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. During the month of October, we’re focusing on horror/thriller flicks to get you in the Halloween spirit! Here’s just five of our current favorites that you may have missed – ALL available to watch INSTANTLY! Stay home, stay safe and enjoy a movie!

 

Innocent Boy
Off a lonely Texas highway, a group of hustlers prey on the desperados who come for sex and drugs. When a murderous cowboy (Kamy D. Bruder) rolls into town, Penny (Unique Jenkins), a young trans boy sees an opportunity to feed the emotional hunger that has long been ignored by his neglectful Momma (Michael Vincent Berry). As the boys fall one-by-one, Penny is caught between the Cowboy’s lustful rage, and the greed and corruption that Momma represents. An expertly-crafted short film debut from writer-director Brock Cravy, Innocent Boy is a wild, colorful, shocking and original vision of queer horror. Watch the trailer below and click here to rent or download the film now at TLAgay.

 

Knife+Heart
Easily one of the most acclaimed gay films of the past few years, this sexually explicit throwback thriller from visionary writer-director Yann Gonzalez is an absolute must-see! Vanessa Paradis is incredible as Anne, a savvy French woman who produces third-rate gay porn. After her editor and lover Lois (Kate Moran) leaves her, she tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film yet – with the help of her trusted, flaming sidekick Archibald (Nicolas Maury). But when one of her actors is brutally murdered, Anne gets caught up in a strange investigation that turns her life upside-down. Shot on 35mm and featuring a killer retro score from the band M83, Knife+Heart is an ultra-stylish and blood-soaked ode to 1970s-era Brian De Palma, Dario Argento and William Friedkin.

 

Der Samurai
Jakob (Michel Diercks) is a policeman in a village deep in the woods, where little happens… until the arrival of a mysterious wolf starts causing havoc. Working the night shift, Jakob is tracking the wolf, only to discover that the lupine lurker is actually a man clad only in lipstick and a ladies’ slip – and toting a samurai sword that he uses to lop off the heads of the townspeople, including Jakob’s tormentors. Jakob and the samurai seem to share a bond, and as the night gets darker, events get even weirder. Unlike any other horror film you’re likely to see, Der Samurai is a German mind-bender about shape-shifting cross-dressers, bloody decapitations, repressed sexual desires and small town life. It’s a surreal mix of dark comedy and eerie creep-out fun that recalls David Lynch and pays homage to, while often improving upon, the synth-soundtrack-packed horror classics of the ’80s.

 

Bloody Knuckles
Canada, our well-heeled neighbor to the north, is not known for cinematic carnage or gore comedies, but first time director Matt O. shakes things up with Bloody Knuckles, a deliriously offensive, gory and happily un-PC horror-comedy. Travis (Adam Boys), an underground comic book artist with a penchant for obscene caricatures, upsets a thin-skinned crime lord, who responds by cutting off the young man’s hand. A despondent and now alcoholic Travis wallows in post-severed hand depression. Will criminality reign supreme? Will Travis give up his acerbic pen and live alone as a bitter one-handed man? Not if the slightly rotted hand, now alive and determined to exact revenge, teems up with his former body – and a masked, S&M-loving gay superhero – to rid the city of evil!

 

Role of a Lifetime
Amber (Elysse Winn) and her lover Liz (Rain Dove Dubilewski) are moving slow after a romantic evening celebrating their anniversary – along with Amber’s recent Oscar Nomination. Liz wakes up to receive a package from a strange and invasive postal worker, Jade (Larena Danielle), who secretly enters the apartment. Desperate to save their brunch plans, Liz leaves for groceries and Amber is relieved to see the unopened package with an engagement ring. Unnoticed, Jade makes herself at home and soon confronts Amber, trapping her in a series of lethal accusations and riddles before being interrupted by Amber’s persistent manager, Richard (Steve Wolf). Eventually, Amber realizes that while she may not be able to save herself, she may be able to do something to keep Liz alive. Role of a Lifetime is a stylish twelve-minute thriller from writer Kelly Feustel, director Ashlei Hardenburg and the gang at Mattioli Productions.

Now Available On-Demand: The Acrobat

Montreal is snowed under. While the downtown cranes dance their ballet, two strangers meet randomly in an unfinished apartment. Their chance encounter leads to a violent attraction and a dependency beyond reason. One man is a Russian-born professional acrobat whose future is jeopardized by a broken leg. The other is a buttoned-down, well-groomed man of few words. Which one dominates? Which one manipulates? As it turns out, love is painful and human relations are complex.

 

The newest film from French-Canadian provocateur Rodrigue Jean (Men for Sale, Love in the Time of Civil War), The Acrobat features real and very explicit gay sex scenes. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.

 

Watch the trailer for The Acrobat below and click here to watch the film. It’s available on VOD starting this week!

 

Acclaimed director Ferzan Özpetek returns with the heartfelt Italian family drama The Goddess of Fortune

Alessandro and Arturo (Edoardo Leo and Stefano Accorsi), a handsome Italian couple, have been together for over fifteen years. Despite the feelings that they still have for one another, their relationship is entering a stage of crisis. When Annamaria (Jasmine Trinca), Alessandro’s best friend and former girlfriend, asks the couple to look after her kids for a while, their world is turned upside-down. This new responsibility forces old resentments out into the open and reminds the pair why they fell in love in the first place.

 

With a stellar cast, The Goddess of Fortune, a charming new Italian family comedy from acclaimed writer-director Ferzan Ozpetek (Steam: The Turkish Bath, His Secret Life) examines how love shifts and redefines itself in long-term relationships.

 

Watch the trailer for The Goddess of Fortune below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and VOD in November.

 

The award-winning Bad Education is available on DVD starting this week

Frank Tassone (Hugh Jackman), a deeply closeted Long Island school superintendent, and Pam Gluckin (Allison Janney), his assistant, are credited with bringing their district unprecedented prestige – and consistently-rising property values. Frank is a master of positive messaging, whether before an audience of community leaders or in an office with a concerned student or parent. That changes when a student reporter (Geraldine Viswanathan) uncovers an embezzlement scheme of epic proportions, threatening everything Frank has built – as well as a new secret romance with a former student (Rafael Casal) – prompting Frank to devise an elaborate cover-up.

 

Based on a true story, this pitch-black new comedy from acclaimed Thoroughbreds director Cory Finley is a riveting must-see! Bad Education made its world premiere on September 8, 2019 at the Toronto International Film Festival and was broadcast on HBO on April 25, 2020. It was well received by film critics, with particular praise for Mike Makowsky‘s screenplay, Finley’s direction, and Jackman’s and Janney’s performances. At the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, the film won for Outstanding Television Movie and received an Outstanding Lead Actor nomination for Jackman (it’s easily one of his best).

 

Watch a short behind-the-scenes featurette for Bad Education below and click here to order your copy. The film is available on DVD starting this week.

 

 

 

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! Stay home, stay safe and enjoy a movie!

 

Pornstar Pandemic
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, so many people found their industries grind to a halt… and porn stars are no exception. What happens to adult film stars when their industry takes a necessary hiatus? Pornstar Pandemic seeks to discover just that by opening the doors to a rare, intimate examination of LGBTQ adult actors and their lives while sheltering at home. Follow top stars Dante Colle, Pierce Paris, DeAngelo Jackson, Alter Sin, Alex Lecomte and newcomers like Elijah Wilde and Jack Loft during their daily activities. Discover their personal thoughts on the current state of the industry, their own roles in it, how the shutdown has affected their lives and livelihoods and what’s next once everyone can return to work.

 

Vilom
Vilom, a lonely young man from India, is obsessed with becoming internet-famous and deeply confused about his sexuality. When he moves in with Amay, a dynamic, openly gay hairdresser, and Nivi, a beautiful struggling actress, he finds that they are both slowly falling in love with him. This sudden love triangle leads to even more confusion, forcing Vilom to examine his sexual and romantic needs on a deeper level. Meanwhile, societal pressures and prejudices are building just outside the walls of their home. The feature-length debut of Mumbai-based actor Sunder Pal, Vilom is an unflinching sociopolitical drama centered around gay/straight relationships. This films tells a provocative story of risk-taking, creativity, rebellion and survival.

 

Getting It
After being dumped by his cabaret-partner boyfriend, Jamie (writer-director-star Tom Heard), a talented singer, angrily shuts out the world, only singing for himself and always putting his own needs first. Next door, Ben (Donato De Luca), a poet whose mother has passed away, can’t seem to shake his depression. When a friend asks Jamie to reach out to Ben, these two hardened souls come together to hopefully begin healing. But, can anyone ever really change?

 

Miles
From writer-director Christopher Sampson, the terrific new fifteen-minute short film Miles is an Australian coming-of-age drama that explores the relationship between three lifelong friends (Nathan Draman, Jye Whatson and Madi Jennings) involved in a love triangle as they embark on a road trip that will change their lives. It’s a meditative, introspective character study that marks the arrival of a talented new filmmaker.

 

A Queer City
In the short documentary A Queer City, three young drag artists navigate the rising drag scene in Norwich, a place where their actions appear to be going unnoticed by the rest of the world. They open up about what their drag means to them and how by finding a welcoming group of people in Norwich with similar attitudes and camp sensibilities, they have been able to express their queerness and identity freely through performance and visual artistry. Despite sometimes finding it difficult to find their way as marginalized individuals, they have hopes for a future they plan on carving themselves as a close-knit new wave of creatives.

Coming Soon: Are We Lost Forever

Are We Lost Forever follows two young men who may have come to the end of their long-term relationship.

 

For Hampus (Jonathan Andersson), breaking up with Adrian (Bjorn Elgerd) is a good thing. He’s happy to veer away from the destructive path that their relationship had been taking. For Adrian, it’s quite the opposite. He’s devastated to lose his lover and will stop at nothing to win him back. The fallout of their break-up is divided into stages of desperate attempts to reunite, as well as rebounds that sometimes push them further apart and sometimes bring them closer together.

 

The feature-length debut from award-winning short film director David Fardmar, Are We Lost Forever is a poignant, sexy and bittersweet romantic drama.

 

Watch the trailer for Are We Lost Forever below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and VOD on November 3rd.

 

Trailer Alert: Song Lang

Set in a richly imagined 1980s Saigon, Song Lang is both a gritty underworld noir and an operatic romance.

 

An unlikely bond develops between hunky, brooding Dung (Lien Binh Phat), a tough debt collector for a ruthless loan shark, and Linh Phung (popular V-pop singer Isaac), a charismatic young opera singer. The two meet when Dung comes to forcefully collect a debt from the struggling opera troupe. But when their paths cross again, a deep friendship develops, awakening romantic feelings in both men. Making his feature-length debut, Vietnamese director Leon Le serves up a uniquely lush melodrama, teasing a smoldering relationship between two apparent opposites set against the backdrop of a gorgeous art form as it fades out of fashion.

 

Song Lang has earned major critical acclaim, and for his breakout performance, Lien Binh Phat has picked up rising star awards at festivals all across Asia.

 

Watch the trailer for Song Lang below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and VOD in November.

 

Now Available On-Demand: Getting It

Jamie (Tom Heard) is a singer whose cabaret partner and boyfriend dumped him a year ago. Since then, he has angrily shut out the world, licking his wounds and always putting himself first.

 

His best friend Elaine (Sharron Bower) has had it, and calls out his selfishness, which only hurts Jamie and pushes him further inward. Jamie’s neighbor, Ben, (Donato De Luca) is a poet who is reeling from the devastating loss of his mother a year ago, and currently lives like a hermit with his brother, Luke, and sister-in-law, Alicia. When Alicia asks Jamie to reach out to Ben, Jamie sees his opportunity to be generous and prove Elaine wrong. Slowly, Jamie starts falling for Ben. But has Jamie really changed?

Written, directed by and starring Tom Heard, the new film Getting It is a loveable, old-fashioned romantic comedy-drama about a May-December relationship. Watch the trailer below and click here to rent or download the film. The film is now available on-demand at TLAgay.

Photo Gallery: Rapture in Blue

Like a David Lynch thriller filmed through a queer lens, writer-director Ryder Houston‘s Rapture in Blue follows a young man’s quest through flickering neon and hazy noir shadows to find his true self.

 

After Jason (Bryce Lederer) tries to use his childhood home for a steamy rendezvous with his girlfriend Valerie (Sarah Greenfield), they discover it has been newly occupied by the smoldering Sebastian (Tanner Garmon), who eagerly warms up to anxious Jason. Wracked with desires he’s long tried to ignore while also being pressured by his girlfriend’s sensual advances, a growing sense of unease and dread permeates his life. After receiving an “impossible” photo of him embracing Sebastian, Jason realizes he needs to confront the madness consuming him from all sides.

 

Watch the trailer for Rapture in Blue below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and VOD in October – just in time for Halloween. We also have an exclusive image gallery below.