Trailer Alert: 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!

 

Now Available On-Demand: 15 Years

After fifteen years together, Yoav (Oded Leopold), a successful architect, has everything he’s ever wanted and 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), an esteemed artist who’s like a mother and sister to him, 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, leading him to self-destructive behavior that threatens to destroy his life with Dan, unravel his friendship with Alma, and cost him everything.

Filmmaker Yuval Hadadi has written and directed a searing, insightful drama that offers a telling portrait of the emotional darkness lurking beneath the deceptively placid surface.

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Fairytale is a surreal, over-the-top Italian satire all about America in the 1950s

America. The 1950s. Mrs. Fairytale (Filippo Timi) spends her days locked in a world of stuffed poodles, whiskey-infused teas, risqué mambo lessons and threats of alien invasion. In this Technicolor fantasia, all her hopes and dreams would appear to have come true, but something troubling lurks behind the polished veneers. When Mrs. Fairytale and her friend Mrs. Emerald embark on a journey of liberation and self-discovery, their cozy, colorful world is turned upside down.

With nods to everything from Doris Day movies, Douglas Sirk melodramas, the thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock and the early work of maverick queer filmmakers Todd Haynes and Francois Ozon, Fairytale is as much a homage to classic Hollywood as a satire of American values. Featuring gloriously camp costumes and performances, it’s a feast for the eyes.

 

Watch the trailer for Fairytale below and click here to watch the film. It’s now available on-demand at TLAgay!

 

Throwback Thursday: A Bigger Splash

Released in the early 1970s, A Bigger Splash is an intimate and innovative film about English-born, California-based artist David Hockney and his work, honoring its subject through creative risk-taking. Director Jack Hazan creates an improvisational narrative-nonfiction hybrid featuring Hockney, a wary participant, as well as his circle of friends, capturing the agonized end of the lingering affair between Hockney and his muse, an American model named Peter Schlesinger.

 

A Bigger Splash is at once a time capsule of hedonistic gay life in the 1970s, an honest-yet-tender depiction of gay male romance that dispenses with the then-current narratives of self-hatred and self-pity, an invaluable view of art history in action and a record of artistic creation that is itself also a unique work of art. We’re very happy to see that it has been preserved so lovingly.

 

This Newly Restored Special Edition includes audio commentary by director Jack Hazan, the short documentaries Love’s Presentation (1962) and Portrait of David Hockney (1972), the original theatrical trailer and a deeply informative booklet essay by film critic Nick Pinkerton.

 

Watch the original trailer for A Bigger Splash below and click here to pre-order your copy. This new collector’s item is coming to DVD and Blu-ray in late-July.

 

Trailer Alert: Pornstar Pandemic

What happens to adult film stars when their industry comes to a halt? Pornstar Pandemic seeks to discover just that by opening the doors to a rare, intimate examination of LGBTQ adult actors and their lives during the COVID-19 quarantine.

Follow top adult stars Dante Colle, Pierce Paris, DeAngelo Jackson, 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 livelihood, and what’s next once everyone can return to work.

Watch the trailer for Pornstar Pandemic below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and VOD in July!

 

Coming Soon: You Don’t Nomi

“SMARTLY ANALYTICAL AND ENTERTAINING”
– DAVID ROONEY, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

 

“ALMOST AS ENTERTAINING AS SHOWGIRLS ITSELF”
– RICH JUZWIAK, JEZEBEL

 

“PLEASINGLY WONKISH”
– BEN KENIGSBERG, THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

“EXHILARATING, MADCAP CINE-ESSAY”
– DAVID EDELSTEIN, VULTURE

 

“THE MOST THOUGHTFUL DECONSTRUCTION OF A FILM IMAGINABLE”
– KENT TURNER, FILM FORWARD

 

In You Don’t Nomi, a chorus of film critics and fervent devotees explore the complicated afterlife of 1995’s biggest film flop, Paul Verhoeven’s salacious Showgirls, from disastrous release to cult adoration and extraordinary redemption. The film features Adam Nayman, April Kidwell and Joshua Grannell (a.k.a. Peaches Christ) as well as archive interview footage with the cast and crew of Showgirls. Don’t miss the exceptional pop-doc that Jezebel called “almost as entertaining as Showgirls itself.”

 

Watch the trailer for You Don’t Nomi below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and Blu-ray in July.

 

Don’t miss the deeply affecting three-part Swedish period piece Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves

Based on an acclaimed trilogy of novels by Swedish author Jonas Gardell, the three-part drama Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves follows two young men in love and the impact of the AIDS crisis on Stockholm’s gay community in the early 1980s. Originally airing in Sweden in 2012, the series is now coming to the United States on DVD. Each episode covers one of the three novels: Love (Kärleken), Disease (Sjukdomen) and Death (Döden).

 

As the show begins, it focuses on nineteen-year-old Rasmus (Adam Pålsson), who after graduation moves from rural Värmland to Stockholm to attend school. As soon as he arrives in Stockholm he begins to seek out the gay community, where he meets and befriends Paul (Simon J. Berger). At a Christmas dinner party in Paul’s apartment he eventually meets Benjamin (Adam Lundgren), a young man who is struggling to come to terms with his homosexuality and faith as a Jehovah’s Witness.

 

Rasmus and Benjamin fall deeply in love just as the AIDS crisis is about to begin. An early scene in the first episode shows two nurses dressed in heavy-duty bio-protective clothing in the early ’80s, caring for Reine (Kristoffer Berglund); suffering from AIDS. As the nurses tend the pained man, one nurse wipes a tear from his eye, which leads to the second nurse rebuking her afterwards with the sentence that serves as the title of the series: “Don’t ever wipe tears without gloves,” reflecting the unnecessary fear surrounding the virus at the time.

 

With terrific writing, direction and performances, Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves is a deeply powerful romance and period piece and a strong reminder of how hard we have fought (and continue to fight) as a community. Watch the series trailer below and click here to pre-order your copy. It is coming to DVD in July.

 

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!

 

Your Eyes on Me
Working on her final show, the much-loved and popular drag artist, Gloria (Paul Stone), finds herself holding an audition for Kandi (Jean-Philippe Boriau), a young French dancer. Gloria and Kandi have a whole lot more in common than either of them could have imagined. The pair soon find themselves stuck in an emotional waltz, where past and present start to blend together. The brand-new indie Your Eyes on Me is a unique, stylish and promising debut from writer-director Sergei Alexander.

 

Nobody’s Child
Annie (Faye Viviana) and Paul (Miles Cooper) have been best friends for years. When Annie discovers she may have breast cancer, she informs Paul that she wants him to raise her son Jeremy (Walt Schoen) if anything should happen to her – rather than the boy’s father. Paul, young and in love with his fast-moving gay lifestyle, is not so sure that’s he’s ready for the responsibility. How do you raise a child when you aren’t quite sure you’re a grown-up yet yourself? Adapted and directed by Dennis Nollette from a short story by David Groff, Nobody’s Child is a touching and heartbreaking short film about family, friendship and the trials and tribulations of growing up at any age.

 

Squirrels
Three young artists – a trans opera singer and disc jockey, a Middle Eastern American performance artist and a gay film maker (played by Dino PetreraCatiriana Reyes and Robbie Gottlieb) – share a tiny studio apartment while they look for love and fame in New York City. It’s not an easy day-to-day life. They scrimp and save and scam and steal their way from month to month. Somehow they survive… but in the new world shared economy they are always just one click away from losing everything. Squirrels is a thoughtful indie about modern bohemia from prolific filmmaker Todd Verow.

 

1 Versus 100
When Larry (Walter Mecham), a powerful attorney, finds out his teenage daughter is gay, he kicks her out for good. Malia (Anna McClean) is forced to live with her girlfriend, Lian (Nancy Nezbit), as she pieces her life back together. Five years later, Larry is found dead under suspicious circumstances, which prompts Malia to end her exotic dancing career. On Malia’s last shift, she meets Ben (Lance Claymore), a producer who propositions her to star in an adult film. Malia is then involved in a car crash that leaves her unable to work for months. Now broke and facing eviction, she agrees to star in the movie as the police are closing in. Unravel all the secrets in this mystery/thriller from writer-director Bruno Kohfield-Galeano.

 

What Women Want: Gay Romance
Women are the overwhelming majority of writers, publishers, readers and fans of gay male romance novels. Dive into the Gay Rom Lit convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico with this brand-new documentary to discover why! Some facts: The biggest readers of m/m erotic romances are educated white women over the age of 35, married with children and middle-class. Books written specifically for gay men can differ slightly from what is generally marketed as m/m romance today. LGBTQ and m/m are the fastest expanding genres, seeing growth in readership larger than ever experienced in publishing to date. There are conventions in cities all over the world for writers and readers of M/M and M/M/M books.

You can now STREAM FOR LIFE at TLAgay!

We’re thrilled to announce that we now have Download + Stream for Life On-Demand options at TLAgay!

 

Purchase your favorite movies and scenes and keep them forever!

  • When a video is purchased, you OWN it forever

  • Choose from over 126,000 movies

  • OR, from over 565,000 individual scenes

  • Our system works on both MAC and Windows PCs as well as most mobile devices, tablets, and other internet connected devices

  • No viewing limits… watch the movies as often as you like

  • Download or stream your video

 

Life is a long time! We fill years and decades with experiences, memories, and friends. In the big picture, though, very few things last indefinitely. Recollections may fade and mementos may turn to dust, so that’s we’re proud to introduce a tiny taste of forever at TLAgay, your go-to resource for gay cinema and adult films! We invite you to take advantage of the newest TLAgay purchase option: stream for life!

Once you purchase an item using “stream for life,” you’ll have perpetual streaming access to that movie! All you’ll need to do is return to TLAgay’s official website to find your stream-for-life collection. And since our site is fully optimized for mobile devices and tablets, you’ll be able to watch your collection anywhere there’s an internet connection. In addition, the pricepoint for the stream-for-life is placed at an attractive medium range between the download purchase and the limited-time rental purchase. As a result, you can get more out of your buck! (And of course, all other VOD purchase options remain in effect, including PPM packages for pay-as-you-go watching.)

Purchasing a “stream from life” movie is simple. Navigate to your movie of choice and look for the third option in the VOD purchase panel. Then add the item to your chart and check out as normal. Voila! The movie is part of your TLAgay digital collection and yours to stream forever!

 

Below, you can see just a small selection of the gay movies available now with STREAM FOR LIFE options, but don’t stop there! We have a MASSIVE selection of films (both adult and non-adult) for you to explore at TLAgay!

 

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Beau Travail

The Criterion Collection graced us with their selection of September releases this week and among the selections is the achingly erotic 1999 classic Beau Travail.

 

With her ravishingly sensual take on Herman Melville”s Billy Budd, writer-director Claire Denis firmly established herself as one of the great visual tone poets of our time. Amid the azure waters and sun-baked desert landscapes of Djibouti, a French Foreign Legion sergeant (Denis Lavant) sows the seeds of his own ruin as his obsession with a striking young recruit (Gregoire Colin) plays out to the thunderous, operatic strains of Benjamin Britten. Denis and cinematographer Agnes Godard fold military and masculine codes of honor, colonialism’s legacy, destructive jealousy, and repressed desire into shimmering, images that ultimately explode in one of the most startling and unforgettable endings in all of modern cinema.

 

This new special edition of Beau Travail from the Criterion Collection includes a 4K digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Agnes Godard and approved by director Claire Denis, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray; a new conversation between Denis and filmmaker Barry Jenkins; new selected scene commentary with Godard; new interviews with actors Denis Lavant and Gregoire Colin; a new video essay by film scholar Judith Mayne; brand-new English subtitle translation; and an essay by film critic Girish Shambu.

 

Watch a clip from Beau Travail below and click here to pre-order your copy. It’s coming to DVD and Blu-ray in September.