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.
Matthew (Antoine Lahaie) is a young Canadian trying to make a fresh start in Berlin. Unfortunately, he starting to feel nothing but isolation living in a strange, new city. When he meets the beautiful and charismatic Matthias (up-and-coming sex symbol Nicolas Maxim Endlicher), he finds himself immediately entranced. Soon Matthew’s interest in Matthias escalates, becoming a full-blown obsession. He begins to transform himself to embody the object of his desire, cutting his hair and getting new clothes. When Matthias gets into a motorcycle accident, the opportunity is too perfect. Matthew can now become Matthias. A visually inventive mind-fuck, M/M is sort of like Single White Female, but with hot dudes and tons of graphic gay sex.
Eschewing any explanation or backstory, this brutal drama simply observes the dark world of addiction and prostitution – and finds the beauty in the darkness. Infinitely more serious than our previous selection, Love in the Time of Civil War follows Alex (Alexandre Landry), a young French-Canadian drug addict who sells his body on the streets of Montreal’s Centre-Sud district. He’s flanked by tenuous friends Bruno, Simon, Jeanne, Eric and Velma, all of whom find themselves caught in the same spiral of compulsive behavior. Hostage to society’s market logic, they are the fallen angels of a dark and violent time. Yet their beauty somehow survives, rebellious amid the ruins. From one fix to the next, desire becomes a life raft, as their bodies, exultant, seek to avenge the humiliation to which they are condemned. Orphans of a wild tribe, they live and love, restless vagrants in the shadows of society’s comfort and indifference. This is a world that stylish filmmaker Rodrigue Jean knows well – you can also catch his documentary Men for Sale, which tackles the same subject in a non-narrative fashion.
Funny, fresh and unpredictable Men to Kiss takes a light-hearted romp through queer Berlin and introduces a few of its colorful characters. New in town, the serious-minded Ernst (Frank Christian Marx), a banker, finds his work and personal life thrown upside down after he meets and quickly falls in love with Tobi (Udo Lutz), a flighty, high energy extrovert and performance artist who lives for the city’s wild nightlife. The two are not exactly a perfect match – actually, they’re more like exact opposites – but they want to make it work and need all the help they can get from Tobi’s coterie of alternative friends. But when Ernst’s friend Uta (Alexandra Starnitzky) arrives on the scene, she gets it into her head that Ernst can do much better and schemes to break the happy new couple apart – setting off a frenzied battle of the fashionista divas. An adorable, sun-splashed rapid-fire comedy, Men to Miss is an absolute delight.
2012, United States
NYC couple Mangus (“Empire” breakout star Jussie Smollett) and Ryan (Dustin Ross) have been almost inseparable since they first began dating. They finally decide to spend a little time apart during Harlem Pride. Magnus has an exciting distraction. He’s reuniting with with his best friends from college – Kyle (Anthony Burrell), Sebastian (Blake Young-Fountain), Joey (Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman) and Langston (Shanika Warren-Markland). They plan to spend the weekend partying and reminiscing, but sex, drugs and pesky secret crushes keep getting in their way. Worst of all, they discover that Magnus’s beloved boyfriend is spending his weekend searching for other hot dudes. Writer-director Patrik-Ian Polk – the creator of “Noah’s Arc” and the indie drama Blackbird – has an ear for fast and furious dialog. The hilarious, incredibly sexy completely African-American cast don’t hurt matters either. Make sure you get The Skinny.
2014, United States
Such Good People is a contemporary screwball comedy about a young gay couple, played by Michael Urie and Randy Harrison, who discover a secret room filled with cash while house-sitting for their wealthy humanitarian friends – who have unfortunately just died in a car accident while doing missionary work for the children of Bhutan. Though saddened, Richard and Alex want what everyone wants: success, money, and, of course, a fabulous house in Los Angeles! After the boys discover wads of cash that the couple will now, obviously, no longer need, mayhem ensues as they deal with jealousy, sibling rivalry, grey-hounds, labradoodles, porpoises, and other friends who want the money as well. With a hilarious supporting cast that includes Scott Wolf, Ana Ortiz, Tom Lenk, Drew Droege and N’Sync heartthrob Lance Bass, Such Good People is a refreshing and lighthearted throwback to the classic caper comedies of the 60s and 70s.