This Weekend’s VOD Favorites
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.
Desire Will Set You Free
A gay romance with a punk/hardcore aesthetic, Desire Will Set You Free takes you deep into the free-spirited, drug-fueled queer-paradise of contemporary Berlin. Ezra, a struggling American writer, meets Sasha, a Russian immigrant escort, and he introduces him to his world of clubs and parties – a dizzying and vibrant hedonistic underground. As they journey together through Berlin’s layered history and unique subcultural landscapes, their relationship begins to take a new form and inner desires threaten to disrupt everything. Fast-paced and sexy with eye-popping cinematography and production design, Desire Will Set You Free features an über-large cast of notable figures, including Amber Benson (Tara on Buffy the Vampire Slayer), “Godmother of Punk” Nina Hagen, infamous performance artist Peaches and legendary gay artist/filmmaker Rosa Von Praunheim.
Red Without Blue
Red Without Blue is the groundbreaking documentary about the indestructible ties of family. This visually arresting film chronicles the close, yet sometimes strained relationship between identical twins Mark and Alex as Alex undergoes a transformation into a woman named Clair. Captured over a period of three years, Red Without Blue documents the twins and their parents, examining the Farley’s struggle to redefine their family. Through its portrayal of these articulate and independent twins, each haunted by the painful experiences of their adolescence, the film questions normative standards of gender and identity – as Mark and Clair reassert their indescribable bond as identical twins.
Seventy-year-old nurse Pedro needs to find a hospital bed for his friend Daniela. In an effort to free up space, he secretly takes a wounded young man into his home. In spite of the young man’s troubled past, a tender, physical relationship develops between the caring Pedro, and Jean, his convalescent houseguest. Though Jean refers to him as “my old cocksucker,” the young man’s true intentions are hard to discern. This affectionate and dignified cinematic debut tells a tale of friendship, love, sex and age. Surrounded as he is by sickness, death and other disasters on a daily basis, Pedro is possessed of the kind of strength of character that means he is not easily fazed. Not even when he makes a surprising discovery about his new, much younger lover.
Always Say Yes
The sexually explicit new gay film Always Say Yes follows Hector (Gerardo Torres Rodriguez), a gay man living in Mexico who travels from Hermosillo to Mexico City with the hope of posing naked for Feral, a sex-positive photography collective. Leaving both his friends and his inhibitions behind, Hector is determined to experiment and play out all of his various desires in real life, without limits. He makes a promise to himself to always say yes to every new situation, no matter what the consequences may be. A raw and explicit examination of sexuality and desire, Always Say Yes features brave, completely uninhibited performances from a game cast. Warning: This film contains graphic scenes of unsimulated sex acts. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.
Identity and self-discovery evolve in an epic journey through the majesty of a Mexico rarely seen in the new queer film El Ganzo. On the way to a hotel in Mexico, Lizzy’s (Susan Traylor) cab gets into an accident and she decides to abandon the driver and walk in the midday heat. The next day she awakens at the hotel puzzled and confused and runs into Guy (Anslem Richardson), a handsome gay photographer. There is an instant unconscious bond between the two and they become deeply connected by their desires for companionship. While Guy struggles to find the inspiration he needs to create his masterpiece, Lizzy starts to remember her old identity, and discovers an entirely new one in the process.