Friday, February 28, 2014

Execution of Justice



1999 American Television Movie

Cast: Tim Daly, Peter Coyote, Khalil Kain, Tyne Daly, Stephen Young, Frank Pellegrino, Amy Van Nostrand, Lisa Rhoden, Trulie MacLeod and Shannon Hile
Director: Leon Ichaso
Writer: Michael Butler, based on the play by Emily Mann

Synopsis:
The controversial trial of Dan White, the assassin of San Francisco mayor George Moscone and openly gay city supervisor Harvey Milk.

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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Emily Mann's stage play Execution of Justice had a brief Broadway run in 1986. The cast included John Spencer, Wesley Snipes, Stanley Tucci, Mary McDonnell and Earle Hyman.
  • Originally aired on the American premium cable network Showtime.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

My Hustler



1965 American Feature

Cast: Paul America, Joseph Campbell, Ed Hood, Genevieve Charbon, Dorothy Dean and J.D. McDermott
Directors: Andy Warhol and Chuck Wein

Synopsis:
A wealthy older man, seeking a young companion, employs the services of "Dial A Hustler" and places a wager with his female neighbor and a veteran gigolo friend as to who will bed the novice hustler first.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

54



1998 American Feature

Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, Neve Campbell, Mike Myers, Sela Ward, Breckin Meyer, Sherry Stringfield, Ellen Albertini Dow, Cameron Mathison, Heather Matarazzo, Mark Ruffalo, Lauren Hutton and Michael York
Writer/Director: Mark Christopher

Synopsis:
The time: the 1970s. The setting: Studio 54, New York City's most (in)famous nightclub, where a handsome young bartender gets drawn into the bacchanalian excesses of Steve Rubell's decadent disco.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 13% / Audience: 45%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 33% / Audience: 5.7%
  • OMG rating: 3/10

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



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Feature film debut of  writer/director Mark Christopher.
  • Ryan Phillippe's character is based on Tieg Thomas, who worked at Studio 54 from 1977 to 1982.
  • Casting Call: Dolph Lundgren and James Marsden.
  • In addition to Steve Rubell, Truman Capote and Andy Warhol appear as characters in the film.
  • Celebrities who make cameos during the nightclub scenes include Peter Bogdanovich, Cindy Crawford, Sheryl Crow, Art Garfunkel, Thelma Houston, Ron Jeremy, Heidi Klum, Lorna Luft, Valerie Perrine and Donald Trump.
  • In 2008, writer/director Mark Christopher assembled a bootleg "Director's Cut" of the film with 45 minutes of never before seen footage and unofficially screened it at New York's Outfest. This version reinstated the blatant promiscuity and bisexuality of Ryan Phillippe's character, as well as the film's core love triangle between Phillippe, Salma Hayek and Breckin Meyer (including a kiss between Phillippe and Meyer), which Miramax forced him to cut from the original release.
  • Following its sale by the Walt Disney Company in 2010, Miramax's current management agreed to fund a restoration of the original director's cut of 54. Thirty minutes of reshoots were removed and 40 minutes of original footage were added back. This new director's cut screened at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival and is now available for viewing on various digital services.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Blue is the Warmest Color



2013 French/Belgian/Spanish Feature
Alternate Titles: La Vie d'Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2 / Adele: Chapters 1 & 2

Cast: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche, Aurélien Recoing, Catherine Salée, Benjamin Siksou, Mona Walravens, Alma Jodorowsky and Jérémie Laheurte
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Writers: Abdellatif Kechiche and Ghalia Lacroix, based on the graphic novel Le bleu est une couleur chaude by Julie Maroh

Synopsis:
Determined to fall in love, 15-year-old Adèle is focused on boys. But it's Emma, the blue-haired girl she meets on the street, who really piques her interest.

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Awards:
  • BAFTA Award nomination for Best Film not in the English Language.
  • Bodil Award for Best Non-American Film.
  • British Independent Film Award for Best International Independent Film.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and Young Actor/Actress (Exarchopoulos).
  • Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or and FIPRESCI Prize. Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Awards for LGBT-Themed Film of the Year and Foreign Language Film of the Year; also nominated for Film of the Year and Film Performance of the Year - Actress (Exarchopoulos).
  • Cesar Award for Best Female Newcomer (Exarchopoulos).
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • Guldbagge Award for Best Foreign Film.
  • Independent Spirit Award for Best International Film.
  • International Cinephile Society Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, Actress (Exarchopoulos), Supporting Actress (Seydoux) and Adapted Screenplay.
  • London Critics Circle Film Award for Foreign Language Film of the Year.
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards for Best Foreign Film and Actress (Exarchopoulos). 
  • Movie Dearest Award for Movie of the Year.
  • National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance by an Actress (Exarchopoulos).
  • National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Film Not in the English Language.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Julie Maroh's Le bleu est une couleur chaude (Blue Is the Warmest Color, a.k.a. Blue Angel) was first published in 2010, followed by the English language edition in 2013. In the original graphic novel the main character was named Clémentine; her name was changed to Adèle in the film.
  • During filming, Léa Seydoux had to re-dye her hair blue every day for continuity.
  • Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux wore prosthetic vaginas in the scenes in which they perform oral sex. One of the sex scenes took 10 days to film.
  • In addition to director Abdellatif Kechiche, the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or was awarded to lead actresses Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos, the first time the prize was also officially awarded to members of the winning film's cast.
  • Blue is the Warmest Color was released on DVD and Blu-ray as part of The Criterion Collection in 2014.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Follow My Voice: With the Music of Hedwig



2006 American Feature

Cast: The Breeders, Ben Folds, John Cameron Mitchell, Yoko Ono, The Polyphonic Spree, Sleater-Kinney, Stephen Trask, Rufus Wainwright and Yo La Tengo
Director: Katherine Linton

Synopsis:
The stories of four teenagers attending New York's landmark Harvey Milk High School for GLBT youth are interwoven with scenes of popular musicians making a fund-raising album featuring songs from the stage musical and film Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

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  • The charity album Wig in a Box: Songs from & Inspired by Hedwig and the Angry Inch was released in 2003. Proceeds benefited the Hetrick-Martin Institute, the home of the Harvey Milk High School, a New York City public school for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth who have experienced discrimination and violence in other public schools.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

The Girl Who Played with Fire



2009 Swedish/Danish/German Feature
Alternate Title: Flickan som lekte med elden

Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Annika Hallin, Per Oscarsson, Lena Endre, Peter Andersson, Michalis Koutsogiannakis, Sofia Ledarp, Jacob Ericksson and Reuben Sallmander
Director: Daniel Alfredson
Writer: Jonas Frykberg, based on the novel by Stieg Larsson

Synopsis:
After magazine publisher Mikael Blomkvist launches an exposé of the Swedish sex trade, hacker Lisbeth Salander becomes the prime suspect when two journalists are murdered.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 69% / Audience: 68%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 66% / Audience: 6.8%
  • Movie Dearest rating: B

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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:
  • Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Played with Fire, the second novel in his best-selling Millennium series, was first published in 2006.
  • Casting Call: Dolph Lundgren.
  • French premium pay television channel Canal+ aired extended versions of all three movies as a mini-series in 2010. A home video set of all six parts of the miniseries was released on DVD and Blu-ray the following year.
  • An American remake (a sequel to the 2011 US version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is currently in development.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Anger Me



2006 Canadian Feature

Cast: Kenneth Anger and Jonas Mekas
Director: Elio Gelmini
Writers: Elio Gelmini and Varlo Vitali

Synopsis:
Seated before a screen projecting clips of his work, avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger chronicles his life in a lengthy, idiosyncratic monologue, touching on his experiences as a child actor, cinematic wunderkind and pioneering director.

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  • Features (in chronological order) Fireworks, Scorpio Rising, Invocation of My Demon Brother and Kustom Kar Kommandos.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Einstein of Sex: Life and Work of Dr. M. Hirschfeld



1999 German/Dutch Feature
Alternate Title: Der Einstein des Sex

Cast: Friedel von Wangenheim, Ben Becker, Wolfgang Völz, Otto Sander, Meret Becker, Monika Hansen, Gerd Lukas Storzer, Olaf Drauschke and Tima die Göttliche
Director: Rosa von Praunheim
Writers: Chris Kraus and Valentin Passoni, with Rosa von Praunheim and Friedel von Wangenheim (uncredited)

Synopsis:
The life story of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, a German Jew, who established the field of sexology and fought militantly against German anti-sodomy laws in the late 19th century.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I Am a Camera



1955 British Feature

Cast: Julie Harris, Laurence Harvey, Shelley Winters, Ron Randell, Lea Seidl, Anton Diffring and Jean Gargoet
Director: Henry Cornelius
Writer: John Collier, based on the book The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood and the play I Am a Camera by John Van Druten

Synopsis:
Aspiring English writer Christopher Isherwood develops a platonic relationship with vivacious American singer Sally Bowles while living in pre-World War II Berlin.

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  • DVD: Available
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Awards:
  • BAFTA Film Award nomination for Best Foreign Actress (Harris).

Notes/Trivia:
  • The 1945 book The Berlin Stories consists of two autobiographical short novels by Christopher Isherwood: 1939's Goodbye to Berlin and 1935's Mr. Norris Changes Trains.
  • John Van Druten's play I Am a Camera premiered on Broadway in 1951. The production, also directed by Van Druten, won Tony Awards for actresses Julie Harris (her first of four career Tonys) and Marian Winters. Harris reprised her performance for the film adaptation.
  • The title is a quote taken from the first page of Goodbye to Berlin: "I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking."
  • Due to Sally Bowles' sexual promiscuity and its abortion storyline, I Am a Camera faced an uphill battle getting certification from the British Board of Film Censors and the American Production Code Administration. The BBFC gave the film an X certificate (no one under 16 admitted), while the PCA denied it their "seal of approval". I Am a Camera was also condemned by the National Legion of Decency.
  • Although Christopher Isherwood lived more or less openly gay in Berlin, his homosexuality was concealed in the original source material; in the film it is stated only that the character Isherwood was a "confirmed bachelor".

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  • The Berlin Stories and the play I Am a Camera were the basis for the stage musical Cabaret and its film adaptation.
  • Christopher Isherwood is also the subject of the documentary Chris & Don: A Love Story.
  • The factual events depicted in Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories are dramatized in the biopic Christopher and His Kind.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

The Brandon Teena Story



1998 American Feature

Cast: Kate Bornstein, JoAnn Brandon, Tammy Brandon, John Lotter, Thomas Nissen and Lana Tisdel
Directors: Susan Muska and Gréta Olafsdóttir

Synopsis:
Profile of young trans man Brandon Teena, who's 1993 murder led to increased lobbying for hate crime laws in the United States.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 67% / Audience: 70%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Award for Best Documentary and Reader Jury Prize.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Citizen Cohn



1992 American Television Movie

Cast: James Woods, Joe Don Baker, Joseph Bologna, Ed Flanders, Frederic Forrest, Lee Grant, Pat Hingle, John McMartin, Josef Sommer, Daniel Benzali, Tovah Feldshuh and David Marshall Grant
Director: Frank Pierson
Writer: David Franzoni, based on the biography Citizen Cohn: The Life and Times of Roy Cohn by Nicolas von Hoffman

Synopsis:
As he lays dying of AIDS in a hospital, Roy Cohn, the controversial "enforcer" to Senator Joe McCarthy during the paranoid 1950s, looks back on his life, from the infamous Rosenberg trial to the notorious House Un-American Activities Committee hearings.

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  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • American Cinema Editors Eddie Award for Best Edited Television Special.
  • CableACE Awards for Movie or Miniseries, Directing and Writing.
  • Casting Society of America Award for Best Casting for TV Movie of the Week.
  • Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials.
  • Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV and Actor (Woods).
  • Peabody Award.
  • Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries or a Special, Editing - Single Camera Production and Makeup; also nominated for Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Directing for a Miniseries or a Special, Actor (Woods), Supporting Actress (Grant), Writing, Art Direction, Costume Design, Sound Mixing and Hairstyling.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Nicolas von Hoffman's biography Citizen Cohn: The Life and Times of Roy Cohn was first published in 1988.
  • Originally aired on the American premium cable network HBO.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Flaming Creatures



1963 Short Film

Cast: Arnold, Sheila Bick, Dolores Flores, Francis Francine, Judith Malina, Joel Markman and Marian Zazeela
Writer/Director: Jack Smith

Synopsis:
An array of transvestites, hermaphrodites and drag queens participate in a drug-fueled orgy.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 51%
  • OMG rating: 1/10

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  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available


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Notes/Trivia:
  • Due to its graphic depiction of sexuality, the film was seized by the police at its 1963 premiere in New York City and was officially determined to be obscene by a New York Criminal Court.
  • Banned in 22 states and in four countries.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Night Listener



2006 American Feature

Cast: Robin Williams, Toni Collette, Joe Morton, Bobby Cannavale, Rory Culkin, Sandra Oh, John Cullum and Lisa Emery
Director: Patrick Stettner
Writers: Armistead Maupin, Terry Anderson and Patrick Stettner, based on the novel by Armistead Maupin

Synopsis:
In the midst of his crumbling relationship, writer/radio show host Gabriel Noone begins speaking to his biggest fan, a young boy, via the telephone. But when questions about the boy's identity come up, Gabriel's life is thrown into chaos.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 40% / Audience: 35%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 51% / Audience: 4.8%
  • OMG rating: 5/10

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



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

Notes/Trivia:
  • Armistead Maupin's semi-autobiographical bestselling novel The Night Listener, first published in 2000, was based on Maupin's experiences with Anthony Godby Johnson, the purported author of the memoir A Rock and a Hard Place: One Boy's Triumphant Story that was later revealed to be a hoax.
  • Co-screenwriter Terry Anderson was Armistead Maupin's partner during the events that inspired the novel. Maupin's husband Christopher Turner has a cameo in the film.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Maltese Falcon



1941 American Feature

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Barton MacLane, Lee Patrick, Sydney Greenstreet, Ward Bond, Jerome Cowan and Elisha Cook Jr.
Writer/Director: John Huston, based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett

Synopsis:
Private eye Sam Spade's hunt for the killer of his partner leads him into a world of deception and double-crosses as a trio of criminals searches for a priceless statue known as the Maltese Falcon.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 100% / Audience: 92%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

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



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Awards:
  • Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Greenstreet) and Writing - Screenplay.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Dashiell Hammett's 1930 detective novel The Maltese Falcon, originally serialized in the magazine Black Mask, was adapted for film two times prior to this (inarguably the most famous) version: in 1931 starring Ricardo Cortez as Sam Spade, and 1936's Satan Met a Lady, a light-comedy adaptation starring Bette Davis.
  • Directorial debut of John Huston. His father, actor Walter Huston, makes an uncredited cameo appearance as the freighter captain who delivers the Maltese Falcon to Sam Spade's office.
  • Casting Call: Ingrid Bergman, Olivia de Havilland, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Rita Hayworth and George Raft.
  • Peter Lorre's character, Joel Cairo, was clearly homosexual in the novel, but this was downplayed considerably to avoid problems with the censors. Nevertheless, Cairo is still noticeably effeminate; for example, his calling cards and handkerchiefs are scented with gardenias, and he makes subtle fellating gestures with his cane during his interview with Sam Spade. By contrast, in the novel Cairo is blatently referred to as "queer" and "fairy".
  • Film debut (at age 62) of stage actor Sydney Greenstreet. His character, Kasper Gutman (a.k.a. the "Fat Man"), has also been interpreted as homosexual.
  • Additionally, Elisha Cook Jr.'s Wilmer Cook is referred to as a "gunsel", a slang term that could mean a young gay man in a relationship with an older man. However, it must be noted, "gunsel" could also refer to a "fall guy" or a "stool pigeon".
  • Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet would later co-star in 1942's Casablanca. Lorre and Greenstreet co-starred together in a total of ten films.
  • Three of the Maltese Falcon statuettes still exist and are conservatively valued at over $1 million each, making them some of the most valuable film props ever made. In fact, they are now worth more than the film cost to make.
  • There has been many unofficial remakes and sequels, including 1975's The Black Bird, a spoof starring George Segal as "Sam Spade, Jr." (with Elisha Cook Jr. and Lee Patrick reprising their roles from the 1941 film) and 1977's The Jade Pussycat, a hardcore pornographic remake starring John C. Holmes.
  • In 1988, The Maltese Falcon was ranked #23 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies" list.
  • In 1989, The Maltese Falcon was inducted into the National Film Registry, one of the first 25 films to be so honored.
  • In 2001, The Maltese Falcon was ranked #26 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Thrills" list.
  • In 2005, "The stuff that dreams are made of" was ranked #14 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movie Quotes" list.
  • In 2007, The Maltese Falcon was ranked #31 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies - 10th Anniversary Edition" list.
  • In 2008, The Maltese Falcon was ranked the #6 Mystery on the American Film Institute's "10 Top 10" list.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

A Different Story



1978 American Feature

Cast: Perry King, Meg Foster, Valerie Curtin, Peter Donat, Richard Bull, Barbara Collentine, Guerin Barry, Doug Higgins and Lisa James
Director: Paul Aaron
Writer: Henry Olek

Synopsis:
A gay chauffeur marries a lesbian real estate agent to prevent his deportation, but the two end up falling in love with each other.

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  • The film has been heavily criticized for its stereotyped portrayals of homosexuality and its message that a homosexual can turn heterosexual.
  • Casting Call: Susan Sarandon.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Urinal



1989 Canadian Feature
Alternate Title: Pissoir

Cast: Paul Bettis, Pauline Carey, Keltie Creed, Lance Eng, David Gonzales, Olivia Rojas and George Spelvin
Writer/Director: John Greyson

Synopsis:
A mysterious man conjures a circle of dead artistic figures, including Sergei Eisenstein, Yukio Mishima, Frida Kahlo and Langston Hughes, to help him formulate a response to police crackdowns on gay washroom sex in Toronto.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.6/10

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


Awards:
  • Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Award for Best Feature Film.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Feature film debut of writer/director John Greyson.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

El Paso Wrecking Corp.



1978 American Feature

Cast: Fred Halsted, Richard Locke, Steve King, Stan Braddock, Aaron Taylor, Robert Snowden, Keith Anthoni, Ken Brown and Georgina Spelvin
Writer/Director: Joe Gage

Synopsis:
Hank and Gene are fired from their trucker jobs after an alcohol-fueled brawl. The two search for opportunities in the blue-collar workforce, but are distracted by various men along the way.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.0/10
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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

El Paso Wrecking Corp.

Notes/Trivia:
  • The second in what has come to be known as Joe Gage's "Working Man Trilogy", following Kansas City Trucking Co. and followed by L.A. Tool & Die.
  • In 2006, Adult Video News included the "Working Man Trilogy" in its list of the top ten most innovative, influential and "hottest" gay porn films.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Glen or Glenda



1953 American Feature
Alternate Titles: Glen or Glenda? / He or She? / I Changed My Sex! / I Led Two Lives

Cast: Bela Lugosi, Lyle Talbot, Timothy Farrell, Dolores Fuller, Tommy Haynes, Daniel Davis, Charles Crafts and Connie Brooks
Writer/Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.

Synopsis:
Following the suicide of a transvestite, a police inspector seeks enlightenment from a psychiatrist, who relates the stories of conflicted cross-dresser Glen/Glenda and pseudo-hermaphrodite Alan/Anne.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 4.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 32% / Audience: 33%
  • OMG rating: 4/10

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  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Feature film directorial debut of Edward D. Wood Jr., who plays the title character(s) under the name Daniel Davis. Wood himself was a cross-dresser, and the film, semi-autobiographical in nature, was a plea for tolerance. It was his only film that he didn't also produce.
  • Shot in four days, the film was loosely inspired by the headline-making sex reassignment surgery of Christine Jorgensen, who turned down several offers to appear in the film.
  • Actress Dolores Fuller was Edward D. Wood Jr.'s girlfriend at the time of filming.
  • Ed Wood later resurrected Glen/Glenda in his pulp novels Killer in Drag (1963) and Death of a Transvestite (1967).
  • Widely considered one of the worst films ever made, it has become a cult film due to its low-budget production values and idiosyncratic style. It is listed among the Top Ten Best Bad Films ever made in The Official Razzie Movie Guide.
  • Reissued in 1982 with six minutes of additional footage, including a scene of Glen rejecting a pass made to him by a gay man.
  • A hardcore pornographic remake, titled Glen and Glenda, was released on video in 1994. The title roles were played by Steven St. Croix and Kaitlyn Ashley.

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  • Featured in the biopic Ed Wood and the documentary Ed Wood: Look Back in Angora.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Three of Hearts



1993 American Feature

Cast: William Baldwin, Kelly Lynch, Sherilyn Fenn, Joe Pantoliano, Gail Strickland, Cec Verrell, Claire Callaway, Marek Johnson and Monique Mannen
Director: Yurek Bogayevicz
Writers: Mitch Glazer (co-screenplay) and Adam Greenman (co-screenplay, story)

Synopsis:
After her girlfriend leaves her, a nurse hires a male escort to seduce her ex and then break her heart so she will return to her. As the gigolo begins to win his target over, however, he begins to fall in love with her.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 56% / Audience: 37%
  • OMG rating: 2/10

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  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Casting Call: Robert Downey Jr., Bridget Fonda, Madonna, Elizabeth McGovern, Demi Moore and Elizabeth Perkins.
  • Not to be confused with the 2004 documentary Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

The Closet



2001 French Feature
Alternate Title: Le placard

Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Gérard Depardieu, Michèle Laroque, Thierry Lhermitte, Jean Rochefort, Alexandra Vandernoot, Stanislas Crevillén and Michel Aumont
Director/Writer: Francis Veber

Synopsis:
A milquetoast accountant is about to get fired from his job at a condom factory for literally being a bore. But his helpful neighbor concocts a "new life" for him as an out-of-the-closet (read: intriguing) gay man, and suddenly everything changes.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 86% / Audience: 78%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 77% / Audience: 6.3%
  • OMG rating: 3/10

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

GLAAD Media Awards



Since 1990, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has presented the GLAAD Media Awards to recognize and honor various branches of the media for their outstanding representations of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities and the issues that affect their lives.

Below is a list of all the movies nominated for GLAAD Media Awards in the categories of Outstanding Film - Wide Release, Outstanding Film - Limited Release, Documentary and Television Movie or Mini-Series. It includes all the nominees through to the present. Winners are in bold.


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Note: The following television series were also nominated in the Documentary or Television Movie or Mini-Series categories:  
  • The American Experience (for the episode "Kinsey")
  • American High
  • American Horror Story: Asylum
  • Banana 
  • Behind the Music (for the episode "Boy George")
  • Cucumber
  • The DL Chronicles
  • The E! True Hollywood Story (for the episode "Divine")
  • Gay Weddings
  • Hit & Miss 
  • In the Flesh
  • Real Families (for the episode "My Mums Used To Be Men")
  • The Real World: New Orleans
  • Sex Change Hospital
  • True Life (for the episodes "I'm Coming Out" and "I'm Gay and Getting Married")
  • True Trans With Laura Jane Grace
  • Unsung (for the episode "Sylvester")
Last update May 15, 2016: added second round 2015 winners.

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