Saturday, August 31, 2013

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure



1985 American Feature

Cast: Pee-Wee Herman, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger, Judd Omen, Alice Nunn and Jan Hooks
Director: Tim Burton
Writers: Paul Reubens, Phil Hartman and Michael Varhol

Synopsis:
When his treasured bicycle is stolen, eccentric man-child Pee-Wee Herman is devastated — and he'll do anything to get it back. Working off a hot tip that his wheels may be stashed in the Alamo's basement, Pee-Wee sets off on a whirlwind cross-country adventure.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 92% / Audience: 67%
  • OMG rating: 9/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Feature film debut of director Tim Burton.
  • In the cast list, Paul Reubens is credited as "Pee-Wee Herman as Himself".
  • In addition to director Tim Burton and co-writers Phil Hartman and Michael Varhol, cameo appearances in the film include Milton Berle, James Brolin, Morgan Fairchild, Cassandra Peterson (a.k.a Elvira, Mistress of the Dark), heavy metal band Twisted Sister and former Pee-Wee Herman Show/future Pee-Wee's Playhouse cast members Lynne Marie Stewart and John Paragon.
  • Pee-Wee Herman returned to the big screen in 1988 in Big Top Pee-Wee and then again, 31 years later in 2016 on Netflix, in Pee-Wee's Big Holiday.
  • Ranked #21 on Entertainment Weekly's 2003 list of "The Top 50 Cult Movies".

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Heartbeats



2010 Canadian Feature
Alternate Title: Les amours imaginaires

Cast: Monia Chokri, Niels Schneider, Xavier Dolan, Anne Dorval, François Bernier, Benoît McGinnis and Sophie Desmarais
Writer/Director: Xavier Dolan

Synopsis:
Best friends Mary and Francis meet a charismatic wanderer named Nick and find themselves in a love triangle that tests their longtime friendship to its limits.

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • Cannes Film Festival Regards Jeunes Prize.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Camp



2003 American Feature

Cast: Daniel Letterle, Joanna Chilcoat, Robin de Jesús, Anna Kendrick, Alana Allen, Vince Rimoldi, Don Dixon, Tiffany Taylor, Sasha Allen, Dequina Moore and Steven Cutts
Writer/Director: Todd Graff

Synopsis:
Misfits in their lives back home, talented kids become stars at the performing arts summer camp known as Camp Ovation.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 63% / Audience: 68%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 55% / Audience: 8.3%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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



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Awards:
  • Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance (Kendrick).

Notes/Trivia:
  • Based on writer/director Todd Graff's experiences at a real drama camp called Stagedoor Manor. Located in the Catskills in upstate New York, many of Camp's Camp Ovation scenes were filmed there.
  • Musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim makes a rare onscreen appearance in a cameo as himself.
  • Several of the musical numbers in the film are from such classic Broadway musicals as Dreamgirls, Company, Follies and Promises, Promises.
  • A sequel, titled Camp 2: Freaks in Nature, will go into production in 2016.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo



2011 American/Swedish/Norwegian Feature

Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård, Steven Berkoff, Robin Wright, Yorick van Wageningen, Joely Richardson and Goran Visnjic
Director: David Fincher
Writer: Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Stieg Larsson

Synopsis:
When a young computer hacker is tasked with investigating a prying journalist, their separate missions become entangled amid a decades-old conspiracy.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 86% / Audience: 86%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 71% / Audience: 7.9 %
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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



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Awards:
  • AFI Award, Movies of the Year.
  • Academy Award for Best Film Editing; also nominated for Best Actress (Mara), Cinematography, Sound Mixing and Sound Editing.
  • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Award for Best Horror/Thriller Film.
  • Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design - Contemporary Film.
  • BAFTA Award nominations for Best Cinematography and Original Music.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Editing; also nominated for Best Score.
  • Costume Designers Guild Award for Excellence in Contemporary Film.
  • Directors Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Award nomination for Film Performance of the Year (Mara).
  • Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress - Draman (Mara) and Original Score.
  • Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.
  • National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough Performer (Mara).
  • Producers Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Stieg Larsson's original novel is the first book of his Millennium series trilogy. First published in 2005, it became a best-seller in Europe and the United States. American adaptations of the second and third books, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, are currently in development.
  • Casting Call: George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansson, Keira Knightley, Jennifer Lawrence, Viggo Mortensen, Carey Mulligan, Ellen Page, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Kristen Stewart, Max von Sydow, Mia Wasikowska, Emma Watson and Evan Rachel Wood.
  • Cast members Christopher Plummer and Goran Visnjic also co-starred in Beginners, which was also released in 2011.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

eCupid



2011 American Feature

Cast: Houston Rhines, Noah Schuffman, Morgan Fairchild, Mike C. Manning, John Callahan, Galen Drever and Matt Lewis
Writer/Director: J.C. Calciano

Synopsis:
Bored with his devoted boyfriend, overworked executive Marshall gets a chance to spice up his love life when he discovers a mysterious dating app called eCupid. But the sudden influx of sexy new lovers is far more than Marshall bargained for.

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  • The title is a combination of the names of the popular dating websites eHarmony and OK Cupid.

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Swoon



1992 American Feature

Cast: Daniel Schlachet, Craig Chester, Ron Vawter, Michael Kirby and Michael Stumm
Director: Tom Kalin
Writers: Tom Kalin and Hilton Als

Synopsis:
Wanting to prove that they're smart enough to get away with the ultimate crime, 18-year-old friends Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold kidnap and murder a 13-year-old boy.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 63% / Audience: 63%

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • Berlin International Film Festival Caligari Film Award and Teddy Award for Best Film.
  • Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best First Feature, Director, Male Lead (Chester) and Cinematography.
  • Sundance Film Festival Cinematography Award - Dramatic.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Based on the infamous 1924 Leopold and Loeb murder case, Swoon focuses more on the homosexuality of the killers than other movies (see below) based on the case.
  • Richard Loeb's mother is played by Barbara Bleier, mother of actor Daniel Schlachet, who plays Richard Loeb in the film.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Truth About Jane



2000 American Television Movie

Cast: Stockard Channing, Ellen Muth, Kelly Rowan, Jenny O'Hara, RuPaul Charles, Noah Fleiss and James Naughton
Writer/Director: Lee Rose

Synopsis:
Janice and her 15-year-old daughter Jane have a typical mother-child relationship, which becomes strained when Jane falls in love with the new girl at school.

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding TV Movie.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries (Channing).
  • Writers Guild of America nomination for Original Screenplay - Long Form Television.

Notes/Trivia:
  • The film ends with a dedication to Matthew Shepard and to "all the men and women who love differently". Two years later, Stockard Channing would play Shepard's mother in The Matthew Shepard Story.
  • Originally aired on the American cable network Lifetime Television.

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The Adonis Factor



2010 American Feature

Cast: Christopher Hines, Clint Catalyst, Anderson Davis, Quentin Elias, Brian Mills, Dakota Rivers, Christopher Saint and Bruce Vilanch
Writer/Director: Christopher Hines

Synopsis:
An examination of body image and the pursuit of physical perfection in the gay community.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Grief



1993 American Feature

Cast: Craig Chester, Illeana Douglas, Alexis Arquette, Kent Fuher, Carlton Wilborn, Lucy Gutteridge and Robin Swid
Writer/Director: Richard Glatzer

Synopsis:
What goes on behind the scenes of The Love Judge, a sensationalistic TV show, is even better than what's on-screen.

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature.
  • Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Award for Best Feature Film.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Co-star Kent Fuher is better known by his drag alter ego Jackie Beat.

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Die, Mommie, Die!



2003 American Feature

Cast: Charles Busch, Frances Conroy, Philip Baker Hall, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Priestley, Stark Sands and Nora Dunn
Director: Mark Rucker
Writer: Charles Busch, based on his play

Synopsis:
Angela Arden, a washed-up lounge singer stuck with a dysfunctional family, is trying to make a comeback. But when her hateful husband turns up dead, all fingers point to Angela, especially those of her vengeful "daddy's girl" daughter, who plots to get even.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 64% / Audience: 65 %
  • Metacritic - Critics: 54% / Audience: 5.3%
  • OMG rating: 9/10

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  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
  • Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Jury Award for Best Fiction Feature.
  • Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Performance (Bush).

Notes/Trivia:
  • Part spoof and part homage, Die, Mommie, Die! draws heavily on the tropes and themes of American "Grande Dame Guignol" films from the 1950s and 1960s that featured strong, sometimes dominating female leads, such as Sunset Boulevard, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte.
  • Charles Busch's play Die, Mommie, Die! was first produced in Los Angeles in 1999. The play had its New York Off-Broadway debut in 2007, starring Busch and Van Hansis (who played gay teen Luke Snyder on As the World Turns).

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

8 Women



2002 French Feature
Alternate Title: 8 femmes

Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Béart, Fanny Ardant, Virginie Ledoyen, Danielle Darrieux,  Ludivine Sagnier and Firmine Richard
Director: François Ozon
Writer: François Ozon and Marina de Van, based on the play Huit femmes by Robert Thomas

Synopsis:
A family Christmas gathering is disturbed by the patriarch's murder, and the eight female members of the household are all suspects, each with a tale to tell and secrets to hide.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 79% / Audience: 74%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 64% / Audience: 6.1%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

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



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Awards:
  • Berlin International Film Festival Reader Jury of the "Berliner Morgenpost" Award and Silver Berlin Bear for Outstanding Artistic Achievement (Ardant, Béart, Darrieux, Deneuve, Huppert, Ledoyen, Richard and Sagnier).
  • European Film Award for Best Actress (Ardant, Béart, Darrieux, Deneuve, Huppert, Ledoyen, Richard and Sagnier).
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Director François Ozon initially envisioned a remake of George Cukor's 1939 film The Women, but eventually settled on Robert Thomas's 1958 play Huit femmes after legal reasons prevented him from doing so.
  • The soundtrack features eight songs, each performed by the film's eight title characters.
  • Each woman represents a different flower.

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Heathers



1988 American Feature

Cast: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker, Penelope Milford, Glenn Shadix, Lance Fenton, Patrick Labyorteaux and Jeremy Applegate
Director: Michael Lehmann
Writer: Daniel Waters

Synopsis:
Veronica Sawyer hates the girls — all named Heather — in her popular high school clique. Enter mysterious newcomer J.D., who offers her the perfect — albeit deadly — solution to end the Heathers' social tyranny.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 95% / Audience: 81%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 73% / Audience: 7.3%
  • OMG rating: 7 /10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



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Awards:
  • Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature; also nominated for Best Female Lead (Ryder) and Screenplay.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Feature film debut of director Michael Lehmann.
  • Potential Director: Stanley Kubrick.
  • Casting Call: Drew Barrymore, Justine Bateman, Jennifer Connelly, Heather Graham and Brad Pitt.
  • Doris Day refused to allow her recording of "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" be used in the film as she would not lend her name to any project using profanity.
  • Two stars of the movie died at an early age: Jeremy Applegate (Peter Dawson, whose character prays he will never commit suicide) committed suicide with a shotgun in 2000, and Kim Walker (Heather Chandler, who had the line "Did you have a brain tumor for breakfast?") died of a brain tumor in 2001.
  • Winona Ryder has mentioned a Heathers sequel in several interviews, however director Michael Lehmann has said that there are no plans to do a sequel.
  • Ranked #41 on Entertainment Weekly's 2003 list of "The Top 50 Cult Movies".
  • Development of a television series adaptation of Heathers has been announced for both Fox and Bravo, but neither has gone into production.
  • In 2010, Heathers was adapted into a stage musical. An Off-Broadway production is scheduled for 2014. The score includes a rousing gospel number called "My Dead Gay Son."

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Big Eden



2000 American Feature

Cast: Arye Gross, Eric Schweig, Tim DeKay, Louise Fletcher, Corinne Bohrer, George Coe, Nan Martin and Veanne Cox
Writer/Director: Thomas Bezucha

Synopsis:
Successful but lonely New York artist Henry Hart returns to his hometown of Big Eden, Montana to care for his ailing grandfather. He winds up confronting his unrequited passion for his high school best friend and his feelings about being gay in a small town.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 65% / Audience: 77%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 59% / Audience: 8.5%
  • OMG rating: 7 /10
  • Movie Dearest rating: B+


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  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available



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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
  • L.A. Outfest Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Feature and Grand Jury Award Outstanding Actor (Schweig).
  • Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Jury Award for Best Fiction Feature.
  • San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature.
  • Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Audience Award for Favorite Narrative Feature.
  • Toronto Inside Out Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival Audience Award for Best Feature Film.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Feature film debut of writer/director Thomas Bezucha.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Ciao



2008 American Feature

Cast: Adam Neal Smith, Alessandro Calza, Charles W. Blaum, Ethel Lung, John Boles and Margaret Lake
Director: Yen Tan
Writers: Yen Tan and Alessandro Calza

Synopsis:
After the death of his close friend Mark, Jeff begins corresponding via e-mail with Andrea, an Italian man with whom Mark had an online relationship. Upon Jeff's suggestion, Andrea comes to visit, and the two men explore Mark's life and grow closer.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 25% / Audience: 51%
  • OMG rating: 9 /10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Jury Prize for Best Feature Film.
  • Venice Film Festival Queer Lion Award.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Feature film debut of writer/actor Alessandro Calza.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Love Songs



2007 French Feature
Alternate Title: Les chansons d'amour

Cast: Louis Garrel, Ludivine Sagnier, Clotilde Hesme, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Chiara Mastroianni and Brigitte Roüan
Writer/Director: Christophe Honoré
Songs: Alex Beaupain

Synopsis:
Ismael and Julie become involved in a three-way relationship when they both fall for Alice, but the complicated emotional entanglements unravel after a tragedy. Trying to soothe his pain, Ismael drifts from one meaningless encounter to another, until he meets a young man who tries to help him overcome his loss.

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Awards:
  • César Award for Best Music.
  • Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Special Jury Award.

Notes/Trivia:
  • An homage to Jacques Demy's classic French movie musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg). Like that film, Love Songs is divided into three parts, titled "The Departure", "The Absence" and "The Return". 
  • Director Christophe Honoré makes a cameo appearance during the funeral scene.
  • Cited as a favorite by filmmaker John Waters, who presented it as his annual selection at the 2009 Maryland Film Festival.

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The Iron Ladies



2000 Thai Feature
Alternate Title: Satree lek

Cast: Jesdaporn Pholdee, Sahaphap Tor, Ekachai Buranapanit, Giorgio Maiocchi, Chaicharn Nimpulsawasdi, Kokkorn Benjathikoon and Shiriohana Hongsopon
Director: Youngyooth Thongkonthun
Writers: Visuttchai Boonyakarnjawa, Jira Maligool and Youngyooth Thongkonthun

Synopsis:
A Thai male volleyball team competes in the national championships with a team consisting mostly of gay men, transvestites and transsexuals.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.7 /10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 55% / Audience: 71%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 50% / Audience: 9.3 %

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • Berlin International Film Festival Reader Jury of the "Siegessäule" Award and Teddy Award - Special Mention.
  • Dallas OUT TAKES Awards for Best Feature and Outstanding Cast Ensemble.
  • Dublin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature Film.
  • New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature.
  • San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Based on the true story of the 1996 Thailand National Champion Volleyball Team.
  • The real "Iron Ladies" are shown during the end credits.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut



1999 American Feature

Cast: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman, Issac Hayes, George Clooney, Brent Spiner, Minnie Driver, Dave Foley and Eric Idle
Director: Trey Parker
Writers: Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Pam Brady
Songs: Trey Parker and Marc Shaiman

Synopsis:
Four boys from South Park, Colorado see a raunchy R-rated movie featuring Canadian comics Terrance and Phillip. The boys begin cursing incessantly and their parents pressure the United States to wage war against Canada as a result of "corrupting" their children.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 81% / Audience: 85 %
  • Metacritic - Critics: 73% / Audience: 8.6%
  • OMG rating: 4/10

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



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Awards:
  • Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song ("Blame Canada").
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Music.
  • Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing - Music - Animation.
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Animated Film.
  • Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Score.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Based on the long-running Comedy Central television series South Park, which debuted in 1997.
  • Original Title: South Park: All Hell Breaks Loose.
  • Satan and Saddam Hussein are depicted as lovers in the film, which also features Big Gay Al, a popular character from the series.
  • The filmmakers did not need to get Brian Boitano's permission to use his name and likeness for the song "What Would Brian Boitano Do?". Ironically, a few years later Boitano did need to get (and received) their permission to use the phrase on T-shirts that he sold for charity.
  • Celebrity "cameos" in the film include Bill Gates, Conan O'Brien, Winona Ryder, Brooke Shields and all four Baldwin brothers.

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Manji



1964 Japanese Feature

Cast: Ayako Wakao, Kyôko Kishida, Yusuke Kawazu and Eiji Funakoshi
Director: Yasuzô Masumura
Writer: Kaneto Shindô, based on the novel Quicksand by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki

Synopsis:
A Japanese housewife becomes involved in a web of lust, envy, duplicity and mind games after embarking on an affair with a beautiful but scheming model.

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  • Jun'ichirō Tanizaki's novel Quicksand was written as a serial between 1928 and 1930 for the magazine Kaizō. The Japanese title, Manji, refers to the four-pronged Buddhist swastika, a symbol of the lovers. The English title refers to the destructive cycle of obsession and jealousy faced by the main characters. 
  • Manji was remade in Japan in 1983 and 2006.

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The Four-Faced Liar



2010 American Feature

Cast: Marja Lewis Ryan, Emily Peck, Todd Kubrak, Daniel Carlisle, Liz Osborn, Lisa Bierman, Natasha David, Jessie Paddock and Tadia K. Taylor
Director: Jacob Chase
Writer: Marja Lewis Ryan, based on her play

Synopsis:
Two twenty-something couples, struggling to find substance and meaning in their lives and relationships, meet by chance in a New York City Irish tavern called the Four-Faced Liar.

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • Fort Worth Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival Q Award for Best Lesbian Film.
  • L.A. Outfest Audience Award for Outstanding First Narrative Feature.
  • Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Award for Emerging Talent in Queer Cinema (Ryan).

Notes/Trivia:
  • Feature film debut of director Jacob Chase.
  • The title is a reference to a four-faced clock that displays four different times, all wrong, and to a bar named after the clock that features prominently as a location in the film.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Wish Me Away



2011 American Feature

Cast: Chely Wright, Howard Bragman, Rodney Crowell, Don Cusic, Natalie Morales, Rosie O'Donnell, Richard Sterban and Meredith Vieira
Director: Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopf

Synopsis:
Profile of singer Chely Wright, the first major country music performer to publicly come out as gay.

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • Atlanta Out on Film Festival Jury Award for Best Documentary.
  • Fresno Real Pride Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary.
  • Melbourne Australia LGBT Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary.
  • Philadelphia Q Fest Jury Award for Best Documentary.
  • Pittsburgh LGBT Festival Award for Best Documentary.
  • Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Informational Programming - Long Form.
  • Seattle LGBT Festival Audience Award for Favorite Documentary Film.

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Private Romeo



2011 American Feature

Cast: Seth Numrich, Matt Doyle, Hale Appleman, Charlie Barnett, Adam Barrie, Chris Bresky, Sean Hudock and Bobby Moreno
Writer/Director: Alan Brown, based on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and inspired by the play Shakespeare's R&J by Joe Calarco

Synopsis:
When eight cadets are left behind at an isolated military high school, the greatest romantic drama ever written seeps out of the classroom and permeates their lives.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 44% / Audience: 70%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 53%
  • OMG rating: 6/10
  • Movie Dearest rating: A-

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



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Awards:
  • L.A. Outfest Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film (Appleman, Barrie, Barnett, Bresky, Doyle, Hudock, Moreno and Numrich). The entire ensemble was cited for "bringing fresh life to a timeless love story and infusing each moment with a 21st century immediacy that balances naked passion with longing and delivering it all with brilliant coherence".

Notes/Trivia:
  • The film was director Alan Brown's take on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", the official United States policy on gays serving in the military from 1993 to 2011.
  • Working Titles: McKinley and The Shakespeare Project.
  • The scenes of the cadet school and the lessons of the play Romeo and Juliet are in desaturated colors (gray, khaki and pale), whereas the scenes depicting the actual Shakespearean scenes are exhibited in deeply saturated colors.

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Tarnation



2003 American Feature

Cast: Renee Leblanc, Jonathan Caouette, Adolph Davis, Rosemary Davis and David Sanin Paz
Writer/Director: Jonathan Caouette

Synopsis:
Culled from 19 years of his life, filmmaker Jonathan Caouette documents his growing up with a schizophrenic mother through a mixture of snapshots, Super-8 footage, answering machine messages, video diaries and early short films.

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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary.
  • Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Documentary.
  • Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Award for Best Film.
  • National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Non-Fiction Film.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Writer/director Jonathan Caouette's first film.
  • Initially made for a total budget of just $218.32, using free iMovie software on a Macintosh personal computer.
  • While the film was being developed, it came to the attention of filmmakers John Cameron Mitchell and Gus Van Sant, who signed on as executive producers.
  • Walk Away Renee, Jonathan Caouette's companion film to Tarnation, documents his cross-country journey with his mother Renee Leblanc, who is to enter an assisted living facility close to Caouette's home, necessiating a move from Houston to New York. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011, and was released internationally in 2012.

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