Paper Boys © Dekkoo Films

Coming Soon: Paper Boys

A new six-episode gay series coming to DVD, Paper Boys tells the story of Cole (Kyle Cabral), who, in a brash decision, secretly moves to San Francisco under the guise of his straight best friend’s engagement party to escape a dead-end career and the memories of a passionate summer fling with a boy in New York. But when he arrives, he runs into the former fling and old feelings resurface. And after his friend, Daren (Nathan Brown), reveals his engagement was an accident, Cole uses the mysterious powers of a re-discovered sketchbook to try to put their lives back on track, whatever the consequences.

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Last Summer © 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.

 

Last Summer © Breaking Glass Pictures

Last Summer © Breaking Glass Pictures

Last Summer

2013, United States

Writer/director Mark Thiedeman‘s Last Summer tells the story of two high school sweethearts, Luke and Jonah (Samuel Pettit and Sean Rose), who spend their final months together over the course of a long, quiet summer in the rural South, contemplating their uncertain future. Jonah, sensitive, quiet and artistic, prepares to leave his small town for college, leaving Luke behind, but all he wants is for Luke to ask him to stay. But Luke, an athlete struggling through summer school, knows that his boyfriend needs to experience the world beyond their home. A beautiful melancholy romance, Last Summer takes on an almost otherwordly vibe. It’s set in an idealistic American South where Luke and Jonah’s relationship is never questioned or taken as anything other than a normal high school romance. Their struggle isn’t with the outside world, but with the passage of time.

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O Fantasma © Strand Releasing

Throwback Thursday: O Fantasma

What do you get when you put together a ravenously promiscuous young man, a latex suit, explicit sex, kidnapping, a mental breakdown and a live rabbit? O Fantasma! It’s still one of the strangest and sexiest gay films we’ve ever seen (and we’re saying that a whole eighteen years later).

 

Co-written and directed by João Pedro Rodrigues, who went on to helm the films Two Drifters, To Die Like a Man and the recent mind-fuck The Ornithologist, O Fantasma centers around twenty-something Sergio (Ricardo Meneses), a Lisbon trash collector on the graveyard shift who is a societal “phantom” – one who collects the rubbish of others and eradicates it under a darkened sky.

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Threesomething © Gravitas Ventures

Sneak a Peek at Threesomething

Two straight best friends try to have a threesome… and shit gets weird.

 

Threesomething follows Isaac and Charlie (James Morosini and Sam Sonenshine), straight buddies who want more out of their friendship… and decide to organize a threesome. Enter Zoe (Isabelle Chester), a cosmic bohemian wild woman living in a glass tree house, who’s actually just trying to get her shit together. Zoe and Isaac fall in love, fast and hard. Charlie falls into a crisis of masculinity. All three flounder as they earnestly seek an experience slightly beyond their grasp, trying to figure out what turns them on and what gets them off.

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Razzia © First Run Features

Coming Soon: Razzia

Co-writer/director Nabil Ayouch paints a mesmerizing portrait of a city and a meditation on desire and love in the kaleidoscopic drama Razzia. The film tells five different unrelated, but subtly interconnected stories about five Moroccans pushed to the fringes in Casablanca by the extremist government in place – contrasting the mythic romance of the classic 1941 film Casablanca with an honest and deeply humanistic portrait of contemporary Moroccans yearning for connection amidst political crisis.

 

After an opening set in 1982 which follows an idealistic teacher (Amine Ennaji) falling in love with a widow, Razzia cuts to present day. Among the modern-day characters are the fiercely independent Salima (co-writer Maryam Touzani), who refuses to conform to the accepted mold of a wife and mother; Monsieur Joe (Arieh Worthalter), a Jewish cafe owner caught struggling with his unexpressed desires; Ines (Dounia Binebine), a troubled bourgeois teen; and Hakim (Abdelilah Rachid), a young, Freddie Mercury-worshiping gay musician dealing with day-to-day homophobia.

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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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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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