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.
Prolific queer filmmaker Todd Verow abandons his home base New York City for the City of Light in this sexy drama about two very different men thrown together by fate. The story begins one evening when Claude (Yann deMonterno) happens upon a young man passed out in a side-street alleyway. With no ID, he decides to take him to his apartment to safely sleep it off. Awakening the next morning, the hunky young man returns the favor by immediately going down on his sleeping host – and this begins the unconventional relationship between forty-something Claude and twenty-something Brad (Kevin Miranda), an American actor. After that exciting and unexpected first date, the two – despite their age difference, nationalities and Brad’s personal demons – tenuously begin to get to know one another and possibly find love. An accomplished, serious gay romance, Bad Boy Street catches the often controversial Verow at the top of his game.
After a summer away at camp, Phil (Louis Hofmann, star of <i>Land of Mine</i> and the hit Netflix series “Dark”) returns home to find that his mother and twin sister aren’t speaking to one another. Not willing to confront his family during the last days of the summer holidays, Phil escapes to hang out with his best friend, Kat (Svenja Jung), eating ice cream and playing dress-up. As the school year begins, a new student arrives – the handsome and mysterious Nicholas (Jannik Schumann). Smitten, Phil watches his crush as he runs around the track after school, and is thrilled when Nicholas returns his feelings. However, when first love’s volatility comes to light, Phil realizes he must deal with the problems of his past in order to deal with the issues of his present. A touching must-see, Center of My World was chosen as an Official Selection and won numerous “Best Feature Film” and “Best Director” awards at festivals around the globe.
2009, United States
Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay! follows two determined Jewish parents who will do anything to keep their beloved “faygala” son on the straight and narrow. The indomitable Lainie Kazan (pre-bizarre recent shoplifting controversy) is the brassy and opinionated Shirley, and always-welcome character actor Saul Rubinek is the long under-her-thumb husband, Martin. Blissfully unaware that the sexual revolution has come and gone, their only wish is that their son marry a nice Jewish girl. When their very successful (and so handsome!) son Nelson (John Lloyd Young) reluctantly reveals that his is in fact gay (and on top of that, his lover is a goy!), it sets off a series of actions by his frantically scheming parents to make him understand that it’s just a phase. The terrifically funny supporting cast includes “The Sopranos” star Vincent Pastore, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” original Jai Rodriguez, Bruce Villanch and Carmen Electra, all of whom deliver the laughs big time.
2015, United States
Daniel Krueger (Chad Connell) is a highly successful young television journalist who is deeply haunted by a traumatic past. Suffering from panic attacks and paranoia, Daniel spends most of his days wishing he were someone else. He soon encounters a charming and attractive young man named Alexander (David Cameron) who seems to be everything Daniel secretly wishes he could be: confident, carefree and staggeringly beautiful. As the two man develop a relationship, Daniel realizes that his mind may be playing tricks on him – and that his personal demons might be a lot more powerful than he had hoped. An erotic psychological thriller, a tense drama, and, without question, a delicious guilty pleasure, Steel hits all the right buttons – and it hits them really HARD.
2008, United States
Writer-director Steve Balderson pushes the envelope right off the friggin’ table with this daring indie film from 2008. Giving a performance that lingers, Matt Riddlehoover (a prolific writer and director himself) is stunning as Jonathan Barrows, a handsome, misanthropic college professor who literally loves himself. Whether taping his own photo on a blow-up doll or given to lustful choruses of “I love myself” for sexual satisfaction, Jonathan is a narcissistic wonder who has found the startling answer to the question: Who do you have sex with when you’re the best-looking and smartest person in the room? Fending off advances from both men and women, Jonathan’s lifestyle choices soon demand a high cost, which Balderson explores in set pieces both blisteringly comic and cynically dark. Like a John Waters epic from his midnight madness years, Watch Out is a fascinating tapestry of sexual excess, sordid characters and (delightfully) questionable taste.