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.
2011, United States
The setting is a Texas college circa 1982. Here, men are men, women are just future wives (or current sluts), and there is nothing gay about helping a buddy get off! Good ol’ fratboy Kevin (Jacob Newton) is straight as an arrow (if you don’t count his gay fantasies – or the fact that he loves jerking off his fellow frat brothers) but he begins to see things a little differently when he meets the sexy, openly gay César (Derek Villanueva). Can a straight guy fall for another dude? And can Kevin continue going down on his pals under the belief that it’s just frat boy hijinks? And will kissing César change him forever? Never has a film featured so many straight men doing so many gay things! Beer is guzzled, pants are dropped and playful bed-hopping ensues. Fast, funny and sexy – what more could you want from a film?
2008, United States
Praxis peels away the layers of narrative even as Brian (Tom Macy), the film’s axis, struggles to create his true self. Brian, a writer on the verge of a breakdown, is aided by Joe (Andrew Roth) and an elusive woman (Regina Aquino) as he sifts through the fragments of his persona to discover his true core. Fighting against fear and the indifference of society, his quest reflects the classical myths of Proteus and the human search for meaning in the universe. This unusual film relies on the visuals and cinematography for its spatial and thought provoking style of storytelling. Unspoken connections arise between the Proteus myths, current pharmacology and the possibility of life on other worlds. Heady writer-director Alex Pacheco draws on the influences of David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick and Akira Kurosawa to express themes of spirituality, existentialism, and sexual identity.
2013, United States
Beloved writer-director Del Shores helms this hilarious and heartbreaking adaptation of his award-winning stage play. Southern Baptist Sissies follows four young gay Texas men struggling with their sexuality while being raised as born-again Christians in the Southern Baptist Church. Filmed seamlessly and intimately with multiple cameras in front of a live audience, there isn’t a weak link in the entire cast – which includes Leslie Jordan, Dale Dickey and Willam Belli. Charming, compassionate and incredibly moving, the film takes an important look at what it’s like to grow up with the impression that your natural inclinations are an affront to God. Packed with a positive, hopeful message, this film should be required viewing.
2016, United States
From a tender age, Scott Townsend‘s life is ruled by his slippery gender. Growing up a girly-boy in the projects of Cambridge, MA, under the care of Doris, his dysfunctional single mom, Scott is prey to bullying and assault. Already a talented singer and performer, Scott grows up to be revered drag queen Thirsty Burlington and delights club-goers in Provincetown, MA with his spot-on impersonation of Cher. But even in this gay mecca, being Thirsty comes at a price. Inspired by events in Scott Townsend/Thirsty’s life, Thirsty is a true-life musical adventure as dramatic as it is entertaining.
2016, United States
A Young Man’s Future, a feature film from director Edgar Michael Bravo about putting your love on the line for someone when the unexpected occurs, follows two college students, Jeremy and Scott (Jordan Becker and Taylor Clift), who meet one year before graduation, both with bright futures in front of them. All is going well until Scott begins hearing voices that tell him he is going to die and must protect himself from his friends and family. Jeremy along with Scott’s father, Bill (Derek S. Orr), attempt to do whatever they can to help Scott recover from his illness, learning about schizophrenia while seeking treatment to mitigate the effects with the hope Scott can return to school and finish his engineering degree. To help Scott, Jeremy and Bill must use their imagination in ways they never expected to take action to care of the person they love.