Friday, January 31, 2014

Six Degrees of Separation



1993 American Feature

Cast: Stockard Channing, Will Smith, Donald Sutherland, Ian McKellen, Mary Beth Hurt, Bruce Davison, Richard Masur, Anthony Michael Hall, Heather Graham and Anthony Rapp
Director: Fred Schepisi
Writer: John Guare, based on his play

Synopsis:
Engaging young con artist Paul appears one day on the doorstep of the Kittredge family. Professing to be a friend of the affluent couple's son, Paul spins a tale of celebrity and despair that deeply affects the pair and their socialite friends.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 88% / Audience: 72%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

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



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Awards:
  • Academy Award nomination for Best Actress (Channing).
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress - Comedy/Musical (Channing). 

Notes/Trivia:
  • John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation premiered Off-Broadway in 1990 and moved to Broadway later that year. In addition to being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, it was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Play, and won for Jerry Zaks' direction. Stockard Channing originated the role of Ouisa in both productions, and reprised the role in London in 1992.
  • The plot of the play was inspired by the real-life story of David Hampton, a con man who managed to convince a number of people in the 1980s that he was the son of actor Sidney Poitier.
  • Explores the existential premise that everyone in the world is connected to everyone else in the world by a chain of no more than six acquaintances, thus "six degrees of separation".
  • Casting Call: Michael Douglas and Meryl Streep.
  • Will Smith refused to actually kiss Anthony Michael Hall just before their kissing scene so a camera trick was used showing only the back of their heads. In an interview, Smith stated that Denzel Washington advised him not to kiss a man onscreen for it would harm his career. Smith later stated that he regretted not going through with it saying, "It was very immature on my part."
  • Final film of singer/actress Kitty Carlisle.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil



1997 American Feature

Cast: John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, Jack Thompson, Irma P. Hall, Jude Law, Alison Eastwood, Paul Hipp, The Lady Chablis, Dorothy Loudon, Anne Haney and Kim Hunter
Director: Clint Eastwood
Writer: John Lee Hancock, based on the novel by John Berendt

Synopsis:
When magazine writer John Kelso travels to Savannah, Georgia to cover a chichi party thrown by urbane antiques dealer Jim Williams, he is pulled into his subject's intriguing murder trial and introduced to a throng of colorful locals.

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



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

Notes/Trivia:
  • John Berendt's debut novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, was first published in 1994. At 216 weeks, it is the longest standing book on the New York Times bestseller list. The book's plot is based on real-life events that occurred in the 1980s and is classified as non-fiction.
  • Several changes were made from the book. Many of the more colorful characters were eliminated or made into composite characters. The reporter, played by John Cusack, was based upon the openly gay John Berendt, but was given a female love interest (played by Eastwood's daughter Alison). Also, the multiple trials in the book were combined into one on-screen trial.
  • Casting Call: Jack Nicholson, Edward Norton and Robert Redford.
  • Drag artist The Lady Chablis, who gained fame from being featured as a character in the novel, plays herself in the movie.
  • Final film of actress Dorothy Loudon.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hours for Jerome



1982 American Short Films

Cast: Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler
Director: Nathaniel Dorsky

Synopsis:
A "silent tone poem" recording the daily events of filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky and his partner, artist Jerome Hiler, around Lake Owassa in New Jersey and Manhattan.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.7/10

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Notes/Trivia:
  • The footage for Hours for Jerome, an experimental film in two parts, was shot in the late 1960s but director Nathaniel Dorsky did not begin editing it until 1980.
  • Intended to be projected at silent film speeds of 17-20 frames per second, rather than the usual 24 fps of sound films.
  • Critic Matthew Flanagan chose Hours for Jerome as one of the ten greatest films ever made for the 2012 Sight & Sound poll.
  • In 2012, Hours for Jerome was inducted into the National Film Registry.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Farewell, My Queen



2012 French/Spanish Feature
Alternate Title: Les adieux à la reine

Cast: Léa Seydoux, Diane Kruger, Virginie Ledoyen, Noémie Lvovsky, Xavier Beauvois, Michel Robin, Julie-Marie Parmentier de la Comédie Française, Jacques Boudet and Jacques Nolot
Director: Benoît Jacquot
Writers: Benoît Jacquot and Gilles Taurand, based on the novel by Chantal Thomas

Synopsis:
On the eve of the French Revolution, the members of the court at the Palace of Versailles continue to live their usual carefree lives. But following the storming of the Bastille, Marie Antoinette turns to her devoted reader Sidonie Laborde with a daring plan for escape.

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



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Awards:
  • César Awards for Best Cinematography, Production Design and Costume Design.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Chantal Thomas' best selling novel Les adieux à la reine (Farewell, My Queen), a fictionalized account of the last days of Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution of 1789, won the Prix Femina following its publication in 2002.
  • Director/co-writer Benoît Jacquot has said that he added the lesbian relationship between the Queen and the Duchess of Polignac because he thought "it might be possible, given women's strong relationships with each other in that time period".
  • Casting Call: Eva Green.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Bridegroom



2013 American Feature

Cast: Shane Bitney Crone, Sasha Andreev, Cindy Bitney, David Crone, Judy Crone, Ronnie Kerr, Pat Managhan, Coleen McMahon and Michaela Myers
Director: Linda Bloodworth-Thomason

Synopsis:
Shane Bitney Crone's plans to marry Tom Bridegroom in California after the same-sex marriage law is passed takes a tragic turn when his partner of six years accidentally dies and Tom's family bars Shane from attending the funeral.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 82% / Audience: 88%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 85% / Audience: 7.7%
  • OMG rating: 5/10
  • Movie Dearest rating: C-

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Award for Documentary of the Year; also nominated for LGBT TV Show of the Year.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary.
  • LA Outfest Audience Award for Documentary.
  • North Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Audience Award for Documentary.
  • Outflix International LGBTQ Film Festival Audience Award for Documentary.
  • Toronto Inside Out Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary.
  • Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award for Documentary.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Originated with Shane Bitney Crone's viral video titled "It Could Happen to You", posted on YouTube in 2012 to mark the first anniversary of Tom Bridegroom's death.
  • The film's budget was raised on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter, where it became the most-funded documentary film project in the history of crowd-funding to date.
  • Bridegroom's premiere at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival was introduced by former US President Bill Clinton, a longtime friend of director Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (best known for the television series Designing Women).
  • Bridegroom made its television premiere on the Oprah Winfrey Network in 2013.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Giant



1956 American Feature

Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker, Jane Withers, Chill Wills, Mercedes McCambridge, Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Rodney Taylor and Earl Holliman
Director: George Stevens
Writers: Fred Guiol and Ivan Moffat, based on the novel by Edna Ferber

Synopsis:
Texas cattleman Bick Benedict, his willful wife Leslie and his rival, ranch hand-turned-oil tycoon Jett Rink, are at the center of this sprawling saga that traces the rise and fall of the fortunes of two generations of Texans.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 97% / Audience: 87%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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



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Awards:
  • Academy Award for Best Director; also nominated for Best Picture, Actor (Dean, Hudson), Supporting Actress (McCambridge), Adapted Screenplay, Color Art Direction, Color Costume Design, Original Score - Dramatic or Comedy Picture and Film Editing.
  • David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Production.
  • Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Picture - Drama and Director.
  • Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Written American Drama.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Edna Ferber's novel Giant was first published in 1952.
  • Casting Call: Montgomery Clift, Clark Gable, Sterling Hayden, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Grace Kelly, Alan Ladd, Robert Mitchum, Forrest Tucker and John Wayne.
  • James Dean, Sal Mineo and Dennis Hopper previously co-starred in Rebel Without a Cause.
  • Film debut of actress Barbara Barrie.
  • James Dean's final film. Like East of Eden the year before, he was posthumously nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award. Nick Adams, who co-starred with Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, re-recorded some of Dean's dialogue in post-production following Dean's untimely death.
  • The highest grossing film in Warner Bros. history until the release of Superman in 1978.
  • In 1998, Giant was ranked #82 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies" list.
  • In 2005, Giant was inducted into the National Film Registry.
  • A stage musical adaptation of Edna Ferber's Giant, with music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa and book by Sybille Pearson, was first produced in Virginia in 2009. It premiered Off-Broadway in 2012; the cast included Kate Baldwin, Brian d'Arcy James and Michele Pawk.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Little Miss Sunshine



2006 American Feature

Cast: Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, Wallace Langham and Beth Grant
Directors: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Writer: Michael Arndt

Synopsis:
Convinced that their little Olive is beauty queen material, her parents load the rest of the family — including her silent brother, depressed gay uncle and wacky grandpa — into a van and embark on a life-altering road trip to California for the "Little Miss Sunshine" pageant.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 91% / Audience: 91%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 80% / Audience: 7.6%
  • OMG rating: 6/10


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



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Awards:
  • Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Arkin) and Original Screenplay; also nominated for Best Picture and Supporting Actress (Breslin).
  • AFI Award, Movies of the Year.
  • BAFTA Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Arkin) and Original Screenplay; also nominated for Best Film, Direction and Supporting Actress (Breslin, Collette).
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards for Best Writer, Acting Ensemble, Young Actor (Dano) and Young Actress (Breslin); also nominated for Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Arkin) and Comedy Movie.
  • César Award for Best Foreign Film.
  • Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical and Actress - Comedy or Musical (Collette).
  • Independent Spirit Awards for Best Feature, Director, Supporting Actor (Arkin) and First Screenplay; also nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Dano).
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association New Generation Award (Dayton, Faris and Arndt).
  • Online Film Critics Society Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Breslin) and Breakthrough Filmmaker.
  • Producers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture; also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor (Arkin) and Supporting Actress (Breslin).
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Feature film debut of husband-wife directorial team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris as well as screenwriter Michael Arndt.
  • Casting Call: Thomas Haden Church, Bill Murray and Robin Williams.
  • A stage musical based on Little Miss Sunshine, with music and lyrics by William Finn and book and direction by James Lapine, premiered in San Diego in 2011. The cast included Hunter Foster, Malcolm Gets and Dick Latessa. After a major rewrite of the show, it opened Off-Broadway in 2013, with a cast that included Stephanie J. Block, Rory O'Malley, David Rasche and Will Swenson.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Pedro



2008 American Feature

Cast: Alex Loynaz, Justina Machado, Hale Appleman, DaJuan Johnson, Jenn Liu, Karolin Luna, Matt Barr, Anibal O. Lleras and Teresa Hernández
Director: Nick Oceano
Writers: Dustin Lance Black (screenplay), Paris Barclay and Dustin Lance Black (story)

Synopsis:
The life of AIDS educator and activist Pedro Zamora, who gained fame as the the first HIV-positive, openly gay man on MTV's popular reality series The Real World.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 73%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series.
  • Writers Guild of America nomination for Television Long Form - Original.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Original Real World cast members Pam Ling and Judd Winick make cameo appearances.
  • Premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, Pedro had its television debut on MTV the following year.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Bit of Scarlet



1997 British Feature

Cast: Ian McKellen
Director: Andrea Weiss
Writer: Stuart Marshall

Synopsis:
Clips from Britain's cinema archives create a moving and humorous testament to the closeted gay and lesbian images from filmmaking's earliest days.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.2/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available


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Monday, January 20, 2014

Cloud Atlas



2012 German/American/Hong Kong/Singaporean Feature

Cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, Keith David, James D'Arcy, Xun Zhou, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant
Writers/Directors: Tom Tykwer, Lilly Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, based on the novel by David Mitchell

Synopsis:
From a South Pacific Island in the 19th century to America in the 1970s to a post-apocalyptic future, six seemingly disparate stories explore the complicated links that humans share through the generations.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 66% / Audience: 67%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 55% / Audience: 8.1%
  • OMG rating: 7/10
  • Movie Dearest rating: A-

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



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Awards for Best Editing and Makeup.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Makeup; also nominated for Best Costume Design and Visual Effects.
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Award nominations for LGBT-Themed Film of the Year, Visually Striking Film of the Year and Campy Film of the Year.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Original Score.
  • Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Editing.

Notes/Trivia:
  • David Mitchell's award-winning novel Cloud Atlas was first published in 2004. Mitchell makes a cameo appearance in the futuristic Korea section.
  • Casting Call: James McAvoy, Ian McKellen and Natalie Portman.
  • All of the actors play multiple roles in the story's six timelines: the Pacific Islands, 1849; Cambridge, England, 1936; San Francisco, California, 1973; London, England, 2012; Neo Seoul, Korea, 2144; and "Big Isle", 106 winters after "The Fall" (an unexplained apocalyptic event).
  • Produced with a $102 million budget provided by independent sources, Cloud Atlas is one of the most expensive independent films of all time.
  • One of the few films in history that had three directors working together as an original team who equally share directing credit. The Wachowskis directed the 1849, 2144 and 2321 segments of the film, while Tom Tykwer helmed the 1936, 1973 and 2012 segments.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunrise



1927 American Feature
Alternate Title: Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Cast: George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston, Bodil Rosing, J. Farrell MacDonald, Ralph Sipperly, Jane Winton, Arthur Housman and Eddie Boland
Director: F.W. Murnau
Writer: Carl Mayer, based on the short story Die Reise nach Tilsit (A Trip to Tilsit) by Hermann Sudermann

Synopsis:
A married farmer falls under the spell of a slatternly woman from the city, who tries to convince him to drown his wife.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 98% / Audience: 93%
  • OMG rating: 10/10

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


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Awards:
  • Academy Awards for Best Picture - Unique and Artistic Production, Actress (Gaynor) and Cinematography; also nominated for Art Direction.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Although considered a silent film, Sunrise actually features a soundtrack of music and sound effects.
  • At the first Academy Awards, Sunrise was the first and only film to win the Best Picture award in the category of "Unique and Artistic Production".
  • Remade in Germany in 1939 as Die Reise nach Tilsit (The Trip to Tilsit).
  • In 1989, Sunrise was inducted into the National Film Registry, one of the first 25 films to be so honored.
  • In 2002, Sunrise was ranked #63 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Passions" list.
  • In 2007, Sunrise was ranked #82 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition" list.
  • The first silent film to be released on Blu-ray, in 2009.
  • The 2012 Sight and Sound poll for the British Film Institute named Sunrise the fifth best film in the history of motion pictures by critics and 22nd by directors.

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

No Regret



2006 South Korean Feature
Alternate Title: Huhwihaji anha

Cast: Han Lee, Young-hoon Lee, Hyeon-cheol Jo, Dong-wook Kim, Seung-kil Jeong, Hwa-yeong Kim, Seung-cheol Lee and Jeong-hwa Kim
Writer/Director: Hee-il Leesong

Synopsis:
When a student loses his job, he takes a position working as a prostitute at an upscale gay bar. Although he initially resists the advances of a wealthy client, the two become devoted lovers.

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  • DVD: Available


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Notes/Trivia:
  • Feature film directorial debut of Hee-il Leesong, who based it on his 2001 short Good Romance.
  • Regarded as "the first 'real' Korean gay feature", No Regret is the first South Korean feature to be directed by an openly gay Korean filmmaker.
  • Credited as the first commercially released South Korean film to feature full frontal male nudity.
  • The top grossing independent film at the Korean box office.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild!



2008 American/German Feature

Cast: Jonah Blechman, Jake Mosser, Aaron Michael Davies, Jimmy Clabots, Euriamis Losada, Perez Hilton, RuPaul, Scott Thompson, Will Wikle and Brent Corrigan
Director: Todd Stephens
Writers: Todd Stephens (screenplay), Eric Eisenbrey and Todd Stephens (story)

Synopsis:
Best friends Nico, Andy, Jarod and Griff enjoy a crazy spring break in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where they compete in a "Gays Gone Wild" contest to see who can bed the most hunks.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 3.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 22% / Audience: 34%
  • OMG rating: 1/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available



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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Eating Out: All You Can Eat



2009 American Feature
Alternate Title: Eating Out 3: All You Can Eat

Cast: Rebekah Kochan, Daniel Skelton, Chris Salvatore, Michael E.R. Walker, Julia Cho, Mink Stole and Leslie Jordan
Director: Glenn Gaylord
Writers: Phillip J. Bartell and Q. Allan Brocka

Synopsis:
In a bid to spark an internet romance with the hunky Zack, nerdy Casey fudges his online profile by using a photo of his gal pal Tiffani's hot ex-boyfriend Ryan. Great idea... until Ryan appears in the flesh.

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  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Film debuts of actors Daniel Skelton, Chris Salvatore and Julia Cho.
  • Rebekah Kochan's Tiffani and Mink Stole's Helen are the only characters to return from the previous Eating Out movies.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Lost in Paradise



2011 Vietnamese Feature
Alternate Title: Hot boy noi loan - cau chuyen ve thang cuoi, co gai diem va con vit (Rebellious Hot Boy and the Story of the One Who Laughed, the Prostitute and the Duck)

Cast: Manh Hai Luong, Vinh Khoa Ho, Linh Son, Phuong Thanh, Hieu Hien and La Quoc Hung
Director: Ngoc Dang Vu
Writers: Ngoc Dang Vu and Manh Hai Luong

Synopsis:
Naïve country boy Khoi moves to Ho Chi Minh City, where he's immediately robbed by his roommate Dong and Dong's boyfriend Lam. Months later, Khoi encounters Lam, now a street hustler, and the two begin a relationship.

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  • DVD: Not available

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Notes/Trivia:
  • Billed as Vietnam's "first gay film".

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Here's Looking at You, Boy



2007 German/Dutch/Finnish/Australian Feature
Alternate Title: Schau mir in die Augen, Kleiner

Cast: Q. Allan Brocka, Craig Chester, Alonso Duralde, Rob Epstein, Stephen Frears, Jeffrey Friedman, Marc Huestis, Maren Kroymann, Angelina Maccarone, Onir, Rosa von Praunheim, Wieland Speck, Tilda Swinton, Guinevere Turner, Gus Van Sant and John Waters
Writer/Director: André Schäfer

Synopsis:
The history of gay and lesbian film.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.8/10

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Monday, January 13, 2014

The Perks of Being a Wallflower



2012 American Feature

Cast: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Mae Whitman, Paul Rudd, Nina Dobrev, Johnny Simmons, Kate Walsh, Dylan McDermott, Melanie Lynskey and Joan Cusack
Writer/Director: Stephen Chbosky, based on his novel

Synopsis:
Charlie, a shy freshman struggling with his best friend's suicide, is taken under the wings of two misfit seniors who welcome him to the real world.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 85% / Audience: 89%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 67% / Audience: 8.4%
  • OMG rating: 8/10
  • Movie Dearest rating: B+

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



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nominations for Best Young Actor/Actress (Lerman) and Adapted Screenplay.
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Award nomination for LGBT-Themed Film of the Year.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. 
  • Movie Dearest Award Honorable Mention for Movie of the Year.
  • Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower, first published in 1999, spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list and is published in 31 languages.
  • Potential Director: John Hughes.
  • Casting Call: Kirsten Dunst, Patrick Fugit and Shia LaBeouf.
  • Shop teacher Mr. Callahan is played by celebrated movie makeup artist Tom Savini.

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Other Side of Aspen



1983 American Feature

Cast: Casey Donovan, Al Parker, Dick Fisk, Jeff Turk and Chad Benson
Writer/Director: Colin Myer

Synopsis:
As Jeff recalls his time as a ski instructor in Aspen, Colorado, his sexy recollections come to life.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.2/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available (link NSFW)

The Other Side of Aspen

Awards:
  • GayVN Award for Best Classic Gay DVD.
  • Grabby Award for Best Classic Video.

Notes/Trivia:
  • One of the best-selling gay adult film franchises in history, to date it has spawned five direct-to-video sequels: The Other Side of Aspen II (1985), The Other Side of Aspen 3: Snowbound (1995), The Other Side of Aspen 4: The Rescue (1995), The Other Side of Aspen 5 (2001) and The Other Side of Aspen VI (2011).

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Boys on the Side



1995 American Feature

Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker, Drew Barrymore, Matthew McConaughey, James Remar, Billy Wirth, Anita Gillette, Dennis Boutsikaris and Estelle Parsons
Director: Herbert Ross
Writer: Don Roos

Synopsis:
An unlikely trio — a lesbian night club singer, an HIV positive woman and a pregnant girl — take a cross-country road trip from New York to Los Angeles.

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  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Making the Boys



2011 American Feature

Cast: Edward Albee, Candis Cayne, Andy Cohen, Mart Crowley, Michael Cunningham, Dominick Dunne, David Ehrenstein, William Friedkin, Cheyenne Jackson, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Larry Kramer, Carson Kressley, Tony Kushner, Laurence Luckinbill, Terrence McNally, Michael Musto, Paul Rudnick, Dan Savage, Marc Shaiman, Robert Wagner, Peter White and Scott Wittman
Director: Crayton Robey

Synopsis:
A retrospective look at the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of The Boys in the Band, the first gay-themed play and subsequent Hollywood movie to successfully reach a mainstream audience.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 95% / Audience: 77%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 71%
  • OMG rating: 8/10
  • Movie Dearest rating: B+

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Award nomination for LGBT-Themed Documentary of the Year.

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