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!

 

Taekwondo
In a beautiful country house in a chic suburb of Buenos Aires, Fernando (Lucas Papa) and his buddies are having a “boys only” weekend. Disconnected from the outside world, they bask in the sun, play in the pool, smoke pot and drink – naked or half-naked pretty much the entire time. Fernando decides to invite a newcomer, Germán (Gabriel Epstein), a close friend from his taekwondo class. Germán is quickly welcomed into the group. Fernando doesn’t realize, though, that Germán is attracted to men. Little by little, the two dudes get more intimate and the simmering sexual tension hits a boiling point. Assembling one of the hottest casts in gay movie history, prolific director Marco Berger has outdone himself with Taekwondo.

 

French Kisses
Get seduced by a collection of incredible gay shorts from France. In Apollo, we follow a teen, riddled with insecurities, who fantasizes about an ever more muscular body – and an even bigger banana. Herculaneum concerns two men and a volcano that growls. In The Body of Angels, Remi listens to the birds and falls asleep in 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 Electric July, Thomas and Victor visit an abandoned bridge and face their most secret fears and desires.

 

Paper Boys
After making an impulsive decision to change the course of his life, Cole (Kyle Cabral) moves to San Francisco, using his straight best friend’s engagement party as an excuse to escape a dead-end career and the memories of a passionate summer fling with a boy from New York. But when he arrives, he runs into that very former fling… and old feelings soon begin to resurface. After his friend, Daren (Nathan Brown), reveals that his recent engagement only happened by accident, Cole decides to use the mysterious powers of a re-discovered sketchbook to try to put all of their lives back on track. A short six-episode series, Paper Boys is a charming and thoughtful romance that is sure to leave you swooning.

 

1:54
Tim (Antoine-Olivier Pilon) is a shy sixteen-year-old student, dealing with the loss of his mother as well as his sexuality. The last four years of high school have been tough on him because of school bully Jeff (Lou-Pascal Tremblay). In his last year of school, Tim decides that wants to shine for once. He decides to stand up to Jeff by dethroning him in the 800m championship, the event Jeff is known for in school. But behind the competition and rivalry, a secret is wreaking havoc. After a personal video is shared on social media, Tim’s private life is about to explode into the public eye. Soon Tim finds himself pushed to the edge because of the pressure he endures, the edge where human limits reach the point of no return.

 

Sacrifice
The new 18-minute short film Sacrifice follows two protagonists as they enter a new phase in their relationship. James (Leigh Smith), a humanitarian rights lawyer, and Blake (Jesse Everett), a military officer, are continually torn apart by their overwhelming sense of duty – and their struggle to lead a “normal and quiet life.” They love each other, but their sense of duty is equally as important, especially due to Blake’s military background. Sacrifice aims to show that love is the greatest sacrifice of all, regardless of race, gender and everything in between. The film also pays tribute to those in the military history of Australia who were unrecognized in their service due to their sexuality.

Coming Soon: Cowboys

Steve Zahn stars in the heartfelt new family drama Cowboys as Troy, a troubled but well-intentioned father who has recently separated from his wife Sally (Jillian Bell). Aghast at Sally’s refusal to let their trans son Joe (Sasha Knight) live as his authentic self, Troy runs off with Joe into the Montana wilderness. Meanwhile police detective (Ann Dowd) pursues them, but her resolve about the case is tested the more she learns about Joe’s family.

Cowboys, a modern day Western from director Anna Kerrigan, is a moving tale of rescue, family betrayal and a father and son on the run. Watch the trailer for Cowboys below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD April 20th.

 

Trailer Alert: 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 pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD and VOD starting May 11th.

 

Out This Week: My Little Sister

“Superb performances by Nina Hoss and Lars Eidinger ground this moving, unfussy Swiss drama of twin siblings whose bond is tested by leukemia. This is bright, unaffected naturalism with a fluidly roving camera, but also a generous regard for its ensemble, as befits a film affectionately embedded in the Berlin theater scene. Chuat and Reymond’s direction is delicate and unobtrusive, in tune with their calmly deep-digging actors.” – Guy Lodge, Variety

“My Little Sister is an affecting, emotionally truthful experience. Nina Hoss delivers a raw, compelling, performance.” – Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

“This is a quietly stunning film that strikes chords of emotional truth, lingering long after viewing.” – Josephina A., One Room with a View

“CRITIC’S PICK! Tender. Faces terminal illness with a refreshing emotional candor. Distinguished by a modestly discreet directing style that allows the actors to shine, My Little Sister offers neither false uplift nor dreary realism. The photography is bright and lustrous, the tone vital and purposeful.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

“With sophistication and restraint, My Little Sister tells an engrossing tale of sibling love. Written and directed by Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond with superb control and insight.” – Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

“One of Europe’s greatest leading female stars, Nina Hoss has a strong, enigmatic presence like no one else. When she’s in a scene nothing else really matters, attentions are all on her, as she takes total dominion of the screen, the situation, penetrating into the viewer’s her deepest emotions. A powerful study on compassion and unconditional love.” – Roger Costa, Brazilian Press

“Eidinger will remind some of Tom Hanks’ Academy Award-wining turn in Philadelphia. Hoss is a completely riveting screen presence, who brings tremendous humanity to Lisa. What Hoss is asked to do here is show us how a creative mind operates even under great duress, and she does it brilliantly.” – James Verniere, Boston Herald

 

Switzerland’s Official Submission to the Academy Awards, My Little Sister is a deeply moving, critically-acclaimed drama following a creative brother and sister pair in an unusually close relationship tested by illness.

Lisa (Nina Hoss), once a brilliant playwright, no longer writes. She lives with her family in Switzerland, but her heart remains in Berlin, beating in time with that of her twin brother Sven (Lars Eidinger), a famous theatre actor.

Since Sven has been suffering from an aggressive type of leukemia, the relationship between them has become even closer. Lisa does not want to accept this blow of fate. She does everything in her power to bring Sven back on stage. For her soulmate, she neglects everything else and even risks losing her husband. Her marriage goes awry, but Lisa only has eyes for her brother, who reflects her deepest longings and awakens in her the desire to be creative, to feel alive again.

 

Watch the trailer for My Little Sister 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!

 

Boys
Following one man through two timelines decades apart, Boys is a gripping and compassionate study of first love and the lingering sting of loss. We first meet Jonas (BPM, Sauvage/Wild and Knife+Heart star Felix Maritaud) in the present where he’s having a rough go of it. He’s prone to starting fights at the local gay bar and his boyfriend has had enough of his infidelity and alcohol-soaked antics. His volatile behavior may stem from his past. The film flashes back to 1997, where Jonas meets a rebellious new student who will become his crush. The pair venture out on their first proper date, unaware that a traumatic incident is about to change their lives forever. Charrier teases out the details in this searing mystery/thriller/drama.

 

Sexual Tension: Volatile
A pulsating collection from acclaimed director Marco Berger, Sexual Tension: Volatile weaves together six sexually-charged short stories of erotic male bonding! A young man feels the adrenaline rush of his sexy tattooist’s needle in Ari while in The Cousin, a cute boy has a taboo attraction for a family member. Two straight buddies show each other how to make love to a woman in The Other One, while a man with Broken Arms receives a sensual sponge bath from a male nurse. Love is questionable when a broken shower brings a married man and an innkeeper together and in Workout two muscular men begin to explore each other chiseled bodies. So many voyeuristic pleasures await you in this stunning anthology film!

 

Atomic Age
An exploration of the underlying sexual tension between two close male friends, Atomic Age charts the evolution of burgeoning youthful sexuality over the course of one night in Paris. Victor and Rainer (Eliott Paquet and Dominik Wojcik) are typical young French hipsters on their way to Paris, swigging Red Bull, bantering about the Stone Roses, and musing about what awaits them. Checking into a club, Victor hits on the girls, while Rainer spikily rebuffs the advances of a male admirer. Testosterone surges, bravado leads to a face-off… just another night on the town. Until it’s not. This character study captures what it’s like to be young and fumbling through a sexual awakening while negotiating the delicate bonds of friendship.

 

Rapture in Blue
Like a David Lynch thriller filmed through a queer lens, writer-director Ryder Houston‘s Rapture in Blue follows a young man’s quest through flickering neon and hazy shadows to find his true self. After Jason (Bryce Lederer) tries to use his childhood home for a steamy rendezvous with his girlfriend, they discover it’s been newly occupied by the smoldering Sebastian (Tanner Garmon), who eagerly warms up to anxious Jason. Wracked with desires he’s long ignored while also being pressured by his girlfriend’s sensual advances, a growing sense of unease and dread permeates his life. After receiving an “impossible” photo of him embracing Sebastian, Jason realizes he needs to confront the madness consuming him from all sides.

 

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 secret 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.

The Films of Marlon Riggs

There has never been a filmmaker quite like Marlon Riggs (1957–1994): an unapologetic gay black man who defied a culture of silence and shame to speak his truth with resounding joy and conviction. An early adopter of video technology who had a profound understanding of the power of words and images to effect change, Riggs employed a bold mix of documentary, performance, poetry, music, and experimental techniques in order to confront issues that most of Reagan-era America refused to acknowledge, from the devastating legacy of racist stereotypes to the impact of the AIDS crisis on his own queer African American community to the very definition of what it is to be Black.

Bringing together Riggs’s complete works—including his controversy-inciting queer landmark Tongues Untied and Black Is . . . Black Ain’t, his deeply personal career summation – The Criterion Collection’s upcoming must-own box set The Signifyin’ Works of Marlon Riggs traces the artistic and political evolution of a transformative filmmaker whose work is both an electrifying call for liberation and an invaluable historical document. Included are the films Ethnic NotionsTongues UnitedAffirmationsAnthemColor AdjustmentNon, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regret) and Black Is… Black Ain’t.

You can find more info about each of the films below – along with the awesome new Criterion Collection artwork – and click here to pre-order your copy. The Signifyin’ Works of Marlon Riggs will be available on DVD and Blu-ray beginning June 22nd.

 

Ethnic Notions
Riggs brings viewers face-to-face with the insidious images that have shaped America’s racial mythologies, in his first major work, a brilliant and disturbing deconstruction of the ways in which anti-Black stereotypes have permeated nearly every aspect of popular culture. Through razor-sharp historical analysis including interviews with historians and folklore scholars, powerfully deployed imagery, and narration by actor Esther Rolle, Ethnic Notions illuminates, with devastating clarity, how dehumanizing caricatures of Black people—seen everywhere from children’s books to films to household products—have been used to uphold white supremacy and to justify slavery, segregation, and the continuing oppression of African Americans. In its refusal to look away from racism’s ugliest manifestations, this Emmy-winning documentary has become an essential text for understanding the origins of American racial violence.

Tongues Untied
Made, in Riggs’s own words, to “shatter the nation’s brutalizing silence on matters of sexual and racial difference,” this radical blend of documentary and performance defies the stigmas surrounding Black gay sexuality in the belief that, as long as shame prevails, liberation will never be possible. Through music and dance, words and poetry by such pathbreaking writers as Essex Hemphill and Joseph Beam—and by turns candid, humorous, and heartbreaking interviews with queer African American men—Tongues Untied gives voice to what it means to live as an outsider in both a Black community rife with homophobia and a largely white gay subculture poisoned by racism. A lightning rod in the conservative culture wars of the 1980s that incited a right-wing furor over public funding for the arts, the film has lost none of its resonance in its unapologetic, life-affirming declaration that “Black men loving Black men is the revolutionary act.”

Affirmations
Riggs expresses the hopes, dreams, and desires of gay Black men in this ode to queer African American empowerment. Built around outtakes of interview and protest footage from Tongues Untied, Affirmations begins as a candid, sex-positive confessional about first-time penetration and evolves into a rousing chorus of calls for freedom, recognition, and inclusion.

Anthem
“Pervert the language.” Made at a time when Riggs was three years into living with HIV and the motto “Silence=Death” was the queer community’s defiant response to the antigay policies of the Reagan era, this experimental music video employs a mix of poetry, African beats, and provocative imagery—sexual, political, and religious—in order to challenge and redefine prevailing images of Black masculinity. Led by the liberated dancing of the filmmaker himself, Anthem is a bold vision of queer revolution, proclaiming “Every time we kiss we confirm the new world coming.”

Color Adjustment
What does the American dream look like? Where do Black Americans fit into it? And what is television’s role in shaping our views of racial progress and the idealized American family? Picking up where the groundbreaking Ethnic Notions left off, this pioneering work of media studies by Riggs presents a complicated, challenging, and nuanced view of evolving racial attitudes as reflected in popular programs such as Amos ’n’ Andy, Julia, All in the Family, Good Times, Roots, and The Cosby Show. Narrated by Ruby Dee and featuring interviews with actors Diahann Carroll, Tim Reid, and Esther Rolle, African American historian Henry Louis Gates Jr., and producer Norman Lear, among others, Color Adjustment looks beyond the whitewashed, middle-class mythologies peddled by prime-time entertainment to track the ways in which Black Americans have been assimilated into a new but no less harmful racial narrative.

Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regret)
Through music, poetry, and courageous self-disclosure, five HIV-positive gay Black men (among them poet and performance artist Assotto Saint) discuss their individual confrontations with AIDS, illuminating their journeys through the fear, shame, and stigma that accompanied the disease at the height of the epidemic toward healing, acceptance, and truth. In Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regret), Riggs tells stories of self-transformation in which a once unmentionable “affliction” is forged into a tool of personal and communal empowerment.

Black Is… Black Ain’t
Made with an urgency imparted by the knowledge that he was nearing the end of his life, Riggs’s final film—completed after his death of AIDS by a group of his devoted collaborators—is a wide-ranging consideration of a question that had long been central to his work: What does it mean to be Black? Using his mother’s gumbo recipe as a metaphor for the diversity of the African American experience, Riggs travels the country, seeking insights from leading thinkers like Angela Davis, Henry Louis Gates Jr., bell hooks, and Barbara Smith as well as ordinary people—young and old, rich and poor, rural and urban, gay and straight—all grappling with the numerous, often contested definitions of Blackness that have shaped their lives. Punctuated by footage of a dying Riggs directing his crew and delivering parting wisdom from his hospital bed, Black Is . . . Black Ain’t breaks down the divides of class, colorism, patriarchy, and homophobia as it issues a stirring appeal for unity.

Watch the (very NSFW) trailer for the erotic thriller Dancing on the Dark Side of the Moon

Picture this if you will: A futuristic lighthouse floating through dark space. Aboard this lighthouse is a Spirit Guide and his two younglings Alexi and Micah. These three spiritual beings are on an unusual journey. When the curious Alexi asks what his life will be like on Earth, the Spirit Guide is compelled to show him. He knows that dark forces are at hand and Alexi may indeed never be born at all. The Guide reluctantly shows him moments in time where we find Alexi’s family in deep turmoil… where dark secrets abound.

Along the Journey, we are introduced to a man simply referred to as “Him”. This character serves as our narrator, a charismatic wise guy enjoying a steak dinner at his favorite Italian eatery. But this caporegime may be more important than he seems. Is he simply narrating or controlling the events himself?

If this sounds like a page pulled out of “The Twilight Zone,” you would be right. Just add a large dose of David Lynch-esque sensibilities and the pervasive casual (and not so casual) nudity and sex that are synonymous with Babaloo Studios. We welcome you to join us on this unusual journey. Enjoy Dancing on the Dark Side of the Moon.

Check out the (and very NSFW) trailer for Dancing on the Dark Side of the Moon below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD, Blu-ray and VOD on April 20th.

 

Out This Week: Same-Sex Attracted

Same-Sex Attracted is a groundbreaking documentary that follows a handful of LGBTQ students over an academic school year at the LDS-owned Brigham Young University (BYU). These lovable kids experience not only the regular day-to-day of being a college kid but also the unique trials that come with being queer at a Mormon institution, grappling with questions of faith, sexuality, gender, family, love and happiness.

As the film progresses, the students and their off-campus group Understanding Sexuality, Gender and Allyship (USGA) also realize that BYU’s administration has plans to create a new, church-sanctioned GSA – without the influence of other queer-led organizations already in play. After years in the making, Same-Sex Attracted presents the real experience of being queer at “the Lord’s University” from the perspective of real LGBTQ students struggling to make a positive change.

Watch the trailer for Same-Sex Attracted below and click here to order your copy. The film is available on DVD and Blu-ray 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!

 

Furious Desires
Desire can mysterious, overwhelming, tragic… and FURIOUS. The many permutations of desire are on display in this stunning collection of short films. Daytime Doorman tracks the burgeoning desire between a tenant and his sexy doorman. Xavier charts the beginnings of desire when a father notices his son only pays attention to certain types of boys. The Other Side is about the frustrations of unfulfilled desire when the object of your lust is beyond reach – literally. The Tigers Fight explores what happens when one man decides to subvert what’s expected and declare his desire for his best friend. Finally, in Loris Is Fine, we learn about the lengths two young lovers will go to prove that their love is beyond desire altogether.

 

Palace of Fun
A chance meeting in a nightclub begins a summer romance for Lily and Finn (Phoebe Naughton and Andrew Mullan). Instantly smitten with one another, Lily invites Finn is to spend the week with her at her family’s opulent home in Sussex. Conveniently, her parents are away on vacation in Italy. But their romantic break is disrupted when Lily’s seductive brother Jamie (George Stocks) discovers a revealing secret about Finn, and uses it to play a dangerous and sinister game with his sister’s new flame. Written, directed and produced by brothers Eadward, David and George StocksPalace of Fun is a compelling psychological drama that wears the influence of Patricia Highsmith’s “Ripley” novels on its sleeve.

 

Confessions
Take a peak under the surface of any gay man… and who knows what you’ll find? Originally conceived as a web-series, but collected into an anthology film by writer-director Mark Bessenger (The Last Straight Man, Bite Marks), the unique and wildly entertaining Confessions features ten individual segments, each four-to-fifteen minutes in length, in which numerous gay male characters disclose various secrets from the recesses of their psyches. Each segment utilizes a different storytelling genre – there’s something here for fans of comedy, horror, drama, romance, musicals and more. The cast also includes many faces that will be familiar to gay movie fans like Peter Stickles, Mark Cirillo and Dylan Vox.

 

Play the Devil
In Play the Devil, a smart and stylishly coming-of-age drama from writer-director Maria Govan, the prevailing poverty and lush beauty of Trinidad and the pulsating rhythms of Carnival are backdrop to a story where dreams and obsession collide. Eighteen-year-old Gregory (Petrice Jones) is caught between repressing his true creative nature and desires and surrendering to society’s dictates of what it means to be a man. An encounter with a lecherous older businessman (Gareth Jenkins) derails the plans set by his family and community. Play The Devil shatters conventions of sexuality, masculinity, morality and individuality through its unapologetic multi-layered explorations of power dynamics, religion and aspirations.

 

Copa 181
A bathhouse in Rio is the setting for the gentle and sexy human drama Copa 181. Struggling opera singer Eros (Simone Mazzer) doesn’t know that her husband Tana (Carlos Takeshi) spends his afternoons at a gay club. When she’s hired to sing there, her surprise appearance sets up a clash as the couple finally discover one another’s long-held secrets. Meanwhile, hunky “gay for pay” male escort Leo (Caetano O’Mailhlan) finds himself developing feelings for Kika (Silvero Pereira), a charismatic trans performer. Like almost everyone at the bathhouse, Kika yearns for Leo as well, but his deep-seated anger and conflicted feelings about his own sexuality threaten to ruin their romance before it even has a chance to begin.

 

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Coming Soon: Wojnarowicz

Wojnarowicz (also know as Wojnarowicz: F**k You F*ggot F**ker) is a fiery and urgent documentary portrait of downtown New York City artist, writer, photographer and activist David Wojnarowicz.

As New York City became the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, Wojnarowicz weaponized his work and waged war against the establishment’s indifference to the plague until his death from it in 1992 at the age of 37.

Exclusive access to his breathtaking body of work – including paintings, journals, and films – reveals how Wojnarowicz emptied his life into his art and activism. Rediscovered answering machine tape recordings and intimate recollections from Fran Lebowitz, Gracie Mansion, Peter Hujar and other friends and family help present a stirring portrait of this fiercely political, unapologetically queer artist.

 

Watch the trailer for Wojnarowicz below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD May 18th.