Monday, September 30, 2013

Breakfast on Pluto



2005 Irish/British Feature

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Stephen Rea, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Neeson, Gavin Friday, Ruth Negga and Laurence Kinlan
Director: Neil Jordan
Writers: Neil Jordan and Patrick McCabe, based on his the book

Synopsis:
Born the love child of a priest in a conservative Irish hamlet, Patrick "Kitten" Braden leaves small-town life behind and heads to swinging 1970s London to find the mother who abandoned her years ago.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 57% / Audience: 72%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 59% / Audience: 7.8%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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



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Awards:
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (Murphy).
  • Irish Film and Television Awards for Best Director, Actor (Murphy), Script and Hair & Make-Up; Audience Award for Best Irish Film.
  • National Board of Review Special Recognition Award.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Patrick McCabe's novel Breakfast on Pluto was first published in 1998. In the book, the protagonist is called "Pussy," but he renamed her "Kitten" for the film. McCabe has a cameo in the film as Kitten's creative writing teacher.
  • The seaside scene between Kitten and Bertie was considered by some to be an allusion to director Neil Jordan's earlier film The Crying Game, which also involved a transgender character, the IRA and actor Stephen Rea.

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Better Than Chocolate



1999 Canadian Feature

Cast: Wendy Crewson, Karyn Dwyer, Christina Cox, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Marya Delver, Kevin Mundy, Tony Nappo, Jay Brazeau, Beatrice Zeilinger and Peter Outerbridge
Director: Anne Wheeler
Writer: Peggy Thompson

Synopsis:
Scant hours before her uptight mother and brother move in with her, Maggie meets the woman of her dreams. But her family doesn't know she's a lesbian, forcing Maggie to keep her blossoming romance a secret.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 38% / Audience: 76%

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



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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
  • Toronto Inside Out Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival Audience Award for Best Feature.

Notes/Trivia:
  • One of Canada's highest grossing films of all time.
  • The film's title was inspired by the lyric "Your love is better than chocolate" from Sarah McLachlan's song "Ice Cream".
  • The subplot about the bookstore is a fairly direct reference to the Vancouver bookstore Little Sister's Book and Art Emporium and its legal problems with Canadaian Customs. The bookstore is thanked in the film's credits.
  • The film's poster (see above) was banned by the Hong Kong Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority as it was deemed "offensive to public morality, decency and ordinary good taste." An advertisement in the San Diego Union-Tribune was also censored because it included the word "lesbian".

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Fluffer



2001 American Feature

Cast: Scott Gurney, Michael Cunio, Roxanne Day, Taylor Negron, Richard Riehle, Tim Bagley, Adina Porter, Ruben Madera, Josh Holland and Deborah Harry
Directors: Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland
Writer: Wash Westmoreland

Synopsis:
When a naïve film student becomes obsessed with "gay for pay" porn star Johnny Rebel, he soon finds himself in a downward spiral of sex, lies, drugs and murder.

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • GayVN Award for Best Alternative Release.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Feature film debut of writer/co-director Wash Westmoreland (a.k.a. Wash West), who had previously directed several hardcore gay pornographic videos himself. Co-director Richard Glatzer is his life partner.
  • Features cameos from a number of figures in the adult entertainment industry, including Derek Cameron, Karen Dior, Chad Donovan, Chris Green, Ron Jeremy, Chi Chi LaRue, Thomas Lloyd, Zach Richards, Jim Steel and Cole Tucker.
  • Actress Guinevere Turner also has a cameo, as the video store clerk.
  • Feature film debut of Gossip Girl actor Penn Badgley.
  • Two versions of the the DVD were released, an R-rated version and "Unrated Special Edition". The differences between the two versions are minor, with the R-rated version omitting a brief full frontal shot of Johnny and with some of the dialogue overdubbed with less explicit lines.

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Chuck & Buck



2000 American Feature

Cast: Mike White, Chris Weitz, Lupe Ontiveros, Beth Colt, Paul Weitz, Maya Rudolph, Mary Wigmore and Paul Sand
Director: Miguel Arteta
Writer: Mike White

Synopsis:
Buck, an oddly naïve man-child, stalks his childhood best friend Chuck and tries to reconnect with their past.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 85% / Audience: 61%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 76% / Audience: 7.4%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature - Under $500,000; also nominated for Best Director, Screenplay, Supporting Female (Ontiveros) and Debut Performance (White).
  • National Board of Review Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Ontiveros) and Special Recognition.

Notes/Trivia:
  • The title is a reference to Chuck Buk, the nickname that poet Charles Bukowski was known as in literary circles.
  • Co-stars Chris and Paul Weitz are brothers, best known for their films American Pie and About a Boy.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

TransGeneration



2005 Television Mini-Series Feature

Cast: Lucas Cheadle, Andrea Gabrielle Gibson, Raci Ignacio, Trent Jackson Jourian and Marci Bowers
Director: Jeremy Simmons
Writer: Mathilde Bittner

Synopsis:
Profiles of four transgender college students as they attempt to balance their studies, social lives and struggles, all while undergoing gender transitioning.

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  • DVD: Available


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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary.

Notes/Trivia:
  • TransGeneration aired on both Logo TV and the Sundance Channel. It was also released as a feature film at some festivals and independent theaters.
  • A year after filming the series, the cast returned for TransGeneration Reunion, a half-hour television special.

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My Summer of Love



2004 British Feature

Cast: Natalie Press, Emily Blunt, Paddy Considine, Dean Andrews, Michelle Byrne, Paul Antony-Barber, Lynette Edwards and Kathryn Sumner
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Writers: Pawel Pawlikowski and Michael Wynne, based on the novel by Helen Cross

Synopsis:
Mona is tired of her working-class roots, while Tamsin is bored with her pampered lifestyle. When their opposite worlds collide unexpectedly, the two girls sense an immediate attraction.

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



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Awards:
  • BAFTA Award for Best British Film.
  • London Critics Circle Film Award for British Newcomer of the Year (Press).

Notes/Trivia:
  • The film is loosely based on Helen Cross' novel My Summer of Love, which was first published in Great Britain in 2001.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Viktor und Viktoria



1933 German Feature
Alternate Title: Victor and Victoria

Cast: Renate Müller, Hermann Thimig, Hilde Hildebrand, Friedel Pisetta, Fritz Odemar, Aribert Wäscher and Aribert Wäscher
Writer/Director: Reinhold Schünzel

Synopsis:
At a Berlin cabaret, aspiring singer Susanne steps in for female impersonator Viktor. But when she is discovered by an agent, she must continue the charade as he thinks she is a man.

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  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • At the same time Viktor und Viktoria was being made, writer/director Reinhold Schünzel was also shooting a French-language version of the story titled Georges et Georgette, which was released in 1934.

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  • Remade four times: as First a Girl in 1935 (UK), as Viktor und Viktoria in 1957 (West Germany), as Mi novia el... (a.k.a. My Fiancée the Transvestite) in 1975 (Argentina) and as Victor/Victoria in 1982 (UK/USA).

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As Good As It Gets



1997 American Feature

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr., Skeet Ulrich, Shirley Knight, Yeardley Smith, Lupe Ontiveros and Harold Ramis
Director: James L. Brooks
Writers: Mark Andrus and James L. Brooks

Synopsis:
Chronic grouch and acerbic author Melvin Udall lives in an obsessive-compulsive fog, rigidly following his daily routine until he's reluctantly drawn into the lives of stressed-out single mom Carol Connelly, gay neighbor Simon Bishop and his dog Verdell.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 86% / Audience: 81%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 67% / Audience: 8.1%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

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



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Awards for Best Actor (Nicholson) and Actress (Hunt); also nominated for Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Kinnear), Original Screenplay, Original Musical or Comedy Score and Film Editing.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor (Nicholson); also nominated for Best Picture.
  • Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical, Actor - Comedy/Musical (Nicholson) and Actress - Comedy/Musical (Hunt); also nominated for Best Director, Supporting Actor (Kinnear) and Original Screenplay.
  • London Critics Circle Film Award for Actor of the Year (Nicholson).
  • National Board of Review Awards for Best Actor (Nicholson) and Supporting Actor (Kinnear).
  • Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor (Nicholson).
  • Producers Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role (Nicholson) and Female Actor in a Leading Role (Hunt).
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Original Screenplay.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Casting Call: John Cusack, Melanie Griffith, Woody Harrelson, Holly Hunter, Kevin Kline, Courtney Love, Uma Thurman, John Travolta and Betty White.
  • Potential Director: Mike Newell.
  • Several now-familiar faces appear in bit roles in the film, including Julie Benz, Lisa Edelstein, Peter Jacobson, Jamie Kennedy, Missi Pyle and Maya Rudolph.
  • Writer/directors Lawrence Kasdan and Todd Solondz make cameo appearances in the film.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Pandora's Box



1929 German Feature
Alternate Title: Die Büchse der Pandora

Cast: Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Franz Lederer, Carl Goetz, Krafft-Raschig, Alice Roberts, Daisy d'Ora, Gustav Diesel and Michael von Newlinsky
Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Writers: Ladislaus Vajda (scenario), Georg Wilhelm Pabst (uncredited) and Joseph Fleisler (titles, uncredited), based on the plays Erdgeist (Earth Play) and Die Büchse der Pandora (Pandora's Box) by Frank Wedekind

Synopsis:
The rise and inevitable fall of Lulu, an amoral but naïve young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 90% / Audience: 87%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available
  • Books: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Frank Wedekind's "Lulu plays" Erdgeist (1895) and Die Büchse der Pandora (1904), originally produced separately, are now customarily performanced together, in abridged form, under the title Lulu. 
  • Pandora's Box had previously been adapted for the screen in a 1921 German version. Subsequently, it was remade, under the title Lulu, in Austria in 1962 and in America in 1978.
  • Director G.W. Pabst nearly signed Marlene Dietrich to star as Lulu, although he greatly preferred Louise Brooks. According to Pabst, Dietrich was in his office waiting to sign the contract when a cable came from Paramount saying that Brooks wanted to play Lula, the role that made her a star.
  • Countess Augusta (in some prints Anna) Geschwitz is considered by film historians to be cinema's first lesbian character. The actress who played the role, Alice Roberts, reportedly was not aware her character was a lesbian until filming began, and she was initially opposed to playing the role as being attracted to Lulu. G.W. Pabst convinced Roberts to pretend she was making her love gestures to him as he stood just off-camera.
  • Louise Brooks' highly influential "bob" hairdo is referred to as a "Lulu" to this day.
  • Upon its initial release, Pandora's Box was cut in numerous different ways to suit different countries. For example, in France, Alwa was not Schön's son but his secretary, a change which actually had the effect of implying a homosexual relationship between the two men. Some versions, including the original American release, tacked on a saccharine "happy ending", with Lulu joining the Salvation Army(!).
  • Dismissed by critics when it was first released, Pandora's Box was re-discovered by critics in the 1950s, and is now considered one of the classics of German silent cinema. 
  • Pandora's Box was released on DVD as part of The Criterion Collection in 2006.

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Reflections in a Golden Eye



1967 American Feature

Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Brian Keith, Julie Harris, Zorro David, Gordon Mitchell, Irvin Dugan, Fay Sparks and Robert Forster
Director: John Huston
Writers: Gladys Hill and Chapman Mortimer, based on the novel by Carson McCullers

Synopsis:
On a southern US Army base circa 1948, repressed passions, bitter acrimony and sordid secrets boil to the surface upon the arrival of a darkly handsome yet mysterious soldier.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 57% / Audience: 61%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

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



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Carson McCullers' novel Reflections in a Golden Eye was originally serialized in Harper's Bazaar in 1940 and published the following year. McCullers dedicated the book to her friend and unrequited love, Swiss journalist and travel writer Annemarie Schwarzenbach.
  • Montgomery Clift was originally cast as the impotent, latent homosexual Major Weldon Penderton, but he died on July 23, 1966 of a heart attack before production began. The role subsequently went to Marlon Brando, after Richard Burton and Lee Marvin had turned it down.
  • Film debuts of actors Robert Forster and Harvey Keitel (in an uncredited bit role as a soldier).
  • The film was originally released in a version in which all scenes were suffused with the color gold. This was in reference to the effeminate houseboy's drawing of a golden peacock, in whose eye the world is a mere reflection. As that version puzzled audiences, it was withdrawn and a normally colored version released. The DVD release features the original, color-suffused version.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Women in Love



1969 British Feature

Cast: Alan Bates, Oliver Reed, Glenda Jackson, Jennie Linden, Eleanor Bron, Alan Webb, Vladek Sheybal, Catherine Willmer, Sarah Nicholls, Sharon Gurney, Christopher Gable, Michael Gough and Norma Shebbeare
Director: Ken Russell
Writer: Larry Kramer, based on the novel by D.H. Lawrence

Synopsis:
Two friends fall in love with a pair of sisters in a mining town in post-World War I England. The two couples take markedly different directions exploring the nature of commitment and love.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 91% / Audience: 73%
  • OMG rating: 5/10

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



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Awards:
  • Academy Award for Best Actress (Jackson); also nominated for Best Director, Adapted Screenplay and Cinematography.
  • BAFTA Award for Film Music; also nominated for Best Film, Actor (Bates), Actress (Jackson), Direction, Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design, Sound Track and Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles (Linden).
  • Golden Globe Award for Best English-Language Foreign Film; also nominated for Best Director and Actress - Drama (Jackson).
  • National Board of Review Award for Best Actress (Jackson).
  • National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (Jackson).
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress (Jackson).

Notes/Trivia:
  • D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love caused controversy over its sexual subject matter when it was first published in 1920. It was a sequel to his 1915 novel The Rainbow.
  • A 2011 BBC Television mini-series combined both novels into one production.
  • Potential Directors: Peter Brook, Jack Clayton and Stanley Kubrick.
  • Casting Call: Michael Caine, Faye Dunaway, Edward Fox and Vanessa Redgrave.
  • One of the first mainstream theatrical movies to show male genitals, particularly in the infamous scene where Alan Bates and Oliver Reed wrestle in the nude in front of a roaring fireplace. Both actors were initially apprehensive about filming the scene due to insecurity over who had the largest "member". Eventually, after both actors got drunk, compared sizes and realized there was little difference between the two, filming continued with relative ease.
  • In a scene between Glenda Jackson's and Vladek Sheybal's characters, she declares herself to be Antonina Milyukova, a nymphomaniac married to Tchaikovsky; he, pretending to be the composer, replies "but I am a homosexual". The following year, Jackson would play Milyukova in the Ken Russell film The Music Lovers.
  • In 1971, United Artists successfully reissued this film in the US on a double bill with the similarly controversial Midnight Cowboy.

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  • Followed by the 1989 prequel The Rainbow, also directed by Ken Russell.

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Black Swan



2010 American Feature

Cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder, Benjamin Millepied, Ksenia Solo, Kristina Anapau and Janet Montgomery
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Writers: Mark Heyman, Andrés Heinz and John McLaughlin

Synopsis:
After landing the lead in Swan Lake, ambitious New York City ballet dancer Nina Sayers begins to thinks her dreams of stardom are threatened by a rival ballerina. As opening night nears and the pressure to be perfect builds, Nina's obsession descends into paranoia and delusion.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 87% / Audience: 83%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 79% / Audience: 8.0%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

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



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Award for Best Actress (Portman); also nominated for Best Picture, Directing, Cinematography and Film Editing.
  • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Awards for Best Actress (Portman) and Supporting Actress (Kunis).
  • AFI Award, Movies of the Year.
  • Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Award for Contemporary Film.
  • BAFTA Award for Best Actress (Portman); also nominated for Best Film, Director, Supporting Actress (Hershey), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design, Editing, Sound, Special Visual Effects and Make Up & Hair.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress (Portman); also nominated for Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actress (Kunis), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design, Score, Editing, Sound and Makeup.
  • Costume Designers Guild Award for Excellence in Contemporary Film.
  • Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Award nominations for Film of the Year and Film Performance of the Year (Portman).
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Drama (Portman); also nominated for Motion Picture - Drama, Director and Supporting Actress (Kunis).
  • Independent Spirit Awards for Best Feature, Director, Female Lead (Portman) and Cinematography.
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography. 
  • Movie Dearest Award Honorable Mention for Woman of the Year (Portman).
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography.
  • Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress (Portman).
  • Producers Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role (Portman); also nominated for Outstanding Cast and Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Kunis).
  • Venice Film Festival Marcello Mastroianni Award (Kunis).
  • Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Original Screenplay.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Casting Call: Jennifer Connelly, Eva Green, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Meryl Streep and Rachel Weisz.
  • The role of the "Jaded Piano Player" is played by John Epperson, better known by his drag alter ego Lypsinka. Epperson really did work as a rehearsal pianist for the American Ballet Theatre during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
  • Because of the extensive use of the music of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, Clint Mansell's score was deemed ineligible to be entered into the 2010 Academy Awards for Best Original Score.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Lonely Lady



1983 American Feature

Cast: Pia Zadora, Lloyd Bochner, Bibi Besch, Joseph Cali, Anthony Holland, Jared Martin, Ray Liotta and Carla Romanelli
Director: Peter Sasdy
Writer: Ellen Shepard, based on the novel by Harold Robbins

Synopsis:
After her marriage to a much older Hollywood screenwriter fails, aspiring writer Jerilee Randall finds herself on her own. Deciding she'll have to use her feminine wiles to get ahead, Jerilee begins a series of sordid affairs in an attempt to have her own screenplay produced.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 2.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 0% / Audience: 34%

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



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Awards:
  • Razzie Awards for Worst Picture, Director, Actress (Zadora), Screenplay, Musical Score and Original Song ("The Way You Do It").

Notes/Trivia:
  • Harold Robbins' novel The Lonely Lady, first published in 1976, was reportedly inspired by the life of Valley of the Dolls author Jacqueline Susann.
  • Casting Call: Susan Blakely.
  • Feature film debut of actor Ray Liotta.
  • Listed among the "Top Ten Best Bad Films Ever Made" in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book The Official Razzie Movie Guide.

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Bear Nation



2010 American Feature

Cast: Douglas Langway and Kevin Smith
Director: Malcolm Ingram

Synopsis:
An exploration of the gay male subculture known as bears, thickset and hirsute guys who revel in their masculinity, and their search for love, friendship and acceptance.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 64%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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  • DVD: Available


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Monday, September 23, 2013

The Sons of Tennessee Williams



2010 American Feature

Director: Tim Wolff

Synopsis:
The little-known history of gay Mardi Gras krewes, beginning with the start of New Orleans' wildly popular "drag balls" in the 1950s.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 67% / Audience: 59%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 52%
  • Movie Dearest rating: B

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  • DVD: Available



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Kitten with a Whip



1964 American Feature

Cast: Ann-Margret, John Forsythe, Peter Brown, Patricia Barry, Richard Anderson, James Ward, Diane Sayer, Ann Doran, Patrick Whyte and Audrey Dalton
Writer/Director: Douglas Heyes, based on the novel by Wade Miller

Synopsis:
Jody Dvorak, a teenage reform-school escapee, takes refuge at the home of an ambitious local politician, where she and her juvenile delinquent pals take him hostage.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 4.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 67% / Audience: 30%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

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



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Wade Miller's novel Kitten with a Whip was first published in 1959.
  • Casting Call: Nancy Kwan.
  • In 1994, Kitten with a Whip aired as an episode of the comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000.
  • This film is listed among "The 100 Most Amusingly Bad Movies Ever Made" in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book The Official Razzie Movie Guide.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Eleven Men Out



2005 Icelandic/Finnish/British Feature
Alternate Title: Strákarnir okkar

Cast: Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Lilja Nótt Þórarinsdóttir, Arnmundur Ernst, Helgi Björnsson, Þorsteinn Bachmann and Sigurður Skúlason
Writer/Director: Robert Ingi Douglas

Synopsis:
During a media interview, Icelandic soccer star Ottar Thor reveals that he's gay. Kicked off his team, he joins an all-gay amateur league crew that ultimately faces his former squad in a showdown on Gay Pride Day.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 36% / Audience: 30%

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



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Orpheus



1950 French Feature
Alternate Title: Orphée

Cast: Jean Marais, François Périer, María Casares, Marie Déa, Henri Crémieux, Juliette Gréco, Roger Blin and Edouard Dermithe
Writer/Director: Jean Cocteau

Synopsis:
The poet Orphée finds himself dangerously entangled with a mysterious woman known as The Princess, his personal Death.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 96% / Audience: 89%

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



Trailer:


Awards:
  • BAFTA Award nomination for Best Film from any Source.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Set in contemporary Paris, the movie is a variation of the classic Greek myth of Orpheus.
  • Orpheus is the second film in Jean Cocteau's Orphic Trilogy, preceded by The Blood of a Poet and followed by Testament of Orpheus.
  • The character Orphée was played by Jean Cocteau's former lover Jean Marais, while Jacques Cégeste was played by his then-current lover, Edouard Dermithe.
  • Casting Call: Jean-Pierre Aumont, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo and Gerard Philippe.
  • Orpheus was released on DVD and Blu-ray as part of The Criterion Collection in 2000 and 2011.
  • The design of the heaven scene in Angels in America was based on the afterlife scenes in Orpheus.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

X, Y and Zee



1972 British Feature
Alternate Titles: Zee and Co. / Zee and Company

Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine, Susannah York, Margaret Leighton, John Standing, Mary Larkin and Michael Cashman
Director: Brian G. Hutton
Writer: Edna O'Brien, based on her novel Zee & Co.

Synopsis:
The venomous and amoral wife of a wealthy architect tries, any way she can, to break up the blossoming romance between her husband and his new mistress, a good natured young widow with a secret to hide.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 33% / Audience: 33%
  • OMG rating: 5/10

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



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Awards:
  • David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actress (Taylor).
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best English-Language Foreign Film.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Edna O'Brien's novel Zee & Co. was first published in 1971.

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When Night is Falling



1995 Canadian Feature

Cast: Pascale Bussières, Rachael Crawford, Henry Czerny, David Fox, Don McKellar, Tracy Wright and Clare Coulter
Writer/Director: Patricia Rozema

Synopsis:
A professor at a Christian college, Camille enjoys a conventional life with her minister fiancé. But when reserved Camille meets free-spirited circus acrobat Petra, her conservative life takes a sensuous left turn.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 50% / Audience: 79%

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



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Notes/Trivia:
  • When Night is Falling was given the NC-17 rating by the MPAA, but surrendered the rating and was released unrated. The film was later released on video as both the original theatrical version and in an R-rated cut.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

The Last of Sheila



1973 America Feature

Cast: Richard Benjamin, Dyan Cannon, James Coburn, Joan Hackett, James Mason, Ian McShane and Raquel Welch
Director: Herbert Ross
Writers: Anthony Perkins and Stephen Sondheim

Synopsis:
On the first anniversary of his wife Sheila's death, a wealthy movie producer hosts a party aboard his yacht for a group of his show business friends to play a scavenger hunt-style mystery game. The game turns out to be all too real and all too deadly.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 92% / Audience: 79%
  • OMG rating: 5/10

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



Trailer:


Notes/Trivia:
  • The movie was inspired by a series of murder mystery party games that co-authors and puzzle enthusiasts Anthony Perkins and Stephen Sondheim arranged for their show business friends in Manhattan in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
  • Future film director Joel Schumacher was the costume designer on this film.
  • Bette Midler's song "Friends" plays during the end credits.
  • In 1974, Anthony Perkins and Stephen Sondheim won the Edgar Award (named after Edgar Allan Poe) from the Mystery Writers of America for their screenplay for this film.

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Uncle Bob



2010 American Feature

Cast: Robert Oppel, Bill Bowers, Steve Fabus, Abel Ferrara, Jack Fritscher, HRH Lee Mentley, Rumi Missabu, Daniel Nicoletta, Camille O'Grady, Jim Stewart and Mark Thompson
Writer/Director: Robert Oppel

Synopsis:
Filmmaker Robert Oppel's explores the life and murder of his uncle and namesake Robert Opel, the man who notoriously streaked the 1974 Academy Awards.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.8/10
  • OMG rating: 7/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available


Trailer:


Notes/Trivia:
  • When Robert Opel infamously ran naked past presenter David Niven at the 1974 Oscars, Niven quipped, “Isn't it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?".

OMG Movie #333

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Queer China, ‘Comrade’ China



2009 Chinese Feature

Cast: Tou Shi, Li Yinhe and Zhang Yuan
Writer/Director: Cui Zi'en

Synopsis:
An examination of the evolving social acceptance of China's GLBT community over the past 80 years.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.3/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • Turino GLBT Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary.

Notes/Trivia:
  • The film culminates with the submission of Dr. Li Yinhe’s Same-sex Marriage Bill to the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People’s Congress in 2003, a major landmark event in the ongoing struggle for acceptance of queer identity in China.

OMG Movie #332

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