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.
2004, United States
Eating Out is the screwball comedy that launched a hilarious, five-film series! Harken back to the days of Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn (sort of) as a hunky straight guy pretends he’s gay to get a date with a woman who only likes to hang out with gay men. Caleb (Scott Lunsford) just wants to meet a nice girl. He goes to a party with his gay best friend and roommate Kyle (the adorable Jim Verraros from the early days of “American Idol”) and spies Gwen (Emily Stiles) as she throws her latest gay boyfriend out of the bedroom. Kyle explains to Caleb that Gwen only seems to like gay boys and he convinces Caleb he must pretend to be gay to get Gwen’s attention. Caleb is so convincing that Gwen decides to fix Caleb up with her own gay best friend Marc (Ryan Carnes), a super-stud. And to top off the whole ridiculous situation, Kyle has a long-standing crush on Marc, who doesn’t even seem to remember his name. Combining plenty of adorable guys with some seriously madcap humor makes Eating Out a great bet. There are also, as we mentioned, four more films in the series to dig into once you’re finished with this one.
2007, United States
There are unspeakable horrors to be found at the Sahara Salvation Bed and Breakfast and not all of them involve the suspiciously meaty mincemeat muffins offered to guests when they check in. Totally tongue-in-cheek, this funny and sexy offering is a goofy little gem. On the eve of a monster circuit party, five wary couples arrive at this dusty and rundown bed and breakfast that has hopefully seen better days. Besides the muffins, our guests are greeted by the hostesses Helen and her most peculiar daughter Luella. Helen, unfortunately, hates gay people. She enjoys killing queers for sport. Her daughter has lesbian tendencies and when they surface the guests better hide the cutlery. Her son is some kind of wild monster who simply likes to eat people. Straight or gay? it’s not important! Just stay the fuck out of this B&B! The Gay Bed & Breakfast of Terror features a stunning selection of buff male flesh, plenty of belly laughs and loads of bloody, mutilated guests.
2009, United Kingdom
Since the release of his romantic masterpiece Weekend in 2011, Andrew Haigh has been high on our list of favorite filmmakers – helped along by his phenomenal work on the HBO show “Looking“. We just absolutely adore his style and humanistic approach to storytelling. He’s able to find beauty and poignancy in the life’s seemingly most simple moments – even when, plot-wise, the stakes are high. Before he made Weekend, he spent a lot of time with guys working within and around the sex industry. Greek Pete, his debut feature, is a representation of their world. The process blurs the boundary between fiction and documentary, giving an authentic and intimate insight into the boys lives. Honest, non-judgmental, and sometimes explicit, the film offers a portrait of a sub-culture hidden from view. There are a lot of surprising and tender moments in Greek Pete… and Haigh‘s style is on full display.
2014, United States
When hard-drinking singer/songwriter Jimmy Poole (Ken Roht) returns home after a stint in prison, he finds that things have changed significantly. His longtime partner Ty (Jeffrey Watkins) seems to be doing just fine without him, and the son they raised together (William Nicol) has taken over his place as the lead singer in their family country-western band. As “perfect cowboy” Jimmy struggles to retake center stage in his own life, he ends up alienating those he loves the most. And when he reveals what happened to him in prison, it threatens to break up his relationship with Ty for good. Will their family’s collective love for making music be enough to keep them together? An original family drama that doubles as a country-western musical, Perfect Cowboy is unlike any gay film you’ve seen before.
2002, United States
Romance, politics, sex and humor all collide during two men’s 11-year journey of passion, self-discovery and adventure. Tommy (Steve Braun) is a sexy, blond gay activist who meets the handsome, muscular Alan (Larry Sullivan), a closeted Republican, at a party in 1973. An intense love affair ignites, setting in motion a torrid and unpredictable relationship that steers its way through the turbulent political and social climate of the ’70s and ’80s. The Trip blends farce and tragedy, fantasy and reality and features a quirky cast of supporting characters including the late Alexis Arquette, comedian Julie Brown, and former Bond-girl Jill St. John as Alan’s outrageous mom. A big, ambitious hit at the time that it was released, The Trip is one excursion that’s definitely worth taking.