Thursday, March 26, 2015

L.A. Tool & Die



1982 American Feature

Cast: Richard Locke, Will Seagers, Casey Donovan, Derrick Stanton, Paul Baressi, Shaun Victors, Johnny Falconberg, Bob Blount and Becky Bitter
Writer/Director: Joe Gage

Synopsis:
Working man Hank follows cowboy Wylie, the man of his dreams, cross country to Los Angeles.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.4/10
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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

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Notes/Trivia:
  • The third in what has come to be known as Joe Gage's "Working Man Trilogy", following Kansas City Trucking Co. and El Paso Wrecking Corp..
  • Michael Kearns, who has appeared in mainstream films and television series, has a cameo role in an orgy scene, a rare instance of a "legitimate" actor performing explicit sex acts in a hardcore pornographic film.
  • Hailed as "the best gay porn picture made to date" by Blueboy magazine.
  • 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.
  • L.A. Tool & Die Live!, a comedic stage adaptation that included full frontal nudity and simulated sex scenes, premiered in 2010 in (naturally) Los Angeles.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pride



2014 British/French Feature

Cast: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, George MacKay, Joe Gilgun, Ben Schnetzer, Freddie Fox, Monica Dolan and Russell Tovey
Director: Matthew Warchus
Writer: Stephen Beresford

Synopsis:
In an unlikely alliance, striking British mineworkers draw support from a coalition of gay and lesbian activists who solicit donations to help tide over the miners' families during the 1984 standoff with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's government.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 92% / Audience: 89%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 79% / Audience: 7.5%
  • OMG rating: 8/10
  • Movie Dearest rating: B+

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



Trailer:


Awards:
  • BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer (Beresford and producer David Livingstone); also nominated for Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film and Supporting Actress (Staunton).
  • British Independent Film Awards for Best British Independent Film, Supporting Actor (Scott) and Supporting Actress (Staunton).
  • Cannes Film Festival Queer Palm Award.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Award for LGBTQ Film of the Year and Unsung Film of the Year; also nominated for Film of the Year.
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical.
  • Movie Dearest Award for Movie of the Year.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Based on a true story, Pride depicts the beginnings of the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign, founded by activist Mark Ashton (played by Ben Schnetzer).
  • George MacKay's character Joe "Bromley" Cooper was created for the film to be the audience surrogate.
  • There are cameo appearances of the real people some of the characters are based on in the Westminster Bridge scene, including Ray Aller (Joshua Hill), Reggie Blennerhassett (played by Chris Overton), Mike Jackson (Joe Gilgun) and Gethin Roberts (Andrew Scott).
  • Played over the end credits, The Communards song "For a Friend" was written by Jimmy Somerville and Richard Coles in memory of their friend Mark Ashton.
  • Upon Pride's US home video release, it was reported that the DVD and Blu-ray covers of the film made no mention of the film's gay content. The film's standard description of "a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists" was reduced to "a group of London-based activists", and a lesbian and gay banner was removed from a photograph on the back cover.
  • A stage musical adaptation of Pride is currently in development.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Strangers on a Train



1951 American Feature

Cast: Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker, Patricia Hitchcock, Laura Elliott, Marion Lorne, Jonathan Hale and Norma Varden
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writer: Raymond Chandler and Czenzi Ormonde (screenplay), Whitfield Cook (adaptation) and Ben Hecht (uncredited), based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith

Synopsis:
A charming socialite meets a pro tennis player on a train and presents a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder... a theory that he plans to implement.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 98% / Audience: 93%
  • OMG rating: 9/10

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



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Award nomination for Best Black and White Cinematography.
  • Directors Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Strangers on a Train, Patricia Highsmith's debut novel, was first published in 1950. The homoerotic subtext of the film was only hinted at in the original story.
  • Casting Call: William Holden.
  • Film debut of Marion Lorne, best known as the dithering Aunt Clara on the classic sitcom Bewitched.
  • In the British version of the film, Bruno flirts more obviously with Guy during their first meeting on the train.
  • Patricia Highsmith's novel has inspired several screen and stage adaptations, including the 1987 Billy Crystal/Danny DeVito comedy Throw Momma from the Train and the 1996 TV movie Once You Meet a Stranger, which switched the genders of the main characters.
  • In 2001, Strangers on a Train was ranked #32 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Thrills" list.
  • In 2015, it was announced that director David Fincher and writer Gillian Flynn are working on a remake, titled simply Strangers. It will reportedly be a "modern take" of the story.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Voices from the Front



1992 American Feature

Cast: Vito Russo
Directors: Sandra Elgear, Robyn Hutt and David Meieran

Synopsis:
In the late 1980s, activists struggle to expose the failure of the health care systems and challenge government inaction and neglect concerning the AIDS crisis.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.4/10

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



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

Notes/Trivia:
  • Credited as the first feature-length documentary on AIDS activism in America.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Wild One



1953 American Feature

Cast: Marlon Brando, Mary Murphy, Robert Keith, Lee Marvin, Jay C. Flippen, Peggy Maley, Hugh Sanders, Ray Teal, John Brown and Will Wright
Director: Laslo Benedek
Writer: John Paxton and Ben Maddow (uncredited), based on the short story The Cyclists' Raid by Frank Rooney

Synopsis:
When rebellious biker Johnny Strabler and his gang descend upon a sleepy California town, the bikers terrorize the locals while Johnny romances a local police officer's daughter.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 80% / Audience: 72%
  • OMG rating: 7/10
  • Movie Dearest rating: B

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



Trailer:


Notes/Trivia:
  • Frank Rooney's short story The Cyclists' Raid was originally published in Harper's Magazine in 1951 and later anthologized in "The Best American Short Stories 1952". Rooney's story was inspired by the sensationalistic media coverage of an American Motorcyclist Association motorcycle rally that got out of hand on the Fourth of July weekend in 1947 in Hollister, California. The overcrowding, drinking and street stunting were given national attention in Life Magazine and would become known as the "Hollister riot".
  • Uncredited performances include Richard Farnsworth and, as one of Johnny's gang, Jerry Paris, best known as neighbor Jerry Helper on The Dick Van Dyke Show.
  • Considered the original "outlaw biker" film, and the first movie to examine American outlaw motorcycle gang violence.
  • In the United Kingdom, the film was banned by the British Board of Film Censors for fourteen years.
  • Marlon Brando's portrayal of Johnny has become an iconic image of both motorcycle culture and 1950s "rebellious" youth. His long sideburns also inspired a craze.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Rebecca



1940 American Feature

Cast: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson, Nigel Bruce, Reginald Denny, C. Aubrey Smith and Leo G. Carroll
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writer: Philip MacDonald and Michael Hogan (screenplay), Joan Harrison and Robert E. Sherwood, based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier

Synopsis:
After a young woman marries a wealthy gentleman, she soon begins to fear that she cannot erase the memories of his first wife Rebecca.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 100% / Audience: 92%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Black and White Cinematography; also nominated for Best Director, Actor (Olivier), Actress (Fontaine), Supporting Actress (Anderson), Screenplay, Black and White Art Direction, Original Score, Film Editing and Special Effects.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Daphne du Maurier's classic Gothic romance Rebecca, first published in 1938, has never gone out of print. It won the National Book Award for favorite novel of the year. Three additional books — Mrs. de Winter (1993), The Other Rebecca (1996) and Rebecca's Tale (2001) — were written by other authors under approval of the du Maurier estate.
  • Alfred Hitchcock's first American-made film and his second film (after 1939's Jamaica Inn) based on a novel by Daphne du Maurier. It is also his only film to win an Oscar for Best Picture.
  • Casting Call: Anne Baxter, Ronald Colman, Olivia de Havilland, Robert Donat, Leslie Howard, Vivien Leigh, Carole Lombard, Maureen O'Hara, William Powell, Margaret Sullavan and Loretta Young.
  • The novel Rebecca has been adapted for other mediums several times, including: 1938 American radio play, 1940 London stage play, 1947 British TV movie, 1952 American TV program, 1962 American TV movie, 1964 Indian feature, 1973 Indian feature, 1979 British TV mini-series, 1983 British opera, 1997 British TV movie, 2006 Austrian stage musical, 2008 Italian TV movie and 2008 Indian feature. Another feature film version was announced in 2012.
  • Rebecca was the opening film at the first Berlin International Film Festival in 1951.
  • A 1972 episode of The Carol Burnett Show featured a parody of Rebecca titled "Rebecky".
  • As discussed in the 1995 documentary The Celluloid Closet, the housekeeper Mrs. Danvers has a strong lesbian subtext to her character, particularly in the scene where she shows the new Mrs. de Winter the enshrined wardrobe of the old Mrs. de Winter.
  • In 2001, Rebecca was ranked #80 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Thrills" list.
  • In 2003, Mrs. Danvers was ranked the #31 villain on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Heroes & Villains" list.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

A Night at the Adonis



1978 American Feature

Cast: Jack Wrangler, Big Al Little, Malo, Jayson McBride, Chris Michaels and Tommy Ruscica
Director: Jack Deveau
Writer: Moose 100

Synopsis:
Several men visit an infamous pornographic movie theater and sample the hedonistic delights found within.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.6/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available

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Notes/Trivia:
  • The Adonis Theatre was originally a legitimate theater in New York's Time Square built by impresario Billy Rose for his wife, singer Fanny Brice. In the mid-1970s, the Adonis Theatre opened as "The Flagship Male Theatre of the Nation". A Night at the Adonis was filmed at the actual Adonis Theatre and later played there.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

U People



2009 American Feature

Directors: Olive Demetrius and Hanifah Walidah

Synopsis:
During the making of a music video in a Brooklyn brownstone, an "accidental documentary" is created as the cameras catch candid discussions on such topics as bigotry, female relationships and gay and straight relations within the black community.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.4/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary.

Notes/Trivia:
  • "Make a Move", the music video seen being filmed, was a hit on Logo TV and is described as "the first of its kind to depict women of color across sexualities and gender expression".

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Divine Trash



1998 American Feature

Cast: John Waters, Steve Buscemi, Hal Hartley, Jim Jarmusch, George Kuchar, Mike Kuchar, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Paul Morrissey, Mary Vivian Pearce, Vincent Peranio, John Pierson, David O. Russell, Robert Shaye, Mink Stole, Channing Wilroy and Steve Yeager
Director: Steve Yeager
Writer: Kevin Heffernan and Steve Yeager

Synopsis:
The life and times of Baltimore filmmaker and midnight movie pioneer John Waters.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 80% / Audience: 85%

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



Video clip:


Awards:
  • Sundance Film Festival Filmmakers Trophy for Documentary.

Notes/Trivia:
  • In addition to the filmmakers, actors, et al, listed above, John Waters' family — father John Sr., mother Patricia and brother Steve — are also interviewed.
  • Actors appearing in archival footage include Divine, Edith Massey and Paul Swift.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

The World According to Garp



1982 American Feature

Cast: Robin Williams, Mary Beth Hurt, Glenn Close, John Lithgow, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Swoosie Kurtz, James McCall and Peter Michael Goetz
Director: George Roy Hill
Writer: Steve Tesich, based on the novel by John Irving

Synopsis:
Born the bastard son of an unconventional mother, aspiring writer T.S. Garp searches for his place in the world.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 79% / Audience: 79%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Lithgow) and Supporting Actress (Close).
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Lithgow) and Supporting Actress (Close).
  • National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress (Close).
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor (Lithgow).
  • Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Adapted Drama.

Notes/Trivia:
  • John Irving's novel The World According to Garp, first published in 1978, was a best seller for several years.
  • Casting Call: Pat Benatar, Jeff Daniels, Christopher Reeve and Robert Wuhl.
  • Film debut of actress Glenn Close.
  • The break out film for John Lithgow, whose performance of transsexual ex-football player Roberta Muldoon garnered him universal acclaim.
  • Cameos: author John Irving as a wrestling coach and director George Roy Hill as the pilot that crashes his plane into the house.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Red River



1948 American Feature

Cast: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan, Coleen Gray, Harry Carey Sr., John Ireland, Noah Beery Jr. and Harry Carey Jr.
Director: Howard Hawks, with co-director Arthur Rosson
Writer: Borden Chase and Charles Schnee, based on the story Blazing Guns on the Chisholm Trail by Borden Chase

Synopsis:
A taciturn Texas cattle rancher adopts a young boy orphaned by a native raid on a wagon train. After coming of age, the son finds himself compelled to challenge his father during an epic cattle drive.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 100% / Audience: 87%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

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



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Award nominations for Best Writing - Motion Picture Story and Film Editing.
  • Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Written American Western.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Borden Chase's original story was first serialized in The Saturday Evening Post in 1946 under the title Blazing Guns on the Chisholm Trail.
  • Casting Call: Gary Cooper, Cary Grant and Burt Lancaster.
  • The only film in which Harry Carey Sr. (in his final film role) and his son Harry Carey Jr. co-starred in although they have no scenes together.
  • The famous scene where Montgomery Clift and John Ireland compare their revolvers was rumored to be a reference to Ireland's endowment.
  • In 1998, Red River was remade for television starring Bruce Boxleitner, James Arness and Gregory Harrison.
  • In 2008, Red River was ranked the #5 Western on the American Film Institute's "10 Top 10" list.
  • Red River was released on DVD and Blu-ray as part of The Criterion Collection in 2014.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Queens Don't Cry



2002 German/French Feature
Alternate Titles: Tunten lügen nicht / Queens Don't Lie

Cast: Ichgola Androgyn, Tima die Göttliche, Ovo Maltine and BeV StroganoV
Writer/Director: Rosa von Praunheim

Synopsis:
A profile of four Berlin friends who are Germany's most popular drag performers.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.5/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Not available

Video clip:


Awards:
  • Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Award nomination for Best Documentary Film.

Notes/Trivia:
  • All four of the drag queens profiled have appeared in other films by Rosa von Praunheim.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Midnight Express



1978 Britsh/American Feature

Cast: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli, Paul Smith, Randy Quaid, Norbert Weisser and John Hurt
Director: Alan Parker
Writer: Oliver Stone, based on the book by William Hayes and William Hoffer

Synopsis:
The true story of Billy Hayes, an American college student who is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into a hellish prison.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 95% / Audience: 90%
  • Metacritic - Critics: % / Audience: %
  • OMG rating: 8/10

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



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay and Original Score; also nominated for Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Hurt) and Film Editing.
  • BAFTA Awards for Best Direction, Supporting Actor (Hurt) and Film Editing; also nominated for Best Film, Actor (Davis) and Most Promising Newcomer (Davis).
  • Directors Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture - Drama, Supporting Actor (Hurt), Acting Debut - Male (Davis), Acting Debut - Female (Miracle), Screenplay and Original Score; also nominated for Director and Actor (Davis).
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Music.
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Drama.

Notes/Trivia:
  • The non-fiction book Midnight Express by Billy Hayes and William Hoffer was first published in 1977. The title is prison slang for an inmate's escape attempt.
  • Casting Call: Sam Bottoms, Richard Gere, Dennis Quaid and John Travolta.
  • In the film, Billy Hayes courteously declines the amorous advances of one of his fellow inmates. In actuality, the real Hayes had an ongoing affair with this man, not just a brief encounter in the shower. Additionally, the film's attempted rape scene was fictionalized.
  • First movie to win an Oscar for Best Original Score featuring a totally synthesized music score.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Valentine Road



2013 American Feature

Director: Marta Cunningham

Synopsis:
An investigation into the murder of Lawrence King, who was shot by another student at his California middle school in 2008.

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Ratings:

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary.
  • Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Jury Award Best Documentary.
  • News & Documentary Emmy Award nominations for Best Documentary and Outstanding Coverage of a Continuing News Story - Long Form.
  • Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Jury Prize for First Time Documentary Director.
  • San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Award for Best Documentary.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Originally premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and then debuted on HBO later that year.

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