraints and I do understand that but there is no excuse for bad timing and really poor editing. Talking of which, the film is pretty long and totally lacks professional creativity. The makers could have gone into the details of bureaucracy of adoption for gay parents but instead they focus on personal tussle between the couple. A welcome effort in terms of story but totally thumbs down for execution.

Watch it only if you don’t have anything else better to see or if you have money to use the same story and adopt it better. (4/10)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Gay Short Films : 54

Coming Out: Best Gift Ever
A 23-year-old, Russian-born violinist Artem Kolesov posted a YouTube video in which he comes out as gay. Instead of creating an anonymous contribution, he chose to share his name and face, his story of abuse, depression and suicide attempts, to let fellow LGBT youth in Russia feel less isolated. Despite the possibility of arrest, he has no regrets, because LGBT Russians & the world will hear the voice of a gay Russian.

Out of Exile: Daniel's Story
In August 2014, Daniel was confronted by his family who disapproved of his sexuality. Daniel recorded the event on his phone. This VR video using the technique of videogrammetry uses the original audio and plight of LGBT who end up being homeless because their family abandons them.

Grindr Killer (UK)
For over a year the London police failed to properly investigate the deaths of four young gay men and link them to a serial killer. During this time one man repeatedly tried to raise the alarm. Finally the killer was sentenced to life imprisonment. This short BBC documentary is about those events.

En La Azotea (Spain) [On the Roof]
Adrian and his friends climb every afternoon on a roof to watch a girl who sunbathes. But this afternoon will be different because Adrian will also see a naked guy on the roof. Challenged by his own sexuality and his friends query, he has a quick decision to make.

Längs Vägen (Sweden) [Along the Road]
Two truck drivers have a secret relationship. They meet up at a rest area along the road, but both of them are longing for something more.

Barcelona, nit d'estiu (Spain) [Jordi & Marc]
Jordi and Marc are team-mates in a local soccer team. Jordi has been offered a contract with one of the biggest soccer clubs in the world. But the club wants him to keep his sexuality a secret. This brings a bone of contention between the two guys because part of Marc wants him to not go and be away from him although football club is the right thing for Jordi. What would be the right thing to do in such a case? A very beautiful and well acted emotional film.

Shower (Norway)
Showering after his swim, a young man finds his interest piqued and his self-image challenged by a strange sound. He gives in to his instincts but rage takes over when caught by a stranger. Classic case of closet homophobia !!

Reel (Sweden)
It is the last day before Victor has to move to another city. So he and his best friend Robert do all the things they like to do together including skateboarding & spraying. But this time, there will be a kiss too.

Seminarista (USA)
A young Colombian conservative seminarian struggles to choose between his faith and his sexuality after he has a steamy encounter with a free-spirited guy during a trip to the US.

He She We (USA)
When a handsome young man decides to leave his older female lover his escape plan is foiled when her early return coincides with his new lover's arrival. A classic set up for disaster and heartbreak? Or perhaps there is another possibility of the trio getting it on?

Truth or Dare (USA)
2 couples decide to play the game but the instigator will soon realize that some deep waters may have been better left uncharted with her boyfriend. Done to death!

HerzHaft (Germany)
Felix is secretly in love with Ralph. This doesn't seem to be the biggest problem, but Felix is fifteen and Ralph is his thirty-four-year-old soccer coach. They meet every day in secret. One day, Felix's mother finds out and Ralph has to decide between feeling and reason.

Dos Chicos Adolescentes (Argentina)
2 young adult boys meet at one of the guys home on a hot day trying to control their passion and feelings.

Without A Mom (USA)
Two gay Dads fumble to provide their straight son with meaningful support after the loss of his first real love. They both constantly question if their decision was right given there is no female at home but their son assures them he is very happy to just have 2 Dads.

Eersgeborene (South Africa( [Firstborn]
The short film explores identity and sexuality within the Afrikaans minority through a tale of two brothers who descend into matricide and madness on a remote farm.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Romeo & Romeo

Oh My God!! I hope no one ever has to go through the torture of watching this film (if you can even call it that!). Horrendous! Horrible! Pathetic! Really bad in every single department. I mean what was someone thinking. I cant believe this little piece of shit was made and then the makers even expected that someone will actually watch the ilm or even applaud it. This is so bad, that even having to write this review feels like an utter waste of time.

As per imdb summary, Zak Lawson was a pop star who came out of nowhere, and reached the top of the billboard charts at the age of 14. He met bad boy Trent at the peak of his career, bad news. Trent dragged Zak down a road full of drugs and alcohol. He spiraled out of control, and his career was over. Years later Zak faces the past head on, finding out buried secrets which test his sobriety. In his journey he has a friend, his mother, his caretaker (Trent’s sister) at one point and some other random people.

Bad! Bad! Bad! acting and direction. I mean I have seen enough bad films in my life but nothing beats this film. Unnecessary screaming, usage of F word totally random, boobs hanging out for no reason, two long drawn sex scenes for just eroticism; where do I end the list? Direction is bad, execution is bad, acting, loud music, story.. everything everything is terrible… Please please do not waste precious time of your life that will never come back!!. (0/10)