Saturday, November 30, 2013

French Twist



1995 French Feature
Alternate Title: Gazon maudit

Cast: Victoria Abril, Josiane Balasko, Alain Chabat, Ticky Holgado, Catherine Hiegel, Catherine Samie, Catherine Lachens, Katrine Boorman and Miguel Bosé
Director: Josiane Balasko
Writers: Patrick Aubrée and Josiane Balasko, Telsche Boorman (story)

Synopsis:
After learning of her husband's infidelities, a housewife invites her lesbian lover to move in with them, creating a unique ménage à trois.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 55% / Audience: 62%

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  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



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Awards:
  • César Award for Best Screenplay, Original or Adaptation.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

Notes/Trivia:
  • The original French title is untranslatable, but "Cursed Lawn" or "Dreadful Lawn" (crude expressions for pubic hair) are close approximations.
  • A rare French film to have a dubbed theatrical version for English audiences.
  • France's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1995 Academy Awards.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Partners



1982 American Feature

Cast: Ryan O'Neal, John Hurt, Kenneth McMillan, Robyn Douglass, Jay Robinson, Denise Galik-Furey, Joseph R. Sicari, Michael McGuire, Rick Jason and James Remar
Director: James Burrows
Writer: Francis Veber

Synopsis:
When a gay model is killed, a macho cop must team up with a prim, gay police department filing clerk to pose as lovers and go undercover in Los Angeles' gay community to investigate the crime.

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  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Only feature film directed by James Burrows, best known for his prolific work in TV sitcoms, including helming 188 of the 194 episodes of Will & Grace.
  • Frequently described as Cruising meets The Odd Couple.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Home for the Holidays



1995 American Feature

Cast: Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Dylan McDermott, Geraldine Chaplin, Steve Guttenberg, Cynthia Stevenson, Claire Danes and David Strathairn
Director: Jodie Foster
Writer: W.D. Richter, based on the short story by Chris Radant

Synopsis:
After losing her job, forty-year old single mom Claudia Larson has to face spending Thanksgiving with her dysfunctional family, including her overbearing parents, sardonic gay brother and overdramatic sister.

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



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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Chris Radant's short story Home for the Holidays was first published in 1990 in the Boston Phoenix.
  • Filming of the Thanksgiving dinner took more than ten days, using 64 turkeys, 20 pounds of mashed potatoes, 35 pounds of stuffing, 44 pies, 30 pounds of sweet potatoes, 18 bags of mini-marshmallows and 50 gallons of juice that stood in for wine.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Norman... Is That You?



1976 American Feature

Cast: Redd Foxx, Pearl Bailey, Dennis Dugan, Michael Warren, Tamara Dobson, Vernée Watson and Jayne Meadows
Director: George Schlatter
Writers: George Schlatter, Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick, based on the play Norman, Is That You? by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick

Synopsis:
A gruff father is distraught when he discovers his son is gay and is determined to set him "straight".

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 78%
  • OMG rating: 1/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Not available
  • Book: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick's play Norman, Is That You? opened on Broadway in 1970. It was the first mainstream play to have an entirely open and comedic treatment of the topic of homosexuality. Directed by George Abbott, the production starred Lou Jacobi and Maureen Stapleton as Norman's parents. For the film version, the characters were changed from a Jewish family to an African American family.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Vingarne



1916 Swedish Feature
Alternate Title: The Wings

Cast: Egil Eide, Lars Hanson, Lili Bech, Nils Asther, Julius Hälsig, Bertil Junggren and Albin Lavén
Director: Mauritz Stiller
Writers: Axel Esbensen and Mauritz Stiller, based on the novel Mikaël by Herman Bang

Synopsis:
A conniving countess comes between a gay sculptor and his bisexual model and lover.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.4/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Not available
  • Book: Available


Notes/Trivia:
  • Besides being a very early gay-themed film, Vingarne is also notable for its innovative use of a framing story and telling the plot primarily through the use of flashbacks.
  • The film is largely lost, with only half an hour surviving of the original 70-minute film. A restoration was made using still photos and title cards to bridge the missing sections in 1987.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Mildred Pierce



1945 American Feature

Cast: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth, Bruce Bennett and Butterfly McQueen
Director: Michael Curtiz
Writers: Ranald MacDougall and (uncredited) William Faulkner, Margaret Gruen, Albert Maltz, Louise Randall Pierson, Catherine Turney, Margaret Buell Wilder and Thames Williamson, based on the novel by James M. Cain

Synopsis:
After her cheating husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become an independent and successful businesswoman but can't win the approval of her spoiled, ungrateful daughter.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 82% / Audience: 90%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

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  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • Academy Award for Best Actress (Crawford); also nominated for Best Picture, Supporting Actress (Arden and Blyth), Screenplay and Black and White Cinematography.
  • National Board of Review Award for Best Actress (Crawford).

Notes/Trivia:
  • James M. Cain's novel Mildred Pierce was first published in 1941. The novel's sex scenes were eliminated in its adaptation to film due to Hollywood censorship at the time.
  • Working Title: House on the Sand.
  • Casting Call: Ralph Bellamy, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joan Fontaine, Ann Sheridan, Barbara Stanwyck and Shirley Temple.
  • Joan Crawford actively campaigned for the lead role in Mildred Pierce, which most lead actresses didn't want because being the mother of a teenage daughter implied being of a certain age. Director Michael Curtiz, who was against casting Crawford (he considered her a "has-been" at the time), insisted that she do a screen test, which convinced him and landed Crawford what became her "signature role".
  • Nominated for Best Actress, Joan Crawford did not attend the Academy Award ceremony because she was home in bed with pneumonia. However, many believe that Crawford faked her illness because she did not think she would win and didn't want to attend the ceremony only to lose. Reportedly after it was announced that she won the Oscar, she jumped out of bed, did her make up and put on her best negligee to meet the press.
  • In 1996, Mildred Pierce was inducted into the National Film Registry.
  • In 2011, Mildred Pierce was adapted into a television mini-series. Directed by Todd Haynes and starring Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood and Melissa Leo, it won five Emmy Awards.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

East Palace, West Palace



1996 Chinese Feature
Alternate Titles: Dong gong xi gong / Behind the Forbidden City / Behind the Palace Gates

Cast: Si Han, Jun Hu, Jing Ye and Wei Zhao
Director: Yuan Zhang
Writers: Wang Xiaobo and Yuan Zhang

Synopsis:
A young gay writer is arrested in an infamous Beijing gay cruising area by a policeman whose overnight interrogation reveals the writer's life story and unexpected secrets.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 60% / Audience: 60%

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  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • The first feature film from Mainland China to deal with contemporary gay life.
  • After filming was completed, the Chinese government put director Yuan Zhang under house arrest and confiscated his passport. His friends smuggled the film out of the country for post-production in France so it could be shown at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.
  • The title refers to the East Palace and the West Palace, two parks near the Forbidden City notorious for their public washrooms, nighttime cruise spots for Beijing gay men.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Luster



2002 American Feature

Cast: Justin Herwick, Shane Powers, B. Wyatt, Pamela Gidley, Susannah Melvoin, Jonah Blechman, Sean Thibodeau and Willie Garson
Writer/Director: Everett Lewis

Synopsis:
Unrequited love, inappropriate crushes and bi-curiosity fills a weekend in the lives of a group of friends in the Los Angeles queer punk scene.

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  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Writer/director Everett Lewis, wanting to "infuse queerness" as deeply as possible into Luster, populated his cast with a number of GLBT actors and filled the soundtrack with music from GLBT punk and queercore bands, most notably Pansy Division.
  • Jackson's poetry was composed by writer Dennis Cooper. The final poem is read in voice-over over a solid blue screen, a reference and tribute to Derek Jarman's Blue.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

United in Anger: A History of ACT UP



2012 American Made for Video Movie

Cast: Ron Goldberg, Tom Kalin, Ann Northrup, Eric Sawyer and Peter Staley
Director: Jim Hubbard
Writers: Ali Cotterill and Jim Hubbard

Synopsis:
The birth and life of the AIDS activist group ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power), depicting their efforts to battle corporate greed, social indifference and government negligence.

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Director Jim Hubbard was a member of ACT UP.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Pink Narcissus



1971 American Feature

Cast: Bobby Kendall, Don Brooks and Charles Ludlam
Writer/Director: James Bidgood

Synopsis:
While lounging alone in his apartment between visits from his john, a handsome male prostitute escapes the harsh certainty of his life by fantasizing himself as a matador, a Roman slave and a harem boy.

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  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Shot on 8 mm film, almost all of Pink Narcissus was produced in writer/director James Bidgood's small New York apartment over a seven year period, from 1963 to 1970. It was initially released without Bidgood's consent, who was thus credited as "Anonymous".
  • Because the name of the filmmaker was not widely known, there were rumors that Andy Warhol or Kenneth Anger were behind it. In the mid-1990s, writer Bruce Benderson, who was obsessed with the film, began a search for its maker based on several leads and finally verified that it was James Bidgood, who was still living in Manhattan.
  • James Bidgood's unmistakable kitschy style has later been imitated and refined by artists such as Pierre et Gilles.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Daddy and the Muscle Academy



1991 Finnish Feature

Cast: Tom of Finland, Etienne, Isaac Julien and Bob Mizer
Writer/Director: Ilppo Pohjola

Synopsis:
The life and art of Tom of Finland, whose homoerotically-charged drawings of hyper-masculine men became influential, iconic imagery in gay culture.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 37%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available


Awards:
  • Jussi Award for Best Documentary.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Completed shortly before the death of Touko Laaksonen (a.k.a. Tom of Finland) in 1991.
  • Tom of Finland is also the subject of the 1988 documentary short subject Boots, Biceps and Bulges: The Life & Works of Tom of Finland.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Boom!



1968 British Feature

Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Noël Coward, Joanna Shimkus, Michael Dunn, Romolo Valli, Fernando Piazza and Veronica Wells
Director: Joseph Losey
Writer: Tennessee Williams, based on his play The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore

Synopsis:
Wealthy, terminally ill Flora 'Sissy' Goforth lives in a large mansion on a secluded Italian island; into her life comes a mysterious man who may or may not be her "Angel of Death".

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 8% / Audience: 52%

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



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Tennessee Williams' play The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore (which Williams based on his short story Man Bring This Up Road) made its Broadway debut in 1963. Although the play was panned by the critics and shunned by audiences, Hermione Baddeley did get a Tony Award nomination for her performance. A revised production the following year, directed by Tony Richardson and starring Tallulah Bankhead and Tab Hunter, fared even worse: it closed after only five performances.
  • Casting Call: Sean Connery, James Fox and Topol.
  • The first mainstream British film to include the expletive "shit" in its dialogue.
  • Even Richard Burton thought that he and his then-wife Elizabeth Taylor were miscast in the film (he being too old for his role and Taylor too young for hers) and said that the roles were better suited for Robert Redford and Bette Davis.
  • Tennessee Williams stated that Boom! was the best film version of any of his plays that was ever produced. The rest of the world seemed not to agree, for the monumentally expensive production bombed at the box office.
  • A favorite of director John Waters, who describes the film as "beyond bad. It’s the other side of camp. It’s beautiful, atrocious and it’s perfect. It’s a perfect movie, really, and I never tire of it.”

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Monday, November 18, 2013

The Apple



1980 American Feature
Alternate Title: Star Rock

Cast: Catherine Mary Stewart, Alan Love, Grace Kennedy, George Gilmour, Joss Ackland, Vladek Sheybal, Ray Shell, Miriam Margolyes and Derek Deadman
Director: Menahem Golan
Writers: Menahem Golan, Coby Recht and Iris Recht
Songs : Coby Recht, Iris Recht and George S. Clinton

Synopsis:
Set in the future of 1994, fresh-faced and naïve Canadian pop duo Alphie and Bibi get their big break courtesy of the scheming record industry titan Mr. Boogalow, but they soon discover the dark underside of the rock and roll world.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 4.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 17% / Audience: 53%

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  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Originally conceived as a Hebrew stage musical, Israeli composers Coby and Iris Recht were convinced by director Menahem Golan to turn it into a film. Songwriter George S. Clinton was brought in to help with the English lyrics. All three composers also have roles in the film.
  • The title The Apple refers to the film's Biblical allegory of the story of Adam and Eve, here called Alphie and Bibi.
  • Film debut of actress Finola Hughes.
  • Director Menahem Golan has said that when The Apple was booed at during its screening at the 1980 Montreal Film Festival, he left the theater, went to his hotel and was preparing to commit suicide by jumping off the balcony when his business partner barged in and stopped him.
  • Reportedly during its premiere at the Paramount Theater in Hollywood, audiences threw their free souvenir soundtrack albums at the screen, causing extensive damage.
  • Critically panned and a box office bomb during its extremely limited American release in 1980, The Apple developed a small cult following in later years.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Talented Mr. Ripley



1999 American Feature

Cast: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jack Davenport, James Rebhorn, Sergio Rubini, Philip Baker Hall and Celia Weston
Writer/Director: Anthony Minghella, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith

Synopsis:
Charming sociopath Tom Ripley maneuvers into the lush life of Dickie Greenleaf, a young heir vacationing in Italy. Hired to persuade Dickie to return to America, Tom embraces Dickie's posh lifestyle and takes extreme measures to hold onto it.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 83% / Audience: 75%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 76% / Audience: 7.5%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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



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Awards:
  • Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Law), Adapted Screenplay, Art Direction, Costume Design and Original Score.
  • BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor (Law); also nominated for Best Film, Director, Supporting Actress (Blanchett), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography and Film Music.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Score; also nominated for Best Picture.
  • Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Director, Actor - Drama (Damon), Supporting Actor (Law) and Original Score.
  • National Board of Review Awards for Best Director and Supporting Actor (Hoffman).
  • Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Adapted Screenplay.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Patricia Highsmith's 1955 novel The Talented Mr. Ripley first introduced the character of Tom Ripley, who returned in her subsequent novels Ripley Under Ground, Ripley's Game, The Boy Who Followed Ripley and Ripley Under Water. The five novels are known collectively as the "Ripliad".
  • The novel was previously adapted for film in 1960 as Purple Noon (Plein soleil) starring Alain Delon as Tom Ripley.
  • Tom Ripley has also been played by Dennis Hopper in The American Friend (1977), John Malkovich in Ripley's Game (2002) and Barry Pepper in Ripley Under Ground (2005).
  • Casting Call: Christian Bale, Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • The opera seen in the film is Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. The title character in the opera is, like Tom Ripley, an attractive, charismatic and clever young man who aspires to be accepted by people of a higher social standing.
  • Tom kills one of his victims with a bust of Roman emperor Hadrian.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Smile



1975 American Feature

Cast: Bruce Dern, Barbara Feldon, Michael Kidd, Geoffrey Lewis, Eric Shea, Nicholas Pryor, Paul Benedict, Dennis Dugan, Melanie Griffith and Annette O'Toole
Director: Michael Ritchie
Writer: Jerry Belson

Synopsis:
Brenda DiCarlo, an icy taskmaster and former beauty pageant contestant, is charged with coordinating the final round of the Young American Miss Pageant, the pride of Santa Rosa, California. But despite the pageant's squeaky-clean image, the townspeople are far from model citizens.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 100% / Audience: 64%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen.

Notes/Trivia:
  • In order to get honest and realistic responses from the cast, no one except director Michael Ritchie and screenwriter Jerry Belson knew prior to filming the final scenes who would be crowned the Young American Miss.
  • A stage musical version of Smile, with lyrics and a Tony Award nominated book by Howard Ashman (who also directed) and music by Marvin Hamlisch, premiered on Broadway in 1986. Jodi Benson, who made her Broadway debut in the show, would later voice the title character in Disney's The Little Mermaid, which featured songs by Ashman. Although the Broadway production is considered a flop and an official cast album was never made, the musical has developed a cult following over the years.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Young Törless



1966 German/French Feature
Alternate Title: Der junge Törless

Cast: Mathieu Carrière, Marian Seidowsky, Bernd Tischer, Fred Dietz, Lotte Ledl, Jean Launay and Barbara Steele
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Writers: Volker Schlöndorff and Herbert Asmodi, based on the novel by The Confusions of Young Törless by Robert Musil

Synopsis:
At a boarding school in the pre-war Austro-Hungarian Empire, a young man named Thomas Törless passively observes the increasingly sadistic torture of a fellow student by his classmates.

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  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • Cannes Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize.
  • German Film Awards for Outstanding Feature Film, New Director and Screenplay.

Notes/Trivia:
  • The autobiographical novel The Confusions of Young Törless (Die Verwirrungen des Zöglings Törleß), first published in 1906, was the literary debut of the Austrian novelist and essayist Robert Musil. The book's overt gay content was mostly eliminated in its adaptation to film.
  • Feature film debut of director Volker Schlöndorff. 
  • Young Törless was released on DVD as part of The Criterion Collection in 2005.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Happy, Texas



1999 American Feature

Cast: Steve Zahn, Jeremy Northam, William H. Macy, Ally Walker, Illeana Douglas, M.C. Gainey, Ron Perlman, Mo Gaffney, Paul Dooley and Tim Bagley
Director: Mark Illsley
Writers: Ed Stone, Mark Illsley and Phil Reeves

Synopsis:
Two escaped convicts arrive in the town of Happy, Texas, where they are mistaken for a gay couple who are to host the town's Little Miss Fresh Squeezed beauty pageant.

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  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Male (Zahn).
  • London Critics Circle Film Award for British Actor of the Year (Northam).
  • Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Comedic Performance (Zahn).

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Xx: Where Your Heart Should Be



2007 American Feature

Cast: Philly Abe, Michael Burke, William Burl, Richard C., Brian Camp, Mike Diaz, Elliott Kennerson, Frankie M., Julian Neville and Todd Verow
Director: Todd Verow
Writers: Todd Verow and Philly Abe

Synopsis:
A variety of people, including a woman dragging her own corpse, her transsexual ex-boyfriend and a gay porn film crew, face fear and longing as they await a looming apocalyptic event.

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  • DVD: Available


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Notes/Trivia:
  • The film is made up of 20 short films that focus on what the prospect of an inevitable apocalypse does to an assortment of related and unrelated characters.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Frida



2002 American Feature

Cast: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush, Antonio Banderas, Valeria Golino, Diego Luna, Mía Maestro, Edward Norton, Saffron Burrows, Roger Rees and Ashley Judd
Director: Julie Taymor
Writers: Clancy Sigal, Diane Lake, Gregory Nava and Anna Thomas, based on Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera

Synopsis:
The life of famed surrealist Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage to muralist Diego Rivera into her art.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 76% / Audience: 83%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 61% / Audience: 7.5%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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



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Awards:
  • Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Makeup; also nominated for Best Actress (Hayek), Art Direction, Costume Design and Original Song ("Burn It Blue").
  • AFI Award, Movies of the Year.
  • BAFTA Award for Best Makeup/Hair; also nominated for Best Actress (Hayek), Supporting Actor (Molina) and Costume Design.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nominations for Best Actress (Hayek) and Supporting Actor (Molina).
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score; also nominated for Best Actress - Drama (Hayek).
  • Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role (Hayek) and Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Molina).
  • Venice Film Festival Mimmo Rotella Foundation Award.
  • World Soundtrack Awards for Best Original Soundtrack and Soundtrack Composer of the Year.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Hayden Herrera's Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo was first published in 1983.
  • Frida Kahlo was previously the subject of the 1986 Mexican biopic Frida Still Life (Frida, naturaleza viva).
  • Casting Call: Robert De Niro, Raúl Juliá, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Ofelia Medina (who played Kahlo in Frida Still Life), Laura San Giacomo, Meryl Streep and Marisa Tomei.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Our Lady of the Assassins



2000 Spanish/French/Colombian Feature
Alternate Title: La virgen de los sicarios

Cast: Germán Jaramillo, Anderson Ballesteros, Juan David Restrepo and Manuel Busquets
Director: Barbet Schroeder
Writer: Fernando Vallejo, based on his novel

Synopsis:
After an absence of 30 years, a Colombian author returns to his hometown, which has descended into an atmosphere of violence and murder caused by drug cartel warfare, and falls for a 16-year-old assassin.

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  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • Venice Film Festival President of the Italian Senate's Gold Medal Award.
  • Verzaubert International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Award for Best Film.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Fernando Vallejo's semi-autobiographical novel La virgen de los sicarios (Our Lady of the Assassins) was first published in 1994.
  • Shot using high-definition video cameras, one of the first uses of HD video for a feature film.

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Capote



2005 American/Canadian Feature

Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Clifton Collins Jr., Chris Cooper, Bob Balaban, Bruce Greenwood, Amy Ryan and Mark Pellegrino
Director: Bennett Miller
Writer: Dan Futterman, based on the biography Capote by Gerald Clarke

Synopsis:
While researching the murder of a Kansas family for his non-fiction novel In Cold Blood, author Truman Capote finds himself in a dance with the devil when he develops a close relationship with one of the killers.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 90% / Audience: 73%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 88% / Audience: 7.8%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

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



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Award for Best Actor (Hoffman); also nominated for Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actress (Keener) and Adapted Screenplay.
  • AFI Award, Movies of the Year.
  • BAFTA Award for Best Actor (Hoffman); also nominated for Best Film, Director, Supporting Actress (Keener) and Adapted Screenplay.
  • Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Drama (Hoffman).
  • Independent Spirit Awards for Best Male Lead (Hoffman), Screenplay and Producers Award; also nominated for Best Feature and Cinematography.
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards for Best Actor (Hoffman), Supporting Actress (Keener) and Screenplay.
  • National Board of Review Award for Best Actor (Hoffman).
  • National Society of Film Critics Awards for Best Film and Actor (Hoffman).
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best First Film.
  • Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor (Hoffman).
  • Producers Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role (Hoffman); also nominated for Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Keener) and Performance by a Cast.
  • USC Scripter Award.
  • Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Gerald Clarke's biography Capote was first published in 1988.
  • Truman Capote's "non-fiction novel" In Cold Blood, whose creation this film's plot revolves around, was adapted for the screen twice: the 1967 feature film directed by Richard Brooks and starring Robert Blake and John Forsythe, and the 1996 made for television production directed by Jonathan Kaplan and starring Eric Roberts, Anthony Edwards and Sam Neill.
  • Narrative feature film debut of director Bennett Miller and screenwriting debut of actor Dan Futterman.
  • In addition to Truman Capote and Harper Lee, other notable figures of the time featured as characters in the film include Richard Avedon, Jack Dunphy (Capote's longtime partner), Babe Paley, William Shawn and Tennessee Williams. Williams was played by Michael J. Burg, who previously portrayed Capote in The Audrey Hepburn Story and later in an episode of Life on Mars.
  • The film opened on September 30, 2005, which would have been Truman Capote's 81st birthday.

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  • Truman Capote was also the subject of the subsequent biopic Infamous. Sandra Bullock, who was considered for the role of Harper Lee in Capote, played her in Infamous.
  • Truman Capote also appears as a character in 54.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

The Next Best Thing



2000 American Feature

Cast: Madonna, Rupert Everett, Benjamin Bratt, Illeana Douglas, Michael Vartan, Josef Sommer, Malcolm Stumpf, Lynn Redgrave and Neil Patrick Harris
Director: John Schlesinger
Writers: Tom Ropelewski and (uncredited) Rupert Everett and Ryan Murphy

Synopsis:
After a drunken night together leads to pregnancy, Abbie and her gay best friend Robert decide to raise the child together. But when Abbie starts a relationship and wants to move away with their son, a nasty custody battle ensues.

Links:

Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 4.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 19% / Audience: 35%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 25% / Audience: 6.6%
  • OMG rating: 2/10

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



Trailer:


Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Razzie Award for Worst Actress (Madonna).

Notes/Trivia:
  • Working Title: The Red Curtain.
  • Casting Call: Richard Dreyfuss and Helen Hunt.
  • The soundtrack album featured Madonna's cover version of Don McLean's "American Pie", which was a #1 hit in the UK, Australia, Germany and Japan.
  • Final film of director John Schlesinger.

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