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.

Links:

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

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



Trailer:


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

OMG Movie #541

Rate Otto; or, Up with Dead People below and add your own reviews in the comments section.

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.

Links:

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.

OMG Movie #540

Rate That Certain Summer below and add your own reviews in the comments section.

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.

Links:

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

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Not available

Trailer:


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.

Related OMG Posts:

OMG Movie #539

Rate You Don't Know Dick: Courageous Hearts of Transsexual Men below and add your own reviews in the comments section.

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.

Links:

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



Trailer:


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.

Related Movies:

OMG Movie #538

Rate Persona below and add your own reviews in the comments section.

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.

Links:

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



Trailer:


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.

Related OMG Posts:

OMG Movie #537

Rate X2: X-Men United below and add your own reviews in the comments section.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Man of the Year



1995 American/British Feature

Cast: Dirk Shafer, Vivian Paxton, Michael Ornstein, Claudette Sutherland, Cal Bartlett, Mary Stein, Beth Broderick and Bill Brochtrup
Writer/Director: Dirk Shafer

Synopsis:
Mockumentary look at Playgirl centerfold and 1992 Man of the Year, Dirk Shafer, who kept it a secret from the magazine and the public that he is gay.

Links:

Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 25% / Audience: 0%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



Trailer:


Notes/Trivia:
  • Feature film writing, directing, and acting debut of Dirk Shafer, who portrays himself.
  • In addition to Dirk Shafer, "gay for pay" porn star Rex Chandler and romance novel cover model Fabio play themselves in the film.

OMG Movie #536

Rate Man of the Year below and add your own reviews in the comments section.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Butch Factor



2009 American Feature

Cast: Christopher Hines, Wes Adams, Gregory Cason, Steven Daigle, Durk Dehner, Allen Eggman, Harry Lit, Peter Nardi, Don Romesburg, Ron Wear and Bil Yoelin
Director: Christopher Hines

Synopsis:
A multicultural examination of modern gay male society and how masculinity is expected, defined, accepted and expanded.

Links:

Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 41%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



Trailer:


Related Movies:

OMG Movie #535

Rate The Butch Factor below and add your own reviews in the comments section.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

101 Rent Boys



2000 American Feature

Directors: Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey

Synopsis:
An exploration into the West Hollywood hustler scene. One hundred and one "rent boys" are each paid $50 for their time being interviewed in motel rooms on such topics as how they entered into prostitution, drugs and their sexual orientation.

Links:

Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 32%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



Trailer:


Notes/Trivia:
  • The directors of the film actually interviewed 102 men. They had to shoot an extra interview when one of the original interviewees turned out to be under age.
  • A companion book, also called 101 Rent Boys, was released, featuring photos and excerpts from the interviews.
  • Some of the interviewees died shortly after filming, mostly from drug overdoses.

OMG Movie #534

Rate 101 Rent Boys below and add your own reviews in the comments section.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Too Outrageous!



1987 Canadian Feature

Cast: Craig Russell, Hollis McLaren, David McIlwraith, Ron White, Lynne Cormack, Frank Pellegrino, Timothy Jenkins, Paul Eves and Michael J. Reynolds
Writer/Director: Richard Benner, based on the short story Making It by Margaret Gibson

Synopsis:
The further adventures of hairdresser-turned-drag queen Robin Turner and his schizophrenic roommate Liza.

Links:

Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.2/10
  • OMG rating: 5/10

Buy/Rent:

Video clip:


Notes/Trivia:
  • Craig Russell, Hollis McLaren and David McIlwraith reprise their roles from the original film Outregeous!.

Related Movies:

Related OMG Posts:

OMG Movie #533

Rate Too Outrageous! below and add your own reviews in the comments section.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Any Day Now



2012 American Feature

Cast: Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva, Frances Fisher, Jamie Anne Allman, Chris Mulkey, Alan Rachins, Douglas Spearman and Michael Nouri
Director: Travis Fine
Writers: Travis Fine and George Arthur Bloom

Synopsis:
After an abandoned mentally handicapped teenager comes to live with them, a gay couple fights a biased legal system to keep custody of him.

Links:

Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 79% / Audience: 76%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 60% / Audience: 6.8%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

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



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Award nominations for LGBT-Themed Movie of the Year and Film Performance of the Year - Actor (Cumming).
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
  • L.A. Outfest Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Feature and Grand Jury Award for Best Actor (Cumming).
  • Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Audience Award for Best Men's Feature.
  • Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award for Narrative Feature.

Notes/Trivia:
  • George Arthur Bloom's original screenplay was inspired by a true story about a gay man in New York City, also named Rudy, who befriended his young Autistic neighbor. Despite having a compelling story, it took 32 years for Any Day Now to be made, following a rewrite by the film's director Travis Fine. His one major change to the story was changing the boy's affliction from Autism to Down Syndrome.

Related OMG Posts:

OMG Movie #532

Rate Any Day Now below and add your own reviews in the comments section.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...