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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Romeu & Romeu (c) Dekkoo Films

Just Came Out: Romeu & Romeu: Part 2

A classic and timeless story rewritten to represent today’s diversity, Romeu & Romeu is a must-see. This gorgeous Brazilian series was produced independently, has won several awards around the world. Now Part 2 of the saga is coming to DVD thanks to Dekkoo Films.

 

Romeu & Romeu adapts the classic love story “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare. Following some patterns of the original version, this new version of the story takes place today, in the fictional city of Verona of the South, where the Montagues and Capulets are replaced by the Campelos and Monteiros, powerful families that share a bitter rivalry known throughout the entire the city, in the shadow of a crime committed in the past. The similarities to the original story end there. Romeo and Juliet become Romulo (Arthur Chermont) and Ramon (Joao Mesquita), characters that mix personality traits of both originals, giving a new life to the well-known characters and plot.

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Our Top 15 Gay Movies of 2017!

2017 was a great year for movies… and movies centered around gay men in particular. Not only was there a wealth of titles to choose from, but many of them rose above the gay movie niche and made a huge splash on the international film fest circuit. Some even broke through into the mainstream (looking at you, Call Me by Your Name). Check out our Top 15 Gay Movies of 2017 below and make sure to pick up your copies on DVD and Blu-ray at TLAgay.com! All but one of our top 15 are currently listed and we’ll be posting the final straggler (looking at you again, Call Me by Your Name) for pre-order as soon as it’s announced – most likely once it has finished making the award show rounds.

 

B&B (c) Breaking Glass Pictures

B&B (c) Breaking Glass Pictures

15. B&B

Director: Joe Ahearne

Lovers Marc and Fred (Tom Bateman and Sean Teale) initiated a major legal battle after they were refused a double bed at a remote Christian guest house. They came out of their court case victorious and now they’re back at the establishment to claim their conjugal rights. Triumph, however, quickly turns to terror when a scary Russian neo-Nazi also checks in. Their weekend of celebratory fun soon becomes a bloody battle for survival. B&B is a whip-smart and brutally funny dark comedy-thriller that has been earning rave reviews from critics – some of whom have even compared it to the work of Alfred Hitchcock. The Hollywood Outsiders, specifically, called it “a film Alfred Hitchcock would be proud of.” The Horror Society said it’s “frickin’ fantastic and a trailblazer for LGBT cinema.”

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The Johnny Rapid blooper reel you didn’t know you needed

Clearly, we’re kinda obsessed with Johnny Rapid talking about his balls. Hey, wouldn’t you be?

You probably saw Johnny’s self-test PSA that we posted a few days ago (watch it here if you haven’t). We were also lucky enough to happen upon this great blooper reel, in which Johnny can’t seem to get his lines right for the life of him.

It’s kinda fucking adorable beyond belief. Enjoy!

This video has been brought to you by our good friend Charlie David, the fantastic documentary BALLS and the fine adult auteurs of MEN.com.

Great gay holiday gifts (and some treats for yourself) are on sale now at TLAgay!

Stop what you’re doing! Seriously, stop it. Stop whatever tremendously important appointments or meetings you’re in the middle of (we’d even suggest that you put any crude sex acts on hold), because you need to hop on your phone or computer and make your way over to TLAgay.com, where we’re hosting our massive holiday sale.

From now through December 22nd, we’ll be offering 25% off everything in our warehouse, along with a good deal of our VOD offerings to boot!

CockyBoys’ Levi Karter,  photographed by Jake Jaxson & R.J. Sebastian exclusively for TLAgay.com

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Home for the Holidays

Throwback Thursday: Home for the Holidays

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! We picked a festive, holiday-appropriate flick for today’s Throwback Thursday feature.

 

Released in 1995, Jodie Foster’s directorial follow-up to Little Man Tate was this family drama (or pitch-black comedy, depending on how you look at it) that features a seemingly coked-up Robert Downey, Jr. as “the gay son.” His homosexuality is not what’s really at issue here – it’s simply that he’s an obnoxious jerk. The relationship between him and sister Holly Hunter borders on the comically incestuous.

 

The slightly neurotic but sane Hunter returns home for the Thanksgiving holiday. To anyone who has suffered through family get-togethers, her anxiety is all the more empathetic as she is greeted by a varied assortment of relatives. Anne Bancroft and Charles Durning are her meddling though caring parents, Geraldine Chaplin is the flaky aunt, Cynthia Stevenson is fabulously crazed as Hunter’s majorly-anal sister, and in the always-excellent Downey is her spirited and jocular gay brother. (And hey – his boyfriend is played by Dylan McDermott at the absolute height of handsome).

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