Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Florida Enchantment



1914 American Feature

Cast: Sidney Drew, Edith Storey, Charles Kent, Jane Morrow, Ada Gifford, Ethel Lloyd, Lillian Burns, Grace Stevens and Allan Campbell
Director: Sidney Drew
Writers: Marguerite Bertsch and Eugene Mullen, based on the novel and play by Fergus Redmond and Archibald Clavering Gunter.

Synopsis:
Lillian Travers, a wealthy Northern woman about to be married, takes a magical seed which transforms its user into the opposite gender, changing her into Lawrence Talbot.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.2/10

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  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Based on the 1891 novel and 1896 play (now lost) of the same name written by Fergus Redmond and Archibald Clavering Gunter.
  • Lillian's transformation into Lawrence has been read as a transformation into a butch lesbian. This reading is bolstered by the later transformation of Lillian's fiancé into what could be an effemininate gay man. However, as Lillian and her fiancé are shown attracted both to each other and to the same sex (albeit at different times), the film has also been considered to have the first documented appearance of bisexual characters in an American motion picture.
  • Twenty-seven years later, another film character who undergoes a drastic physical transformation was named Lawrence Talbot in the classic horror film The Wolf Man.
  • Since its inclusion in Vito Russo's book The Celluloid Closet, the film has increasingly been seen as one of the earliest film representations of homosexuality and cross-dressing in American culture.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Holiday Heart



2000 American Television Movie

Cast: Ving Rhames, Alfre Woodard, Jessika Quynn Reynolds, Mykelti Williamson and Johnathan Wallace
Director: Robert Townsend
Writer: Cheryl L. West, based on her play

Synopsis:
A drag queen befriends a single mother and her daughter and tries to protect them from the criminal environment around them.

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding TV Movie.
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV (Woodard).

Notes/Trivia:
  • Originally aired on the American premium cable network Showtime.
  • Actor Robert De Niro was among the film's producers.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Winter Kept Us Warm



1965 Canadian Feature

Cast: John Labow, Henry Tarvainen, Joy Tepperman, Janet Amos, Iain Ewing, Jack Messinger and Larry Greenspan
Director: David Secter
Writers: John Clute, Ian Porter and David Secter

Synopsis:
Popular senior Doug and shy freshman Peter, two students at the University of Toronto, develop a complex relationship.

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Notes/Trivia:
  • The title comes from the fifth line of T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land", considered one of the most important poems of the 20th century.
  • Writer/director David Secter, who wrote the film based on his own experiences, carefully coded the film's gay subtext due to fears that a more explicitly gay film would not attract an audience.
  • In 1966, Winter Kept Us Warm became Canada's first English-language film to be presented at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • Although not widely remembered among the general public, Winter Kept Us Warm is considered a major milestone in the Canadian film industry as one of the first Canadian films ever to attract international attention.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Geography Club



2013 American Feature

Cast: Nikki Blonsky, Cameron Deane Stewart, Justin Deeley, Alex Newell, Ana Gasteyer, Meaghan Martin, Scott Bakula and Allie Gonino
Director: Gary Entin
Writer: Edmund Entin, based on the novel by Brent Hartinger

Synopsis:
At Goodkind High School, a group of students of varying sexual orientation form an after-school club as a discreet way to share their feelings and experiences.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 64% / Audience: 55%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 57% / Audience: 8.0%
  • Movie Dearest rating: B+/C+

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  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
  • L.A. Outfest Audience Award for Best Feature Film.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Brent Hartinger's novel Geography Club, first published in 2003, is the first book in his "Russel Middlebrook Series". It was followed by The Order of the Poison Oak (2005), Double Feature (2007) and The Elephant of Surprise (2013), with a fifth book reportedly planned.
  • Hartinger also adapted Geography Club into a stage play in 2004.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Running with Scissors



20006 American Feature

Cast: Joseph Cross, Annette Bening, Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes, Evan Rachel Wood, Alec Baldwin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gabrielle Union, Patrick Wilson and Kristin Chenoweth
Writer/Director: Ryan Murphy, based on the memoir by Augusten Burroughs

Synopsis:
Young Augusten Burroughs absorbs experiences that could make for a shocking memoir: the son of an alcoholic father and an unstable mother, he's handed off to his mother's therapist and spends his adolescent years as a member of this bizarre extended family.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 31% / Audience: 56%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 52% / Audience: 6.0%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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



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Awards:
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nomination for Best Young Actor (Cross).
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress - Comedy or Musical (Bening).
Notes/Trivia:
  • Augusten Burroughs' acclaimed 2002 memoir Running with Scissors spent eight weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Burroughs makes a cameo appearance in the film as himself.
  • In 2005, the family of the late Dr. Rodolph H. Turcotte filed suit against Augusten Burroughs and his publisher, alleging defamation of character, invasion of privacy and emotional distress. They stated that they were the basis for the Finch family portrayed in the book but that Burroughs had fabricated or exaggerated various descriptions of their activities. Burroughs and his publisher, St. Martin's Press, settled with the Turcotte family in 2007. Burroughs defended his work as "entirely accurate", but agreed to alter the acknowledgments page in future editions to recognize the Turcotte family's "conflicting memories" of described events.
  • Writer/director Ryan Murphy's feature film debut.
  • Casting Call: Julianne Moore.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

An Englishman in New York



2009 British Television Movie

Cast: John Hurt, Denis O'Hare, Jonathan Tucker, Cynthia Nixon and Swoosie Kurtz
Director: Richard Laxton
Writer: Brian Fillis

Synopsis:
Celebrated author and raconteur Quentin Crisp is embraced by the New York elite following his high-profile move in the late 1970s from London to Manhattan.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 71% / Audience: 70%

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • BAFTA TV Award nominations for Best Actor (Hurt), Production Design and Costume Design.
  • Berlin International Film Festival Special Teddy Award for Outstanding Performance (Hurt).
  • FilmOut San Diego Festival Awards for Best Actor (Hurt) and Supporting Actress (Nixon).
  • GLAAD Media Award Nomination for Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series.
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Award nomination for LGBT-Themed TV Show of the Year.
  • Hamburg Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Award for Best Feature.

Notes/Trivia:
  • The film takes its title from "Englishman in New York", a song about Quentin Crisp written by Sting for his 1987 album ...Nothing Like the Sun.
  • As well as Quentin Crisp, the film includes characters based on New York artists Patrick Angus and Penny Arcade.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Lady in Question is Charles Busch



2005 American Feature

Cast: Charles Busch, Julie Halston, Boy George, Michael Musto, Rosie O'Donnell, Paul Rudnick, Kathleen Turner and B.D. Wong
Writers/Directors: John Catania and Charles Ignacio

Synopsis:
The "drag to riches" story of multi-talented actor, cult playwright and glamorous leading lady Charles Busch.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 77% / Audience: 78%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 65% / Audience: %
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Features home movie and other archival footage of several of Charles Busch's Off-Broadway plays, including Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Psycho Beach Party and The Lady in Question, as well as his Tony Award nominated Broadway play The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.
  • Other actors to appear in archival footage include Linda Lavin, Michele Lee, Jason Priestley and Tony Roberts.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Boys Beware



1961 American Short Film

Synopsis:
"Social guidance" educational film that warns of the danger to young boys from "predatory homosexuals".

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 3.2/10
  • OMG rating: 4/10

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  • DVD: Available


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Notes/Trivia:
  • Boys Beware infamously features the early 1960s-culturally influenced conclusion that homosexual men are inherently dangerous to young boys and that homosexuality is a "mental illness".
  • Producer Sid Davis appears in the film as the man at the public restroom.
  • Also released in 1961 and produced by Sid Davis, the companion film Girls Beware conversely showed the dangers young girls face from the opposite sex.
  • Now in the public domain, the black and white Boys Beware was later colorized. A full-color version of the film was made in 1973, titled Boys Aware, using the same script and soundtrack with different actors.
  • Playwright Max Sparber's 2006 play The Older Gentleman, set in rural Nebraska in the early 1960s, includes a scene in which college students are shown Boys Beware in class.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Question of Equality



1995 American Television Mini-Series
Alternate Title: Over the Rainbow

Directors: Robert Byrd, Tina Di Feliciantonio, Arthur Dong, Robyn Hutt and Jane C. Wagner
Writers: Tina Di Feliciantonio, Arthur Dong and Jane C. Wagner

Synopsis:
A four part look at the origins, growth and maturation of gay and lesbian activism.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 9.1/10

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  • VHS: Available


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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Television Documentary.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Originally broadcast on PBS.
  • The titles for the four episodes are: Out Rage '69, Culture Wars, Hollow Liberty and Generation Q.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Breakfast at Tiffany's



1961 American Feature

Cast: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, Vilallonga, Alan Reed, Dorothy Whitney and Mickey Rooney
Director: Blake Edwards
Writer: George Axelrod, based on the novella by Truman Capote

Synopsis:
Eccentric society girl Holly Golightly finds herself captivated by her new neighbor, handsome aspiring writer Paul Varjak.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 87% / Audience: 91%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 76% / Audience: 7.6%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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



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Awards:
  • Academy Awards for Best Music - Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture and Original Song ("Moon River"); also nominated for Best Actress (Hepburn), Adapted Screenplay and Color Art Direction.
  • David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actress (Hepburn).
  • Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture - Comedy and Actress - Musical/Comedy (Hepburn).
  • Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack Album.
  • Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Written American Comedy.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's first appeared in a 1958 issue of Esquire magazine. Shortly afterward, a collection of the novella and three short stories by Capote was published by Random House. Capote envisioned Marilyn Monroe in the part of Holly Golightly and himself as Paul.
  • Elements of Holly's character in the original novel, such as her flirtation with bisexuality, were omitted to make the part more suitable for Audrey Hepburn. Also, due to the Hays Code, Fred's homosexuality could not be referred to in the movie.
  • Potential Director: John Frankenheimer.
  • Casting Call: Tony Curtis, Steve McQueen and Jean Seberg.
  • Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, in her little black dress with her oversized cigarette holder, is considered one of the most iconic images of 20th century American cinema.
  • Conversely, Mickey Rooney's over-the-top portrayal of Holly's Japanese neighbor Mr. Yunioshi is generally considered one of the most stereotypical instances of "yellow face" in film history.
  • Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer's iconic "Moon River" won Grammys for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year, as well as Best Instrumental Arrangement and Best Performance by an Orchestra. The soundtrack album, which won that category, was also nominated for Album of the Year.
  • In 1966, David Merrick produced a Broadway musical version of Breakfast at Tiffany's (also known as Holly Golightly) starring Mary Tyler Moore and Richard Chamberlain. Despite a rewrite by Edward Albee, the troubled production never officially opened and closed after just four preview performances. In 2004, another musical adaptation of the film made its world debut in St. Louis, Missouri. There has also been two non-musical stage adaptations of Breakfast at Tiffany's; the first, starring Anna Friel, played in London's West End in 2009, while the second, starring Emilia Clarke, opened on Broadway in 2013.
  • Stefanie Powers starred in a 1969 unsold television pilot adaptation titled Holly Golightly.
  • In 2002, Breakfast at Tiffany's was ranked #61 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Passions" list.
  • In 2004, "Moon River" was ranked #4 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Songs" list.
  • In 2012, Breakfast at Tiffany's was inducted into the National Film Registry.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale



2000 American Feature

Cast: Tobias Schneebaum and Norman Mailer
Writers/Directors: David Shapiro and Laurie Gwen Shapiro, based on the memoir Keep the River on Your Right by Tobias Schneebaum

Synopsis:
Retired anthropologist Tobias Schneebaum, who lived with cannibals in the Peruvian Amazon for a year in 1955, returns 45 years later to reunite with the tribesmen he grew to love.

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  • DVD: Available
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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary.
  • Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Tobias Schneebaum's memoir Keep the River on Your Right was first published in 1969. The book is most renowned for its anthropological observation of flesh-eating rituals and the honest, light-hearted style in which it was written.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Something for Everyone



1970 American Feature
Alternate Title: Black Flowers for the Bride

Cast: Angela Lansbury, Michael York, Anthony Corlan, Heidelinde Weis, Jane Carr, Eva Maria Meineke, John Gill, Wolfried Lier and Klaus Havenstein
Director: Harold Prince
Writer: Hugh Wheeler, based on the novel The Cook by Harry Kressing

Synopsis:
The handsome Konrad charms his way into a butler position at the castle of a widowed countess in post-war Austria, and before long the opportunistic boy is running the entire household.

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  • VHS: Available
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Awards:
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress - Musical/Comedy (Lansbury).

Notes/Trivia:
  • Directorial debut of Broadway producer/director Harold Prince.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

A Man of No Importance



1994 British/Irish Feature

Cast: Albert Finney, Brenda Fricker, Michael Gambon, Tara Fitzgerald, Rufus Sewell, Patrick Malahide, David Kelly, Mick Lally and Anna Manahan
Director: Suri Krishnamma
Writer: Barry Devlin

Synopsis:
Alfie Byrne, a closeted middle-aged bus conductor in 1963 Dublin who has a passion for putting on amateur theater productions of the plays of Oscar Wilde, is determined to stage a version of Salome at his church, despite the objections of church authorities.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

In the Gloaming



1997 American Television Movie

Cast: Glenn Close, Bridget Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Sean Leonard and David Strathairn
Director: Christopher Reeve
Writers: Will Scheffer, based on the short story by Alice Elliott Dark

Synopsis:
When Danny learns he's dying from complications of AIDS, he returns to his childhood home to live out the last months of his life with his affluent family. But as Danny seeks solace, frictions escalate within his already dysfunctional family.

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  • VHS: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • CableACE Awards for Dramatic or Theatrical Special, Actress in a Dramatic Special or Series (Close), Writing and Original Score.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Made for TV Movie.
  • Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Directing for a Miniseries or a Special, Lead Actress (Close), Supporting Actress (Fonda) and Cinematography.
  • 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 Television - Adapted Long Form.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Directorial debut of actor Christopher Reeve. His wife Dana sings the song "In The Gloaming" during the credits, and his son Will plays the younger version of Danny in the film.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hit So Hard



2011 American Feature

Cast: Patty Schemel, Melissa Auf der Maur, Eric Erlandson and Courtney Love
Director: P. David Ebersole
Writers: P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes

Synopsis:
The life and "near death" story of Patty Schemel, drummer of the alternative rock band Hole, and her struggles with fame, drugs and coming out.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 64% / Audience: 71%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 52% / Audience: 7.2%
  • Movie Dearest rating: B+

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available



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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary.
  • San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Honorable Mention.

Notes/Trivia:
  • The title is a reference to the song "Hit So Hard" from Hole's 1998 album Celebrity Skin.
  • In addition to the members of Hole, the film also features interviews with such other musicians as Faith No More's Roddy Bottum (who also wrote the film's score), Nina Gordon (of Veruca Salt), Debbi Peterson (of The Bangles), Phranc, Kate Schellenbach (of Luscious Jackson) and Gina Schock (of The Go-Go's).
  • The film also includes archival footage of musicians Kurt Cobain, Leslie Mah, Kristen Pfaff and Fred Schneider and model Jenny Shimizu.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

La Cage aux Folles 3: The Wedding



1985 French/Italian Feature
Alternate Title: La cage aux folles III: 'Elles' se marient

Cast: Michel Serrault, Ugo Tognazzi, Antonella Interlenghi, Saverio Vallone, Benny Luke, Stéphane Audran and Michel Galabru
Director: Georges Lautner
Writers: Marcel Audiard, Christine Carère, Marcello Danon, Gérard Lamballe, Georges Lautner and Philippe Nicaud

Synopsis:
In order to inherit a large fortune, drag queen Albin must marry a woman and produce an heir within a year.

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  • VHS: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • The third and final film in the La Cage aux Folles series. Georges Lautner took over as director from Édouard Molinaro, who helmed the first two movies.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Perversion for Profit



1965 American Short Film

Cast: George Putnam

Synopsis:
A vehement diatribe against pornography, arguing that sexually explicit materials corrupt young people, leading to acts of violence and "perverted" attitudes regarding sex, including "inclinations toward" homosexuality.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 3.5/10
  • OMG rating: 5/10

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  • DVD: Available


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Notes/Trivia:
  • This propaganda film was financed by Charles Keating, the infamous anti-pornography activist best known for his role in the savings and loan scandal of the late 1980s.
  • Now in the public domain, Perversion for Profit has become a popular viral video due largely to its unintentional humor value.
  • Far from its creators original intentions, the film also has considerable historical significance, serving as a sort of time capsule of pornography from the era.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Further Tales of the City



2001 American/Canadian Television Mini-Series
Alternate Title: Armistead Maupin's Further Tales of the City

Cast: Olympia Dukakis, Laura Linney, Billy Campbell, Barbara Garrick, Mary Kay Place, Bruce McCulloch, Henry Czerny, Paul Hopkins, Jackie Burroughs, Whip Hubley, Diana Leblanc, Françoise Robertson, Sandra Oh, Joel Grey and Parker Posey
Director: Pierre Gang
Writer: Armistead Maupin and James Lecesne, based on the novel by Armistead Maupin

Synopsis:
Familial relationships, clandestine romances, bold ambitions and an international tragedy complicate the lives of the residents of San Francisco's 28 Barbary Lane.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.7/10
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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


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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Television Movie.
  • Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Miniseries.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Originally published in 1982, Further Tales of the City is the third book in the Tales of the City series by San Francisco novelist Armistead Maupin, originally serialized in the San Francisco Chronicle.
  • The subplots involving Mother Mucca and Connie Bradshaw did not appear in the original novel. They were added to the television adaptation of Further Tales following the popularity of the characters in the previous two mini-series.
  • Cage Tyler, the movie star with whom Michael Tolliver has an affair, is based on Rock Hudson, who was a friend and lover of Armistead Maupin's. A the time of the novel's publication, Hudson was still closeted, so the character was not named; instead, underscores (e.g. ____ ____) were used wherever his name would have appeared.
  • Cameo appearances include Lea DeLaria, Scott Thompson and Tales author Armistead Maupin as the man leaving an adult bookstore.
  • Plans for a two-hour version of the fourth Tales novel, Babycakes, were first reported in 2003, and Maupin has completed a script. However, the project stalled and ultimately never went into production. Further Tales of the City remains to the date the last of the Tales of the City books to be adapted to film.

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Naked Boys Singing!



2007 American Feature

Cast: Andrew Blake Ames, Jason Currie, Jaymes Hodges, Joseph Keane, Anthony Manough, Ethan Le Phong, Joe Souza, Kevin Stea, Salvatore Vassallo and Vincent Zamora
Directors: Robert Schrock and Troy Christian
Writers: Stephen Bates, Marie Cain, Shelly Markham, David Pevsner, Mark Savage, Robert Schrock, Rayme Sciaroni, Trance Thompson, Bruce Vilanch and Mark Winkler

Synopsis:
Musical review of gay experiences as told through song, dance and full frontal male nudity.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 67% / Audience: 48%
  • OMG rating: 5/10

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  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



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Awards:
  • GayVN Award for Best Alternative Release.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Filmed performance of the long-running (1999-2012) Off-Broadway hit Naked Boys Singing!, also directed by Robert Schrock.
  • Songs include "The Bliss of a Bris", "Fight the Urge", "Gratuitous Nudity", "I Beat My Meat", "Members Only", "The Naked Maid" and "Perky Little Porn Star".

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Otto; or, Up with Dead People



2008 Canadian/German Feature

Cast: Jey Crisfar, Marcel Schlutt, Nicholas Fox Ricciardi, Keith Böhm, Olivia Barth, Christophe Chemin and Katharina Klewinghaus
Writer/Director: Bruce LaBruce

Synopsis:
Otto is young, gay... and dead. While wandering around Berlin, he is discovered by an underground filmmaker who makes him the star of her "political-porno-zombie movie" Up with Dead People.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 40% / Audience: 46%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 34% / Audience: 7.4%
  • OMG rating: 4/10

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



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

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

That Certain Summer



1972 American Television Movie

Cast: Hal Holbrook, Hope Lange, Martin Sheen, Joe Don Baker, Scott Jacoby and Marlyn Mason
Director: Lamont Johnson
Writer: Richard Levinson and William Link

Synopsis:
A divorced father attempts to hide his homosexuality from his visiting teenage son.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.6/10

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



Awards:
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Movie Made for TV.
  • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role in Drama (Jacoby); also nominated for Outstanding Single Program - Drama or Comedy; Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama - Single Program; Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role (Holbrook), Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role (Lange), Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama - Original Teleplay and Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Mixing.
  • Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television.
  • Producers Guild of America Hall of Fame - Television Programs.

Notes/Trivia:
  • First made for television movie to "deal sympathetically" with homosexuality.
  • Originally broadcast as an ABC Movie of the Week.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

You Don't Know Dick: Courageous Hearts of Transsexual Men



1997 American Feature

Director: Bestor Cram

Synopsis:
Six men open up about being female-to-male transsexuals.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: % / Audience: 100%

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  • DVD: Not available

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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary.
  • L.A. Outfest Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature.
  • New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Award for Best Documentary.
  • Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Persona



1966 Swedish Feature

Cast: Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Margaretha Krook, Gunnar Björnstrand and Jörgen Lindström
Writer/Director: Ingmar Bergman

Synopsis:
A young nurse is put in charge of a well-known stage actress who has suddenly ceased to speak and finds that the actress's persona is slowly melding with her own.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 93% / Audience: 94%
  • OMG rating: 5/10

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



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Awards:
  • BAFTA Award nomination for Best Foreign Actress (Andersson).
  • Guldbagge Awards for Best Film and Best Actress (Andersson).
  • National Society of Film Critics Awards for Best Film, Director and Actress (Andersson).

Notes/Trivia:
  • Working titles: Sonat för två kvinnor (Sonata for Two Women), Ett stycke kinematografi (A Piece of Cinematography), Opus 27 and Kinematografi.
  • Liv Ullmann's first of twelve movies with director Ingmar Bergman, and Bergman's sixth collaboration, of 23, with influential cinematographer Sven Nykvist.
  • Although five actors appear on-screen, Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann are the only ones to appear for more than a minute, and Ullmann's character speaks only fourteen words in the entire film.
  • The American version, released by United Artists, omits a brief close-up shot of an erect penis from the film's pre-credit collage.
  • The Swedish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 39th Academy Awards. 
  • Persona was released on DVD and Blu-ray as part of The Criterion Collection in 2014.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

X2: X-Men United



2003 American/Canadian Feature
Alternate Titles: X2 / X-Men 2

Cast: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Anna Paquin, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Bruce Davison, Aaron Stanford and Shawn Ashmore
Director: Bryan Singer
Writer: David Hayter, Zak Penn and Bryan Singer (story); Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris and David Hayter (screenplay)

Synopsis:
Professor Charles Xavier and his team of genetically gifted superheroes, facing a rising tide of anti-mutant sentiment, must join forces with their nemesis Magneto to stop a rogue military plot to exterminate all mutants.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 87% / Audience: 85%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 68% / Audience: 8.3%
  • OMG rating: 9/10

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



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Awards:
  • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Based on the Marvel Comics series The X-Men, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and first published in 1963. The plot of X2 was inspired by the 1982 graphic novel X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills by Chris Claremont and Brent Anderson.
  • The second film of the popular X-Men film series, following the 2000 original and followed by X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), X-Men: First Class (2011), The Wolverine (2013), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse.
  • Long present in the comics series, the metaphoric similarities between the struggles of mutants and the GLBT community is most strongly apparent in the film series here when young mutant Bobby Drake (a.k.a. Iceman) "comes out" to his family and his mother asks him, "Have you ever tried not being a mutant?".
  • Neil Patrick Harris was considered for the role of Nightcrawler, played in the film by Alan Cumming. Both actors had previously played another German character, the Master of Ceremonies, in the 1998 Broadway revival of the musical Cabaret.
  • Director Bryan Singer has a cameo as a security guard, while screenwriters Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris appear as surgeons.
  • Cited in the Guinness Book of World Records as "The Widest Film Release", having opened on 3,741 screens on the same day, May 2, 2003.

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