The Gay Cinema Video On Demand experience at TLAgay.com has your entertainment needs covered! We’re always working to expand 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.
Two young men spend the night together after meeting the previous evening in a notorious gay club. The next day, however, the host wakes to find that the boy he picked up is bewildered and confused, unable to remember his name or anything about his past. Lacking any type of identification or obvious clues, the boys begin to search for the truth among fragments of memories that may or may not prove reliable. A chilling homoerotic thriller from Mexican writer-director Leopoldo Laborde (A Beautiful Secret, Sin Destino), Boy Undone is queer guerrilla filmmaking at its most intense. The two lead actors, both newcomers, offer up a ton of male nudity in some seriously graphic sex scenes that are only matched by the violence and tension that ensues. Make sure to watch this one with the shades drawn!
2002, Germany, Spain, United States
Based on David Leavitt‘s novel “The Page Turner,” this sensual film explores the passage of a young pianist into adulthood and his first romance. When 18-year-old Paul (Kevin Bishop) becomes a page turner for his hero, world-famous pianist Richard Kennington (Paul Rhys), his feelings for the artist grow stronger. The two begin a passionate affair and Paul feels love for the first time. Their relationship is complicated by Richard’s agent Joseph (Allan Corduner) and Paul’s recently divorced, highly neurotic mother played by British actress Juliet Stevenson, whose performance the Village Voice called “fiercely committed.” A gorgeous blending of emotional drama and classical artistry, Food of Love makes beautiful music.
1997, Czech Republic
This gritty 1997 drama from controversial filmmaker Wiktor Grodecki recounts a young man’s tragic descent into prostitution, violence and drugs. Marek (Miroslav Caslavka) leaves his dreary small-town life for the beautiful but treacherous streets of Prague. He’s quickly lured by a greasy pimp into selling his body to the many tourists who flock to the city for its cathedrals, castles and male flesh. Emboldened by his early appeal, Marek and his handsome streetwise buddy David (David Svec) decide to go into the flesh trade themselves. But kinky johns, all-too-available drugs and their own self-destructive natures propel them instead into a hellish world that offers no return. This seedy world is vividly created, though often hard to watch (only strong-willed viewers need apply). Regarding the title Mandragora: It refers to a plant, which according to East Indian folklore, grows under the gallows from the sperm of hanged men. Huh… you learn something new every day.
Gay Bollywood anyone!?!? Achieving a milestone in Indian cinema, Mango Souffle was the first openly gay male film from India – and it’s still an eye-opening exploration of gay sexuality and relationships. This heartfelt melodrama begins when gay fashion designer Kamlesh (Ankur Vikal), reeling from a recently ended relationship, invites a group of friends – both gay men and straight women – for dinner at his parents lavish summer home to gossip about their love lives (or lack thereof). The situation reaches the boiling point when his sister, Kiran (Rinkie Khanna), arrives with her new fiance, Ed (Atul Kulkarni), a man with an explosive secret. The action whips into a frenzy as the sexual tension builds and skeletons fly out of the closet. Writer/director Mahesh Dattani‘s colorful directorial debut (based on a play he wrote) is a breezy, tangy and colorful peek into India’s gay culture in the early 2000’s.
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.