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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Grimsey © TLA Releasing

Take a romantic trip to Grimsey

After his boyfriend Norberto (Eugenio Sanz) breaks up with him and runs away to Iceland, heartbroken Bruno (Richard Garcia) decides to set out to find him. He soon meets Arnau (Raul Portero), a handsome local tour guide in Reykjavik, who is determined to help Bruno in his exceedingly idealistic search. Their trip will become a grieving process for them both, until they reach the remote island of Grimsey. There, Bruno will have to learn what love really means in order to move on with his life.

 

Lead actors Richard Garcia and Raul Portero also wrote and directed this charming and deeply sweet new romance, which doubles as an Icelandic travelogue.

 

Grimsey © TLA Releasing

Grimsey © TLA Releasing

 

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Al Berto © TLA Releasing

Out This Week: 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 order your copy. It’s coming out THIS WEEK on DVD and VOD!

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Scrum © MVD

Out This Week: Scrum

An award winning Australian documentary that tells a story of determination, acceptance, and brotherhood, Scrum was broadcasted in three continents and has toured the festival circuit to great acclaim. Now you’ll have a chance to see the powerful film that’s changing the way people view sport and homosexuality. It comes to DVD this week.

 

Scrum presents an intimate look at the journey of three players on the Sydney Convicts Team as they prepare physically and mentally for the 2014 Bingham Cup. For these players, being part of the Convicts means you’re more than a team; you’re brothers. As the players vie for a place in the gay rugby World Cup, this muddy, sweaty and visually arresting documentary reveals what it means for these incredible tough men to be able to compete and be accepted for who they are.

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Perfect Obedience © Artsploitation Films

The trailer for Perfect Obedience will most likely make you deeply uncomfortable

A disturbing thriller, Perfect Obedience follows Julian (Sebastian Aguirre), a naïve thirteen-year-old who travels from the arms of his loving pastoral family into the austere, hallowed halls of the seminary. Singling out the boy as his intimate disciple, installing him in his palatial private quarters and renaming him, Father Angel (Juan Manuel Bernal), the order’s sinister founder, begins Julian’s instruction in the mysteries of “perfect obedience,” whose cardinal rule is: never question a superior’s actions.

 

Based on the shocking true story of Marcial Maciel, the “Legion of Christ” founder who was revealed to have a long history of carefully covered-up child abuse, award-winning writer-director Luis Urquiza has crafted an intense and unforgettable drama, chilling and heartbreaking in equal measure. Only viewers with nerves of steel need apply.

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Hooked © Breaking Glass Pictures

Just Came Out: Hooked

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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Freak Show © Shout! Factory

Out This Week: Freak Show

Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther) is one-of-a-kind: a fabulous, glitter-bedecked, gender-bending teenager whose razor-sharp wit is matched only his by his outrageous, anything-goes fashion sense. When his glamorous mother (Bette Midler) is forced to send him to live with his straight-laced father (Larry Pine), Billy finds himself a diva-out-of-water at his new ultra-conservative high school. Undaunted by the bullies who don’t understand him, the fearless Billy sets out to make a big statement in his own inimitable way: challenging the school’s reigning mean girl (Abigail Breslin) for the title of homecoming queen.

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Happiness Adjacent © Guest House Films

Out This Week: Happiness Adjacent

It’s time to get excited for Happiness Adjacent, the ninth feature film produced by Guest House Films and directed by award-winning filmmaker Rob Williams, the same highly prolific indie writer-director behind Long-Term RelationshipBack Soon3-Day WeekendRole/PlayThe Men Next DoorOut to KillShared Rooms and Make the Yuletide Gay! It’s coming out on DVD THIS WEEK!

 

Happiness Adjacent explores the romance 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?

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Mosaic © HBO

Get lost in a mystery with Sharon Stone in Steven Soderbergh’s tricky HBO series Mosaic

Exploring the psychological underpinnings of love and murder in a small town, the six-part HBO series Mosaic – directed by Oscar and Emmy-winner Steven Soderbergh – stars Sharon Stone as children’s book author and illustrator Olivia Lake. Because of her popularity in the small mountain resort town of Summit, Utah, she attracts the attention of aspiring graphic artist Joel Hurley (Garrett Hedlund), beginning a whodunit mystery that also involves financier Michael O’Connor (James Ransone) and con man Eric Neill (Frederick Weller). When Olivia disappears on New Year’s Day, detective Nate Henry (Devin Ratray) and Eric’s sister, Petra (Jennifer Ferrin), must unravel the mystery. The series also features Paul Reubens (Pee-wee Herman himself) as Stone’s flamboyant gay best friend (such a stereotype, but we kind of love this demented pairing).

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