With the launch of the brand-new TLAgay.com, 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.
2013, United States
Brad Lunders (P.J. Boudousque) is a teenager who is abducted from his home in the middle of the night – with his mother’s consent – and taken to a harsh wilderness reform facility. There is no contact with the outside world and the retired war colonel in charge (James C. Burns) prides himself on breaking an inmate’s spirit in order to correct delinquent behavior. As we learn of the tragic events that led to Brad’s arrival at the camp, unforeseen circumstances threaten to tear the already eroding reform facility apart, Brad to confront not only his fellow inmates and the personnel in charge, but finally his own sense of what is right and what is wrong. We’re cheating a little here because Coldwater is not at all a straight-forward gay-themed film, but there is a lot of homoerotic tension and imagery. There’s also a healthy amount of male nudity.
In this expertly-crafted black comedy of marriage, the perfect gay couple Ryan and Grant (Matt Fentiman and Mark Hildreth), are having a wedding in their backyard, and they’ve invited the family and all their emotional baggage. When the happy couple starts fighting over what to call it, you know it’s going to be a long day. Actor Bill Marchant made his writing-directing debut by tackling all the foibles and traumas of modern-day relationships in this intimate ensemble comedy. Besides extra-marital affairs, a decoration-crazy mom and an angry alcoholic, a mysterious guest (indie stalwart Brendan Fletcher) has his eyes on one of the grooms. Named Best Canadian Film at the Montreal Film Festival way back in 2004, Everyone has a sarcastic sense of humor that will make you laugh and grimace at the same time.
2014, United States
In 1984, a scrappy little neighborhood in San Francisco – home to many low-income tenants and the heart of the gay male leather scene – faced destruction from the bulldozers of redevelopment and the AIDS crisis. The Folsom Street Fair was started to call attention to gentrification and raise money for AIDS charities. Folsom Forever tells the story of how this small street fair grew into the biggest outdoor kink and fetish event in the world, and managed to do a lot of good along the way. If you can’t get yourself to San Francisco for Folsom, this is the next best thing. This movie isn’t just informative and uplifting, it’s endlessly entertaining and often very, very funny.
A story of reconciliation, forgiveness and renewal wrapped in Monty Python-like sketches and a jazzy dance number, Jesus Meets the Gay Man is a fun documentary that will have you seeing Jesus in a new light, while at the same time convincing you to work on your abs! Developed by looking at the questions of “what Jesus would have said or done if He had met a gay person,” the film aims to bridge the gap between Christians and the homosexual community, who have been at odds on this issue, with critical thinking and humor. In this age of so much information on the Bible and on the topic of homosexuality, can the LGBTQIA and the Christians find forgiveness? Find out here and have some fun along the way.
2016, United States
A highly experimental feature from prolific (and highly controversial) queer filmmaker Todd Verow, This Side of Heaven stars heralded NYC artist and Kuchar Brothers regular Philly Abe as V, an older trans woman desperately trying to hold on to her rent-stabilized apartment in New York City. She has endured many tragedies involving former lovers, friends, and acquaintances over the 26 years she’s lived in her rat, roach and junkie infested building. She has survived corrupt landlord after corrupt landlord but her struggles have left her agoraphobic and reclusive. Not to be confused with the 1934 Lionel Barrymore romance of the same name, this gritty black-and-white melodrama tells a warts-and-all story of one woman’s off-balance life and ultimate fight against gentrification.