Doors Cut Down - Special Edition Blu-ray

Just Came Out: Doors Cut Down

Doors Cut Down is available in a Special Edition Blu-ray from Altered Innocence and Anus Films starting TODAY! Click here to pick up your copy.

 

A subversive 18-minute short film, Doors Cut Down made a big splash when it debuted on the LGBT film festival circuit back in the year 2000. The film follows Guillermo (Israel Rodriguez), a 16-year old who seems like an average high school student, but hides a grown-up secret. He’s becomes a suave expert at cruising his local shopping malls for gay sex. Always looking for a new trick, he even resorts to seducing his much older English tutor. When he finally meets the hottest guy he’s ever seen, a man who may mean more to him than just a hot fuck, Guillermo finds himself suddenly conflicted.

 

Directed by Antonio Hens, who went on to make feature films like Clandestinos and The Last MatchDoors Cut Down made a bit of a comeback last year when it became available again as a streaming option on Dekkoo. Now it’s been given the royal treatment by the brand-new label Anus Films (a spirited play on Janus Films, revered distributor of world cinema masterpieces like Fox & His Friends and Ali: Fear Eats the Soul). Newly restored in High Definition, the short is now available in a Special Edition Blu-ray.

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Jesus

Just Came Out: Jesus

Jesus is out on DVD from Breaking Glass Pictures starting TODAY! Click here to pick up your copy.

 

The volatile relationship between a wayward teen (Nicolás Durán) and his disapproving father (Alejandro Goic) comes to a head when the boy seeks shelter from the police, in this intense new film from Chilean writer-director Fernando Guzzoni.

 

In Santiago, Chile, 18-year-old Jesus lives alone with his father Hector in a flat where the TV covers up their inability to communicate. The rest of the time, he dances in a K-pop band, hangs out with friends and does drugs, watches trashy video clips online and has dangerous sex in public places – all in constant search of the next big thrill. One night, he finds it in an irreversible misadventure with friends – a violent event that brings Jesus and Hector closer than ever, but also threatens to tear them apart forever.

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The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin (c) Wolfe Releasing

Learn The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

The brand-new documentary The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin examines the life and work of one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth.

 

Director Jennifer Kroot (who was also at the helm of To Be Takei and It Came from Kuchar) has fashioned a documentary about the creator of Tales of the City that moves nimbly between playful and poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. With help from his friends (including Neil Gaiman, Alan Cumming, Margaret Cho, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan) Untold Tales offers a disarmingly frank look at the journey that took Maupin from the jungles of Vietnam to the bathhouses of 70’s San Francisco to the front line of the American culture war.

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Queer Thriller Alert: Rift

 

An enticing, well-acted and expertly-directed mystery-thriller, the new Icelandic film Rift will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Paying homage to classic horror films like Robert Wise’s The Haunting and Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now, writer/director Erlingur Thoroddsen has created something genuinely suspenseful. The movie has proven a big hit on the film festival circuit – not just LGBT film festivals, but general horror film festivals as well, where it has earned rave reviews.

 

Gunnar receives a strange phone call from his ex-boyfriend, Einar, months after they parted ways. Einar sounds distraught, like he’s about to do something terrible to himself, so Gunnar drives to the secluded cabin where Einar is holed up and soon discovers there is more going on than he imagined. As the two come to terms with their broken relationship, some other person seems to be lurking outside the cabin, wanting to get in.

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Throwback Thursday: Mysterious Skin

In 1992, Gregg Araki punched the cinematic world in the gut with his breakout feature The Living End, a hedonistic road movie about two HIV-positive men who embark on a shocking and violent crime spree. Since then Araki has been flipping the bird to mainstream culture whenever possible.

 

Turning 12 this year, Mysterious Skin, still might be his most accomplished and acclaimed effort. Adapted from Scott Heim‘s 1996 novel, Araki took his most serious turn to that point, taking on the controversial subject of childhood sexual abuse. In the process, he proved himself to be a maturing artist worthy of this difficult topic.

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Downriver

Our favorite VOD picks… this week at least

With the launch of brand-new TLAgay.com earlier this summer, the Gay Cinema Video On Demand experience we have been offering for a long, long time was upgraded and improved. We have (and continue) to expand our selection of new and old gay-themed movies available for your viewing pleasure. Here’s just five of our current favorites that you may have missed – ALL available to watch INSTANTLY!

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I Love You Both

Just Came Out: I Love You Both

I Love You Both is available on DVD starting TODAY! Click here to pick up your copy.

 

There’s something of a gay cinema sub-genre for stories about gay guys and straight girls who fall for the same presumably bisexual fella (see HeartbeatsAngels of SexJohn Apple JackHunterThree and The Passenger for just a few examples). The new comedy-drama I Love You Both looks like it will make a particularly thoughtful new addition.

 

Twins, Krystal and Donny, have been codependent for twenty-eight years, still living together in a converted one-bedroom house. As Krystal struggles to get over her ex- boyfriend and Donny struggles to come to grips with the fact that his new music manager might not be all that he claims, they both meet and starting falling for the same guy. Fearing the idea of having to go their separate ways, they remain in denial about the fact that they’re both dating him, until he eventually picks only one of them. His decision forces them to confront the fact that they can no longer live the same life. With nowhere to turn for advice except each other and their only two friends— Linda, Krystal’s co-worker, and their mother—the twins are finally forced to look for answers from within.

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Palace of Fun

You’re Invited to the Palace of Fun

In a world of sun and sea, three young people on the brink of adulthood navigate the complexities of love, sex and secrecy with disastrous consequences. Coming out in October, Palace of Fun is a smart, stylish thriller that is going to keep the sizzle of summer lingering well into the fall.

 

Producer David Stocks, writer/director Eadward Stocks and actor/writer George Stocks (real-life brothers, if you hadn’t already guessed) are the masterminds behind the project and their gorgeous craftsmanship reveals their movie-loving roots. Seemingly inspired by art house thrillers of the 1960s and 70s (Purple Noon and Knife in the Water certainly come to mind), the siblings have done their cinematic homework and prove themselves talented filmmakers worth keeping an eye on.

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Heartstone (c) Breaking Glass Pictures

A Conversation with Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson, the Director of Heartstone

Enjoy this interview with writer/director Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson, the man behind the gorgeous and powerful new coming-of-age drama Heartstone from Breaking Glass Pictures. This conversation was taken from the official press kit for Heartstone. We found it interesting and wanted to pass it along for your reading pleasure.

 

The film takes place in a remote fishing village in Iceland and follows teenage boys Thor and Christian (Baldur Einarsson and Blaer Hinriksson) as they experience a turbulent summer. As one tries to win the heart of a girl, the other discovers that he has been harboring new feelings toward his best friend. When summer ends – and the harsh nature of Iceland takes back its rights – it becomes apparent that it’s time to leave the playground and face adulthood.

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Phillip Henry. Is Not. One. Of. Your FAAAAANNNNS!

In what has to be one of our favorite – and tbh, long overdue – Twitter rages in ages, someone finally went on a tear about those now-ubiquitous “Only Fans” accounts. If you have Twitter you’ve seen them: Large grey boxes with a thirsty note screaming “I’ve a new fan!” littering your timeline. (It’s a social media app that allows content producers to set a monthly subscription price and get paid for their content. Porn stars have been using it to supplement their income and get paid for exclusive stuff they produce – much of it rather “meh.”)  Fair enough, we’ve no problem with that.

 

 

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