With the launch of brand-new TLAgay.com this summer, 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.
2016, United States
Anthony Rapp may be in a lot of recent headlines thanks to his bravery in being the first to publicly out Kevin Spacey as a massive creep, but lets not forget that he’s an excellent actor who heads up some terrific gay-themed movies. Here, he leads an impressive ensemble cast in a touching comedy-drama about a long-term gay couple having last-minute jitters before they get married. On the eve of their wedding, Daniel (Rapp) and Christopher (Mean Girls heartthrob Jonathan Bennett) are having their closest friends and family over for dinner. But when a long-lost friend of Christopher’s shows up unexpectedly, and their already stressful day spirals out of control, the couple realizes they must rely on the kindness of their pals and relatives to get through the event in one piece. Co-starring familiar faces like Thomas Dekker, Mackenzie Astin, Marla Sokoloff and “How I Met Your Mother” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Alyson Hannigan, Do You Take This Man is a realistic and absorbing look into what it takes to make a relationship work in this day and age.
The Famous and the Dead is an evocative drama set in southern Brazil. A 16-year-old Bob Dylan fan, known only by his online handle “Mr. Tambourine Man,” lives with his mother in the remote countryside. Devastated by the loss of his father and trapped in a village he dubs “the hole in the world,” his only contact to the outside world is via the internet. The arrival of two mysterious figures, the spirit guide “Jingle Jangle” and her companion Julian, ignites both a fear and a fascination that draws him into their seductive nether world. Adapted from the novel by Ismeal Caneppele, director Esmir Filho‘s surreal, visually sumptuous debut is a subdued, soulful and dreamily opaque tale that mines the themes of adolescent uncertainty and burgeoning queer sexual desire.
2010, United States
Flight of the Cardinal is an entertaining and engrossing post-gay thriller. Grady, a recent city transplant, has his hands full fixing up his recently acquired lakeside resort lodge, hidden away in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina. With only local boy Beetle (the absolutely adorable David J. Bonner – who offers up some full frontal nudity in a sly seduction scene) to assist, he inaugurates his hotel by inviting a group of college friends for the weekend. He also invites his recently aloof boyfriend Andy to join in the fun. Instead of the anticipated cheeriness of a relaxing weekend, troubling events, strange behavior and an increasing sense of doom begin to trouble the already emotionally vulnerable Grady. He gets dumped by his boyfriend, begins to question his friends’ reasons for being there and becomes wary of the outwardly jovial but potentially threatening Beetle. Is his paranoia warranted or is he the problem? When a violent storm keeps anyone from leaving the hotel, the pervading sense of doom intensifies. Director Robert Gaston, despite a small budget, creates an intense sense of dread, as nerves are frayed, suspicions aroused and the threat of violence comes to a boil.
2011, United States
Filmmaker Everett Lewis helms this ambitious drama set in the war-torn Middle East. Acting as a travel photographer, handsome young Price travels to Pakistan, near the dangerous boarder with Afghanistan, in search of his Marine Captain boyfriend who has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. But the young man gets more than he bargained for as danger and intrigue lurk in all directions. There is Combs, a creepy and duplicitous CIA agent; Marwan, his strangely friendly tour guide; and a variety of homophobic military nationals. In short time, Price grows from a naive American to a coldly calculating man who will do anything to find the man he loves. With stunning cinematography of the sun-burnt beauty of the villages, desert and historic ruins, this taut thriller features a very attractive cast and a story that will have you guessing until the end.
2011, Great Britain
In order to comply with the terms of his recently deceased father’s will and inherit all of his earthly possessions, Danny, a handsome, single gay Brit, must be married. He has two weeks before the terms of the will expire – which means that he has two weeks to meet a suitable partner, tie the knot and collect. Danny is excited about the situation. He thinks he is going to get to live out his own real-life gay version of “The Bachelor”. He quickly (and very arrogantly) starts auditioning eager male applicants to be his potential life partner. He manages to narrow the selection down to just a few eligible young men and invites them – along with the families – out to his father’s country house for the weekend to get to know his various prospects and make his final decision. He also invites various close friends and relatives of his own who interrogate the would-be grooms in an effort to find the best choice for Danny. But, as time starts running out and family secrets are revealed, Danny’s chances of finding true love begin to seem more remote. Are these guys really after his heart or just his money? With a cast of very attractive guys, you’ll want to RSVP to A Wedding Most Strange.