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.
The official Finnish submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film during the year of its release, Concrete Night captures the pain and joy of youth through exquisite, eye-popping black-and-white cinematography. Simo (Johannes Brotherus), an impressionable fourteen-year-old boy, is keeping his soon-to-be incarcerated brother (Jari Virman) company during his last twenty-four hours or freedom. The siblings embark on an unforgettable dream-like odyssey through a beautiful and otherworldly Helsinki. Over the course of the evening, however, the pair meet some unsavory characters and Simo is forced to grow up quickly – learning a few dangerous life lessons in the process. That may sound bleak, but we can’t overstate how gorgeous this movie is. Director Pirjo Honkasalo has the eye of a great artist and we can’t wait to see what he’ll do next.
Eleven-year-old Mickey House (Kacper Olszewski) is frustrated with his changing body – most notably, the over-sized ears sprouting out of his head. A loner at school with an overbearing mother (Agnieszka Podsiadlik) who still treats him like a child, Mickey finds his only solace in selling urine to his classmates for drug tests. Like a Walt Disney film directed by David Lynch, this outrageous and hilarious Polish import wowed audiences at the Venice Biennale, where it received a Queer Lion prize. As Mickey’s imagination and toxic reality begin to blur, he must face the ultimate fact: growing up is not for kids.
Rusty (Patrick Tatten) is a successful architect with to-die-for pecs, bulging biceps and a killer smile. When his stodgy boyfriend leaves town, Rusty has a chance encounter with a handsome though seedy drifter, Denny (Dale Dymkoski). Blinded by Denny’s good looks, vulnerability and hustler charm, Rusty begins an intense, steamy relationship ruled by long-dormant passions However, as Denny’s control over Rusty strengthens, it soon becomes clear that Rusty – now on a seductive ride of sex and drugs – must decide what it is he truly wants. Lucky Bastard is an edgy, sensual and salacious exploration of youthful indiscretion, sexual indulgence and the high stakes of attraction – a story that rings true to anyone who’s ever fallen for the wrong guy for all the right reasons.
“Rent” and “Star Trek” star Anthony Rapp gives a tremendously powerful performance in this new drama. He plays Brad O’Connor, a married, “straight” family man who, after the death of his son, becomes entangled in a chaotic and passionate online love affair with Yenny, a young Jamaican cyber buddy (newcomer Jimmy Brooks). With both Brad and his wife Marcia (De’Adre Aziza) seeking solace in destructive ways, their lives and relationships are pushed to the brink, culminating in tragic confrontations that no one can avoid. Directed by John G. Young, the same filmmaker behind Parallel Sons and the little-seen, but terrific, Rivers Wash Over Me, bwoy earned terrific reviews. Esteemed critic Amy Taubin said it’s “beautifully written and directed, with rich character twists and turns… This film is outstanding for all the right reasons.”
Monsters & Men
From award-winning directors Blake Mawson, Francis Luta and Dominic Poliquin comes a collection of edgy and suspenseful gay short films exploring the hidden monsters inside all of us. In PYOTR495, a 16-year-old Russian boy meets someone from a hook-up app and ends up in a dangerous situation. Attention of Men follows an aspiring writer who collects money for having sex with a complete stranger. Wolf concerns an unusual love triangle driven by uncontrollable urges. Forces focuses on the intense bromance between a gay football player and a straight military man. And finally Turbulence follows a young gay couple who face some difficult truths during a particularly intense flight. Watch all of these exceptional shorts for one low price with this TLA Exclusive!