Women in Love © Criterion Collection

Throwback Thursday: Women in Love

A masterful examination of sexual domination and repression, director Ken Russell‘s powerful rendition of the classic D.H. Lawrence novel follows two Midlands sisters and the tempestuous relationships they form. Released in 1969, Women in Love vaulted Russell onto the international stage and allowed him to continue shattering taboos, much as the source material once did.

 

Set in an English mining community on the crest of modernity, Women in Love traces the shifting currents of desire that link the emancipated Brangwen sisters (Jennie Linden and an Oscar-winning Glenda Jackson) to a freethinking dreamer (Alan Bates) and a hard-willed industrialist (Oliver Reed) – as well as the men’s own erotically charged friendship. Bates plays a young man who is attracted to the idea of bisexuality – an obsession which culminates in an unforgettable and still-brazen nude wrestling match with the butch Reed. It’s also worth noting that the novel was adapted for the screen by playwright and gay activist Larry Kramer, founder of Act-Up and The Gay Men’s Health Crises and writer behind “The Normal Heart.”

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My Friend Dahmer © FilmRise

Coming Soon: My Friend Dahmer

Not for the squeamish or easily triggered, the haunting, sad and surprisingly tender My Friend Dahmer tells the true story of Jeffrey Dahmer, the infamous serial killer, in high school, before he became notorious for his shocking and grisly crimes. Written for the screen and directed by Marc Meyers, this film is based on the acclaimed 2012 graphic novel of the same name by real-life Dahmer classmate and former friend Derf Backderf (played by Alex Wolff in the film).

 

With pitch-perfect period detail, impressive for what must have been a low-budget, the film takes place in the late 1970’s. Jeff (played by former Disney Channel star Ross Lynch) is an awkward, lanky teenager struggling to make it through high school with a family life in ruins. Torn between an insufferable self-obsessed, dangerously unhinged mother (Anne Heche, channeling some of her own public battles with mental illness) and a neglectful, milquetoast father (Dallas Roberts), young Jeff spends most of his time in the shed out back, dissolving the remains of roadkill in jars of acid stolen from his dad’s chemistry lab.

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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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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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Hazlo Como Hombre (Do It Like an Hombre) (c) Lions Gate Films

Just Came Out: Hazlo Como Hombre

Alpha male Raul isn’t shy about telling his best amigos, Santiago and Eduardo, how to live their lives. But when Santi – who’s engaged to Raul’s sister – announces he’s gay, Raul’s world turns upside down. With ridiculous interventions and shameless schemes, Raul does everything he can to change Santi – and learns an unforgettable lesson about what it means to be a real hombre.

 

Mexican superstars Mauricio Ochmann and Aislinn Derbez star in this hilarious bro-mantic comedy! Hazlo Como Hombre was Mexico’s highest-grossing local film of the year and had additional success with a limited theatrical release in the United States. The film comes from the same beloved studio behind the most successful Hispanic-American films ever in the U.S. and worldwide, Instructions Not Included and How to Be a Latin Lover, and comes to DVD TODAY!

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Wallflowers: Seasons 1 & 2 (c) Dekkoo Films

Out This Week: Wallflowers: Seasons 1 & 2

The first two seasons of Wallflowers, a comedy series by filmmaker Kieran Turner (director of acclaimed documentary Jobriath A.D.), are out this week in a Special Edition release from Dekkoo Films. Set in the cruelly comedic dating world of New York City, Wallflowers details the disastrous romantic exploits of a tight knit group of Gen-X stragglers coping with the ecstasy and the agony of single life – as members of a Manhattan support group for the hopelessly single.

 

The show features an impressive, talented cast of NYC-based theater and film actors, including Chad Kimball (Tony Nominated for Broadway’s “Memphis”), Sarah Saltzberg (creator and star of Broadway’s hit musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”), Gideon Glick (Broadway’s “Spring Awakening” & “Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark”), Gibson Frazier (Man of the Century), and Marcia DeBonis (That’s What She SaidThe Truman ShowWhatever Works).

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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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Call Me by Your Name © Sony Pictures Classics

Call Me by Your Name Comes Home in March!

In a staggering year full of excellent, high-profile gay-themed movies (see also: Tom of FinlandBeach RatsBPM (Beats Per Minute) and God’s Own Country) Call Me by Your Name stands as a massive, towering achievement. Not only did we name the movie #1 on our “Best Gay Movies of 2017” list, but Call Me By Your Name earned a spot on most reputable critical top ten lists for the year. It’s also currently nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Picture. For any of you who were not able to catch it, we’re happy to announce that the film is coming to DVD and Blu-ray in March. Click here to pre-order your copy.

 

Directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by the great James Ivory, based on the 2007 novel of the same name by André Aciman, the film chronicles the romantic relationship between Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a 17-year-old living in Italy, and his father’s American assistant, Oliver (Armie Hammer). Check out the official synopsis and trailer below.

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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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