This Weekend’s VOD Favorites

The Gay Cinema Video On Demand experience at TLAgay.com has your entertainment needs covered! We’re always working to expand selection of new and old gay-themed movies available for your viewing pleasure. Here’s just five of our current favorites that you may have missed – ALL available to watch INSTANTLY!

 

The Perfect David
Sixteen-year-old David (Mauricio Di Yorio) is much like any teen, but his boyish good looks rest upon a hulking, muscular body. His weightlifting obsession is driven by his mother (Umbra Colombo), a troubled artist whose only goal is to have her son reach physical perfection by his next birthday. With countless hours spent at the gym, David desperately searches for what it means to be a man while also navigating his burgeoning sexual desires. Soon his buddies offer him some performance-enhancing shortcuts, sending David into a dangerous spiral. The Perfect David is at once a delicious ode to the beauty of the male form, a warning of the dangers of seeking absolute perfection and a striking character study of a young man in trouble.

 

Martyr
For Hassane (Hamza Mekdad), a young man from an impoverished neighborhood, life has stopped making sense. All he has left is a close group of friends, brought together by a shared sense of marginalization and hopelessness. Hassane’s strange sudden drowning at Beirut’s rocky shore sparks a mob procession and soon strips apart the bond of youth and friendship. His closest friends find themselves grappling with a sense of loss and powerlessness – and with the cold heavy truth of their friend’s dead body. The funeral is transformed into a heartfelt farewell to the beauty and sensuality of life, youth, friendship and love. The second feature film by Lebanese writer-director Mazen Khaled, Martyr is masterful, visceral study of grief.

 

The Acrobat
Montreal is snowed under. While the downtown cranes dance their ballet, two strangers meet randomly in an unfinished apartment. Their chance encounter leads to a violent attraction and a dependency beyond reason. One man is a Russian-born professional acrobat whose future is jeopardized by a broken leg. The other is a buttoned-down, well-groomed man of few words. Which one dominates? Which one manipulates? As it turns out, love is painful and human relations are complex. Staggeringly sexy, this new film from French-Canadian provocateur Rodrigue Jean (Love in the Time of Civil War) features real, completely unsimulated and incredibly explicit gay sex scenes. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.

 

Lose Your Head
Luis (Fernando Tielve) leaves his partner and flies to Berlin from Spain for a weekend of partying, experimenting with drugs and casual physical encounters. When he meets Viktor (Marko Mandic), a mysterious man, he allows himself to be overpowered, submitting to him with a trusting passion. Shortly afterwards, Luis is confused with a missing Greek student named Dimitri, who happens to be Viktor’s ex-partner. Viktor has no explanation for his disappearance. Plagued by nagging suspicions, Luis nonetheless becomes further entangled in Viktor’s capricious and powerful aura of control and submission. This draws him into a quagmire of mysterious signs and dangers where soon even reality itself begins to seem like an illusion.

 

Teenage Kicks
In the final moments of his seventeenth year, Miklos (Miles Szanto) finds his entire world crumbling. His plans to run away and escape the hold of his migrant family are brutally undone by the accidental death of his older brother… and only Mik knows what led to this tragedy. As far as he can see, there is only one person to blame: himself. Mik wants nothing more than to head north with his best friend Dan (Daniel Webber), with whom he’s entangled in a particularly confusing homoerotic relationship. However, he feels an obligation and a major sense of guilt that suggest he should stick around to mend his broken family. Can he fill the shoes of his adored brother, or is he destined to bring ruin upon everyone he loves?

 

 

Now Available On-Demand: Down in Paris

Down in Paris follows Richard (played writer-director Antony Hickling), a gay filmmaker in his forties who finds himself suddenly overwhelmed with crippling anxiety in the middle of a night shoot for his latest movie.

Without a word to his cast and crew, he walks off the set and wanders through the Paris streets in search of answers – and hopefully, the inspiration to continue. During his long dark night of the soul, Richard bonds with a British woman he meets in a bar, runs into an old boyfriend, visits an eerily profound fortuneteller and has a myriad of other random encounters – including a steamy visit to a gay sex club.

Some of the encounters are warm, some disturbing, others life affirming. However, none of them quite provide what Richard is seeking. As dawn approaches, Richard has to confront his fears and start question his deepest desires in order to find renewal to continue his life journey.

Stylish and contemplative, Down in Paris is a uniquely insightful portrait of a gay man at a creative and personal crossroad.

Watch the trailer for Down in Paris below and click here to order your copy. The film is also available now on-demand at TLAgay.

 

Watch the trailer for the new gay romantic drama Nothing But Flowers

Ash (Hayden Vaughn) and Max (August Medina) suddenly find their loving relationship in jeopardy. When Max gets accepted into an elite East Coast graduate school program, it puts all of their plans on hold. Now they must question whether or not they have a future together. On their final night as a couple, they begin to relive pivotal moments from their past, until their interrupted by a surprise going-away party.

From writer-director Nicolas Merrias and co-writer Omar Salas Zamora (the creator behind the beloved gay series Here Comes Your Man), Nothing But Flowers is a tender and heartfelt gay romantic drama.

 

Watch the trailer for Nothing But Flowers below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and VOD August 9th.

 

Double Deal Blowout: Get an Extra 20% of 25% Off Your Order This Weekend at TLAgay!

This weekend at TLAgay, you can get an extra 20% or 25% off of your entire order when you use one of our limited-time promo codes at checkout!

 

Customers who spend between $50 and $100 are eligible to receive the 20% offer. Just use promo code 20PLEASE at checkout. Customers who spend $100 or more can get the 25% discount. For that one, just use promo code 25PLEASE at checkout.

 

This offer expires Wednesday, June 22nd at 11:59 PM (ET). The offer excludes used items, rental items, pay-per-minute purchases and some select toys. Click the banner below to start shopping and saving!

 

Get two restored gay cinema classics in the new set Two Films by Arthur J. Bressan, Jr.

No other filmmaker better embodied the spirit of the gay liberation movement than Arthur J. Bressan, Jr. (the director behind films like Buddies and Gay USA).

A true pioneer of queer cinema, his films fearlessly blurred the boundaries between the artistic, the erotic and the cinematic – and never so clearly as with his first two narrative films, the critically-acclaimed Passing Strangers and Forbidden Letters. Altered Innocence and the Bressan Project are proud to present these two landmarks of early queer cinema, newly restored in 2K from their original film elements with a host of new bonus features.

In Passing Strangers, a closeted gay teenager (Robert Adams) finds love, community and a political awakening when he decides to answer a personal ad from an older, jaded man (Robert Carnagey). One of cinema’s first coming out stories, Passing Strangers is a romantic portrait of gay liberation-era San Francisco that still resonates today.

Lead actor Robert Adams returns in Forbidden Letters as Larry, a man trying to pass time on the day his older lover Richard (Richard Locke) is set to be released from prison. Unable to clear his head through casual sex, he reads through his letters to Richard – letters he could never send out of fear that his outing would lead to a harsher sentence. As Richard’s release draws nearer, the question remains: will the spark still be there when he gets out?

Special features include audio commentaries, interviews with Robert Adams and various queer film historians, five early short films by Bressan (on the Blu-ray only), print materials, photo galleries, theatrical trailers, a twenty-page booklet featuring writing by Bressan and an essay by queer trans film critic Caden Mark Gardner (Blu-ray only) and much, much more.

 

Watch a trailer for Two Films by Arthur J. Bressan, Jr. below and click here to pre-order your copy. The amazing new collector’s edition will be available on DVD and Blu-ray beginning June 8th.

 

Just Came Out: The Perfect David

Sixteen-year-old David (Mauricio Di Yorio) is much like any teenager, but his boyish good looks rest upon a hulking, muscular body. His weightlifting obsession is driven by his mother Juana (Umbra Colombo), a troubled artist whose only goal is to have her son reach physical perfection by his seventeenth birthday.

With countless hours spent at in the company of pumped-up gym rats, David desperately searches for what it means to be a man while also navigating his burgeoning sexuality. With his birthday approaching, Juana demands growth at any cost. Soon David’s cohorts offer him dangerous chemical shortcuts, sending David into a dangerous spiral.

From co-writer/director Felipe Gomez Aparicio, The Perfect David is at once a delicious ode to the beauty of the male form, a warning of the dangers of seeking absolute perfection and a striking character study of a young man in trouble.

 

Watch the trailer for The Perfect David below and click here to order your copy. The film is now available on DVD at TLAgay.

 

Now Available On-Demand: The Fashion Lover

A young shepherd dreams of becoming a fashion designer against his father’s wishes in The Fashion Lover, a touching coming-of-age drama from Italian director Marco Pollini.

Giovanni hopes to become a fashion designer. Unfortunately, his small rural town in Sardinia is a long way from the bright lights of the big city. With his cheating father out of the picture, the young Giovanni must reckon with an angry mother and a younger sister. But two friends, a fashion teacher with connections, and a buddy who’ll do anything for him, give Giovanni some unexpected hope and help him to reach his full potential.

Watch the trailer for The Fashion Lover below and click here to watch the film. It’s now available on-demand at TLAgay.

 

This Weekend’s VOD Favorites

The Gay Cinema Video On Demand experience at TLAgay.com has your entertainment needs covered! We’re always working to expand selection of new and old gay-themed movies available for your viewing pleasure. Here’s just five of our current favorites that you may have missed – ALL available to watch INSTANTLY!

 

Bringing Him Back
After he learns that his mother has passed away, Moi (Ricardo Gomez) travels to his family home with his boyfriend Biel (Eneko Sagardoy) by his side. Despite arriving to the warm embrace of his sister (Bruna Cusi), Moi struggles to come to terms with his new reality. His tricky, unexplored new issues also start to put a strain on his relationship with Biel. When his sister’s seductive new boyfriend (Joe Manjon) surprises everyone with an unannounced visit, their delicate seclusion is suddenly shattered – replaced by a tense and potentially sensual mood. A deeply affecting film about loss, love and human connection, writer-director Borja de la Vega’s Bringing Him Back is a rich character drama with a surprisingly erotic sting.

 

The Carnival
From acclaimed, prolific filmmaker Marco Berger (The Blonde One, Young Hunter, Taekwondo), The Carnival is a clever new pseudo-documentary which centers around two men who grew up in the town of Gualeguaychú, a city in the east of Argentina near the border of Uruguay. Every summer, they participate in the town’s traditional carnival, which transforms the men of the community into Dionysian figures via costumes, glitter and feathers. While Berger captures the action – and the mostly straight male participants’ bodies – he also blurs the line between fiction and non-fiction, adding his unique cinematic spin, homoerotic themes and eye for dynamic male relationships to color and comment on the proceedings.

 

Dry Wind
A gloriously erotic new film from Brazilian director Daniel Nolasco, Dry Wind follows factory worker Sandro as he escapes his rural boredom via secret trysts with his co-worker Ricardo – and through elaborate sexual fantasies that would make Tom of Finland himself blush. Though his sex life is in full swing, Sandro shies away from any emotional attachment, preferring to imagine worlds of anonymity, leather and unbridled fetish-play – which Nolasco brings to stunning life in color-drenched widescreen glory. When a new arrival to town – a certified hunk straight out of Sandro’s dreams – sets his sights on Ricardo, Sandro finds himself brimming with jealousy and fearing exclusion from the kind of romance he never thought he wanted.

 

Utopians
From provocative Hong Kong-based filmmaker Scud, Utopians follows Hins (Adonis He), a dreamy young student of literature and philosophy who finds himself in thrall of his charismatic teacher Antonio (Jackie Chow). Antonio soon drags Hins and his religious girlfriend Joey (Fiona Wang) into uncharted erotic territories. The intriguing appearance of Swan (Moe Chin), a beautiful intellectual woman, only adds to their entanglement of sensuality and lust. What once seemed like a path towards a surreal and unrestrained utopia is now barred by a lifetime secrets and a lie of the heart. Will Hins lose himself amid the chaos of eroticism? Packed with nudity and graphic sex scenes, Utopians is a heady pansexual drama.

 

Last Summer
Last Summer tells the story of two high school sweethearts, Luke and Jonah (Samuel Pettit and Sean Rose), who spend their final months together over the course of a long, quiet summer in the rural South. Jonah, sensitive, quiet and artistic, prepares to leave his small town for college, leaving Luke behind, but all he wants is for Luke to ask him to stay. But Luke, an athlete struggling through summer school, knows that his boyfriend needs to experience the world beyond their home. A beautiful melancholy romance, Last Summer takes on an almost hypnotic vibe. It’s set in an idealistic American South where Luke and Jonah’s relationship is never questioned or taken as anything other than a normal high school romance.

The classic gay film essay The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender is getting a rerelease!

From groundbreaking director Mark Rappaport, The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender is another witty and enlightening essay on the gay undercurrents of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Much like his notable film Rock Hudson’s Home Movies, The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender is getting a newly restored re-release thanks to Kino Lorber.

Dan Butler (Frasier, Silence of the Lambs) acts as tour guide as he uncovers a squeamish fascination with gay eroticism and camp. The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender is a rich and funny meditation on American sexual identity, film history and culture. You will never look at Westerns the same way again.

At the time of the film’s release, Cineaste called it “One of the most unique, expressive and satisfyingly willful bodies of essay films extant.” Entertainment Weekly called it “A kaleidoscopic romp through the hidden gay undercurrents of movie history.”

Click here to pre-order your copy of The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender. This new edition is coming to DVD July 19th. Also included are three more recent films by Mark Rappaport: The Vanity Tables of Douglas Sirk, The Double Life of Paul Henreid and Martin und Hans.

 

 

 

Now Available: Mascarpone

When Antonio (Giancarlo Commare) is suddenly dumped by his husband, whom he depends both psychologically and economically, his life begins to change radically.

Soon Antonio is flourishing. He rents a room in an apartment owned by the attractive, free-spirited and sex-positive Denis (Eduardo Valdarnini), starts pastry school – which he is passionate about – and takes a job working in a bakery owned by the extremely hunky Luca (Gianmarco Saurino). He also starts dating and having numerous hot sexual encounters. Through this process, Antonio discovers that it was wrong of him to give up his independence for the sake of his past relationship.

A perfect date movie, Mascarpone blends sexy men, endearing characters and charming humor. It’s as sweet and silky as the ingredient it is named for.

Check out the trailer for Mascarpone below and click here to order your copy. The film is now available on DVD at TLAgay!