Out This Week: Supernova

“It’s rare to see a cinematic drama executed with such consistent care as Supernova,” – Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

“Tucci and Firth have never been better than they are here, and they earn every superlative that has been laid on them in early reviews.” – Michael O’Sullivan, The Washington Post

Supernova is modest in every respect except its emotional impact. In the characters’ internal arcs, the title—the name for a stellar explosion—comes fully into perspective.” – Karen Han, Slate

“With these two actors in command, Supernova doesn’t just dare to speak the name of a love between two deeply committed men facing an untenable situation. It shouts it from the rooftops.” – Steve Davis, The Austin Chronicle

“In a story that is as heartfelt as it is heartbreaking, Supernova is a moving look at the emotional toll that dementia can have on the powerless sufferer and their selfless caretaker, revealing that one can never have too much time with their loved ones.” – Max Gao, Observer

“The award-winning duo are like a well-worn sweater onscreen, comfortable and lived-in, showing the kind of tart affection people show when ardor’s lust has given way to the slow burn of adoration.” – Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

“It’s a movie that finds most of its power through silence—the proud and yet pained look Tucci gives to Firth during that speech will stick with me for a long time.” – Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

 

Written and directed by Harry Macqueen (Hinterland), Supernova is a heartrending modern love story about a couple struggling with a diagnosis of early-onset dementia who take a road trip together to reconnect with friends, family and places from their past.

Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci), partners of twenty years, are travelling across England in their old campervan. Following the life-changing diagnosis, their time together has become more important than ever until secret plans test their love like never before.

 

Watch the emotional trailer for Supernova below and click here to order your copy. The film will be available on DVD and Blu-ray starting this week.

 

There’s more going on than meets the eye in the sexy new short film Night Disclosure

Packed with sexual tension, the new short film Night Disclosure asks the taboo question: Would you have an affair with your boss?

When Marc (José D. Álvarez), a young real estate agent, celebrates a recent big sale over a nightcap with his married boss, Tom (Sean Patrick Murtagh), he soon finds himself in dangerous waters. The night – and their intense verbal back-and-forth – lead them to question their dynamic and push the boundaries of trust, monogamy and open relationships. Can two men be faithful to each other? Can two men be honest with each other? Some say “no risk, no gain” (both in real estate and relationships).

 

A smart, sexy and well-crafted new thirteen-minute short film from A.J. Mattioli (the prolific writer-producer-director behind films like Neon Boys, Mass, Your Eyes on Me, Miles, Tooth 4 Tooth, Innocent Boy and many more), Night Disclosure presents a titillating scenario where there is actually much more going on than initially meets the eye.

Watch the trailer for Night Disclosure below and click here to rent or download the film. It is 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! Stay home, stay safe and enjoy a movie!

 

Why Not You
Mario (Thomas Prenn), a sensitive young dancer, finds difficulty in the day-to-day life of his small Italian village. At a local festival, he reunites with Lenz (Noah Saavedra), a former childhood friend who left town long ago. Mario quickly becomes fixated on Lenz, who is now living out his dreams as an actor in Rome. Inspired, Mario decides to follow his friend to the Italian capital. When they meet in a gay bar, the night takes a tragic turn. Escaping unharmed, Mario’s life will be forever altered by the incident and the loss that follows. The debut feature of writer-director Evi Romen, Why Not You is a challenging character drama, following a disoriented young man who senses that he must find a place for himself in the world.

 

Boy Undone
Two young men (Eduardo Longoria and Paul Act) spend the night together after meeting the previous evening in a notorious gay club. The next day, however, the host wakes to find the boy he picked up bewildered and confused, unable remember his name or anything about his past. Lacking any type of identification or obvious clues, the two young men begin to search for the truth among fragments of memories that may or may not prove reliable. A chilling homoerotic thriller from prolific Mexican writer-director Leopoldo Laborde (A Beautiful Secret, Sin Destino), Boy Undone is edgy, erotic, sex-and-nudity-packed queer guerrilla filmmaking at its most intense.

 

Male Shorts: International V1
Breaking Glass Pictures presents this sensational collection of sexy short films from around the world. Male Shorts: International V1 features five flicks guaranteed to get your pulse racing. Directed by Travis Mathews (Interior. Leather Bar., I Want Your Love), Just Past Noon on a Tuesday concerns two strangers who get intimate when they meet after the death of a mutual lover. The Mousetrap follows a straight dude who goes on an unexpected sexual journey. The Storm is about a guy who has the hots for his weather forecaster. In Neptune, a chance encounter at a bath house turns into an obsession. Finally, the film PD adapts Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream… with lots of staggeringly hot naked studs.

 

Brothers of the Night
Good looks can be a blessing and a curse… depending on how you use them. Sporting their leather jackets like suits of armor, a group of Bulgarian hotties pose, play and seduce “young Marlon Brando-style” on the streets of Vienna – in search of adventure and selling their bodies for a quick buck. Sucked into an inescapable nocturnal life, they call it “doing business” to make a clear distinction between work and pleasure. A cutting-edge, relentlessly stylish pseudo-documentary, Brothers of the Night is an unusual film that earned raves. According to Filmstarts “had Fassbinder made a documentary about Viennese prostitutes, it would look like this.” Les Inrockuptibles said that “it’s a film of real beauty.”

 

Screwed
A gorgeous feature-length debut from talented writer-director Nils-Erik Ekblom, Screwed takes us to the Finnish countryside for an unforgettably romantic summer. 17-year-old Miku (Mikko Kauppila) is trying to come to terms with his sexuality. After his parents find out that he threw a wild party while they were away, he is ordered to spend the summer with them at their cottage. A flirtation soon develops between he and Elias (Valtteri Lehtinen), the irresistible boy next door. As they spend the summer together, escaping the turmoil offered up by their uniquely dysfunctional families, a passionate relationship quickly blossoms. But the boys soon realize that love is not as easy as it seems… especially when it comes to first love.

Just Came Out: Twilight’s Kiss

From acclaimed director Ray Yeung (Front Cover, Cut Sleeve Boys), Twilight’s Kiss (originally titled Suk Suk) presents the story of two closeted married men in their twilight years.

One day 70-year old Pak (Tai-Bo), a taxi driver who refuses to retire, meets 65-year old Hoi (Ben Yuen), a retired single father, in a park. Despite years of societal and personal pressure, they are proud of the families they have created through hard work and determination. Yet in that brief initial encounter, something is unleashed in them which had been suppressed for so many years. As both men recount and recall their personal histories, they also contemplate a possible future together.

Watch the trailer for Twilight’s Kiss below and click here to order your copy. The film is now available on DVD.

 

The But I’m a Cheerleader: Director’s Cut is Coming Soon to Blu-ray!

A LGBTQ+ classic, this candy-colored comedy of sexual discovery chronicles the life of Megan (Natasha Lyonne) a typical teenager coming of age in anything but typical fashion. Megan’s super normal suburban existence is filled with friends, pom-poms and rah-rah enthusiasm… until her straight-laced parents (Mink Stole and Bud Cort) suspect that their “little poodle” may, in fact, be showing deviant lesbian tendencies!

In a complete panic, Megan’s parents elicit the of a rehabilitation camp called True Directions, run under the strict, all-seeing eyes of the sadistic anti-gay Mary (Cathy Moriarty). Megan dutifully gets with the deprogramming so she can quickly return to her life, but the presence of Graham (Clea Duvall) keeps her from forgetting who she truly is.

RuPaul, Melanie Lynskey, Michelle Williams, Eddie Cibrian, Katharine Towne, Richard Moll, Julie Delpy and more also co-star in this beloved comedy!

Watch the trailer for the new Director’s Cut of But I’m a Cheerleader below and click here to pre-order your copy. It is being released on June 1st.

 

Note: The Director’s Cut is available on the Blu-ray only. The DVD features only the original theatrical cut of the film.

 

Out This Week: Why Not You

The emotional new gay drama Why Not You follows Mario (Thomas Prenn), a sensitive and somewhat self-destructive young dancer, who finds difficulty in the day-to-day life of his small Italian village.

At a local festival, Mario he reunites with Lenz (Noah Saavedra), a former childhood friend who left town long ago. Instantly, old memories and suppressed feelings rise to the surface. Mario quickly becomes fixated on Lenz, who is now living out his dreams as an actor in Rome.

Inspired, Mario decides to follow his friend to the Italian capital. When they meet in a gay bar, it becomes painfully clear that Lenz does not reciprocate his feelings. The night takes a far more tragic turn when armed men rush in and Lenz falls victim to their attack. Escaping unharmed, Mario’s life will be forever altered by the incident and the loss that follows.

The debut feature of writer-director Evi Romen, Why Not You is a challenging character drama, following a disoriented young man who senses that he must find a place for himself in the world.

Watch the trailer for Why Not You below and click here to order your copy. The film will be available on DVD starting this week.

 

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! Stay home, stay safe and enjoy a movie!

 

Dry Wind
A gloriously erotic new film from Brazilian director Daniel Nolasco, Dry Wind follows factory worker Sandro (Leandro Faria Lelo) as he escapes his rural boredom via secret trysts with his co-worker Ricardo (Allan Jacinto Santana) – 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 (Rafael Teóphilo) – 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.

 

The Acrobat
Montreal is snowed under. While the downtown cranes dance their ballet, two strangers (Yury Paulau and Sébastien Ricard) 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. This one is for adult viewers only.

 

The Prince
From writer-director Sebastián Muñoz, The Prince is an explosive new homoerotic drama set in a repressive 1970s Chilean prison. During a night of heavy drinking, Jaime (Juan Carlos Maldonado), a hot-tempered narcissist, suddenly stabs his best friend. He is sent to jail for murder. There, alone and afraid, he comes under the protection of a tough older inmate known as “The Stallion” (Alfredo Castro) The unlikely pair begin a clandestine romance, but violent power struggles soon threaten their bond. Easily one of the past year’s hottest and most sexually explicit gay movies, this searing story of “survival at all costs” takes its inspiration from Jean Genet’s Un Chant d’amour and Fassbinder’s Querelle. The film offers a deeply affecting exploration of masculine aggression, conflicting loyalties and pent-up sexual desires.

 

Equation to an Unknown
Recently unearthed by the cult/indie queer cinema label Altered Innocence, this long-lost masterpiece of gay erotic cinema centers on a handsome young stud who rides his motorcycle through myriad sexual encounters – from a soccer game’s locker room to a dreamy and unsettling orgy where the film reaches its melancholic peak. Newly scanned in 2K from the original camera negative and directed with absolute grace, Equation to an Unknown is a strange little hidden classic – easily one of the best French gay adult films ever made. The film itself is available on-demand. The special edition DVD and Blu-ray also includes a video essay about the film by Knife+Heart director Yann Gonzalez; a short film narrated by Alain Delon featuring director Francis Savel; the original 1980 film trailer; a brand-new theatrical trailer and more!

 

Knife+Heart
Speaking of director Yann Gonzalez, his sexually explicit throwback thriller Knife+Heart is an absolute must-see. Vanessa Paradis delivers an incredible performance as Anne, a savvy French woman who produces third-rate gay porn. After her editor and lover, Lois (played by Kate Moran) leaves her, she tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film yet – with the help of her trusted, flaming sidekick Archibald (Nicolas Maury). But when one of her actors is brutally murdered, Anne gets caught up in a strange investigation that turns her life upside-down. Shot on 35mm and featuring a killer retro score from the band M83, Knife+Heart is an erotic, ultra-stylish and blood-soaked ode to 1970s-era giallo films, as well as the work of filmmakers like Brian De Palma, Dario Argento and William Friedkin.

NSFW Trailer Alert: Bare

“It’s not only an erotic nudity. It’s important to mention it. And it’s not an obscene nudity. It’s a nudity which is beautiful. Voila!” – Thierry Smits

A provocative, sexy and visually-stunning new documentary from director Aleksandr M. Vinogradov, Bare follows acclaimed Belgian choreographer Thierry Smits through the process of creating Anima Ardens, his newest stage production featuring eleven completely naked male performers.

In between breathtaking dance sequences, Bare reveals the artistic collaboration and conflict between choreographer and company as they build an avant-garde piece steeped in dark, primal energy and ritual. Together, they address questions of body politics, gender, censorship and a variety of taboo subjects. The film also traces the arduous process of auditioning, rehearsing and opening a new dance piece – which is apparently even harder when you’re totally nude!

 

Watch the trailer for Bare and click here to pre-order your copy of the film. It’s coming to DVD and VOD June 22nd.

 

Jon Garcia, creator of The Falls Trilogy, is back with the powerful gay prison romance Luz

What begins as a friendship turns into a fiercely powerful romance in Luz, a heart-wrenching new gay prison drama from Jon Garcia, the acclaimed writer-director behind The Falls Trilogy.

Ruben and Carlos (Ernesto Reyes and Jesse Tayeh) are cellmates. In the beginning, they form something of a mentorship. Though he appears, at first, to be the kind of tough guy you don’t want to mess with, Carlos slowly reveals his tender side to Ruben – and their attraction to one another becomes undeniable.

Luz is a stirring, sexy and deeply emotional story of survival – not only for the lives of both lead characters, but for their relationship as it transitions to the world outside of their cell. Were Ruben and Carlos just filling the void of loneliness during lock-up, or were they truly locked in love?

Watch the trailer for Luz below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD later this month. And, if you haven’t seen them, you can check out Jon Garcia‘s amazing trilogy (The Falls, The Falls: Testament of Love and The Falls: Covenant of Grace) on-demand. We also have The Falls Trilogy available on DVD, including all three films in one box-set.

 

Sordid Lives creator Del Shores is back with Six Characters in Search of a Play

Sordid Lives creator Del Shores‘ new one-man show, directed by Emerson Collins, proves once and for all that he is not a writer, he’s a self-proclaimed thief!

In Six Characters In Search Of A Play, riffing on Pirandello’s classic title, Shores brings to life six one-of-a-kind characters he has met in real life that haven’t quite made it into one of his plays, films or TV shows.  In 90 minutes, the audience will hear the truth behind how he collected these eccentrics and their stories as he portrays his hilarious, off-the-rails encounters with them.

Shores‘ career took off with the play Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got The Will?) in 1987, which ran two years, winning many Los Angeles theatre awards, including LA Weekly’s Best Production and Best Writing. The play has subsequently been produced in over 2,500 theatres worldwide. A movie version of Daddy’s Dyin’ was released in 1990 by MGM starring Beau Bridges, Tess Harper, Judge Reinhold, Keith Carradine and Beverly D’Angelo. Shores wrote the screenplay and executive produced the film.

Sordid Lives, his fourth play, opened in Los Angeles in 1996 and ran 13 sold-out months. The play went on to win 14 Drama-Logue Theatre Awards, including three for Shores for wring, directing and producing. There have since been over 300 additional stage productions of the play. In 1999, he wrote and directed the film version of Sordid Lives starring Beau Bridges, Delta Burke, Olivia Newton-John, Bonnie Bedelia, Leslie Jordan and Beth Grant along with most of the cast from the play. Opening in only eight theatres across the country, the little film that could took in nearly two million dollars in its limited release. The movie has since become a cult phenomenon and solidified Shores reputation as a gay comedy master (and, as some have put it, “minor gay celebrity”). The film also spawned a TV series and the follow-up A Very Sordid Wedding.

Watch the trailer for Six Characters in Search of a Play below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD and VOD in June. We also have two more of Shores’ one-man shows – My Sordid Life and Sordid Confessions – available on-demand.