Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Poseidon Adventure



1972 American Feature

Cast: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters, Jack Albertson, Pamela Sue Martin and Leslie Nielsen
Directors: Ronald Neame and Irwin Allen (action sequences, uncredited)
Writers: Stirling Silliphant and Wendell Mayes, based on the novel by Paul Gallico

Synopsis:
As the luxury ocean liner Poseidon charts its course on New Year's Eve, disaster strikes when an undersea earthquake causes a titanic tidal wave that capsizes the vessel, leaving just 10 survivors.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 79% / Audience: 75%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

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



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Awards:
  • Academy Awards for Best Original Song ("The Morning After") and Visual Effects (Special Achievement Award); also nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Winters), Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design, Original Score, Film Editing and Sound.
  • BAFTA Award for Best Actor (Hackman); also nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Winters).
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress (Winters); also nominated for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Original Score and Original Song ("The Morning After").
  • Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing - Dialogue.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Paul Gallico's novel The Poseidon Adventure was first published in 1969.
  • Casting Call: Petula Clark, Sally Kellerman, George C. Scott, Gene Wilder and Esther Williams.
  • The #1 box office champ of 1973.
  • Followed by the 1979 sequel Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, a notorious flop.
  • In 2001, The Poseidon Adventure was ranked #90 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Thrills" list. 
  • Poseidon! An Upside Down Musical, a stage parody/homage, premiered in Chicago in 2002.
  • Remade for television in 2005 and again the following year as the theatrically released Poseidon. In the latter, Richard Dreyfuss played a suicidal gay man.
  • Listed in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book The Official Razzie Movie Guide as one of the "The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made".

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star



2002 American Feature

Cast: Anjelica Huston, Diane Baker, Charles Busch, Ben Cooper, Christina Crawford, Judy Geeson, Virginia Grey, Anna Lee, Dickie Moore, Margaret O'Brien, Anita Page, Betsy Palmer, Cliff Robertson, Vincent Sherman, Liz Smith and Bob Thomas
Writer/Director: Peter Fitzgerald

Synopsis:
The life and career of Academy Award-winning screen legend Joan Crawford.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 82%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available


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Notes/Trivia:
  • Included as a bonus feature on the Mildred Pierce DVD.
  • In addition to Joan Crawford, actors and filmmakers who appear in archival footage include Ann Blyth, Michael Curtiz, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., David McCallum and Robert Vaughn.

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Rag Tag



2006 British/Nigerian Feature

Cast: Daniel Parsons, Adedamola Adelaja, Tamsin Clarke, Geoffrey Aymer, Maria Adesioye, Enor Ewere, Chuma Oraedu and Ayo Fawole
Writer/Director: Adaora Nwandu

Synopsis:
Best friends from childhood, Raymond and Tagbo are separated for a decade. When they reunite, they find that the bond between them has become even stronger, although the divergent paths they've taken with their lives present a challenge.

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Alexander



2004 German/American/Dutch/French/British/Italian Feature

Cast: Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Anthony Hopkins, Jared Leto, Rosario Dawson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Christopher Plummer
Director: Oliver Stone
Writers: Oliver Stone, Christopher Kyle and Laeta Kalogridis

Synopsis:
The saga of Alexander the Great, the Macedonian conqueror legendary for his military prowess, but whose personal life included an unnatural relationship with his mother, a stormy marriage and a male lover, Hephaistion.

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



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

Notes/Trivia:
  • Alexander has been the subject of several biopics, including Alexander the Great (1941) starring Prithviraj Kapoor, Alexander the Great (1956) starring Richard Burton, Alexander the Great (1968, TV movie) starring William Shatner, Alexander the Great (1980) starring Omero Antonutti, The Search for Alexander the Great (1981, TV mini-series) starring Nicholas Clay, Alexander the Great (2006) starring Mark Adair-Rios and Young Alexander the Great (2010) starring Sam Heughan.
  • Based in part on the 1974 book Alexander the Great by University of Oxford historian Robin Lane Fox.
  • Director Baz Luhrmann was also preparing an Alexander the Great biopic starring Leonardo Dicaprio, but he dropped the idea when Oliver Stone announced this movie.
  • Casting Call: Sean Connery, Russell Crowe, Tom Cruise, Heath Ledger, Liam Neeson and Brad Pitt.
  • Angelina Jolie played Colin Farrell's mother even though she is less than a year older than he is.
  • The cast deliberately speak with Irish accents as Colin Farrell was unable to lose his.
  • Director Oliver Stone makes a cameo appearance as a Macedonian general.
  • A group of Greek lawyers threatened to file a lawsuit over the film against Oliver Stone and Warner Brothers for what they claimed was an "inaccurate portrayal of history" by making reference to Alexander's bisexuality. After an advance screening of the film, the lawyers announced that they would not pursue any legal action.
  • Three versions of the film have been released: the initial theatrical cut (175 minutes), a "Director's Cut" in 2005 (17 minutes removed from the theatrical cut, with nine minutes added, for a total running time of 167 minutes) and Alexander Revisited: The Final Cut in 2007 (214 minutes).

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

I Don't Want to Sleep Alone



2006 Malaysian/Taiwanese Feature
Alternate Title: Hei yan quan

Cast: Kang-sheng Lee, Shiang-chyi Chen and Norman Atun
Writer/Director: Ming-liang Tsai

Synopsis:
A homeless Chinese itinerant is attacked by thugs in Kuala Lampur, only to fall in with a group of kind but curious Bangladeshi men in the smog-soaked Malaysian capitol.

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • Venice Film Festival Cinema for Peace Award.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Kang-sheng Lee plays two roles: the homeless man and a brain-dead patient.
  • Banned by the Malaysian Censorship Board based on 18 counts of incidences in the film depicting the country "in a bad light" for cultural, ethical and racial reasons. However, they later allowed the film to be screened in the country after the filmmakers agreed to censor parts of the film according to the requirements of the Censorship Board.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Holidays



2008 American Feature

Cast: Paul Hungerford, John B. Crye, Thomas Rhoads, Michael Emanuel and Bill Daly
Director: James Ferguson
Writers: James Ferguson and Tom Misuraca

Synopsis:
Three childhood friends — Jewish Alden, Catholic Kirby and gay Patrick — unexpectedly reunite in their Connecticut hometown right before Christmas.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 100%
  • Movie Dearest rating: B

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Gay Divorcee



1934 American Feature

Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Alice Brady, Edward Everett Horton, Erik Rhodes, Eric Blore, William Austin and Betty Grable
Director: Mark Sandrich
Writers: Edward Kaufman, George Marion, Jr. and Dorothy Yost with Robert Benchley, H.W. Hanemann and Stanley Rauh (uncredited), based on the stage musical Gay Divorce by Cole Porter (music and lyrics), Dwight Taylor (book), Samuel Hoffenstein and Kenneth Webb (adaptation), based on the play An Adorable Adventure by J. Hartley Manners
Songs: Con Conrad, Mack Gordon, Herb Magidson, Cole Porter and Harry Revel

Synopsis:
Rich socialite Mimi Glossop wants a divorce, so her aunt hires a professional co-respondent as her supposed lover. Romantic complications ensue when Mimi mistakes charming dancer Guy Holden, who is smitten with her, for the gigolo.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 100% / Audience: 84%
  • OMG rating: 8 /10

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



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Awards:
  • Academy Award for Best Original Song ("The Continental"); also nominated for Best Picture, Art Direction, Score and Sound Recording.

Notes/Trivia:
  • 1932's Gay Divorce was Fred Astaire's last Broadway show. In addition to Astaire, Eric Blore and Erik Rhodes reprised their stage roles in the film.
  • The stage version included songs by Cole Porter, but all but "Night and Day" were cut from the film.
  • The Hays Office insisted on the name change from Gay Divorce to The Gay Divorcee, believing that while a divorcee could be gay or lighthearted, it would be unseemly to allow a divorce to appear so.
  • Casting Call: Helen Broderick.
  • The second of ten movie musicals starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
  • Winner of the first Oscar for Best Original Song.

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Monday, December 23, 2013

The Dreamers



2003 British/French/Italian Feature

Cast: Michael Pitt, Eva Green, Louis Garrel, Anna Chancellor and Robin Renucci
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Writer: Gilbert Adair, based on his novel The Holy Innocents

Synopsis:
American college student Matthew befriends sexually adventurous twins Theo and Isabelle while studying abroad in the politically turbulent Paris of the 1960s.

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



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Gilbert Adair's 1988 novel The Holy Innocents was inspired by Jean Cocteau's novel Les Enfants Terribles (The Holy Terrors) and by the 1950 film of the same name. Adair makes a cameo appearance in the film.
  • Director Bernardo Bertolucci cut the script's homosexual content, including scenes from the novel that depict Matthew and Théo having sex, which he felt were "just too much."
  • Casting Call: Dominic Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jake Gyllenhaal.
  • Two versions of the film were released: an uncut NC-17-rated version, and an R-rated version that is about three minutes shorter.

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Skidoo



1968 American Feature

Cast: Jackie Gleason, Carol Channing, Frankie Avalon, Fred Clark, Michael Constantine, Frank Gorshin, John Phillip Law, Peter Lawford, Burgess Meredith, George Raft, Cesar Romero, Mickey Rooney, Austin Pendleton, Alexandra Hay, Luna and Groucho Marx
Director: Otto Preminger
Writer: Doran William Cannon

Synopsis:
A mob kingpin named God orders reluctant gangster Tough Tony Banks out of retirement to silence a squealer.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 4.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 36% / Audience: 43%
  • OMG rating: 2/10

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



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Notes/Trivia:
  • To prepare for this film, director Otto Preminger experimented with LSD.
  • Faye Dunaway, under contract to Otto Preminger at the time, refused to appear in the film after her unexpected success in Bonnie and Clyde and was promptly sued by Preminger. The matter was settled out of court.
  • An uncredited Rob Reiner was brought in by Otto Preminger to "write scenes for the hippies".
  • Cast members Frank Gorshin, Burgess Meredith, Cesar Romero and even Otto Preminger had all guest starred as villains on the campy 1960s TV series Batman.
  • Singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson (best known for "Everybody's Talkin'" from Midnight Cowboy) wrote the film's songs and also makes a cameo appearance. Other cameos include Richard Kiel, Slim Pickens and the Green Bay Packers.
  • The final film of Groucho Marx.
  • Although they don't appear in the film, Sammy Davis, Jr. and psychedelic drug guru Timothy Leary appear in the film's trailer (see above). 
  • Skidoo was a notorious bomb, failing both with critics and at the box office. Nevertheless, in the years since its release it has seen a rise in appreciation by film critics.

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Threesome



1994 American Feature

Cast: Lara Flynn Boyle, Stephen Baldwin, Josh Charles, Alexis Arquette, Martha Gehman, Mark Arnold and Michele Matheson
Writer/Director: Andrew Fleming

Synopsis:
When a computer error assigns a female student to the same dorm room as two male college roommates, tensions lead to friendships that are soon tested when sexual attraction is added to the mix.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 26% / Audience: 56%
  • OMG rating: 1/10

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



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Writer/director Andrew Fleming based the story on his own experiences in college. He also makes a cameo appearance in the film.
  • Casting Call: Billy Baldwin.
  • More physically intimate footage was shot between Eddy and Stuart, notably a kissing scene and a one-on-one sex scene, but they were cut from the final film.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

La Cage aux Folles II



1980 French/Italian Feature

Cast: Michel Serrault, Ugo Tognazzi, Marcel Bozzuffi, Michel Galabru, Paola Borboni, Benny Luke, Giovanni Vettorazzo, Glauco Onorato and Roberto Bisacco
Director: Édouard Molinaro
Writers: Marcello Danon, Jean Poiret and Francis Veber, based on a story and characters by Jean Poiret

Synopsis:
When drag nightclub owner Renato and his star and lover Albin unwittingly take possession of a roll of microfilm, they find themselves thrown into the middle of an international espionage ring.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Naked Lunch



1991 Canadian/British/Japanese Feature

Cast: Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, Julian Sands, Roy Scheider, Monique Mercure, Nicholas Campbell, Michael Zelniker, Robert A. Silverman and Joseph Scorsiani
Writer/Director: David Cronenberg, based on the novel by William S. Burroughs

Synopsis:
Part-time exterminator and full-time drug addict William Lee plunges into the nightmarish netherworld of the Interzone, pursuing a mysterious project that leads him to confront sinister cabals and giant talking bugs.

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



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Awards:
  • Genie Awards for Best Motion Picture, Direction, Supporting Actress (Mercure), Cinematography, Art Direction/Production Design, Sound and Sound Editing.
  • London Critics Circle Film Award for Actress of the Year (Davis).
  • National Society of Film Critics Awards for Best Director and Screenplay.
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Davis) and Screenplay.

Notes/Trivia:
  • William S. Burroughs' novel Naked Lunch was originally published in 1959. Since then, numerous filmmakers considered adapting Burroughs' "unfilmable" novel for the screen. Rather than attempting a straight adaptation, David Cronenberg took elements from the book and combined them, along with other fiction by him, with elements of Burroughs' life, creating a hybrid film about the writing of the book rather than the book itself.
  • Several characters are loosely based on people that William Burroughs knew. Hank and Martin are based on Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg (who assisted Burroughs in compiling the original novel), Tom and Joan Frost are based on Paul and Jane Bowles, and Kiki was the name of a young man Burroughs had an affair with in Tangier while writing Naked Lunch. 
  • Naked Lunch was released on DVD and Blu-ray as part of The Criterion Collection in 2003.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Caravaggio



1986 British Feature

Cast: Nigel Terry, Sean Bean, Tilda Swinton, Robbie Coltrane, Nigel Davenport, Dexter Fletcher, Michael Gough, Jonathan Hyde and Spencer Leigh
Director: Derek Jarman
Writers: Suso Cecchi D'Amico (uncredited) and Derek Jarman (screenplay), Nicholas Ward-Jackson (story)

Synopsis:
As his life fades, celebrated 16th-century Italian Baroque painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio reflects on his twin passions, art and love, and the tragic twists of fate that led to his downfall.

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  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • Berlin International Film Festival C.I.D.A.L.C. Award and Silver Berlin Bear Award.

Notes/Trivia:
  • A fictionalised re-telling of the life of Caravaggio, director Derek Jarman intentionally included several anachronisms in the film, such as electric lights, a typewriter and a motorbike. This was inspired by Caravaggio's use of contemporary dress for his Biblical figures in his paintings.
  • Film debut of actress Tilda Swinton, who would go on to act in seven more feature films directed by Derek Jarman, including War Requiem and Edward II.
  • Caravaggio is also the subject of a 1967 Italian television mini-series and a 2007 Italian made for TV movie, both also titled Caravaggio.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story



1995 American/Canadian Feature

Cast: Glenn Close, Judy Davis, Jan Rubes, Wendy Makkena, Susan Barnes, Vic Polizos, Eric Dane, Trevor St. John and Ryan Reynolds
Director: Jeff Bleckner
Writer: Alison Cross

Synopsis:
Decorated medical officer Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer faces an involuntary discharge from the US Army following her revelation that she is a lesbian. But with the support of her lover and family, she decides to fight for her right to serve.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 79%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available


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Awards:
  • Casting Society of America Award for Best Casting for TV Movie.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Movie.
  • Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV, Actress (Close) and Supporting Actress (Davis).
  • Peabody Award.
  • Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special (Close), Supporting Actress (Davis) and Writing; also nominated for Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Directing and Editing - Single Camera Production.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries (Close).
  • Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Long Form Television - Original.

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

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Brüno



2009 American Feature

Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten, Clifford Bañagale and Josh Meyers
Director: Larry Charles
Writers: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Mazer and Jeff Schaffer (screenplay), Sacha Baron Cohen, Peter Baynham, Anthony Hines and Dan Mazer (story), based on the character created by Sacha Baron Cohen

Synopsis:
After über gay Austrian fashion reporter Brüno Gehard is fired from his television show Funkytime with Brüno, he travels to the United States to become "the biggest gay Austrian superstar since Arnold Schwarzenegger".

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 67% / Audience: 42%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 54% / Audience: 5.9%
  • OMG rating: 5/10


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  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Like Ali G Indahouse and Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan before it, Brüno is a mockumentary featuring a character created by Sacha Baron Cohen for his television series Da Ali G Show.
  • Reportedly, Sacha Baron Cohen suffered a severe reaction to hydrogen peroxide after bleaching his anus in preparation for the role of Brüno. He also shaved off all his body hair.
  • Several famous people appear as themselves, both credited and uncredited, in Brüno, including Paula Abdul, Bono, Snoop Dogg, Harrison Ford, Elton John, Chris Martin, Paul McCartney, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Paul, Miguel Sandoval, Slash and Sting.
  • Prior to its release, Hollywood news and gossip blog Defamer jokingly reported that the film was titled Brüno: Delicious Journeys Through America for the Purpose of Making Heterosexual Males Visibly Uncomfortable in the Presence of a Gay Foreigner in a Mesh T-Shirt, a reference to the extended title of Sacha Baron Cohen's previous film Borat. Several other sources, including the Internet Movie Database, cited the mock title as genuine.
  • Following the sudden death of Michael Jackson on June 25, 2009, a scene with Michael's sister La Toya Jackson was hastily removed from the US theatrical version of the film before its Hollywood premiere later that evening. The scene is included in the film's DVD and Blu-ray bonus features.
  • In a staged publicity stunt at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, Sacha Baron Cohen appeared as Brüno to present an award. Dressed as a winged angel wearing a jockstrap and white go-go boots, he was suspended on wires and flew over the audience towards the stage, but fell and landed on rapper Eminem, with his head in Eminem's lap and his buttocks in front of Eminem's face. Eminem shouted profanities and then he and his entourage walked out of the show and did not return. It was later revealed that Eminem and Baron Cohen had staged the incident, rehearsing it beforehand to make sure it went off without a hitch.
  • Had the highest opening weekend gross for a film with an openly gay character in the lead role with $30.6 million. The previous record-holder was The Birdcage, with $18.3 million.
  • Banned in the Ukraine for containing "obscene language, homosexual scenes, and other scenes of offensive nature never shown in Ukraine."
  • Some GLBT groups criticized the character as perpetuating stereotypes while simultaneously enlightening institutionalised homophobia issues. The official statement of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) stated, "Sacha Baron Cohen's well-meaning attempt at satire is problematic in many places and outright offensive in others".
  • In 2010, it was revealed that the Motion Picture Association of America's Classification and Rating Administration would specifically note in the future which films contained "male nudity." A spokesman said this was in direct response to parental concerns about the content of Brüno.

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Lavender Screen



Follows is a list of the films spotlighted in the book The Lavender Screenby Boze Hadleigh. Originally published in 1993, it was revised and updated in 2001.



Saturday, December 14, 2013

Behind the Candelabra



2013 American Television Movie

Cast: Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe, Debbie Reynolds, Scott Bakula, Tom Papa, Nicky Katt, Cheyenne Jackson and Paul Reiser
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Richard LaGravenes, based on the memoir Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace by Scott Thorson and Alex Thorleifson

Synopsis:
When a young Scott Thorson meets the legendary, flamboyant piano virtuoso Liberace, they begin a tempestuous secret relationship.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 95% / Audience: 73%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 82% / Audience: 8.0%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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



Trailer:


Awards:
  • American Cinema Editors Eddie Award for Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Television.
  • Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design - TV Movie or Miniseries.
  • BAFTA Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Damon), Adapted Screenplay, Production Design, Costume Design and Makeup & Hair.
  • Casting Society of America Award for Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Television Movie/Mini Series.
  • Cinema Audio Society Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Movie or Mini-Series.
  • Costume Designers Guild Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie or Miniseries.
  • Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for a TV Movie or Miniseries.
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Award for TV Drama of the Year and TV Performance of the Year - Actor (Douglas); also nominated for LGBT TV Show of the Year and Campy TV Show of the Year.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series.
  • Golden Globe Awards for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television and Actor (Douglas); also nominated for Best Actor (Damon) and Supporting Actor (Lowe).
  • Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylist Guild Awards for Best Period and/or Character Hairstyling and Period and/or Character Makeup.
  • Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, Directing, Actor (Douglas), Art Direction, Costumes, Single-Camera Picture Editing, Sound Mixing, Prosthetic Makeup, Makeup (Non-Prosthetic), Hairstyling and Casting; also nominated for Best Actor (Damon), Supporting Actor (Bakula), Writing and Cinematography.
  • Producers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries (Douglas); also nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries (Damon).
  • Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Scott Thorson's memoir Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace was originally published in 1988, a year after Liberace's death.
  • In a New York Post interview, director Steven Soderbergh said that Behind the Candelabra was originally planned for a theatrical release but was turned down by all the Hollywood studios for being "too gay".
  • Potential Director: Philip Kaufman.
  • Casting Call: Robin Williams.
  • Although made to air on HBO in the United States, Behind the Candelabra premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and competed for the Palme d'Or prize. It was released theatrical in Europe.
  • Scott Thorson was 17 years-old when he first met Liberace. Matt Damon was 42 at the time of filming.
  • The last film to feature a musical score by composer Marvin Hamlisch. The film is dedicated to him.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story



2006 American Television Movie

Cast: Mercedes Ruehl, J.D. Pardo, Lupe Ontiveros, Leela Savasta, Henry Darrow, Corey Stoll, Avan Jogia, Jacqueline Samuda and Zak Santiago
Director: Agnieszka Holland
Writer: Shelley Evans

Synopsis:
The true story of Gwen Araujo, a young transgender woman who was brutally murdered by four men in 2002.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 91%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Movie for Television.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Originally aired on the American cable network Lifetime Television.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Third Man Out



2005 Canadian/American Television Movie
Alternate Title: Third Man Out: A Donald Strachey Mystery

Cast: Chad Allen, Sebastian Spence, Jack Wetherall, Woody Jeffreys, Sean Young, April Amber Telek, John Moore, Alf Humphries and P. Lynn Johnson
Director: Ron Oliver
Writer: Mark Saltzman, based on the novel by Richard Stevenson

Synopsis:
Gay private eye Donald Strachey is tasked with safeguarding a notorious gay activist — known for outing closeted homophobes — after he receives death threats.

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  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Although Third Man Out, first published in 1992, is the fourth book in the Donald Strachey series of mystery novels by Richard Stevenson (the pen name of writer Richard Lipez), it was the first to be adapted for film.
  • Originally aired on the American premium cable network here! TV.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Scorpio Rising



1964 Short Film

Cast: Bruce Byron, Ernie Allo, Frank Carifi, Steve Crandell, Johnny Dodds, Bill Dorfman, John Palone, Barry Rubin and Johnny Sapienza
Director: Kenneth Anger
Writers: Ernest D. Glucksman and Kenneth Anger

Synopsis:
An army of gay/Nazi bikers make their engines roar and ride their way to sexual/sadistic pain/pleasure.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 52%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

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  • DVDs: Available


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Notes/Trivia:
  • According to director Kenneth Anger, Scorpio is the zodiac sign that rules both the sex organs and machinery, so it seemed like a good choice for the title of this film considering its subject matter.
  • Explores the worship of rebel icons of the era, namely James Dean and Marlon Brando.
  • As with many of Kenneth Anger's films, Scorpio Rising contains no dialogue. Instead, it features a prominent soundtrack consisting of 50s and 60s pop music, including songs by Ray Charles, Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley and Bobby Vinton. It is considered by some to be the first dramatic film to feature a rock & roll soundtrack. Contrary to rumor, Anger did license all the songs for use in the film.
  • Due to the brief flashes of nudity in the film, the Hollywood vice squad raided a Los Angeles art theater where it was screening. They seized the film print and arrested the theater manager for public obscenity. The case went to the California Supreme Court, where it was settled in Kenneth Anger's favor, a landmark ruling against censorship.

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