The Gay Cinema Video On Demand experience at TLAgay.com has your entertainment needs covered! We’re always working to expand 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.
With bright red hair, a smart mouth and a penchant for sexually-ambiguous pop music, Ned (Fionn O’Shea) has always been bait for the bullies at his rugby-obsessed Irish boarding school. Determined to keep a low profile and weather another year with minimal abuse, Ned is pleasantly surprised when he develops a special friendship with his dashing new roommate Conor (Nicholas Galitzine), a rugby virtuoso who shouldn’t have trouble fitting in, but harbors a few big secrets. Ned encourages Conor’s passion for music, but when their pursuits start to take Conor’s focus away from rugby, their friendship is discouraged by the administration. A funny and observant coming-of-age tale from Irish novelist and filmmaker John Butler, Handsome Devil offers a touching reminder about the importance of loyalty, bravery and making sure that your voice, no matter how different, is heard.
2014, United States
Maggie Cooper (My Big Fat Greek Wedding creator and star Nia Vardalos) thinks it would be really cool if her son Lloyd (adorable “Good Luck Charlie” star Jason Dolley) were gay. So cool, in fact, that she “outs” him to his entire high school. Like any good “helicopter mom,” who hovers over every aspect of her children’s lives, Maggie takes control of Lloyd’s social life, setting Lloyd up on dates with boys of whom she has approved and filing for a gay student college scholarship. There’s just one issue with her grand plans… Lloyd isn’t quite sure whether or not he’s actually gay. Striving to become one of the most inappropriate mothers in gay cinema history, Nia Vardalos is fabulous and incredibly funny in this movie, while Jason Dolley, playing the “straight man” (dumb pun intended) tackles his character’s sexual confusion in an open and refreshing way. Mark Boone Junior, a consistently terrific character actor usually tasked with playing intimidating tough guys and criminals, also brings a lot of heart as Lloyd’s supportive father. Helicopter Mom is a colorful, feel-good family movie with laughs to spare.
2010, United States
Tender and tantalizing, erotic and innocent, Mary Marie unfolds the story of lifelong devotion between two women who can neither be fully together nor apart. In the wake of a mother’s passing, Mary (co-writer Alana Kearns-Green) and Marie (writer-director Alexandra Roxo) retrace their childhood footsteps back to the country house where they grew up. Seduced by the sultry heat of the rural summer, their sisterly affection begins to overflow into unspeakable love. Their forbidden intimacy deepens until a naive farm boy troubles the waters, unleashing waves of jealousy and betrayal, and exposing cruelty that only lovers are capable of. Mary Marie caused controversy among festival audiences worldwide, while simultaneously charming audiences with its stunning style and the breathtakingly raw performances by Kearns-Green and Roxo.
Happily filled with contradictions, tall, dark and handsome Bram (Cem Akkanat) lives a mysterious life in Antwerp that is very different from his conservative, religious upbringing. By day he is the dutiful son and brother, but by night he is a casual drug dealer partying around town and hanging out with the very cute Kevin (Simon Van Buyten). Rumors fly around the neighborhood about Bram’s “inclinations,” so his father lays down the law that his eldest son needs to be a role model for his younger brother Furkant (Lukas De Wolf) who’s a hoodlum turned Islamic fundamentalist. Subsequently Bram flies off to Turkey to meet his future wife (who happens to be his cousin), but not without bringing his newfound friend with him. The platonic friendship with Kevin rapidly turns to a seductive love affair that will shake up everyone’s old-fashioned values. At the center of Mixed Kebab, director Guy Lee Thys paints a rich picture of how race and class affect a simple thing like love in today’s society and that courage and tolerance ultimately triumph over all.
2012, United States
Featuring an astounding performance from former Roseanne star Natalie West, Nate & Margaret is something of a modern indie version of Harold & Maude. The film centers on a 19-year-old film student named Nate (Tyler Ross from The Wise Kids and Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party) and his best friend Margaret (West), a 52-year-old spinster who dreams of being a stand-up comedian and is taking steps in that direction despite being frequently misunderstood. Nate’s audacious classmate Darla (Gaby Hoffmann) sets him up on a date with James (Conor McCahill). Pretty soon, though, his new romance is demanding a lot of his time and stats to cause a rift in his friendship with Margaret, who must now go find a life of her own. We can’t overstate how deeply affecting Natalie West is in this film. She seems pretty reclusive as far as film and TV goes, but we wish she stared in a lot more movies.