Coming Soon: Straight Up

Todd (writer-director-star James Sweeney) is a hyper-articulate, obsessive compulsive gay twenty-something whose fear of dying alone leads him to a baffling conclusion… maybe he’s not really so gay after all?! When he meets Rory (Katie Findlay), an equally whip-smart stuggling actress with her own set of insecurities, the two forge a relationship that is all talk, no sex. Now it’s a matter of how long it will work! Straight Up is a razor-sharp rom-com that’s equal parts classic Hollywood and distinctly 21st century exploring how elastic our definitions of love and sexuality can get.

 

Watch the trailer for Straight Up below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD in September.

 

Trailer Alert: 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.

 

Arrow Films is releasing the grisly 1989 thriller Cold Light of Day in a brand-new, digitally-remastered special edition Blu-ray

February, 1983. Detectives are called to a residential address in the London suburbs following reports that the drains have been clogged by human remains. One of the property’s residents, Dennis Nilsen – a mild-mannered and unassuming civil servant – is brought in for questioning, leading to the discovery of one of the most shocking and disturbing cases of serial murder ever to rock Britain.

Offering a grim and gritty retelling of the story of Nilsen, often dubbed the British Jeffery Dahmer, 1989’s Cold Light of Day stars Bob Flag as Nilsen-cipher Jorden March, delivering one of the most chilling and credible portrayals of a serial killer ever committed to screen. From writer-director Fhiona-LouiseCold Light of Day – which picked up the UCCA Venticitta Award at the 1990 Venice International Film Festival – is a hugely under-seen and underrated British effort that can stand proudly alongside the likes of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer as one of the most unflinching and disturbing true-crime films of all time.

 

The film is being re-released by Arrow Video, a leading restorer and theatrical distributor of classic and cult/horror films, in a new digitally-remastered special edition Blu-ray. Bonus features include a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx, a limited edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Jo Botting, two short films starring Cold Light of Day director Fhiona-Louise and photographed by Star Wars DP David Tattershall, newly-filmed interviews with actors Martin Byrne-Quinn and Steve Munroe, new audio commentary with film historians/writers Dean Brandum and Andrew Nette Brand and writer/director Fhiona-Louise and much, much more.

 

Check out the chilling cover for the Cold Light of Day Blu-ray below and click here to pre-order your copy. It’s coming out on October 27th, just in time for Halloween.

 

Now Available On-Demand: The Prince

From director Sebastian Muñoz, The Prince is an explosive homoerotic prison drama set in a repressive 1970s Chilean prison. During a night of heavy drinking, Jaime (Juan Carlos Maldonado), a hot-tempered narcissist, suddenly stabs his best friend. He is sent to jail for murder and there, alone and afraid, he comes under the protection of a tough older inmate known as “The Stallion”  The unlikely pair begin a clandestine romance but violent power struggles inside the penitentiary threaten their bond. This searing story of survival at all costs, takes its inspiration from Jean Genet’s Un Chant d’amour and Fassbinder’s Querelle in its affecting exploration of masculine aggression, conflicting loyalties and pent-up sexual desires.

 

Watch the trailer for The Prince below. The film is now available on-demand at TLAgay.

 

Prolific character actor David Pevsner gets candid about life and sex-work in the one-man show Musical Comedy Whore!

Musical Comedy Whore! is the live filming of the stage musical written by and starring Los Angeles based actor David Pevsner.

David’s show is about sex, love…and musicals! In this completely original entertainment based on his true story, he opens up with remarkable shamelessness into some intensely intimate sexual milestones, all leading up to a life-altering choice: at age 38, while performing in high profile off-Broadway theatre, he became a male prostitute for “Maturity Escorts.” He was, literally, a “musical comedy whore,” and the double life set him off on a difficult, emotional, and hilarious road to the ultimate acceptance.

From his early innocence of sexual and emotional discovery to the extremes of monetizing his sexuality and delving into the darkness of sex, love, aging, and eroding self-esteem, David comes out the other side sadder but wiser, learning that you have to own your choices and never let anyone make you feel like crap… especially yourself.

With great candor, surprising introspection, and a lot of droll, daring, and dirty ditties, Musical Comedy Whore! is a funny, touching, relatable, and brutally honest evening of storytelling. Pevsner can sell it, on-stage and off. Filmed live at the famed Colony Theatre in Burbank, this mix of drama, humor, and musicality is an evening of terrific theater… for mature audiences ONLY!

 

We’re still waiting on a trailer for Musical Comedy Whore!, but you can check out the poster below. And make sure to click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and VOD in September.

 

Trailer Alert: Beats

A universal story of friendship, rebellion, and the irresistible power of music set against the backdrop of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994, which banned unlicensed raves across the United Kingdom, Beats follows best friends and polar opposites Johnno (Cristian Ortega) and Spanner (Lorn Macdonald) who, realizing they are destined for different futures, sneak out to an illegal party. Their intimate bromance hits not levels throughout their pursuit of one last crazy night together. Don’t miss this incredibly stylish, critically-acclaimed new indie gem!

 

Watch the electric new trailer for Beats below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD in September.

 

Coming Soon: Benjamin

British comedian Simon Amstell wrote and directed this charmingly offbeat romantic comedy about a mess-of-a-filmmaker juggling the anxieties and excitement of his upcoming film premiere with the fear and awkwardness of a burgeoning romance.

Gangly and neurotic, and always ready with a self-defensive quip, indie film director Benjamin (Colin Morgan) nervously prepares for the premiere of his sophomore feature when he meets and falls for hard for Noah (Phénix Brossard), a young French musician. Will Benjamin’s insecurities and anxieties get in the way of success and happiness? Will his film be a critics-savaging disaster and he, a one-hit wonder? Amstell peppers this entertaining tale with hilariously deadpan one-liners and a scene-stealing cast of supporting characters including Joel Fry as Stephen, Benjamin’s manic-depressive stand-up comedian best friend; Jessica Raine as Billie, his unbearable publicist, Harry (Jack Rowan), his egocentric, bi lead actor; and Anna Chancellor as his patient producer.

Benjamin is a charming, laugh-out-loud look at one man’s land mined road to success and love.

Watch the trailer for Benjamin below and click here to pre-order your copy. It’s coming to DVD and VOD in August!

 

This Weekend Only: Get an Extra 25% OFF Any Three Items with TLAGay’s PICK 3 SALE!

Starting tomorrow (Friday, July 24, 2020), you can get an EXTRA 25% OFF your order at TLAgay when you buy any three or more items! Stock up on gay movies, adult films and toys and use the sale code PICK3 at checkout to take advantage of the discount.

 

This offer expires Monday, July 27, 2020 at 11:59pm ET. The discount is not valid on used items, VOD rentals and some select toys. Click here to start shopping!

 

The Prince, one of the year’s hottest gay movies, is now available on DVD and Blu-ray

“A dark, raw film that takes us directly into the harsh life behind bars in the notorious San Bernardo prison outside Santiago, Chile… beneath this primal surface there exists a tale of loyalty love and compassion that blooms even in the most horrific of circumstance.”
– The Chicago Times Weekly

 

The Prince is brutal, raw and cold, yet also beautiful, sincere and honest.”
WireMag

 

“A pretty boy — or, to be more precise, an angular jawline and a head of lush curls in search of a personality — is thrown into a dark and dank prison in 1970 Chile in The Prince. For most people, this would be a horror scenario, but this feature is such a work of homoerotic fantasy, pilfering liberally from sources ranging from Un Chant d’amour to Querelle and the opera omnia of Jean-Daniel Cadinot, that the protagonist doesn’t mind being locked away with a bunch of handsy, well-endowed inmates for even one hot minute. Quite the contrary, as behind bars he’ll find plenty of man-on-man action, cute bell-bottoms and perhaps even the homosexual Holy Grail decades before the age of marriage equality: love.”
– The Hollywood Reporter

 

The Prince deals with the homosexual awakening of a young man called Jaime (played by Juan Carlos Maldonado). It’s a realization that, sadly, he could not come to while he was a free man, given that any sign of desire between two men would have been suppressed by the conservative society of the time… The Prince is a story of survival revolving around a young man condemned to remain in this hellhole of a prison.”
– Cineuropa

 

“Just wait until you see all the sweat, pubes, and grime on display here: Muñoz treats men’s bodies the same as most studios treat women’s, and that’s the point… The guards are brutal and the hyper-masculinity only reaches a ceasefire in inmates’ passionate expressions of their sexuality… it’s wonderful how Muñoz plays with masculinity. He shoots men like we’d expect to see them only to stage them like lingerie models minutes later. They get to be domineering; they get to be vulnerable. It gets to a point where it isn’t so much about gender as it is raw emotions, and DP Enrique Stindt complements this wonderfully with patinas and grain detail. There are too many supporting characters at times, but The Prince sure knows how to develop a sense of place.”
– TheSpool

 

“As in the work of Jean Genet, The Prince offers a gritty but phantasmatic world of social deviance and sexual liberation, where the close proximity of barely clothed or naked male bodies sparks an irrepressible eroticism that can only be answered through intercourse or violence. Muñoz, a first-time director, does an elegant job of balancing the lurid and the tender; there’s certainly enough exposed flesh here to reflect the material’s pulp origins, but the feelings that are evinced, the yearning for intimacy and affirmation between men who’ve been denied them, is just as affecting.”
– CineFile

 

From director Sebastian Muñoz, The Prince is an explosive homoerotic prison drama set in a repressive 1970s Chilean prison. During a night of heavy drinking, Jaime (Juan Carlos Maldonado), a hot-tempered narcissist, suddenly stabs his best friend. He is sent to jail for murder and there, alone and afraid, he comes under the protection of a tough older inmate known as “The Stallion”  The unlikely pair begin a clandestine romance but violent power struggles inside the penitentiary threaten their bond. This searing story of survival at all costs, takes its inspiration from Jean Genet’s Un Chant d’amour and Fassbinder’s Querelle in its affecting exploration of masculine aggression, conflicting loyalties and pent-up sexual desires.

 

Watch the trailer for The Prince below. The film is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.