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 that you may have missed – ALL available to watch INSTANTLY!
Umut (Emir Ozden) is a young water polo player – a gentle and quiet high school senior just trying to live his life in a complicated world. When a fellow player spreads a rumor that he is gay, Umut displays maturity beyond his years. He doesn’t deny the allegation – refusing to apologize or explain himself. His parents, distracted by their own marital problems, prove powerless to stem any fallout as his time at school becomes more and more fraught… until events reach a shocking head. Set in the high testosterone world of teen sports – and a sometimes suffocating Turkish society – Not Knowing is a thoughtful and touching coming-of-age drama that holds a mirror up to what it still means to be young and gay in so much of the world today.
Yoav (Oded Leopold) has everything he’s ever wanted. He and his younger lover Dan (Udi Persi), a lawyer who idolizes him, seem to have a charmed relationship. Their sex life is still off the charts, their emotional bond is strong and they enjoy an intimate circle of friends. When Yoav’s best friend Alma (Ruti Asarsai) announces she’s pregnant, it ignites Dan’s desire to become a father himself. But Dan’s parental urges have the opposite effect on Yoav – who is haunted by long buried demons. He soon ends up engaging in very self-destructive behavior that threatens to destroy his life with Dan, unravel his friendship with Alma, and cost him everything. 15 Years is a searing, insightful drama that offers a telling portrait of an emotional darkness lurking beneath the surface.
Diego (co-writer/director Thiago Cazado) is leaving his hometown in Brazil to attend a film school in California for four years. He will have to leave behind everything he has ever loved… including Matheus (Rodrigo Bittes), a handsome young man with whom he fell madly in love and shared a brief passionate affair. Ten years later, back in Brazil, Diego decides to write a novel about their relationship using his camera instead of his pen. This heartfelt biopic shows how passion can increase our motivation in life, but also how making tough choices can affect that passion. Romantic and intimate, filmed with a handheld, fly-on-the-wall intimacy, About Us brings us right into the middle of a tricky relationship – portrayed with aplomb by the two lead actors, both relative unknowns with talent to spare.
Young lovers Kurt and Paul (Kyle Wigent and Tanner Rittenhouse) could not seemingly care less about the alleged serial killer stalking the streets of Chicago. They’re far too busy being the perfect 20-something gay couple. They’re fun, deeply in love and not lacking for money thanks to Kurt’s highly successful pot-dealing business. But when a sexy young customer (Adam Fane) makes a play for Kurt, he makes a decision that threatens to permanently ruin everything that he and Paul have built together – all while placing himself in the elusive murderer’s path. Prickly and compulsively watchable, In Bloom is a warm, funny, intelligent, sharply-written, painfully honest, well-acted drama and first feature film by promising writer/director Chris Michael Birkmeier.
Sometimes the path to redemption is paved in sin. 18-year-old James (Reef Ireland) has just been released from juvenile detention after serving time for his involvement in the suspected drowning of a young boy in a river years earlier. Ravaged with uncertainty, dealing with an estranged family and forced to face the dead boy’s mother, James is set upon a journey of self discovery, shocking revelations and danger as questions surrounding the boy’s death brim to the surface. Old friendships are questioned, family ties are tested and lives are put on the line as James must find his path to the truth. From Australian writer-director Grant Scicluna, Downriver is a carefully-calibrated mystery/thriller which tells a sleepy tale of secrets, manipulation and redemption.