Voyage © Breaking Glass Pictures

Just Came Out: Voyage

A master of controversy, Hong Kong filmmaker Scud’s movies are bold, explicit, taboo-breaking and unafraid to examine the darkest sides of romance and longing. Much of his work, in fact, has faced major censorship in Hong Kong. “Homosexuality remains taboo in conservative Asia. LGBT films cannot be screened, nor officially distributed in China, rendering any such projects financially unviable, although my films have constantly topped the sales of the underground market,” the filmmaker said during a 2013 interview.

 

Scud (real name Danny Cheng Wan-Cheung) was born in mainland China during the Great Cultural Revolution and raised by his grandmother before moving to Hong Kong at the age of 13. He worked for multi-national companies, founded a publicly listed company, and acquired a bachelors degree thru part-time study. He then moved to Australia for a permanent residence. Realizing that he had fulfilled the dreams of others but not his own, he returned to Hong Kong in 2005 to start an independent film company, Artwalker, where he wrote and directed City without BaseballPermanent ResidenceAmphetamine, Love Actually… Sucks! and, most recently, Utopians (2015).

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Dropping the Soap (c) Dekkoo Films

Out This Week: Dropping the Soap

This week a truly gut-busting 10-part series starring Jane Lynch and Paul Witten will be hitting DVD shelves. Executive produced by Jane Lynch, “Dropping the Soap” goes behind-the-scenes of the long-running (and gawdawful) fictional soap-opera “Collided Lives”.

 

As the program struggles to stay afloat, a new Executive Producer named Olivia Vanderstein (hilarious played by Lynch) shows up to shake things up. While the cast and crew desperately try to hold things together, Julian Draker (the soap’s leading man of “questionable talent and moral compass”) played by co-creator Paul Witten struggles to keep his personal life private and his cast members employed.

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Coldwater © 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.

 

Coldwater © Breaking Glass Pictures

Coldwater © Breaking Glass Pictures

Coldwater

2013, United States

Brad Lunders (P.J. Boudousque) is a teenager who is abducted from his home in the middle of the night – with his mother’s consent – and taken to a harsh wilderness reform facility. There is no contact with the outside world and the retired war colonel in charge (James C. Burns) prides himself on breaking an inmate’s spirit in order to correct delinquent behavior. As we learn of the tragic events that led to Brad’s arrival at the camp, unforeseen circumstances threaten to tear the already eroding reform facility apart, Brad to confront not only his fellow inmates and the personnel in charge, but finally his own sense of what is right and what is wrong. We’re cheating a little here because Coldwater is not at all a straight-forward gay-themed film, but there is a lot of homoerotic tension and imagery. There’s also a healthy amount of male nudity.

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I'm Fine: The Complete Second Season © Dekkoo Films

Coming Soon: I’m Fine: The Complete Second Season

The Complete Second Season of this beloved romantic comedy series I’m Fine is coming to DVD March 13th!

 

I'm Fine: The Complete Second Season © Dekkoo Films

I’m Fine: The Complete Second Season © Dekkoo Films

 

I’m Fine takes a fresh, honest and hilarious look at gay male relationships and friendships… and the often blurry line between the two. In Season 2 of this acclaimed series, Nate (Perry Powell) decides it’s finally time to move on from his devastating breakup with hunky ex-boyfriend Joey (Shaughn Buchholz) but Nate’s fall-out with his best friend Jeff (Lee Doud) continues to loom. Meanwhile, Nicole (Brittney King) is back in town on the hunt for a new career, Andy (Richard Stokes) takes control of his open relationship with Brian (Ulysses Morgan), and Jeff finds companionship with someone new. Turns out they might be the ones who are FINE after all.

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Kissing Darkness © Kerwi Productions

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.

 

French Kisses © TLA Releasing

French Kisses © TLA Releasing

French Kisses

2017, France

Get seduced by the best gay short films from France in one exquisite collection! In Apollo, we follow a modern teenager, riddled with insecurities who keeps fantasizing about an ever more muscular body – and an even bigger banana. Herculaneum concerns three “appointments,” two men and a volcano that growls. In The Body of Angels, Remi listens to the birds and falls in the hedges while, Gabriel does something far more sinister. In En Retour, Jean-Marc meets Simon, a younger man, for dinner. After a promising start, the evening plunges into extreme drama. Ruptures follows Gabriel and Andre, ex-boyfriends who cross paths for the first time in ten years. Finally, in Juliet Electrique, 14-year-olds Thomas and Victor visit an abandoned bridge and soon face their most secret fears and desires.

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It’s time to get Screwed

Screwed (originally titled Pihalla) is a brand-new, must-see Finnish drama, where seventeen-year-old Miku and Elias (Mikko Kauppila and Valtteri Lehtinenfind themselves – and each other – during an idyllic summer in the Finnish countryside. Love is not as easy as it seems.

 

Seventeen year old Miku (Kauppila) is “just some dude,” devoid of personality, at least according to his brother. After a party-turned-rager that destroys his home, Miku is doomed to spend the rest of the summer at his family cottage, where both his parents avoid dealing with their own budding relationship crisis. But the calm of the Finnish countryside takes a turn for something strange when Miku meets Elias (Lehtinen). The boys have nothing in common except for their age and dysfunctional families. But something is pulling them together.

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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.

 

Esteros (c) Breaking Glass Pictures

Esteros (c) Breaking Glass Pictures

Esteros

2016, Argentina

Sexy and heartfelt, Esteros tells the story of two men who get a second chance at love. Childhood friends Matías and Jerónimo (played as kids by Joaquin Parada and Blas Finardi Niz and as adults by Ignacio Rogers and Esteban Masturini) reunite in their hometown of Paso de los Libres, Argentina, on the banks of the Uruguay River. The summer before high school, their friendship transformed into something deeper, but their mutual attraction never came to fruition. More than a decade later they meet again, and the chemistry between them is palpable, but now Matías has a girlfriend who has traveled to his hometown for Carnival. Seeing his old friend, now so comfortable and confident, reawakens Matías’ feelings. This unexpected opportunity forces him to reassess his choices and to figure out whether he can turn his back on marriage in favor of the man he’s always loved. A powerful film that elicits feelings of nostalgia for the forgotten romances from our past, Esteros offers a satisfying glimpse into what might have been (and what might still be).

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Throwback Thursday: The Consequence

Hollywood action director Wolfgang Petersen (the man behind Enemy Mine, Troy, Outbreak, Air Force One, In the Line of Fire, The NeverEnding Story, The Perfect Storm, Das Boot and more) made this surprisingly tender, though highly controversial prison-set gay German romance way back in 1977.

 

Jurgen Prochnow stars as Martin, who is sent to prison for the seduction of a minor. There, he meets and is immediately drawn to Thomas (Ernst Hannawald), the teenage son of one of the guards. After Martin’s release, the boy runs away from home to live with him. And despite threats from the boy’s father and the authorities, their love flourishes as the two are determined to live their life together – unprepared for the wrath triggered by their actions.

 

The Consequence (c) Water Bearer Films

The Consequence (c) Water Bearer Films

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About Us (c) TLA Releasing

What about love? What about trust? What About Us?

 

Diego (co-writer/director Thiago Cazado) has to leave his hometown in Brazil to attend a film school in California for 4 years. He also has to leave behind everything he has ever loved… including Matheus (Rodrigo Bittes), a handsome young man with whom he fell madly in love and shared passionate moments. Ten years later, back in Brazil, he decides to write a novel about their relationship using his camera instead of his pen. This heartfelt biopic shows how passion can increase our motivation in life but how making choices can be cruel for passion.

 

The young, independent, Brazilian directors/ producers behind the touching new gay romance About Us have previously released three short films on the internet, which earned views totaling more than one million. After this excellent initial feedback, the decision was made to auto-finance their first feature film relating the intense and passionate relationship one of them had with a handsome lover. The movie was filmed in four months with local actors from Brasilia. Some of them are famous, some are beginners, but all of them were highly involved into the project. Thiago Cazado, who plays the protagonist and co-wrote and directed the film, is very active on the art scene in Brasilia on stage and in clubs where he works as an actor and as a DJ.

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Seat in Shadow (c) 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.

 

All Male, All Nude (c) Breaking Glass Pictures

All Male, All Nude (c) Breaking Glass Pictures

All Male, All Nude

2017, United States

Award-winning filmmaker Gerald McCullouch (BearCity, Daddy) dives into the lives of men who work at America’s only all-nude, all-male gay strip club – located, oddly enough, in the heart of The Bible Belt! All Male, All Nude is a cutting-edge journey into the taboo world of male stripping. The men living this life can’t be boxed in, nor can those who pay to watch them shed their clothes. An unprecedented expedition, the film introduces staggeringly attractive array of gents (ranging in age from their 20s to their 40s) who expose themselves for the camera in more ways than one. Not only is there plenty of jaw-dropping nudity on display, but the men discuss the events that brought them to this controversial line of work: acting as delicious eye candy for gay men, straight women, business men in town for work, married couples and everyone in between.

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