Floating Skyscrapers © TLA Releasing

This Weekend’s VOD Favorites

With the launch of the brand-new TLAgay.com, the Gay Cinema Video On Demand experience we have been offering for a long, long time was upgraded and improved. We have expanded (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, from various years, that you may have missed – ALL available to watch INSTANTLY! These aren’t our TOP 5, by any means – just a handful of flicks we want to highlight.

 

Floating Skyscrapers © Canteen Outlaws

Floating Skyscrapers © Canteen Outlaws

Floating Skyscrapers

2013, Poland

Kuba (Mateusz Banasiuk), a champion swimmer, wants to have his cake and eat it too. He’s in a committed relationship with Sylwia (Marta Nieradkiewicz), but he’s carrying on an affair with Michal (Bartosz Gelner), a naïve, slightly younger fellow athlete who, initially, yearns for more affection than Kuba is willing to give in his state of sexual confusion. As the two boys spend more time together, Michal finds the courage to come out to his family while Kuba starts falling more and more in love with his best gay buddy. Sadly, Sylwia and won’t let Kuba go so easily. By trying to hold on to two loves at the same time, Kuba ensures as tragic ending for everyone involved. Prizing setting and mood over dialog and incident, Floating Skyscrapers makes up for a lack of action with gorgeously-rendered, highly erotic sex scenes. The director stages intimate moments that giving the audience a clear view of Kuba’s bisexuality, and showing how he treats both his male and female lovers.

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Caught in a Landslide © Music Video Distributors

“Wade Radford” is Caught in a Landslide

Meet Jay Proctor (although you may already know his work). A prolific underground filmmaker with a punk rock aesthetic, Proctor has been churning out low-budget gay films at a rapid clip since 2012 – sometimes as an actor, sometimes as a producer, writer and director, always under the pseudonym Wade Radford. Now, he’s reinventing himself with the forthcoming indie Caught in a Landslide.

 

According to his own personal website, Proctor disappeared from the guerrilla cinema scene in 2016, depleted by years of relentless output. It’s understandable. Since 2012, he’s appeared in the films Sex, Lies and Depravity, More Sex, Lies and Depravity, all three installments of the Boys Behind Bars series, the claustrophobic horror/drama Twink, the meditative romance 1 Last Chance at Paradise and the snuff film-inspired Fluid Boy (just to name a few – there are more). Not one to ignore creative impulses, Proctor also released a lot of writing (with delicious titles like “The Ideation of Six Feet Under” and “Master Crotch and The Sex-Hungry Human Minions”) during his cinema sabbatical.

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Double Lover © Cohen Media Group

This Week’s Guiltiest Pleasure: Double Lover

Throughout his career, maverick queer filmmaker François Ozon has built an impressive catalog of surreal masterpieces. Though he is best known for the (more kinda/sorta mainstream) films Under the Sand8 WomenSwimming Pool and the recent post-WWII drama Frantz, his earlier works give the best example of his unique and sharply satirical style. Don’t miss See the SeaSitcomWater Drops on Burning Rocks or Criminal Lovers – all transgressive gems that pushed boundaries with their provocative and overtly gay sensibility. We also think you should take a look at his latest film, Double Lover, a sexy, no-holds-barred new thriller loosely adapted from the Joyce Carol Oates novel “Lives of the Twins” and greatly indebted to the style of Hitchcock.

 

Crafting a deliriously cinematic web of suspense, shock, eroticism, and power dynamics Ozon masters the trashy thriller genre with Double Lover. It’s the movie equivalent of a breezy pulp paperback you bring on vacation, plow through and leave behind in your room for future guests to enjoy.

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Man in an Orange Shirt © PBS

Just Came Out: Man in an Orange Shirt

Oscar-winning actress and general cinematic legend Vanessa Redgrave stars in this powerful new drama from Masterpiece Theater. Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour in July, 2017, Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton announced that Man in an Orange Shirt, starring Redgrave as a grandmother struggling with her relationship with her gay grandson, will air in June 2018 as part of Gay Pride Month. It will also be coming to DVD on June 19th.

 

In his first screen drama, best-selling British novelist Patrick Gale tells two gay love stories, sixty years apart – stories linked by family, and by a painting that holds a secret that echoes down the generations. Charting the challenges and huge changes to gay lives from the Second World War to the present, the two-hour film explores a forbidden relationship made impossible by illegality and societal pressure and contrasts it with present day romance which, while the external constraints have fallen away, is a minefield of internalized issues and temptations.

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Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate © Wolfe Releasing

Hurricane Bianca is Taking Russia by Storm

A fast-paced revenge comedy starring ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ winner Bianca Del Rio (a.k.a. comic Roy Haylock), Rachel DratchAlan CummingMargaret Cho and Mama Ru herself, 2016’s Hurricane Bianca was a delightfully warped treat – so much so that there is now an unexpected, but totally welcome sequel!

 

After winning over the staff and students of Milford High School, chemistry teacher Richard Martinez a.k.a. Bianca Del Rio (Haylock) sent her nemesis Vice Principal Deborah “Debbie” Ward (Dratch) to jail in a flawlessly executed plan. When Debbie is released from jail, she conjures up a scheme to do away with Bianca Del Rio once and for all, by luring her on a dangerous journey to Russia to accept a teaching award and cash prize. Filled with laughs, celebrity cameos and America’s drag superstars, the brand-new Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate is packed with surprises and unlikely partnerships that spark friendship and acceptance.

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Happiness Adjacent © Guest House Films

This Weekend’s VOD Favorites

With the launch of the brand-new TLAgay.com, the Gay Cinema Video On Demand experience we have been offering for a long, long time was upgraded and improved. We have expanded (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, from various years, that you may have missed – ALL available to watch INSTANTLY! These aren’t our TOP 5, by any means – just a handful of flicks we want to highlight.

 

Happiness Adjacent © Guest House Films

Happiness Adjacent © Guest House Films

Happiness Adjacent

2017, United States

Happiness Adjacent explores the romance that blossoms between Hank (Adam Fried), a nice gay Jewish boy traveling alone on a tropical cruise, and Kurt (Ian Dick), a bisexual man vacationing with his wife, Kate (Rachel Alig). While Hank isn’t looking for a relationship, he can’t deny his immediate attraction to Kurt and their intense connection. As Hank struggles to get past his own issues and his past failed relationships, he can’t help but wonder if Kurt is secretly looking for a way to break up the monotony of his seemingly stale marriage. Is this just a vacation fling, or is it a chance for both men to find true happiness? Shot entirely on location on the iPhone 6S Plus, Happiness Adjacent is the terrific ninth feature film from writer/director Rob Williams – the same guy behind Shared Rooms, The Men Next Door and Make the Yuletide Gay.

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Grimsey © TLA Releasing

Take a romantic trip to Grimsey

After his boyfriend Norberto (Eugenio Sanz) breaks up with him and runs away to Iceland, heartbroken Bruno (Richard Garcia) decides to set out to find him. He soon meets Arnau (Raul Portero), a handsome local tour guide in Reykjavik, who is determined to help Bruno in his exceedingly idealistic search. Their trip will become a grieving process for them both, until they reach the remote island of Grimsey. There, Bruno will have to learn what love really means in order to move on with his life.

 

Lead actors Richard Garcia and Raul Portero also wrote and directed this charming and deeply sweet new romance, which doubles as an Icelandic travelogue.

 

Grimsey © TLA Releasing

Grimsey © TLA Releasing

 

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Al Berto © TLA Releasing

Out This Week: Al Berto

It’s 1975 and the winds of change are blowing over post-revolutionary Portugal. Al Berto (Ricardo Teixeirareturns to his small village after several years in Brussels, where he trained as a painter. Settling illegally in a mansion that had been expropriated from his family during the revolution, young Al Berto begins to hang out with locals who share his interest in the arts and dream of a different life. Among them is the handsome Joo Maria (José Pimentão) -who quickly falls for Al Berto’s charm. Soon Al Berto begins a counter-culture revolution that bewitches the town’s young, but threatens the ideals of the most conservative locals.

 

Check out the trailer along with some select images from Al Berto below and click here to order your copy. It’s coming out THIS WEEK on DVD and VOD!

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Scrum © MVD

Out This Week: Scrum

An award winning Australian documentary that tells a story of determination, acceptance, and brotherhood, Scrum was broadcasted in three continents and has toured the festival circuit to great acclaim. Now you’ll have a chance to see the powerful film that’s changing the way people view sport and homosexuality. It comes to DVD this week.

 

Scrum presents an intimate look at the journey of three players on the Sydney Convicts Team as they prepare physically and mentally for the 2014 Bingham Cup. For these players, being part of the Convicts means you’re more than a team; you’re brothers. As the players vie for a place in the gay rugby World Cup, this muddy, sweaty and visually arresting documentary reveals what it means for these incredible tough men to be able to compete and be accepted for who they are.

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You Can't Escape Lithuania © TLA Releasing

This Weekend’s VOD Favorites

With the launch of the brand-new TLAgay.com, the Gay Cinema Video On Demand experience we have been offering for a long, long time was upgraded and improved. We have expanded (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, from various years, that you may have missed – ALL available to watch INSTANTLY! These aren’t our TOP 5, by any means – just a handful of flicks we want to highlight.

 

Blue Briefs © Guest House Films

Blue Briefs © Guest House Films

Blue Briefs

2012, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States

Following on the heels of Black Briefs, their first successful short film compilation (which we featured in this series last week), Guest House Films (the production company and distribution house from Rob Williams – the director behind Role/Play3-Day Weekend, Make the Yuletide Gay and the brand-new Happiness Adjacent) continued their series with Blue Briefs. This brilliant, engrossing and emotional collection features stellar gay shorts that focus on relationships and the unfortunate pain that often accompanies true love (something that most gay men know all too well). The collection includes the films Requited by Sal Bardo, Boys Like You by Daniel Armando, We Once Were Tide by Jason Bradbury, Revolution by Abdi Nazemian, The In-Between by Alain Hain and Frozen Roads by Mark Pariselli.

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