Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Hello, Dolly!



1969 American Feature

Cast: Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford, Marianne McAndrew, Danny Lockin, E.J. Peaker, Joyce Ames, Tommy Tune and Louis Armstrong
Director: Gene Kelly
Writer: Ernest Lehman, based on the stage musical by Michael Stewart, based on the play The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder
Songs: Jerry Herman

Synopsis:
Gregarious New York City matchmaker Dolly Levi is hired by grumpy Yonkers shopkeeper Horace Vandergelder to find him a wife. But unbeknownst to him, she has her own sites set on him.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 44% / Audience: 76%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

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



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Awards:
  • Academy Awards for Best Art Direction, Score of a Musical Picture (Original or Adaptation) and Sound; also nominated for Best Picture, Cinematography, Costume Design and Film Editing.
  • American Cinema Editors Award for Best Edited Feature Film.
  • BAFTA Award nominations for Best Actress (Streisand), Cinematography and Art Direction.
  • Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy, Director, Actress - Musical/Comedy (Streisand), Supporting Actress (McAndrew) and Most Promising Newcomer - Female (McAndrew).

Notes/Trivia:
  • Thornton Wilder's play The Matchmaker, itself based on an earlier Austrian play (itself based on an even earlier English one-act play), was originally a flop on Broadway under the title The Merchant of Yonkers in 1938. Wilder later revised his script, this time focusing on a previously minor character of a matchmaker named Dolly Levi. Under its new title, The Matchmaker was a hit when it opened in 1955; Ruth Gordon starred. The 1958 film version starred Shirley Booth, Anthony Perkins and Shirley MacLaine.
  • Hello, Dolly!, the musical adaptation of The Matchmaker, had its Broadway debut in 1964. Starring Carol Channing in what would become her signature role, the production (which also starred Eileen Brennan and Charles Nelson Reilly) won ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical. For a time it was the longest-running musical in Broadway history.
  • Hello, Dolly! has since been revived on Broadway three times, the first starring Pearl Bailey with an all-black cast, followed by two more with a returning Carol Channing. In 2016 it was announced that Bette Midler would headline its first Broadway production in over twenty years in 2017. Other stage Dollys included Eve Arden, Yvonne De Carlo, Phyllis Diller, Alice Faye, Tovah Feldshuh, Betty Grable, Lainie Kazan, Dorothy Lamour, Michele Lee, Mary Martin, Ethel Merman, Martha Raye, Ginger Rogers, Ann Sothern, Sally Struthers, Jo Anne Worley and even female impersonator Danny La Rue.
  • Potential Director: Stanley Donen.
  • Casting Call: Julie Andrews, Ann-Margret, Doris Day, Sandy Duncan, Shirley MacLaine, Ron Rifkin, Elizabeth Taylor and Jo Anne Worley.
  • Tommy Tune's film debut.
  • Most of the original Broadway production's score was preserved for the film. Two songs were added: "Just Leave Everything to Me" (written specifically for Barbra Streisand by Jerry Herman for the film, it replaced "I Put My Hand In") and "Love Is Only Love" (originally written by Herman for his stage musical Mame).
  • During filming, Barbra Streisand and Walter Matthau did not get along and fought bitterly.
  • Louis Armstrong's final film appearance. In 1964, Armstrong had scored a #1 hit with his recording of the song "Hello, Dolly!"
  • Although it placed fifth at the box office for the year, due to its large budget it was considered a flop and led to the firing of several studio executives at Twentieth Century-Fox.
  • In 1977, Hello, Dolly! was the very first film released to home video (VHS and Betamax) in the United States.
  • Footage from the musical numbers "Put on Your Sunday Clothes" and "It Only Takes a Moment" were prominently featured in the 2008 Disney-Pixar film WALL-E.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Breaking the Code



1996 British Television Movie

Cast: Derek Jacobi, Alun Armstrong, Blake Ritson, William Mannering, Prunella Scales, Julian Kerridge, Harold Pinter, Richard Johnson and Amanda Root
Director: Herbert Wise
Writer: Hugh Whitemore, based on his play and the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

Synopsis:
British mathematical genius Alan Turing grapples with his homosexuality as he struggles to decipher the German Enigma code during World War II.

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Awards:
  • BAFTA TV Award nominations for Best Single Drama and Actor (Jacobi).
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Made for TV Movie.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Andrew Hodges' 1992 biography Alan Turing: The Enigma was also the basis for The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing.
  • Hugh Whitemore's play Breaking the Code premiered in London in 1986, then made its Broadway debut the following year. Derek Jacobi starred as Alan Turing in both productions (receiving a Tony Award nomination for the latter) prior to recreating his performance for this film.
  • Originally broadcast in the United States by PBS on Masterpiece Theatre.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Ready? OK!



2008 American Feature

Cast: Michael Emerson, Carrie Preston, Lurie Poston, John G. Preston, Kali Rocha, Tara Karsian, Sandra Ellis-Troy and Sam Pancake
Director/Writer: James Vasquez

Synopsis:
When 10-year-old Joshua decides to join the cheerleading squad at his Catholic school, he faces opposition from his single mom, who struggles to understand her Hollywood musical- and pom-pom-loving son.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 61%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • FilmOut San Diego Awards for Best Narrative Feature, Actress (Preston) and Outstanding Emerging Talent.
  • North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Award for Best Male Feature Film.
  • Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature Film.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Loosely based on a short film of the same name.
  • Co-stars Carrie Preston (who also served as an executive producer on the film) and Michael Emerson are married.

OMG Movie #630

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Ladies They Talk About



1933 American Feature

Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Preston S. Foster, Lyle Talbot, Dorothy Burgess, Lillian Roth, Maude Eburne, Ruth Donnelly, Harold Huber and Robert McWade
Directors: Howard Bretherton and William Keighley
Writers: Brown Holmes, William McGrath and Sidney Sutherland, based on the play Women in Prison by Dorothy Mackaye and Carlton Miles

Synopsis:
Gun moll Nan Taylor is captured following a bank robbery and finds herself the "new fish" in San Quentin State Prison.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 56%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Remade in 1942 as Lady Gangster starring Faye Emerson.

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Death Becomes Her



1992 American Feature

Cast: Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn, Isabella Rossellini, Ian Ogilvy, Adam Storke, Nancy Fish, Alaina Reed Hall and Sydney Pollack
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writer: Martin Donovan and David Koepp

Synopsis:
Two vain, long-time rivals — actress Madeline Ashton and author Helen Sharp — discover a magic potion that promises eternal youth, yet find that it has a some unexpected, supernatural drawbacks.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 45% / Audience: 61%
  • OMG rating: 8/10
  • Movie Dearest rating: B+

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



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Awards:
  • Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
  • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Rossellini) and Special Effects.
  • BAFTA Award for Best Special Effects.
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical (Streep).

Notes/Trivia:
  • Casting Call: Kevin Kline.
  • In the opening scene, Meryl Streep's character Madeline Ashton is starring in a musical version of Sweet Bird of Youth, a play by Tennessee Williams about an aging actress who pines for her lost youth.
  • A pneumatic bra was built to create the effect where Madeline Ashton's breasts become higher and firmer after drinking the magic potion, but the effect didn't look realistic enough. In order to get the shot Meryl Streep's dresser stood behind her, out of sight of the camera, and pushed her breasts into position.
  • Several "dead celebrities" appear as characters in the film, including James Dean, Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley and Andy Warhol.
  • Romance novel cover model Fabio appears as one of Lisle's bodyguards.
  • The film underwent some major re-editing after negative feedback was received at test screenings. The entire ending was changed, and the role played by Tracey Ullman disappeared from the film completely, despite the fact that she was featured briefly in the trailer for the film.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Ice Blues



2008 Canadian/American Feature
Alternate Title: Ice Blues: A Donald Strachey Mystery

Cast: Chad Allen, Sebastian Spence, Daryl Shuttleworth, Nelson Wong, Brittney Wilson, Sebastien Roberts, Sherry Miller, Myron Natwick and Adrian Holmes
Director: Ron Oliver
Writer: Ron McGee, based on the novel by Richard Stevenson

Synopsis:
After he is offered $3 million to fund his pet project (a "safe zone" for troubled youth) by an anonymous donor, senatorial aide Tim Callahan and his boyfriend, private detective Donald Strachey, are drawn into a deadly  mystery.

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  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available



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

Notes/Trivia:
  • Although Ice Blues, first published in 1986, is the third book in the Donald Strachey series of mystery novels by Richard Stevenson (the pen name of writer Richard Lipez), it was the third filmed yet the fourth (and, to date, last) to be released.
  • Ice Blues was screened in select markets in Canada in the summer of 2008 on the pay station Super Channel; it premiered in the United States that fall on the here! TV network.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Antarctica



2008 Israel Feature

Cast: Tomer Ilan, Yiftach Mizrahi, Guy Zo-Aretz, Lucy Dubinchik, Liat Akta and Rivka Neuman
Director/Writer: Yair Hochner

Synopsis:
On the cusp of his 30th birthday, Omer hasn't found himself and has completely lost his spark. Enter Ronen, a handsome journalist who ignites the flame Omer has been seeking.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 50% / Audience: 37%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

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  • DVD: Available



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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Queen



1968 American Feature

Cast: Jack Doroshow, Richard Finnochio, Dorian Corey, Jackie Curtis, Mario Montez, George Plimpton, Larry Rivers, Edie Sedgwick and Andy Warhol
Director: Frank Simon

Synopsis:
Go behind the scenes at "Miss All-American Beauty", a national drag queen contest in New York City and meet mistress of ceremonies Flawless Sabrina and her protégé Miss Harlow.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 100% / Audience: 86%

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available


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Notes/Trivia:
  • Originally distributed by Grove Press, the publishers of several above-the-counter erotic magazines of the 1960s.

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Windows



1980 American Feature

Cast: Talia Shire, Joseph Cortese, Elizabeth Ashley, Kay Medford, Michael Gorrin, Russell Horton, Michael Lipton, Rick Petrucelli and Ron Ryan
Director: Gordon Willis
Writer: Barry Siegel

Synopsis:
A woman finds herself the unwitting object of obsession of her lesbian neighbor.

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  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Sole directorial effort by acclaimed cinematographer Gordon Willis. He later admitted the film had been a mistake.
  • Final film performance of actress Kay Medford.
  • At the time of its release, Windows was the subject of many protests from gay rights activists who accused the film of being homophobic and resorting to hateful stereotypes of lesbians.

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Gun Hill Road



2011 American Feature

Cast: Esai Morales, Judy Reyes, Harmony Santana, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Míriam Colón, Felix Solis, Franky G, Vincent Laresca and Robin de Jesús
Director/Writer: Rashaad Ernesto Green

Synopsis:
An ex-con returns home to the Bronx after three years in prison to discover his wife estranged and his child exploring a gender transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test.

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • FilmOut San Diego Audience Award for Best First Narrative Feature, Festival Award for Best Actor (Morales) and Freedom Award (Santana).
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
  • Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female (Santana).

Notes/Trivia:
  • Feature film debut of writer/director Rashaad Ernesto Green and actress Harmony Santana.
  • Harmony Santana was the first openly transgender actress to be nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Universe of Keith Haring



2008 Italian/French Feature

Cast: Fred Brathwaite a.k.a. Fab 5 Freddy, Jeffrey Deitch, Bill T. Jones, David LaChapelle, Hans Mayer, Yoko Ono, Junior Vasquez, Kenny Scharf and Tony Shafrazi
Director: Christina Clausen

Synopsis:
The life and works of pop artist Keith Haring, from his early years through the 1980s as he rocketed to fame with solo exhibitions, collaborations and public works, leaving behind a prolific legacy.

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  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • In addition to Keith Haring, archival footage in the film includes Jean Michel Basquiat, Madonna and Andy Warhol.
  • Keith Haring was also the subject of the 1990 television documentary Drawing the Line: A Portrait of Keith Haring.

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Young and Wild



2012 Chilean Feature
Alternate Title: Joven y alocada

Cast: Alicia Luz Rodríguez, Aline Küppenheim, María Gracia Omegna, Felipe Pinto, Alejandro Goic, Ingrid Isensee, Tomás de Pablo, Pablo Krögh and Hernán Lacalle
Director: Marialy Rivas
Writers: Marialy Rivas, Pedro Peirano, Sebastián Sepúlveda and Camila Gutiérrez

Synopsis:
Daniela is a 17-year-old bisexual girl who writes a blog about the conflicts she experiences between her evangelical Protestant conservative family and her budding sexuality.

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • Sundance Film Festival Screenwriting Award for World Cinema - Dramatic.

OMG Movie #621

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Opposite Sex: Rene's Story



2004 American Television Movie

Cast: Rene Pena, Wona Pena and Dr. Bruce Hensel
Director: Josh Aronson

Synopsis:
After spending most of his life "passing" as male, Rene plans to undergo female to male gender reassignment surgery regardless of the consequences his final transition will have on his marriage.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.0/10
  • OMG rating: 7/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available


Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary.
  • L.A. Outfest Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature.

Notes/Trivia:
  • The first of two documentaries from Academy Award nominated director Josh Aronson charting the progress of transgender individuals undergoing gender reassignment surgery.
  • Featured on the Logo TV documentary series Real Momentum.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Psycho



1960 American Feature

Cast: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, John McIntire, Simon Oakland, Frank Albertson and Pat Hitchcock
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writer: Joseph Stefano, based on the novel by Robert Bloch

Synopsis:
After a secretary steals $40,000 from her employer, she goes on the run and checks into a remote motel managed by a strange young man under the domination of his mother.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 96% / Audience: 94%
  • OMG rating: 9/10

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



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Awards:
  • Academy Award nominations for Best Director, Supporting Actress (Leigh), Black and White Cinematography and Black and White Art Direction.
  • Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress (Leigh).
  • Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Written American Drama.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Robert Bloch's Psycho was first published in 1959, just one year prior to the film's release. Bloch later wrote two sequels — Psycho II in 1982 (in which Norman Bates escaped the insane asylum by dressing as a nun) and Psycho House in 1990 — that are unrelated to any of the movie sequels.
  • While writing the screenplay, Joseph Stefano was in therapy dealing with his relationship with his own mother.
  • Casting Call: Angie Dickinson, Carolyn Jones, Shirley Jones, Brian Keith, Hope Lange, Piper Laurie, Eleanor Parker, Lee Remick, Cliff Robertson, Eva Marie Saint, Kim Stanley, Rod Taylor, Tom Tryon, Lana Turner and Stuart Whitman.
  • On set, Alfred Hitchcock always referred to Anthony Perkins as "Master Bates".
  • First American film to show a toilet flushing on screen.
  • Mary Tyler Moore actor Ted Knight has a brief role as a policeman.
  • The MPAA objected to the use of the term "transvestite" to describe Norman Bates in the final scene. They insisted it be removed until screenwriter Joseph Stefano proved to them it was a clinical psychology term and not, as they thought, a vulgarity.
  • Considered one of Alfred Hitchcock's best films and praised as a work of cinematic art by international film critics and film scholars, Pyscho set a new level of acceptability for violence, deviant behavior and sexuality in American films. It is also widely considered to be the earliest example of the "slasher movie" genre.
  • Twenty-three years after the original, Psycho II was released in theaters, followed by Psycho III in 1986. The prequel, Psycho IV: The Beginning, was made for television and aired on Showtime in 1990. Anthony Perkins returned to play Norman Bates in all three sequels and directed Psycho IV.
  • The 1987 TV movie Bates Motel, starring Bud Cort as a fellow mental patient of Norman's who inherits the titular establishment, was a failed pilot for a television series. The similarly titled but otherwise not related Bates Motel premiered on A&E in 2013. A "prequel/reboot", the series takes place during Norman's teen years but is set in the present day. Freddie Highmore stars as Norman and Vera Farmiga as his mother Norma. The series has been renewed through at least a fifth season, to air in 2017.
  • In 1998, Psycho was ranked #18 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies" list.
  • Gus Van Sant's much-maligned "shot-for-shot remake" of Psycho, starring Vince Vaughn as Norman and Anne Heche as Marion Crane, was released in 1998. 
  • In 2001, Psycho was ranked #1 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Thrills" list.
  • In 2003, Norman Bates was the ranked #2 villain on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Heroes & Villains" list.
  • In 2005, "A boy's best friend is his mother" was ranked #56 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movie Quotes" list.
  • In 2005, Bernard Herrmann's iconic Psycho score was ranked #4 on the American Film Institute's "25 Greatest Film Scores" list.
  • In 2007, Psycho was ranked #14 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition" list.
  • Stephen Rebello's 1990 book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho was adapted for film in 2012. Titled Hitchcock, Anthony Hopkins played the title role, with Helen Mirren as his wife Alma, Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh and James D'Arcy as Anthony Perkins.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Backlot's Top 100 Greatest Gay Movies



In 2015, readers of The Backlot (formerly AfterElton.com) named their Top 100 Greatest Gay Movies:


  1. Brokeback Mountain
  2. Shelter
  3. Beautiful Thing
  4. Milk
  5. Weekend
  6. Latter Days
  7. Maurice
  8. The Normal Heart
  9. Pride
  10. A Single Man
  11. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  12. Big Eden
  13. Trick
  14. Were the World Mine
  15. Cabaret
  16. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
  17. Angels in America
  18. Bad Education
  19. The Birdcage
  20. Wild Reeds
  21. Get Real
  22. Longtime Companion
  23. Prayers for Bobby
  24. My Beautiful Laundrette
  25. Mysterious Skin
  26. The Way He Looks
  27. Torch Song Trilogy
  28. Plan B
  29. Boy Culture
  30. My Own Private Idaho
  31. G.B.F.
  32. Patrik, Age 1.5
  33. The Bubble
  34. The Wedding Banquet
  35. Victor/Victoria
  36. Dallas Buyers Club
  37. Private Romeo
  38. The War Boys
  39. Undertow
  40. Kill Your Darlings
  41. La Cage aux Folles
  42. All Over the Guy
  43. Love is Strange
  44. Jeffrey
  45. Make the Yuletide Gay
  46. Mambo Italiano
  47. Parting Glances
  48. The Skeleton Twins
  49. Philadelphia
  50. Geography Club
  51. Christopher and His Kind
  52. Lilies
  53. Guys and Balls
  54. In & Out
  55. Rent
  56. Keep the Lights On
  57. C.R.A.Z.Y.
  58. Eating Out
  59. Hawaii
  60. Shortbus
  61. Stranger by the Lake
  62. Summer Storm
  63. Out in the Dark
  64. The Trip
  65. Another Gay Movie
  66. Edge of Seventeen
  67. Gayby 
  68. Harvest
  69. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  70. Just a Question of Love
  71. North Sea Texas
  72. The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy
  73. Gods and Monsters
  74. Making Love
  75. The Opposite of Sex
  76. Lilting
  77. The Imitation Game
  78. Velvet Goldmine
  79. Yossi & Jagger
  80. Bent
  81. The Boys in the Band
  82. Burnt Money
  83. I Killed My Mother
  84. Far from Heaven
  85. The History Boys
  86. Priest
  87. A Home at the End of the World
  88. The Sum of Us
  89. Transamerica
  90. Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom
  91. Philomena
  92. Beginners
  93. Ciao
  94. Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
  95. Death in Venice
  96. Boys
  97. I Love You Phillip Morris
  98. BearCity
  99. Behind the Candelabra
  100. To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Call Her Savage



1932 American Feature

Cast: Clara Bow, Monroe Owsley, Gilbert Roland, Thelma Todd, Estelle Taylor, Weldon Heyburn, Willard Robertson, Anthony Jowitt and Fred Kohler
Director: John Francis Dillon
Writer: Edwin J. Burke, based on the novel by Tiffany Thayer

Synopsis:
A wild young Texas gal storms her way through life, brawling and boozing until her luck runs out, forcing her to learn the errors of her ways and the truth about her past.

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  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available


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  • The first Hollywood movie to depict a gay bar.
  • Restored in 2012 by the Museum of Modern Art.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

That Man: Peter Berlin



2005 American/Canadian Feature

Cast: Peter Berlin, Rick Castro, Armistead Maupin, Dan Nicoletta, Wakefield Poole, John Waters and Jack Wrangler
Director: Jim Tushinski

Synopsis:
Peter Berlin — artist, model, porn star, gay icon — narrates his own story.

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  • DVD: Available



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

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Green



2011 American Feature

Cast: Jason Butler Harner, Cheyenne Jackson, Illeana Douglas, Julia Ormond, Christopher Bert, Karen Young, Clayton Fox and Bill Sage
Director: Steven Williford
Writers: Paul Marcarelli and Steven Williford

Synopsis:
Michael Gavin and his partner Daniel trade the rat race of New York City for the idyllic charm of the Connecticut shoreline. But all that changes when one of Michael's high school students accuses him of "inappropriate conduct".

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 43%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • FilmOut San Diego Awards for Best Narrative Feature, Director, Supporting Actor (Jackson) and Supporting Actress (Douglas) and Audience Award for Best Actor (Harner).
  • Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Jury Award for Best Men's Feature.
  • Out on Film, Atlanta Jury Award for Best Actor (Harner).

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Interior. Leather Bar.



2013 American Feature

Cast: James Franco, Travis Mathews, Val Lauren, Christian Patrick, Brenden Gregory, Bradley Roberge, Robbie Acklen, Osbaldo Daniel Alvarez and Collin Chavez
Directors: James Franco and Travis Mathews
Writer: Travis Mathews

Synopsis:
Filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews re-imagine the lost 40 minutes from the controversial 1980 film Cruising as a starting point to a broader exploration of sexual and creative freedom.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 53% / Audience: 28%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 47% / Audience: 5.7%
  • OMG rating: 4/10
  • Movie Dearest rating: B+

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  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • After Cruising was originally rated X, over 40 minutes of graphic sexual content was cut in order to obtain an R-rating from the Motion Picture Association of America. That "lost footage" served as the inspiration for the creation of Interior. Leather Bar.
  • Despite early media reports when the project was first announced, the film is not itself a recreation of the deleted footage, featuring only brief scenes that actually do so literally. Instead, it uses the idea of recreating the footage as a plot point to explore the process of making such a film, depicting issues such as the actors' level of comfort or discomfort with the material, the conflict between creative freedom and censorship, and the ways in which the cinematic representation of LGBT issues and people has evolved since Cruising was originally released in 1980.

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  • The sexually explicit deleted scenes from Cruising were "re-imagined" for this film.

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sex and the City 2


2010 American Feature

Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth, John Corbett, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler, Jason Lewis, Mario Cantone, Willie Garson and Liza Minnelli
Writer/Director: Michael Patrick King, based on the television series created by Darren Star and the book by Candace Bushnell

Synopsis:
Wanting to escape the pressures of life, love and work in Manhattan, Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte join Samantha for a trip to Abu Dhabi.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 4.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 15% / Audience: 43%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 27% / Audience: 4.2%
  • OMG rating: 5/10

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



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Awards:
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Award nomination for Campy Film of the Year.
  • Razzie Awards for Worst Actress (Parker, Cattrall, Davis and Nixon), Worst Screen Ensemble and Worst Sequel.

Notes/Trivia:
  • As with the previous film, the entire cast of the original television series returned for the sequel.
  • Casting Call: Victoria Beckham, Eva Green and Katie Holmes.
  • Liza Minnelli, playing herself, officiates at the wedding of Stanford and Anthony (the GBFs of Carrie and Charlotte, respectively) and memorably sings Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)".
  • Other cameo appearances Penélope Cruz, Miley Cyrus, Tim Gunn and Tuesday Knight.
  • A third Sex and the City movie is rumored.

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