BPM (Beats Per Minute) © Passion River Films

Just Came Out: BPM (Beats Per Minute)

In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists goes to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies in bold, invasive actions. The organization is ACT UP, and its members, many of them gay and HIV-positive, embrace their mission with a literal life-or-death urgency. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan (Arnaud Valois) falls in love with Sean (Nahuel Perez Biscayart), the group’s radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough.

 

BPM (Beats Per Minute) is one of the most acclaimed gay films in a year full of them. The Los Angeles Times called it “A restless, engrossing dramatic portrait of Parisian activists fighting the AIDS pandemic in the early 1990s.” The San Francisco Chronicle said “BPM is a true and committed document, a worthy piece of filmmaking that keeps faith with the people it memorializes.” The film was also the official French submission for the 2017 Academy Award race for Best Foreign Language Film, though it did not ultimately get nominated.

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Fourplay © AOK 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.

 

Fourplay © AOK Productions

Fourplay © AOK Productions

Fourplay

2012, United States

An eye-opening gem of a short film collection, Fourplay offers up four short stories both hilarious and emotionally powerful. Each of the individual films follow seemingly ordinary characters who find themselves thrust into some very unusual sexual situations. In Skokie, a closeted woman’s crush on her minister’s wife erupts during a weekend of dog-sitting. In Austin, a young couple discovers a kinky way to keep their relationship alive. In Tampa, a man with an extremely small penis finds his nirvana in a public restroom. And in San Francisco, a cross-dressing sex-worker faces a challenging assignment with a elderly quadriplegic man. Fourplay handles a wide variety of extremely taboo subjects with great sensitivity and depicts sex acts as potentially cathartic moments in our lives. It’s also riotously funny and deeply heartfelt.

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Liquid Sky © Vinegar Syndrome

Throwback Thursday: Liquid Sky

A science fiction oddity from the early 1980s set in the subterranean world of heroin addicts, performance artists and androgynous models in New York City’s East Village, Liquid Sky became a staple of the midnight movie circuit and college campus film societies. Produced with a budget of only $500,000, the film became the most successful independent film of 1983 grossing $1.7 million in the first several months of release. It’s also seen as heavily influencing the “electrotrash” club scene that emerged in the early 2000s in Brooklyn, Berlin, Paris and London.

 

A tiny UFO lands on the roof of a grungy penthouse apartment inhabited by an androgynous model played by Anne Carlisle (who works overtime in dual roles as Jimmy, a snarling junkie, and Margaret, his female nemesis, a languid model with an unusual kiss of death) and her drug-dealing lover Paula E. Sheppard (the former child star of Alice, Sweet Alice). As explained with deadpan gravity by hilariously naive alien hunter Otto Von Wernherr, the UFOs congregate in areas of intense heroin concentration and feed off the highs of addicts. This alien, though, has found an even better high: orgasms.

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Sleeping Giant (c) Altered Innocence

Out This Week: Sleeping Giant

The Great Canadian North is the majestic yet haunting backdrop for director Andrew Cividino’s debut feature Sleeping Giant. A character unto itself, the northern shore of Lake Superior exemplifies a palpable sense of liberation, freedom and youthful recklessness propelled inevitably into danger and self-destruction in a larger-than-life embodiment of the complexities of adolescence being navigated by its young stars.

 

Teenager Adam is spending his summer vacation with his parents on rugged Lake Superior. His dull routine is shattered when he befriends Riley and Nate, smart aleck cousins who pass their ample free time with debauchery and reckless cliff jumping. The revelation of a hurtful secret triggers Adam to set in motion a series of irreversible events that test the bonds of friendship and change the boys forever.

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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.

 

Easier with Practice © Breaking Glass Pictures

Easier with Practice © Breaking Glass Pictures

Easier with Practice

2009, United States

In his feature debut, gay writer/director Kyle Patrick Alvarez offered up this funny, thoughtful and sexy story of a shy, hopelessly romantic writer’s attempt to turn phone sex into a loving relationship. Cutie-pie Brian Geraghty (“The Alienist,” “Boardwalk Empire,” The Hurt Locker) stars as Davy, a scruffy, socially-awkward young nerd who has never had a meaningful romantic relationship. When he gets a strange, unexplained call from a woman named Nicole, who uses her sultry voice and graphic imagination to seduce him, something is awakened. Our lonely hero becomes infatuated with his new mysterious dream girl. As their relationship develops, Davy becomes hopelessly obsessed with meeting the reluctant Nicole in person – alienating friends, family and other romantic prospects in the process. On a shoestring budget, using few actors, realistic dialog and some truly impressive long takes, Alvarez (who went on to direct C.O.G., The Stanford Prison Experiment and multiple episodes of the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”) crafts an honest, emotional and thoroughly engrossing mystery.

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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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