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

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.



  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available

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  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Television Movie.

  • 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


2008 Israel Feature

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

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.


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

  • 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

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.


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

  • DVD: Available


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

OMG Movie #625

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Monday, September 7, 2015


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

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



  • DVD: Available

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  • 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

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.



  • DVD: Available


  • 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).

  • 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

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.



  • DVD: Available


  • 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

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.



  • DVD: Available


  • 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

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.


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

  • DVD: Available

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

  • 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


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

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.


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

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


  • 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.

  • 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 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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