Voyage © Breaking Glass Pictures

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.

 

The Boy with the Sun in His Eyes © Bangor Films

The Boy with the Sun in His Eyes © Bangor Films

The Boy with the Sun in His Eyes

2009, United States

The untimely funeral of a friend rockets John (Tim Swain) into the orbit of the flamboyant Solange (Mahogany Reynolds), a B-movie actress/one hit wonder musician best known in Europe for her roles in 80’s Italian horror movies. John soon follows her into heady whirlwind romances with cute French pop stars and deadly (but hot!) Milanese model managers. They barely survive murderous performance artists in Paris and fatal gourmet food poisonings in Italy. John begins to realize that Solange’s world is far more complex and dangerous than he could possibly have imagined. Her chosen lifestyle abounds with trips, tricks and traps. Based on the novel by James Derek Dwyer, prolific underground filmmaker Todd Verow‘s The Boy with the Sun in His Eyes is a sexy-smart absurdist comedy that doubles as an homage to 1980’s trash cinema favorites.

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Play the Devil © Breaking Glass Pictures

Coming Soon: Play the Devil

Gregory (Petrice Jones), a gifted working-class teenager from Paramin, a village located on one of the highest points of Trinidad, stars in a stage play that brings him to the attention of James (Gareth Jenkins), an affluent businessman. The two men strike up an uncanny friendship as James takes Greg under his wing, pushing him to discover himself professional, creatively, and intimately. Confused, Greg must at once deal with the return of his drug-addicted father, and navigate through the early days of adulthood. As Carnival Monday approaches and the locals prepare for the annual male initiation parade, Greg must confront James – an act which will culminate in life-changing events.

 

A self-taught filmmaker from the island of New Providence in The Bahamas, Play the Devil writer/director Maria Govan began her cinematic journey at the age of eighteen when she moved to Los Angeles to work on big Hollywood sets. Over a decade of hands-on work laid the foundation for her craft and she began writing her first narrative film Rain, which eventually premiered at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival and was then licensed to Showtime Networks. Play the Devil was shot entirely in Trinidad in the spring of 2015. Govan is currently in development of her next film projects, My Life in a Dojo and Epiphany.

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Miss Stevens © The Orchard

Take a trip with Miss Stevens

Stuck at a crossroads in her personal life, it falls on Miss Stevens (“American Horror Story” stand-out Lily Rabe) to chaperone three of her students – the wildly talented Billy (Call Me by Your Name star Timothee Chalamet), the intelligent, but slightly stuck-up Margot (Lili Reinhart) and the openly gay Sam (Anthony Quintal) – on a weekend trip to a drama competition. Exploring the fine line between being a grown up and being a kid, Miss Stevens is about students becoming teachers and teachers coming to realize that the messiness of youth never really goes away.

 

Check out the trailer for Miss Stevens below and click here to pre-order your copy. It’s coming to DVD in May.

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Uncle Gloria: One Helluva Ride! © Allied Vaughn

Out This Week: Uncle Gloria

Uncle Gloria: One Helluva Ride! is a darkly funny, stranger-than-fiction documentary full of family drama and fireworks. The film is available on DVD starting this week.

 

During a nasty divorce, Butch, the 67 year-old Jewish macho and homophobic owner of a South Florida auto-wrecking company, hides from the law… as a woman – unknowingly setting off a twisting chain of events that lead to an epic tale of discovery. Naming herself after her two idols – Gloria Estefan and Gloria Steinem – she decides to remodel herself in much the same way Butch once lovingly restored his old cars. As a senior citizen, she undergoes a risky sex change operation, becomes a dominatrix, later a transgender activist, and ultimately finds love, all while trying to reconcile with her dysfunctional family.

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A Fantastic Woman © Sony Pictures Classics

Coming Soon: A Fantastic Woman

Marina (Daniela Vega) and Orlando (Francisco Reyes) are in love and planning for the future. Marina is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Orlando is 20 years older than her, and owns a printing company. After celebrating Marina’s birthday one evening, Orlando falls seriously ill. Marina rushes him to the emergency room, but he passes away just after arriving at the hospital.

 

Instead of being able to mourn her lover, suddenly Marina is treated with suspicion. The doctors and Orlando’s family don’t trust her. A detective investigates Marina to see if she was involved in his death. Orlando’s ex-wife forbids her from attending the funeral. And to make matters worse, Orlando’s son threatens to throw Marina out of the home she shared with her late lover.

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1:54 © Breaking Glass Pictures

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.

 

1:54 © Breaking Glass Pictures

1:54 © Breaking Glass Pictures

1:54

2016, Canada

Tim (adorable French-Canadian star Antoine-Olivier Pilon, who Xavier Dolan fans may recognize as the riveting lead of Mommy) is a shy sixteen-year-old athlete with a natural gift for running, dealing with the loss of his mother as well as his sexuality. However, the last four years of high school have been tough on him because of Jeff (Lou-Pascal Tremblay) and his crew. In his last year of school, Tim is sick and tired of feeling like a loser, and wants to shine for once. He decides to stand up to Jeff by dethroning him in the 800m championship, the event Jeff is known for in school. But behind the competition and rivalry, a secret is wreaking havoc. After a personal video is shared on social media, Tim’s private life is about to explode into the public eye. Soon Tim finds himself pushed to the edge because of the pressure he endures, the edge where human limits reach the point of no return.

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Freak Show © IFC Films

You’re Invited to the Freak Show

Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther) is one-of-a-kind: a fabulous, glitter-bedecked, gender-bending teenager whose razor-sharp wit is matched only his by his outrageous, anything-goes fashion sense. When his glamorous mother (Bette Midler) is forced to send him to live with his straight-laced father (Larry Pine), Billy finds himself a diva-out-of-water at his new ultra-conservative high school. Undaunted by the bullies who don’t understand him, the fearless Billy sets out to make a big statement in his own inimitable way: challenging the school’s reigning mean girl (Abigail Breslin) for the title of homecoming queen.

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Scrum © MVD

Coming Soon: 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 on June 12th.

 

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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Man in an Orange Shirt © PBS

Meet the 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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Spend some time with Mr. Man!

Specializing in locating, rating and posting instances of male nudity in film and television, Mr. Man is a spin-off of the notorious and wildly popular Mr. Skin. Now, a large selection of their videos are available to stream at TLA. We’re highlighting five of our favorites below! Click here to see the full selection.

 

Brawling in the Buff

If you’re crusin’ for some brusin’, the silver screen and the boob tube are jammed packed with scenes of both violent and playful battles between men. Violence is never sexy, but a dude who fights (in the buff) is all right with me! Sometimes it’s exciting to see some beefcake blowing off some steam on the big screen. When a Hollywood bad boy strips down and throws down, Mr. Man is sure to take notice. Even though we don’t want anyone to get hurt, we still get excited when a strapping young star grapples, rumbles, or wrestles another man in the nude. It’s sweaty and sexy! Tom Hardy greases up and gets ready for battle in Bronson. It’s Matt Damon, Brendan Fraser, and Chris O’Donnell butting heads in School Ties. In Eastern Promises, see absolutely everything as Viggo Mortensen beats the hell out of two fully dressed Russian mob thugs while naked in a bath house. In Women in Love, Oliver Reed and Alan Bates strip down and wrestle in the nude. Chris Romano goes completely bare in Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland, giving us jiggling frontal as he fights a dude. See clear views of Jack O’Connell‘s frantic, flopping, fantastic full frontal as he has a fully naked shower brawl in Starred Up. Alex Dimitriades and Julian Garner exchange a blowjob before things go south in Head On. Ryan Phillippe and Stephen Louis Grush both reveal some rumpage before fighting in Catch Hell. Robert Duvall makes with the rump before fighting off guards in THX 1138. Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers showcase their gym built bodies in the ring in Rocky. Andrew Scott, Hugh O’Conor, Peter McDonald, Brian Gleeson, Michael Legge, and Andrew Bennett show off their thong-clad behinds before brawling in The Bachelor Weekend. Eric Bruskotter enters the gym to show the guys what a hot body looks like in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. Tony Jaa is shirtless, sweaty, dirty, and whipping a chain like it is nobody’s business in Ong Bak 2. Clint Eastwood and his body double put on a fully nude show during a fight with the extra hunky Bruce M. Fischer in Escape from Alcatraz. Landon Liboiron finally gives us a generous look at his butt while caught in a show down in Hemlock Grove. Tony Curran teases some ass as he gets in the tub to fight with his wife and grown son in Defiance. And Alex Pettyfer and Channing Tatum fight their way out of a bachelorette party dressed only in “hot cop” hats, thongs and gun belts in Magic Mike.

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