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!

 

Flatbush Luck
The eighth feature film by prolific, multi-award-winning director Casper Andreas, Flatbush Luck tells the story of two hunky cousins from Flatbush, Brooklyn. Former Wall Street hotshot Jimmy (Tanner Novlan) and his buttoned-up cousin Max (Robby Stahl) work as phone repairmen. One day, they stumble across some intriguing insider trading tips and start tapping a phone line to get even more. But when the stock tips turn into murder plots, the hapless men are unable to go to the police and soon find themselves in over their heads and flat out of luck. An impending wedding and sexual confusion round out the plot in this romantic comedy crime caper!

 

Everything is Free
Ivan (writer-director Brian Jordan Alvarez) has relocated to a coastal town in Colombia to focus on painting. After some time apart, his straight best friend Christian (Peter Vack) comes to visit along with his younger brother Cole (Morgan Krantz). The initial pleasantries of beach-side camping and late-night partying fade quickly – especially after Ivan and Cole start secretly sleeping together. When Christian finds out, the otherwise idyllic summer affair brings out difficult and surprising emotions in not just the three men, but also their diverse circle of expats and tourists. Frank and playful, Everything Is Free navigates gay cinema tropes with self-awareness, humor, gravity and a very modern sensibility.

 

Wasp
Olivier and James (Simon Haycock and Hugo Bolton) are about to settle into a romantic break in the south of France when Caroline (Elly Condron), an old friend of James, unexpectedly crashes their getaway. At first, everything seems calm as they spend their time around the swimming pool and exploring the isolated village. Slowly however, Olivier grows more and more intrigued by Caroline… leading to potentially disastrous consequences for the young couple. Friendships are questioned and sexuality is tested in this tense, gorgeously-crafted relationship drama from European filmmaker Philippe Audi-Dor.

These Peculiar Days
These Peculiar Days tells the story of eight friends who graduate high school and celebrate by staying in a cabin in the woods. Just before the trip, Isabel (Sofia Sylwin) breaks up with Roman (Gerardo Del Razo) when she finds out he’s been cheating on her with Oscar (Carlos Hendrick Huber). When Roman tags along to try to win her back, it turns this pleasant weekend into a ticking time bomb that will be set off by their unstoppable sexual impulses. Soon, the lines between their sexuality begin to blur as allegiances and love affairs are quickly made and broken. An unabashedly erotic look at modern sexual fluidity between young adults from acclaimed writer-director Chucho E. Quintero.

 

Seeds
Young Andy (Emilio Puente) is having a hard time at school, taunted for being different than the other boys. When his mother unexpectedly dies, Andy moves to a small Mexican suburb to live with his strict, no-nonsense grandmother (played by frequent Pedro Almodovar collaborator Carmen Maura), Soon, Andy finds comfort and refuge in Charly (Diego Alvarez Garcia), the estates’ sexy young gardener. Charlie soon introduces Andy to an exciting world of danger, risk and temptation. In this epic coming-of-age story, Andy will navigate the pain and joy that comes with grief, growing up and finding your identity under extreme circumstances.

Boys Night offers up a stellar new collection of short gay films

Bouncing around from genre to genre, this stellar new collection of short films from Mattioli Productions showcases some of the most cutting edge recent gay cinema from the United States and Australia. Sit back, relax and get ready to make it a Boys Night.

 

Below, you’ll find a short synopsis for each of the films included in the new set, plus an exclusive photo gallery. Click here to pre-order your copy of Boys Night. It’s coming to DVD and Blu-ray on July 20th!

 

Hopelessly (USA, 2018, 5 mins) / Directed by Tony Clemente Jr.
All Darren (Lucas Iverson) wants is a connection. When his girlfriend and his boyfriend don’t have time for him, Darren goes on an adventure to find love again… and again… and again. Hopelessly explores a day in the life of a polyamorous relationship in all its awkward beauty.

Mass (USA, 2020, 12 mins) / Directed by Linus Ignatius
Gay, HIV-positive and lonely in New York City, Trey (writer-director-star Linus Ignatius) finds himself surrounded by hulking, powerful men. Throughout his day, he obsesses over how to get BIG – and his insecurities keep him trapped in a tense cycle of trauma and abuse.

Innocent Boy (USA, 2020, 14 mins) / Directed by Brock Cravy
Off a lonely Texas highway, a group of hustlers prey on the desperados who have come for sex, drugs and Momma’s special milk. Don’t miss this wildly provocative short horror flick from director Brock Cravy.

Miles (Australia, 2017, 15 mins) / Directed by Christopher Sampson
In this Australian coming-of-age drama, three lifelong friends (Nathan DramanJye Whatson and Madi Jennings) navigate their way through an unusual love triangle while embarking on a road trip that will change their lives forever.

Sacrifice (Australia, 2018, 17 mins) / Directed by Anna Maguire
James (Leigh Smith), a humanitarian rights lawyer, and Blake (Jesse Everett), a military officer, just want to live a normal and quiet life together. They find, however, that their sense of professional duty continually tears them apart.

Tooth 4 Tooth (Australia, 2020, 13 mins) / Directed by Alice Maio Mackay
While investigating the murder of a friend, a drag artist and an activist find themselves caught in an old war between those who feed on the blood of the fearful and those who feed on the blood of the hateful.

 

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY OF BOYS NIGHT!

 

Coming Soon: 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.

 

Trailer Alert: Horror, Sex and Hair Curlers

Francose (Karine Lyachenko) is spying on her husband Robert (Olivier Ruidavet). She suspects that he may be cheating on her – and the intuitive hairdresser is right to trust her instincts. She soon spots Robert stepping inside a gay sex club with an alluring, leather-clad young man (Jordan Large), as handsome as he is mysterious. Francose is furious, but she has no idea how weird and horrific this day is about to get!

Funny, sexy and stylish, Horror, Sex and Hair Curlers is an award-winning eighteen-minute short film from from French director Philippe Solange, who blends horror and comedy into one wild ride that takes an unexpected turn.

 

Watch the trailer for Horror, Sex and Hair Curlers below. The film is available now on-demand at TLAgay!

 

Now Available On-Demand: Altered Innocence: Vol. 1

The cult video label Altered Innocence has been dedicated to releasing LGBTQ and coming-of-age films with an artistic edge since their inception in 2015. With a library of features and shorts from around the world – mixing genre with art-house and everything in between – Altered Innocence is committed to curating an esoteric library that is without peer in the current cinema landscape.

Nearly three hours of LGBTQ and coming-of-age short films and music videos await you in the debut of Altered Innocence‘s cinematic mixtape supreme: Altered Innocence: Vol. 1! Films from established auteurs like Peter Strickland (The Duke of BurgundyIn Fabric), Cam Archer (Wild Tigers I Have Known), João Nicolau (From John) and Yann Gonzalez (You and the NightKnife+Heart) join fresh new voices such as Alexis Langlois, Shaun Hughes, Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel. Cruising, dancing, naked wrestling, trans terrorism, first love, bullies, femme faltales, band practice and much, much more is in store!

The films and videos included are “Our Time” (Imperial Teen) by Cam Archer (New HD Restoration), Gabber Lover by Anna Cazenave CambetDoors Cut Down by Antonio Hens (HD Restoration), “Les Vacances Continuent” (Perez) by Yann GonzalezAfter School Knife Fight by Caroline Poggi and Jonathan VinelBunny by Shaun HughesGUO4 by Peter StricklandTerror, Sisters! by Alexis Langlois, “Niemand” (Kompromat) by Bertrand MandicoGambozinos (Wild Haggis) by João Nicolau and Jakt (Hunt) by Gjertrud Maria Bergaust.

 

Watch the trailer for Altered Innocence: Vol. 1 below. The full collection 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!

 

Night Disclosure
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. 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.

 

Horror, Sex and Hair Curlers
Francose (Karine Lyachenko) is spying on her husband Robert (Olivier Ruidavet). She suspects that he may be cheating on her – and the intuitive hairdresser is right to trust her instincts. She soon spots Robert stepping inside a gay sex club with an alluring, leather-clad young man (Jordan Large), as handsome as he is mysterious. Francose is furious, but she has no idea how weird and horrific this day is about to get! Funny, sexy and stylish, Horror, Sex and Hair Curlers is an award-winning eighteen-minute short film from from French director Philippe Solange, who blends horror and comedy into one wild ride that takes an unexpected turn.

 

Kiss Me, Kill Me
Dusty (Van Hansis) blacks out while confronting his cheating boyfriend Stephen (Gale Harold). When Dusty comes to, he finds that Stephen has been murdered… and now he’s the prime suspect. But West Hollywood is filled with other possible perpetrators: an unstable lawyer, a couples’ therapist, a jealous ex, a sketchy best friend, a resentful lesbian couple, and a drag queen hypnotist. Now Dusty must put all the pieces together to figure out what really happened – even if it means he’s guilty of murder. Kiss Me, Kill Me is a riveting gay thriller from director Casper Andreas (The Big Gay Musical, Violet Tendencies, Going Down in La-La Land).

 

Darkroom
In Darkroom, pioneering cult director Rosa von Praunheim focuses his lens on a recent, true criminal case involving a German serial killer. Lars (Bozidar Kocevski), a male nurse, moves with his lover Roland (Heiner Bomhard). They renovate an apartment with the intention of finally living together. For Roland, their happiness seems almost complete. What he doesn’t know, however, is that while secretly checking out Berlin’s nightlife, Lars is experimenting with a deadly poison – an obsession that will lead to a horrific outcome for the couple. Using a psychiatric tribunal as a framing device, Von Praunheim balances Lars’ twisted fantasies with Roland’s dreams of a blissful romance.

 

Mr. Leather
In April 2018, São Paulo played host to the second Brazilian Mr. Leather competition… and things got heated. The new film Mr. Leather offers you a front-row seat – and takes you deep behind the scenes – as five individual contestants vie for full leather dominance. Along with victory comes a year-long commitment to promoting the leather community throughout the country, even in the face of increasingly conservative values and political unrest. From director Daniel Nolasco (Dry Wind), Mr. Leather follows all the action, creating gorgeous and intensely provocative compositions that celebrate the unique power of this thriving subculture.

Throwback Thursday: The Leather Boys

Part of Britain’s new wave of hyper-realistic “Kitchen Sink” dramas, The Leather Boys is a fascinating mix of teen angst, biker thrills and raging emotion.

Originally released in 1964, The Leather Boys follows young newlyweds Reggie (Colin Campbell) and Dot (Rita Tushingham) as they embark on a new life together. But there’s trouble in paradise when Reggie develops feelings for Pete (Dudley Sutton), a member of a rival biker gang. As this love triangle (unusual for the time, especially in cinema) plays out, a torrid melodrama of confusion and repressed sexuality unfolds.

Directed by Sidney J. Furie (who would go on to helm a wide range of Hollywood films like Iron Eagle, The Entity and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace – with mixed results) and written by Gillian Freeman from her own novel, The Leather Boys is an interesting film of its time, exploding with expressionistic photography, gripping themes and a bold exploration of identity.

Long unavailable on home video, the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) and Shout! Factory are now presenting a sparkling new restoration of this important chapter of early queer cinema. Special features include a new restoration from the original 35mm negative, audio commentary with director Sidney J. Furie and biographer Daniel Kremer, audio interviews with stars Rita Tushingham and Dudley Sutton and a curious short film called Consenting Adults: A Study of Homosexuality, from the Something Weird S-VHS archive.

 

Watch the trailer for the new restoration of The Leather Boys below and click here to pre-order your copy of the forthcoming Blu-ray. It will be available (on Blu-ray only) starting June 29th.

 

Trailer Alert: Half Brother

Sixteen-year old Sandra (Natália Molina) can’t find her mother. She’s been missing for days. At a loss for new clues, she seeks out her half-brother Jorge (Diego Avelino), with whom she has had very little contact. Jorge, however, is in the middle of his own ordeal. He’s being threatened not to leak a shocking video that he made of a homophobic attack on a friend he’s secretly attracted to.

Though their relationship isn’t the strongest, these two half-siblings come together in an effort to solve one another’s problems, however insurmountable they may seem.

Half Brother is the feature debut from Brazilian writer-director Eliane Coster. “The film’s plot grew out of a desire to address the voids and gaps of the hearts and minds of those who must coexist in highly competitive, ever more virtual urban environments burdened with huge social challenges,” said Coster. “The film gives visibility to specific social questions, among them urban violence, the absence of viable public space in the periphery of the city, the difficulties of exerting sexuality, and subtle forms of racial unease.”

Watch the trailer for Half Brother below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and VOD June 15th.

 

Out This Week: My Dead Ones

The debut feature of Brazilian writer-director Diego Freitas, My Dead Ones is a subtly homoerotic new psychological thriller about burgeoning sexuality, murderous revenge and obsession.

Davi (Nicolas Prattes) is a shy film student who spends most of his life behind a camera, viewing the world as an observer instead of a participant. His life starts to change when he meets Jonates (Andre Hendges), an alluring man who brings the young voyeur out of his shell and makes him feel like he’s worthy of love. Their budding relationship is threatened, however, by a spate of gruesome murders… which have a connection to Davi’s troubled past. When news spreads of a killer on campus, his worlds collide and the truth finally comes out.

Watch the trailer for My Dead Ones below and click here to order your copy. The film will be available on DVD starting this week.