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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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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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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About Us (c) TLA Releasing

What about love? What about trust? What 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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Seat in Shadow (c) TLA Releasing

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.

 

All Male, All Nude (c) Breaking Glass Pictures

All Male, All Nude (c) Breaking Glass Pictures

All Male, All Nude

2017, United States

Award-winning filmmaker Gerald McCullouch (BearCity, Daddy) dives into the lives of men who work at America’s only all-nude, all-male gay strip club – located, oddly enough, in the heart of The Bible Belt! All Male, All Nude is a cutting-edge journey into the taboo world of male stripping. The men living this life can’t be boxed in, nor can those who pay to watch them shed their clothes. An unprecedented expedition, the film introduces staggeringly attractive array of gents (ranging in age from their 20s to their 40s) who expose themselves for the camera in more ways than one. Not only is there plenty of jaw-dropping nudity on display, but the men discuss the events that brought them to this controversial line of work: acting as delicious eye candy for gay men, straight women, business men in town for work, married couples and everyone in between.

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French Kisses (c) TLA Releasing

Out This Week: French Kisses

Get ready to be seduced by the best gay short films from France in one exquisite collection. An eclectic new compilation, French Kisses shines a spotlight on short films chock-full of sex appeal – and it’s out on DVD starting this week!

 

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 ain 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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Hidden Kisses (c) 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.

 

Hidden Kisses (c) Breaking Glass Pictures

Hidden Kisses (c) Breaking Glass Pictures

Hidden Kisses

2017, France

16-year-old Nathan, lives alone with his father Stephane. A newcomer to his high school, he is invited to a party and soon becomes smitten with Louis, a boy from his class. They find themselves seemingly out of sight and kiss each other sweetly… not realizing that someone has taken a picture of them. Soon, the photo is published on Facebook and a storm overtakes their lives – putting them face to face with severe bullying and rejection. A highly-publicized film that originally aired on French television in 2016, this deeply affecting film is now available on DVD and VOD in the United States. Lead actors Berenger Anceaux and Jules Houplain are both adorable and have great chemistry together. Hidden Kisses is a heartfelt, thoughtful, beautifully directed film that will linger with you long after the final credits have rolled.

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Snails in the Rain (c) TLA Releasing

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.

 

Attention of Men (c) Border2Border Entertainment

Attention of Men (c) Border2Border Entertainment

Attention of Men

2017, Canada

This 19-minute short film, available on VOD courtesy of Border2Border Entertainment, follows Colt (Evan Spergel), a struggling aspiring writer who collects money after having sex with a complete stranger. Soon after the stranger is gone, an unexpected knock comes. Fearful for his safety, he makes a run for it. Somewhere out there, Colt falls into the hands of Ely (Adam Kenneth Wilson) a wealthy man. Their relationship quickly evolves into a complex dynamic of father and son. As Ely’s demons unravel, Colt becomes witness to this king all alone in his castle.

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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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Make the Yuletide Gay (c) TLA Releasing

Holiday Highlights: Make the Yuletide Gay

Every Monday in December we’re shining a spotlight on a gay-themed guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit! Keep checking in for more Holiday Highlights. Welp, the big day is here. It’s Christmas – and we couldn’t think of a better movie to highlight than this one. Curl up my the fire, pour yourself a glass of egg nog and enjoy this week’s selection: Make the Yuletide Gay.

 

College senior, Olaf ‘Gunn’ Gunnunderson (Keith Jordan) is head-over-heels in love with his ultra-gay sweetheart Nathan Stanford (Adamo Ruggiero). The boyfriends part for Christmas break, each returning home to his family. Nathan’s cold parents won a trip to Israel, but somehow “forgot” to tell their son. When he hears that he’s to spend the holidays alone, he decides to make his way to Wisconsin to be with his sweetie and family.

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