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
The untimely funeral of a friend rockets John (Tim Swain) into the orbit of the flamboyant Solange (Mahogany Reynolds), a B-movie actress/one hit wonder musician best known in Europe for her roles in 80’s Italian horror movies. John soon follows her into heady whirlwind romances with cute French pop stars and deadly (but hot!) Milanese model managers. They barely survive murderous performance artists in Paris and fatal gourmet food poisonings in Italy. John begins to realize that Solange’s world is far more complex and dangerous than he could possibly have imagined. Her chosen lifestyle abounds with trips, tricks and traps. Based on the novel by James Derek Dwyer, prolific underground filmmaker Todd Verow‘s The Boy with the Sun in His Eyes is a sexy-smart absurdist comedy that doubles as an homage to 1980’s trash cinema favorites.
2012, United States
Inspired by Terrence McNally‘s passion play, told through the lens of a young gay Jesus, Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption follows a group of actors who began production on the play seven years ago in a small church. Within months they suddenly found themselves thrust in the world spotlight, touring to international acclaim. Mirroring the reflections of dialogue in society today, especially in regards to civil rights, marriage equality, HIV/AIDS and separation of church and state, this production has become a vehicle of change for a community struggling to find its voice. Meanwhile, the company of actors find themselves on a journey that would forever change their lives. This riveting documentary follows the cast on tour, sharing their stories with supporters and protesters as they continue travel the world – including communities where hate and bigotry are much more prevalent.
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.
2006, United States
Writer/director Jeffrey Maccubbin‘s somewhat controversial 2006 film Into It looks deeply into how two men strive to find peace with their innermost demons. Simon (Zach Welsheimer) is a male hustler caught in the underbelly of on-the-downlow culture. Late one night, Simon slips on some ice and finds himself thrown into the arms of Evan (John Zinn), the host of a cable show who also suffers from Tourette’s Syndrome. After a night of unbridled sex, Simon realizes that Evan’s ticks have subsided. Something of a sex expert, Simon soon comes to believe that he is somehow meant to use his sexuality to save Evan from his afflictions, leading the newly formed couple dive into the world of sado-masochism. Simon basks in this new realm where sadness and depression have become his new turn on – and where, he believes, his emotional destruction is the only true way to give Evan his soul.
2013, Hong Kong
Get ready for a sexually explicit, highly erotic new drama from Scud, the acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker behind Amphetamine, Permanent Residence, City Without Baseball and Love Actually… Sucks. Voyage centers on a young psychiatrist who embarks on a lone journey from Hong Kong, along the coast of Southeast Asia, to overcome his depression. On the sea, he records stories of people departed from this world prematurely, and reflects on the sad experiences he encountered with former patients. Meanwhile, what awaits him on the shore is the ultimate irony of life. This director always pushes boundaries and a whole lot of male nudity and explicit sex scenes… and we’re quite happy to report that Voyage is no exception. Stream it now and enjoy!