Wednesday, July 31, 2013

I Killed My Mother



2009 Canadian Feature
Alternate Title: J'ai tué ma mère

Cast: Anne Dorval, Xavier Dolan, François Arnaud, Suzanne Clément, Patricia Tulasne, Niels Schneider and Monique Spaziani
Writer/Director: Xavier Dolan

Synopsis:
Gay teenager Hubert has a caustic relationship with his overburdened mother. They grapple with the notion that although they can't seem to live together, they're not sure they can live apart.

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Awards:
  • Cannes Film Festival C.I.C.A.E. Award, Prix Regards Jeune Award and SACD Prize.
  • Czech Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Honorable Mention Prize for Best Film.
  • Genie Award, Claude Jutra Award.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Writing and directing debut of the then-20 year old Xavier Dolan, who wrote the script when he was 16 years old and has said that it is semi-autobiographical.
  • The title refers to Hubert lying to his teacher that his mother has died. After the teacher finds out that it is a lie, she expresses this lie as "you killed your mother". This inspires Hubert to write an essay for school titled "I Killed My Mother".
  • After being shown at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, the movie received an eight-minute standing ovation.
  • Canada's official submission for the 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.

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Trembling Before G-d



2001 Israeli/French/American Feature

Cast: Shlomo Ashkinazy, Rabbi Steven Greenberg, Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo, Naomi Mark, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin and Dr. Yaakov Meir Weil
Director: Sandi Simcha DuBowski

Synopsis:
Gay and lesbian Hasidic and Orthodox Jews relate their personal stories of how they struggle to reconcile their passionate love of Judaism with the drastic Biblical prohibitions that forbid homosexuality.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 89% / Audience: 62%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 66% / Audience: 8.6%
  • OMG rating: 4/10

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Award for Best Documentary Film and Don Quixote Award - Special Mention.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary.
  • Independent Spirit Award nomination for the Truer Than Fiction Award.
  • L.A. Outfest Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature.
  • Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Audience Award for Favorite Documentary.

Notes/Trivia:
  • The title is an allusion to the Hebrew word Haredi, which can be interpreted as "one who trembles" in awe of God. The spelling of the word G-d in the film's title reflects the Jewish practice of avoiding writing the name of God. By omitting the middle letter, the word is not written in full, thus eliminating the possibility of accidentally destroying the written name of God, which would violate one of the 613 Mitzvot of Judaism.
  • During the film's six-year production, director Sandi Simcha DuBowski met hundreds of homosexual Jews, but only a handful agreed to be filmed due to fear of being ostracized from their communities. Furthermore, those who agreed to be interviewed are shown only in silhouette or with their faces pixelized.
  • With a seed grant from Steven Spielberg, the creators of the film have set up the Trembling Before G-d Orthodox Education Project, the goal of which is to teach Orthodox educators and rabbis about homosexuality.
  • Following the success of Trembling before G-d, Sandi Simcha DuBowski produced A Jihad for Love, a documentary about gay devout Muslims.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Doing Time on Maple Drive



1992 American Television Movie

Cast: James Sikking, Bibi Besch, William McNamara, Jayne Brook, David Byron, Lori Loughlin and Jim Carrey
Director: Ken Olin
Writer: James Duff

Synopsis:
When a young college student returns home to introduce his fiancée to his family, the secrets hidden behind their seemingly "perfect family" facade are brought to light.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 66%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Supporting Actress (Besch) and Writing.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Originally aired on the Fox television network.

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Mysterious Skin



2004 American/Dutch Feature

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brady Corbet, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jeff Licon, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Elisabeth Shue
Writer/Director: Gregg Araki, based on the novel by Scott Heim

Synopsis:
A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths and discover they have an unspeakable tragedy in common.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 84% / Audience: 88 %
  • Metacritic - Critics: 74% / Audience: 8.4%
  • OMG rating: 8/10
  • Movie Dearest rating: A-

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  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
  • Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Director.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Scott Heim's Mysterious Skin was first published in 1996.
  • Casting Call: Emile Hirsch.
  • The MPAA rated the film NC-17, which the studio appealed unsuccessfully. The film was released in the United States unrated.
  • The film was the subject of controversy in Australia, where the Australian Family Association tried unsuccessfully to have it banned.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Girls Will Be Girls



2003 American Feature

Cast: Jack Plotnick, Coco Peru, Jeffery Roberson, Ron Mathews, Eric Stonestreet, Hamilton von Watts, Dana Gould, Chad Lindsey, Dennis Hensley and Sam Pancake
Writer/Director: Richard Day

Synopsis:
Three actresses at various stages on the Hollywood food chain navigate the minefield of love, aging and ambition.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 58% / Audience: 70%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 52% / Audience: 8.8%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • L.A. Outfest Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film (Plotnick, Peru and Roberson) and Screenwriting.

Notes/Trivia:
  • All three of the main characters — Evie, Coco and Varla — were existing characters, creations of the actors (Jack Plotnick, Clinton Leupp and Jeffery Roberson, respectively), who have performed under these drag alter egos for several years prior to, and after, this movie. Girls Will Be Girls places all three in a narrative situation together.
  • No actual women appeared in the film. All female characters, including extras and the models for the magazine covers of Cher and Madonna, were performed by men in drag.
  • A web series reunited the cast in 2007-2008. The series continued the story of the three women after the events of the film.
  • An as-yet-unnamed sequel has been produced, but no release date has been announced.

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Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom



1980 Spanish Feature
Alternate Titles: Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón / Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls on the Heap / Pepi, Luci, Bom

Cast: Carmen Maura, Eva Siva, Alaska, Félix Rotaeta, Concha Grégori and Fabio McNamara
Writer/Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Synopsis:
The wild adventures of three friends: independent modern woman Pepi, mousy, masochistic housewife Luci and lesbian punk rocker Bom.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 43% / Audience: 65%

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  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Feature film debut of writer/director Pedro Almodóvar. He has a cameo as the host of the "General Erections" contest.
  • The genesis of the film was a short story of Pedro Almodóvar's titled General Erections, a comic parody of the 1977 general elections in Spain that was published in the magazine El Víbora (The Viper) in 1978.
  • With its many kitsch elements, campy style, outrageous humor and open sexuality, the film became emblematic of La Movida Madrileña, a Spanish cultural movement of its time. It also earned Pedro Almodóvar the reputation as the "Spanish John Waters".
  • Pepi, Luci, Bom wasn't released in the United States until 1992, after Pedro Almodóvar became known in America for such art house hits as Law of Desire and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

You I Love



2004 Russian Feature
Alternate Title: Ya lyublyu tebya

Cast: Evgeny Koryakovsky, Lyubov Tolkalina, Damir Badmaev, Anatoly Mankhadykov, Valentina Mankhadykova and Victor Shevidov
Directors: Olga Stolpovskaja and Dmitry Troitsky
Writers: Olga Stolpovskaja, Alisa Tanskaya and Dmitry Troitsky

Synopsis:
Ad exec Timofei falls for young working-class laborer Uloomji, a relationship that comes as a surprise to Timofei's girlfriend Vera.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 33% / Audience: 54%

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  • DVD: Available


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Awards:
  • New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Award for Best Foreign Narrative Feature.

Notes/Trivia:
  • First Russian gay and/or bisexual-themed film.

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Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt



1989 American Feature

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Cleve Jones, Sara Lewinstein, David Mandell, Suzi Mandell, Sallie Perryman, Vito Russo and Tracy Torrey
Directors: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
Writers: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman and Cindy Ruskin

Synopsis:
The history of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and the stories of five people, represented by panels in the Quilt, who died of AIDS-related causes.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 90%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

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  • DVD: Available


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Awards:
  • Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
  • Berlin International Film Festival Interfilm Award.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Documentary.
  • Peabody Award.

Notes/Trivia:
  • The idea for the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt was conceived in 1985 by activist Cleve Jones and officially started in 1987. Weighing an estimated 54 tons, it is the largest piece of community folk art in the world.
  • Inspired by the book The Quilt: Stories From The NAMES Project by Cindy Ruskin, Matt Herron and Deborah Zemke.
  • Tom Waddell, founder of the Gay Games, is one of the people profiled in the film.

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

A Home at the End of the World



2004 American Feature

Cast: Colin Farrell, Dallas Roberts, Robin Wright Penn, Matt Frewer and Sissy Spacek
Director: Michael Mayer
Writer: Michael Cunningham, based on his novel

Synopsis:
Two boyhood friends and a bohemian woman, the three points of a dysfunctional love triangle, try to make a life together in 1980s New York.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 48% / Audience: 65%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 59% / Audience: 7.0%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • National Board of Review Special Recognition Award.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Michael Cunningham's novel A Home at the End of the World was first published in 1990.
  • Scenes featuring a nude Colin Farrell were cut from the final film because they were too distracting for test audiences.

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How to Survive a Plague



2012 American Feature

Cast: Gregg Bordowitz, Garance Franke-Ruta, Mark Harrington, Larry Kramer, Mathilde Krim and Ann Northrop
Director: David France
Writers: David France, Todd Woody Richman and Tyler H. Walk

Synopsis:
In the early years of the AIDS epidemic, the militant activist group ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) was formed in response to the lack of action from the United States government and the medical establishment in developing effective HIV/AIDS medications.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 100% / Audience: 82 %
  • Metacritic - Critics: 87% / Audience: 8.3 %
  • OMG rating: 7/10
  • Movie Dearest rating: B+

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  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available



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Awards:
  • Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature.
  • Directors Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary.
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Award for Documentary of the Year.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary.
  • Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Documentary.
  • Movie Dearest Award Honorable Mention for Documentary of the Year.
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best First Film.
  • Peabody Award.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Feature film debut of director David Nance.
  • ABC has announced that a dramatic mini-series adaptation of How to Survive a Plague is currently being developed.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Before Night Falls



2000 American Feature

Cast: Javier Bardem, Olivier Martinez, Andrea Di Stefano, Santiago Magill, Héctor Babenco, Michael Wincott, Sean Penn, Diego Luna and Johnny Depp
Director: Julian Schnabel
Writer: Cunningham O'Keefe, Lázaro Gómez Carriles and Julian Schnabel, based on the autobiography by Reinaldo Arenas

Synopsis:
The life of famed Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas, who was vilified and imprisoned for his dissident writings and homosexuality in Fidel Castro's Cuba.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.1 /10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 73% / Audience: 78%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 85% / Audience: 8.2%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • Academy Award nomination for Best Actor (Bardem).
  • AFI Award, Movies of the Year.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor - Drama (Bardem).
  • Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead (Bardem); also nominated for Best Feature, Director and Cinematography.
  • National Board of Review Award for Best Actor (Bardem) and Freedom of Expression Award.
  • National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor (Bardem).
  • Venice Film Festival Grand Special Jury Prize, OCIC Award - Honorable Mention, Volpi Cup for Best Actor (Bardem) and Rota Soundtrack Award.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Reinaldo Arenas' acclaimed autobiography Before Night Falls (Antes que anochezca: autobiografía) was first published in 1992. The English translation was published the following year.
  • Javier Bardem spent several weeks with Reinaldo Arenas's surviving partner Lazaro Gomez Carriles, taking hours a day to study how Arenas walked and talked.

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In the Family



2011 American Feature

Cast: Sebastian Brodziak, Patrick Wang, Trevor St. John, Kelly McAndrew, Brian Murray and Park Overall
Writer/Director: Patrick Wang

Synopsis:
When his partner Cody dies, Joey learns that their son Chip has been willed to Cody's sister. In his now solitary home life, Joey searches for a way to be reunited with Chip.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 96% / Audience: 81%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 82% / Audience: 6.4%
  • Movie Dearest rating: B

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  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available



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Awards:
  • Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Feature.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Directorial debut of Patrick Wang.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Women



1939 American Feature

Cast: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland, Paulette Goddard, Phyllis Povah, Joan Fontaine, Virginia Weidler, Lucile Watson and Marjorie Main
Director: George Cukor
Writers: Anita Loos, Jane Murfin and (uncredited) F. Scott Fitzgerald, based on the play by Clare Boothe Luce

Synopsis:
The pampered lives, power struggles and romantic entanglements of various wealthy Manhattan socialites, and the gossip that propels their lives and wreaks havoc on their relationships.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 90% / Audience: 89%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

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  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Book: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Clare Boothe Luce's The Women had its Broadway debut in 1936. The original cast included Phyllis Povah, Marjorie Main, Mary Cecil and Marjorie Wood, who recreated their roles for the film version. It has been revived on Broadway twice, first in 1973 (starring Kim Hunter, Dorothy Loudon and Myrna Loy) and again in 2001 (starring Jennifer Coolidge, Kristen Johnston, Heather Matarazzo, Rue McClanahan, Cynthia Nixon and Jennifer Tilly, with costumes by Isaac Mizrahi). The latter revival was filmed for the PBS series Stage on Screen, which first aired it in 2002.
  • The film continued the play's all-female tradition; the cast of more than 130 speaking roles was entirely female. Throughout the entire film, not a single male is seen, although the males are much talked about, and the central theme is the women's relationships with them. The attention to detail was such that even in props such as portraits only female figures are represented, and several animals which appeared were also female.
  • Potential Director: Gregory La Cava.
  • Casting Call: Claudette Colbert, Dorothy Lamour, Carole Lombard and Myrna Loy.
  • Filmed in black and white, the movie includes a ten-minute fashion parade filmed in Technicolor, featuring costumer Adrian's most outré designs. Often cut in modern screenings, it has been restored by Turner Classic Movies. The original black and white fashion show, which is a different take, was made available for the first time on the film's DVD release.
  • Lesbianism is intimated in the portrayal of only one character, Nancy Blake, played by Florence Nash.
  • Gossip columnist Hedda Hopper has a bit part as gossip columnist Dolly Dupuyster.
  • Film debut of actress Butterfly McQueen, who memorably played Prissy in Gone With the Wind, released later in 1939.
  • With its glamorous cast, lavish costumes and enduringly quotable dialogue, The Women has remained especially popular with gay male audiences.
  • In 1955, the NBC anthology drama series Producers' Showcase broadcast an adaptation of the play. Three actresses from the 1939 film, Mary Boland, Paulette Goddard and Ruth Hussey, also appeared in this production, which also starred Mary Astor, Nancy Olson and Shelly Winters.
  • In 1956, The Women was made into a musical film titled The Opposite Sex, starring June Allyson, Joan Collins, Dolores Gray, Ann Sheridan, Ann Miller, Agnes Moorehead, Joan Blondell and (ditching the all-female cast concept of previous incarnations) Leslie Nielsen.
  • A 1977 German television production of the play, titled Frauen in New York (Women in New York), was directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
  • In 2007, The Women was inducted into the National Film Registry.
  • Diane English directed and co-wrote a long-in-development contemporary remake of the film, also titled The Women. The ill-received 2008 release starred Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith (whose character was a lesbian), Candice Bergen, Cloris Leachman, Bette Midler and Carrie Fisher.

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The Gay Deceivers



1969 American Feature

Cast: Kevin Coughlin, Brooke Bundy, Larry Casey, Jo Ann Harris and Michael Greer
Director: Bruce Kessler
Writers: Jerome Wish (screenplay), Gil Lasky and Abe Polsky (story)

Synopsis:
In order to avoid the draft, two straight friends pretend that that are gay. But when they are placed under surveillance by the Army, they have to keep up the charade by moving into a gay apartment building.

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  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Casting Call: Kent McCord.
  • According to gay film historian Vito Russo in his book The Celluloid Closet, co-star Michael Greer, who played the flamboyantly gay Malcolm and who was himself gay, tried to work with the screenwriter and director to minimize the negativity of the characterization and present Malcolm in a positive light.
  • The title used in Spanish-speaking territories roughly translates to English as "The Third Sex Having Fun".

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

L.I.E.



2001 American Feature

Cast: Paul Franklin Dano, Brian Cox, Billy Kay, Bruce Altman, Walter Masterson and James Costa
Director: Michael Cuesta
Writers: Michael Cuesta, Gerald Cuesta and Stephen M. Ryder

Synopsis:
Following the death of his mother in a car accident on the Long Island Expressway, sexually confused15-year-old Howie Blitzer becomes involved with a older man known as "Big John".

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 83% / Audience: 74%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 73% / Audience: 6.8%
  • OMG rating: 8 /10

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • Barcelona International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Jury Award for Best Feature.
  • Copenhagen Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Jury Prize for Best Feature Film.
  • Independent Spirit Awards for Best Debut Performance (Dano) and Producers Award; also nominated for Best Feature, Director, Male Lead (Cox), Supporting Male (Kay) and First Screenplay.
  • L.A. Outfest Awards for Outstanding American Narrative Feature and Actor in a Feature Film (Dano).
  • Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Award for Best Film.
  • National Board of Review Special Recognition Award.
  • Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Special Jury Award for Best Feature Film.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Because Paul Franklin Dano (now known as Paul Dano), who played Howie, was underage at the time of production, his mother Gladys was present on set at all times and played the non-speaking role of Howie's deceased mother in several flashback and dream sequences.
  • The poem Howie recites in the car is "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking" by Walt Whitman.
  • L.I.E. received an NC-17 rating from the MPAA, although the rating was later surrendered and the film was released without a rating. Both an edited R-rated version and the original unrated/uncut film are available on DVD.

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Pink Flamingos



1972 American Feature

Cast: Divine, David Lochary, Mink Stole, Mary Vivian Pearce, Danny Mills, Cookie Mueller, Channing Wilroy and Edith Massey
Writer/Director: John Waters

Synopsis:
With the title of "Filthiest Person Alive" at stake, the notorious Divine (alias Babs Johnson) faces stiff competition from the vile Marble clan in an unbridled assault on every taboo in the book.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 82% / Audience: 72%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • When Pink Flamingos was initially released, it was highly controversy due to the wide range of perverse acts performed (or at least suggested) onscreen (such as cannibalism, emasculation, exhibitionism, voyeurism and, most infamously, coprophagia). It has since become one of the most notorious films ever made and made drag icon Divine an underground superstar.
  • As well as writing, directing and producing this film, John Waters also shot, edited and composed it, plus served as the film's narrator, Mr. J. Waters has stated "I was high when I wrote this film. I was not high when I made it."
  • Elizabeth Coffey, who played the "Chick with a Dick", was a pre-op male-to-female transsexual who had already undergone hormone therapy to develop breasts and female features at the time of filming. She had gender reassignment surgery a week to the day her scene was filmed, and played a female character in Waters' next film, Female Trouble.
  • At his request, the "Singing Asshole" is not credited, and John Waters maintains that he "certainly will remain nameless. It's his choice." This individual does, however, apparently still disclose his involvement in the film to friends.
  • The film was initially banned in Australia, as well as in Norway and some provinces in Canada.
  • As with El Topo before it and The Rocky Horror Picture Show after, Pink Flamingos was widely seen and gained most of its fame and cult status as a midnight movie. Theater patrons often received free "Pink Phlegmingo" barf bags.
  • John Waters considered making a sequel, titled Flamingos Forever, which would have taken place fifteen years after the action of the original film. Troma Entertainment offered to finance the picture, but it was never made, as Divine refused to be involved, and Edith Massey died in 1984. The screenplay is available with those of Pink Flamingos and Desperate Living in a collection entitled Trash Trio.
  • In 1997, the film was re-released in theaters for the film's 25th anniversary. The new version featured an improved stereo soundtrack, a video commentary by John Waters and 15 minutes of deleted scenes. The re-release version, which was rated NC-17 by the Motion Picture Association of America, was later released on a special edition DVD.
  • Ranked #5 on Entertainment Weekly's 2003 list of "The Top 50 Cult Movies".

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

You Should Meet My Son!



2010 American Feature

Cast: Joanne McGee, Carol Goans, Stewart Carrico, Ginger Pullman, Steve Snyder, Acquah Dansoh, Matt Palazzolo and Chris Nolan
Writer/Director: Keith Hartman

Synopsis:
When a conservative Southern mother discovers that her only son is gay, she sets out to find him a husband so that he won't go through life alone.

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  • Feature film debut of writer/director Keith Hartman.

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North Sea Texas



2011 Belgian Feature
Alternate Title: Noordzee, Texas

Cast: Jelle Florizoone, Mathias Vergels, Eva van der Gucht, Nina Marie Kortekaas, Katelijne Damen and Thomas Coumans
Director: Bavo Defurne
Writers: Bavo Defurne and Yves Verbraeken, based on the novel Nooit gaat dit over by Andre Sollie

Synopsis:
Pim, the emotionally abandoned and affection-starved son of a small seaside town's resident floozy, enters a period of sexual awakening with neighbor boy Gino.

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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Andre Sollie's children's novel Nooit gaat dit over was first published in 2004.
  • Feature film debut of director Bavo Defurne.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Priest



1994 British Feature

Cast: Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson, Robert Carlyle, Cathy Tyson, Robert Pugh, Lesley Sharp and Christine Tremarco
Director: Antonia Bird
Writer: Jimmy McGovern

Synopsis:
Father Greg Pilkington is torn between his call as a conservative Catholic priest and his secret life as a gay man.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 65% / Audience: 80%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • BAFTA nomination for Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film.
  • Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Award for Best Feature Film.
  • Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Director Antonia Bird's feature film debut.
  • A scene of Linus Roache's bare buttocks was cut from the final film to ensure an R rating in the United States.
  • The Catholic Church in Ireland were very vocal about having the film banned from theatrical distribution. The film censor disagreed and the film was released with an 18 certificate. This marked a major turning point in the relationship between the church and the Irish Film Censor board.
  • The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights were so outraged by the film's subject matter and its American release date over the Easter weekend that they called for all their members to boycott anything related to Disney, Miramax's parent company.

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Tipping the Velvet



2002 British Television Mini-Series

Cast: Rachael Stirling, Keeley Hawes, Anna Chancellor, Jodhi May, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and Benedict Cumberbatch
Director: Geoffrey Sax
Writer: Andrew Davies, based on the novel by Sarah Waters

Synopsis:
In Victorian England circa the 1890s, a young woman falls in love with a male impersonator, follows her to London, and finds various ways to support herself as she journeys through the city.

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  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available


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Awards:
  • Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival Award for Best Feature.
  • BAFTA TV Award nomination for Best Original Television Music.
  • Dallas OUT TAKES Awards for Best Feature and Actress (Stirling).
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Television Movie or Mini-Series.
  • Hamburg Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Eurola Award.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Sarah Waters' debut novel Tipping the Velvet was first published in 1998. Her subsequent novels, Affinity and Fingersmith, were also adapted for film. She makes a cameo appearance in the mini-series, as an audience member at one of the shows.
  • The title is an obscure Victorian pornographic slang reference to cunnilingus.
  • Originally broadcast in three parts on the UK television channel BBC.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Myra Breckinridge



1970 American Feature

Cast: Raquel Welch, Mae West, John Huston, Farrah Fawcett, Roger Herren, Calvin Lockhart, John Carradine, Andy Devine, Grady Sutton and Rex Reed
Director: Michael Sarne
Writers: Michael Sarne and David Giler, based on the novel by Gore Vidal

Synopsis:
Fussy film buff Myron Breckinridge travels to Europe to undergo a sex change and returns to Hollywood as the glamorous and willful Myra.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 4.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 29% / Audience: 36%
  • OMG rating: 1/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Gore Vidal's satirical novel Myra Breckinridge was first published in 1968. The book was dismissed by some conservative critics as pornographic, but nevertheless immediately became a worldwide bestseller. Vidal published a sequel, titled Myron, in 1974.
  • The film was controversial upon its release for its sexual explicitness (notably the infamous pegging scene), but unlike the novel, it received no critical praise and has since been cited as one of the worst movies ever made. Gore Vidal disowned the film, calling it "an awful joke", even though he said on several occasions that he never actually watched it.
  • Casting Call: Anne Bancroft, Candy Darling, Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Angela Lansbury, Geraldine Page, Vanessa Redgrave, Mickey Rooney and Elizabeth Taylor.
  • Every day while shooting, Mae West (who came out of retirement for this film) would come in to work surrounded by young, muscular men. She would tell the studio security, "They're with me!".
  • Rex Reed (a well known film critic at the time) originally refused to say the line, "Where are my tits? Where are my tits?". After the producers informed him that if he didn't say it, they would use an establishing shot with a voice impressionist saying the line, he reluctantly agreed to do it. Reed later wrote a piece for Playboy trashing the film and predicting that because it was so bad, it would never be released.
  • Theadora Van Runkle was costume designer for the film, but multiple Academy Award winner Edith Head designed Mae West's costumes.
  • Film debuts of actors Tom Selleck (whose character is listed as "Stud" in the credits) and Dan Hedaya.
  • Pop singer Toni Basil has an uncredited bit part as a cigarette girl.
  • Myra Breckinridge was originally rated X. It was released a week after 20th Century Fox's other X-rated film of that year, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. In 1978, Fox submitted an edited version to the MPAA, and the film was re-classified with an R rating. Both versions are available on the DVD, though the uncut print is now considered unrated.

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