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.
2009, United States
In his feature debut, gay writer/director Kyle Patrick Alvarez offered up this funny, thoughtful and sexy story of a shy, hopelessly romantic writer’s attempt to turn phone sex into a loving relationship. Cutie-pie Brian Geraghty (“The Alienist,” “Boardwalk Empire,” The Hurt Locker) stars as Davy, a scruffy, socially-awkward young nerd who has never had a meaningful romantic relationship. When he gets a strange, unexplained call from a woman named Nicole, who uses her sultry voice and graphic imagination to seduce him, something is awakened. Our lonely hero becomes infatuated with his new mysterious dream girl. As their relationship develops, Davy becomes hopelessly obsessed with meeting the reluctant Nicole in person – alienating friends, family and other romantic prospects in the process. On a shoestring budget, using few actors, realistic dialog and some truly impressive long takes, Alvarez (who went on to direct C.O.G., The Stanford Prison Experiment and multiple episodes of the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”) crafts an honest, emotional and thoroughly engrossing mystery.
2014, United States
Maggie Cooper (My Big Fat Greek Wedding creator and star Nia Vardalos) thinks it would be really cool if her son Lloyd (adorable “Good Luck Charlie” star Jason Dolley) were gay. So cool, in fact, that she “outs” him to his entire high school. Like any good “helicopter mom,” who hovers over every aspect of her children’s lives, Maggie takes control of Lloyd’s social life, setting Lloyd up on dates with boys of whom she has approved and filing for a gay student college scholarship. There’s just one issue with her grand plans… Lloyd isn’t quite sure whether or not he’s actually gay. Striving to become one of the most inappropriate mothers in gay cinema history, Nia Vardalos is fabulous and incredibly funny in this movie, while Jason Dolley, playing the “straight man” (dumb pun intended) tackles his character’s sexual confusion in an open and refreshing way. Mark Boone Junior, a consistently terrific character actor usually tasked with playing intimidating tough guys and criminals, also brings a lot of heart as Lloyd’s supportive father. Helicopter Mom is a colorful, feel-good family movie with laughs to spare.
In a time of turmoil for Ecuador, sixteen-year-old Juan Pablo (Juan Manuel Arregui) travels to the family hacienda in the Andes, where his uncle, facing a corruption scandal, has taken refuge with his wife and teenage children. There he meets Juano (Diego Andres Paredes), an enigmatic, self-assured black-metal fan from the nearby pueblo, who opens his eyes to a new, liberating universe. As his country and family is heading for the abyss, the two boys’ budding friendship develops into a fragile romance and Juan Pablo is to define himself against his chaotic surroundings. A sweet romantic fable of young love against the odds, Holiday bubbles with tension.
Evan (Adrian Shepherd-Gawinski) is a hot young, gay newspaper writer – and he’s just had his heart broken. Attempting to shake off his melancholy, he takes on an assignment profiling Hunter (Ryan Fisher), an alluring gay club promoter. Around the guys are a host of other twenty-something urbanites, all longing for the same thing: approval. Whether it’s by the in-crowd, the hottie across the bar or in the industry they work, all strive for something greater, failing to appreciate what they already have. Seek explores fresher territory in gay cinema, and is all the more tender and heart-wrenching for it. The movie was filmed in and around some of the hottest places in the Church Wellesley Village in the heart of Toronto. It stars some great talent from that area and features original music by Kevon Cronin, performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
The scars of our youth shape the adults we become. In this riveting Australian drama, angst-ridden seventeen-year-old Miklos (Miles Szanto) makes plans to escape his migrant family and run away with his best friend and secret crush Dan (the stunningly handsome Daniel Webber, hot off his star-making turns as Lee Harvey Oswald in the miniseries “11.22.63” and the Marvel series “The Punisher”). Miklos’s dreams are dashed after the accidental death of his older brother Tomi (Nadim Kobeissi). Only he knows the events that led to this tragedy. Suddenly, he is forced to navigate his guilt, as well as his explosive sexuality, in order to find the man he will become. Written and directed by Craig Boreham, who recently made MTV’s list of “hot filmmakers to watch,” Teenage Kicks is a smart and sexy drama that has earned rave reviews around the globe. Empire magazine labeled it “a debut not to be missed.”