Midnight Cowboy © The Criterion Collection

Throwback Thursday: Midnight Cowboy

One of the British New Wave’s most versatile directors, John Schlesinger came to New York in the late 1960s to make Midnight Cowboy, a picaresque story of friendship that captured a city in crisis and sparked a new era of Hollywood movies.


Jon Voight delivers a career-making performance as Joe Buck, a wide-eyed hustler from Texas hoping to score big with wealthy city women. He finds a companion in Enrico “Ratso” Rizzo, an ailing swindler with a bum leg and a quixotic fantasy of escaping to Florida, played by Dustin Hoffman in a radical departure from his breakthrough in The Graduate.


Midnight Cowboy © The Criterion Collection

Midnight Cowboy © The Criterion Collection

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The Apple Tree © Humanity Pictures

Gather around writer/director Matthew Arnold-Ladensack’s The Apple Tree

Every day hundreds of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender elders are faced with the despairing truth of being isolated, discriminated against and outcast as they enter their twilight years. Writer-director Matthew Arnold-Ladensack has made it his mission to shine a light on these stories and address this untold issue. His forthcoming feature film is about two generations literally crashing together. It’s about exploring one’s sexual identity as a teenager coming out, while exploring the heart breaking fact that many LGBT elders have to go back into the closet.


With his 2012 short film, The Apple Tree, Arnold-Ladensack told the story of Gabe, an elderly wheelchair-bound veteran who is forced back into the closet after his life partner passes away and he moves into a homophobic assisted living home. In the feature version, he is introducing a new set of characters, including a new protagonist. Colton is a closeted high school football player who crashes his truck into Hazel Dell Assisted Living. To repay the damages he’s forced to work there and he gets assigned to take care of Gabe. These two develop an unlikely friendship, and through Gabe’s stories, Colton finds the confidence to face his inner struggle with his own sexuality.

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I Dream in Another Language © FilmRise

Coming Soon: I Dream in Another Language

Winner of the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for World Cinema, I Dream in Another Language follows a young linguist into the jungles of Mexico as he tries to learn about – and ultimately preserve – a mysterious indigenous language.


This language, he soon discovers, is on the verge of completely disappearing. There are only two men left in the world who speak it. After a fight fifty years ago, the two refuse to speak a word with one another. Trying to bring the two old friends back together, he discovers that hidden in their past, in the heart of the jungle, lies a secret gay romance.

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A Fantastic Woman © Sony Pictures Classics

Out This Week: A Fantastic Woman

Marina (Daniela Vega) and Orlando (Francisco Reyes) are in love and planning for the future. Marina is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Orlando is 20 years older than her, and owns a printing company. After celebrating Marina’s birthday one evening, Orlando falls seriously ill. Marina rushes him to the emergency room, but he passes away just after arriving at the hospital.


Instead of being able to mourn her lover, suddenly Marina is treated with suspicion. The doctors and Orlando’s family don’t trust her. A detective investigates Marina to see if she was involved in his death. Orlando’s ex-wife forbids her from attending the funeral. And to make matters worse, Orlando’s son threatens to throw Marina out of the home she shared with her late lover.

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Al Berto © TLA Releasing

Coming Out Soon: Al Berto

It’s 1975 and the winds of change are blowing over post-revolutionary Portugal. Al Berto (Ricardo Teixeirareturns to his small village after several years in Brussels, where he trained as a painter. Settling illegally in a mansion that had been expropriated from his family during the revolution, young Al Berto begins to hang out with locals who share his interest in the arts and dream of a different life. Among them is the handsome Joo Maria (José Pimentão) -who quickly falls for Al Berto’s charm. Soon Al Berto begins a counter-culture revolution that bewitches the town’s young, but threatens the ideals of the most conservative locals.


Check out the trailer along with some select images from Al Berto below and click here to pre-order your copy. It’s coming to DVD and VOD in June.

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Hooked © Breaking Glass Pictures

Hooked is More than a Movie

A feature film created to support homeless LGBT youth charities, Hooked, the newest project from actor-writer-director-producer-novelist Max Emerson, partnered with numerous charities and outreaches, including The Albert Kennedy Trust in the United Kingdom, The Ali Forney Center in New York City, The Los Angeles LGBT Center and Lost-N-Found in Atlanta.


We first meet Jack (Conor Donnally), a homeless hustler with a smart mouth and impulsive tendencies, in New York City, turning tricks on the evening before his eighteenth birthday. He spends most of his time in a world of often abusive, but affluent, eccentrics. His only ally is his boyfriend Tom (Sean Ormond). They live together in a shelter, but their safety there is compromised by the threat of Tom’s father finding them.


Hooked © Breaking Glass Pictures

Hooked © Breaking Glass Pictures

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Bohemian Rhapsody © Fox

Rami Malek gets his Freddie Mercury on in the new teaser trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody

Singer Freddie Mercury (“Mr. Robot” star Rami Malek), guitarist Brian May (Gwilym Lee), drummer Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy) and bass guitarist John Deacon (Joseph Mazzello, that kid from Jurassic Park all grown up!) take the music world by storm when they form the rock ‘n’ roll band Queen in 1970. Hit songs like “Killer Queen,” “Bohemian Rhapsody, “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You” become instant classics. When Mercury’s increasingly wild lifestyle starts to spiral out of control, Queen soon faces its greatest challenge yet – finding a way to keep the band together amid all the success… and excess.


Salvaged by actor-turned-director Dexter Fletcher after original filmmaker Bryan Singer abruptly left the production (under some pretty suspicious circumstances), the brand-new Bohemian Rhapsody has faced an uphill battle on its way to final cut. After a torturous, years-long development process, the first teaser is finally upon us and… well… it looks like a pretty standard rock biopic. We’re curious to see how the film handle’s Freddie Mercury’s oft-debated sexual orientation. We’ll probably have a better idea of what’s in store for us when a full trailer is released – and we’ll certainly be in line opening night when the film comes to cinemas later this year.

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Play the Devil © Breaking Glass Pictures

Out This Week: Play the Devil

Gregory (Petrice Jones), a gifted working-class teenager from Paramin, a village located on one of the highest points of Trinidad, stars in a stage play that brings him to the attention of James (Gareth Jenkins), an affluent businessman. The two men strike up an uncanny friendship as James takes Greg under his wing, pushing him to discover himself professional, creatively, and intimately. Confused, Greg must at once deal with the return of his drug-addicted father, and navigate through the early days of adulthood. As Carnival Monday approaches and the locals prepare for the annual male initiation parade, Greg must confront James – an act which will culminate in life-changing events.


A self-taught filmmaker from the island of New Providence in The Bahamas, Play the Devil writer/director Maria Govan began her cinematic journey at the age of eighteen when she moved to Los Angeles to work on big Hollywood sets. Over a decade of hands-on work laid the foundation for her craft and she began writing her first narrative film Rain, which eventually premiered at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival and was then licensed to Showtime Networks. Play the Devil was shot entirely in Trinidad in the spring of 2015. Govan is currently in development of her next film projects, My Life in a Dojo and Epiphany.

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Edward II © Film Movement

Throwback Thursday: Edward II

Back in 1991, Christopher Marlowe‘s notorious 16th century play was radically adapted into this gay cinema masterpiece by the late, great queer iconoclast Derek Jarman – and it’s easily one of his most powerful films.


Using anachronistic imagery, modern dress, gay activists battling riot police and Annie Lennox singing Cole Porter, the story of Britain’s only openly gay monarch and the persecution he suffered is given a contemporary resonance by Jarman, paralleling the injustice with prevailing modern-day homophobia.

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Love Simon (c) 20th Century Fox

Coming Out Soon: Love, Simon

Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing. Directed by Greg Berlanti (Riverdale, The Flash, Supergirl), written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (This is Us), and based on Becky Albertalli’s acclaimed novel, Love, Simon is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love.


Following a thoroughly exciting year for gay cinema – where many high-profile titles like Tom of FinlandBeach RatsBPM (Beats Per Minute)God’s Own Country and, of course, Call Me by Your Name reached greater mainstream attention than is usually afforded films about gay men – Love, Simon is the sweetest, most uplifting and enticingly John Hughes-esque cherry on top of the sundae. And with over 40 million dollars at the box office, it’s also a bona fide hit.

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