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.
A big hit in Argentina, where it was filmed, Death in Buenos Aires is a gripping police thriller about corruption, paranoia, and the secret gay lives of the wealthy elite of Buenos Aires during the politically tumultuous 1980s. At the scene of a murder of one of the city’s high society figures, veteran police inspector Chavez (Demian Bichir) runs into Gomez (Chino Darin), a.k.a. El Ganso (The Goose), a handsome young rookie cop with dreams of advancement. When Chavez discovers that the murder may be linked to a small-time hustler, and the gay nightclub La Manila, the detective sends the rookie undercover to pose as a newcomer on the prowl for an older benefactor. As they come close to luring out the killer, the erotic charge of their new surroundings triggers changes in both Chavez and Gomez. Director Natalia Meta‘s deeply involving debut film delivers rich, multi-faceted characters that match the complexity of its riveting story.
2009, United States
Potential spoiler alerts for this one! In his feature debut, gay writer/director Kyle Patrick Alvarez (C.O.G., The Stanford Prison Experiment) offered up this funny, thoughtful and sexy story of a shy writer’s attempt to turn phone sex into a loving relationship. Cutie-pie Brian Geraghty stars as Davy, a scruffy, socially-awkward young nerd who has never had a meaningful romance. When he gets a strange, unexplained call from a woman named Nicole, who uses her sultry voice and graphic imagination to seduce him, something is awakened. Our lonely hero becomes infatuated with his new mysterious dream girl. As their relationship develops, Davy becomes obsessed with meeting Nicole in person – alienating friends and family in the process. On a shoestring budget, using few actors, realistic dialog and some truly impressive long takes, Alvarez crafts an honest, emotional and thoroughly engrossing mystery with a surprising queer twist.
In the bathroom of a crowded nightclub, Ibrahim (Adil Koukouh), a 14-year old Moroccan boy, crosses paths with Spanish teen Rafa (Germán Alcarazu). Although they exchange only a fleeting glance, the encounter has a profound effect on each of them. As his friends try to set him up with a local girl, Rafa’s thoughts remain with Ibrahim. Meanwhile, Ibrahim finds himself isolated in the big city, treated like an outsider, with the threat of deportation hanging over his head at every moment. When the two boys meet again, they form a close bond and decide to work together to find a way for Ibrahim to escape his fate and live the life he wants. Against a backdrop of societal pressures and racial tensions, writer/director Mikel Rueda‘s arresting debut feature Hidden Away boasts two charming performances from its young male leads, expertly capturing the fears and excitement of cautious first love.
2015, United States
Greg (Jacob York), a 30-year-old web designer, has long been settled into a stable and healthy relationship with Ken (Charlie David), a criminal defense attorney. Caught in a moment of passion on the eve of their four-year anniversary, Greg soon begins feeling nauseated, fatigued, moody and (most unfortunately) fat. At his wit’s end and his boyfriend’s insistence, he goes to see a doctor who is stumped and refers the couple to a specialist. To everyone’s amazement, it turns out that Greg is pregnant. Shock, stress and fear settle in, and Greg’s relationship gets put to the ultimate test. A charming romantic comedy from prolific writer/director Matt Riddlehoover, Paternity Leave poses a modern answer to the age old question: “Are we ready to be parents?”
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.