Female Trouble © The Criterion Collection

The Criterion Collection edition of Female Trouble is out this week on DVD and Blu-ray!

“Where do these people come from? Where do they go when the sun goes down? Isn’t there a law of something?” -Rex Reed

 

Glamour has never been more grotesque than in Female Trouble, John Waters‘ 1974 classic, dubbed at the time “a new high in low taste.” The film injects old-school Hollywood melodrama with anarchic decadence. DivineWaters’ larger-than-life muse, engulfs the screen with charisma as Dawn Davenport, the living embodiment of the film’s lurid mantra, “Crime is beauty,” who progresses from a teenage nightmare hell-bent on getting ‘cha-cha heels’ for Christmas to a fame monster whose ego-maniacal impulses land her in the electric chair.

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Man in an Orange Shirt © PBS

Just Came Out: Man in an Orange Shirt

Oscar-winning actress and general cinematic legend Vanessa Redgrave stars in this powerful new drama from Masterpiece Theater. Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour in July, 2017, Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton announced that Man in an Orange Shirt, starring Redgrave as a grandmother struggling with her relationship with her gay grandson, will air in June 2018 as part of Gay Pride Month. It will also be coming to DVD on June 19th.

 

In his first screen drama, best-selling British novelist Patrick Gale tells two gay love stories, sixty years apart – stories linked by family, and by a painting that holds a secret that echoes down the generations. Charting the challenges and huge changes to gay lives from the Second World War to the present, the two-hour film explores a forbidden relationship made impossible by illegality and societal pressure and contrasts it with present day romance which, while the external constraints have fallen away, is a minefield of internalized issues and temptations.

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Out This Week: 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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Plan B © Wolfe Releasing

Spring Cleaning: Check Out Our Gay Movie Clearance Stash – Part 2

With so many high-profile gay movies taking up room on our warehouse shelves (see Tom of FinlandBeach RatsBPM (Beats Per Minute)God’s Own Country and, of course, Call Me by Your Name) – and as today is the first day of spring (not that you’d know it over here on the East Coast) – we thought it prudent to do a little spring cleaning and clear some space. We just tossed a whole bunch of great gay movies onto our Clearance List! Below we’re highlighting ten special picks (and ten additional picks that we posted yesterday), but don’t stop there! Click here for a full list of eligible items!

 

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine

2014, United States

A powerful feature-length documentary that examines different personal perspectives on an important figure, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine focuses, of course, on Matthew Shepard, the gay young man who was tortured and murdered in one of the most notorious hate crimes in U.S. history. Directed by Michele Josue, a close friend of Shepard’s, the film revisits the shocking case with never-before-seen photos, rare video footage, and new revelations about Shepard’s all-too-brief life.

Clearance Price: $12.99

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Five Dances © Wolfe Releasing

Spring Cleaning: Check Out Our Gay Movie Clearance Stash – Part 1

With so many high-profile gay movies taking up room on our warehouse shelves (see Tom of FinlandBeach RatsBPM (Beats Per Minute)God’s Own Country and, of course, Call Me by Your Name) – and as tomorrow is the first day of spring – we thought it prudent to do a little spring cleaning and clear some space. We just tossed a whole bunch of great gay movies onto our Clearance List! Below we’re highlighting ten special picks (with ten more to come tomorrow), but don’t stop there! Click here for a full list of eligible items!

 

August

2011, United States

Starring Murray Bartlett (a few years before he graced our TV screens on “Looking”), August tells the story of two former lovers, Troy and Jonathan, who reunite after a long ago painful breakup. After spending several years in Spain, Troy returns to Los Angeles and decides to phone Jonathan and meet for coffee. A seemingly innocent rendezvous turns into an attempt to revive passions past. Only this time it’s not that simple as Jonathan has a new beau, Raul, and is trying to make the right decision a second time around.

Clearance Price: $14.99

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Steel © 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.

 

Bad Boy Street © TLA Releasing

Bad Boy Street © TLA Releasing

 

Bad Boy Street

2012, France

Prolific queer filmmaker Todd Verow abandons his home base New York City for the City of Light in this sexy drama about two very different men thrown together by fate. The story begins one evening when Claude (Yann deMonterno) happens upon a young man passed out in a side-street alleyway. With no ID, he decides to take him to his apartment to safely sleep it off. Awakening the next morning, the hunky young man returns the favor by immediately going down on his sleeping host – and this begins the unconventional relationship between forty-something Claude and twenty-something Brad (Kevin Miranda), an American actor. After that exciting and unexpected first date, the two – despite their age difference, nationalities and Brad’s personal demons – tenuously begin to get to know one another and possibly find love. An accomplished, serious gay romance, Bad Boy Street catches the often controversial Verow at the top of his game.

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1:54 © Breaking Glass Pictures

Just Came Out: 1:54

Breaking Glass Pictures is releasing 1:54 THIS WEEK. Starring Antoine-Olivier Pilon, the dazzling young French-Canadian actor who stole Xavier Dolan‘s 2014 art-house hit Mommy, the film held its world premiere at the Angouleme French-Language Film Festival where it walked away with the Best Actor and the Student’s Jury prize. An actor for most of his career, writer-director Yan England scored an Oscar nomination for his exceptional 21-minute short film Henry back in 2013. 1:54 marks his directorial debut for a feature film.

 

Tim (Pilon) is a shy sixteen-year-old athlete with a natural gift for running. He’s dealing not only with the recent loss of his mother, but also with his hidden sexuality. However, the last four years of high school have been tough on him mostly because of Jeff (Lou-Pascal Tremblay) and his crew. In his last year of school, Tim becomes sick and tired of feeling like a loser, and wants to shine for once. He decides to stand up to Jeff by dethroning him in the 800-meter championship, an event that Jeff is known for winning in school. But behind the competition and rivalry, a Tim’s secret longing is wreaking havoc. After a personal video is shared on social media, Tim’s private life explodes into the public eye. Soon Tim finds himself pushed to the edge because of the pressure he endures, an edge where human limits reach the point of no return.

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About Us (c) TLA Releasing

Out This Week: 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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Blake Pruitt Shorts (c) Blake Pruitt

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.

 

Blake Pruitt Shorts (c) Blake Pruitt

Blake Pruitt Shorts (c) Blake Pruitt

Blake Pruitt Shorts

2012-2015, United States

Enjoy three gorgeous short films from young New York City-based filmmaker Blake Pruitt. Immensely talented, Blake is an up-and-comer worth keeping an eye on. His work has screened and won awards at film festivals all over the world. First up on this collection is 20MALEGAYNYC, a short documentary comprised of interviews with ten young gay men whose honesty and controversial opinions shed light on the experiences of gay urban 20-somethings today. The second short, Camchat, follows a young guy named Alec who encounters various men in online chat rooms – where experiences range from purely sexual to purely emotional. The final short, Read Aloud, follows Justin, a film editor who starts dreaming of being in front of the camera. When a new relationship begins developing, Justin has to decide if he wants to follow his dreams or settle down.

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BPM (Beats Per Minute) (c) Passion River Films

Flash Sale: BPM (Beats Per Minute)

Pre-order your copy of BPM (Beats Per Minute) HERE for just $18.99!

 

BPM (Beats Per Minute) (c) Passion River Films

BPM (Beats Per Minute) (c) Passion River Films

 

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 is also the official French submission for the 2017 Academy Award race for Best Foreign Language Film.

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