Throwback Thursday: Crash

Maverick filmmaker David Cronenberg‘s wildly controversial 1996 cult favorite Crash is getting a special edition release on DVD and Blu-ray via The Criterion Collection. For this icily erotic fusion of flesh and machine, Cronenberg adapted J. G. Ballard’s future-shock novel of the 1970s into one of the most singular and provocative films of the 1990s.

 

A traffic collision involving a disaffected commercial producer, James (James Spader), and an enigmatic doctor, Helen (Holly Hunter), brings them, along with James’s wife, Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger, in a sublimely detached performance), together in a crucible of blood and broken glass – and it’s not long before they are all initiated into a kinky, death-obsessed underworld of sadomasochistic car-crash fetishists for whom twisted metal and scar tissue are the ultimate turn-ons.

 

Controversial from the moment it premiered at Cannes – where it won a Special Jury Prize “for originality, for daring, and for audacity” – Crash has since taken its place as a key text of late-twentieth-century cinema, a disturbingly seductive treatise on the relationships between humanity and technology, sex and violence, that is as unsettling as it is mesmerizing.

 

This new edition from The Criterion Collection includes a new 4K digital restoration supervised by cinematographer Peter Suschitzky; audio commentary from 1997 featuring Cronenberg; press conference footage from the 1996 Cannes Film Festival featuring Cronenberg, author J. G. Ballard and actors Rosanna Arquette, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, James Spader and Deborah Kara Unger; a Q&A from 1996 with Cronenberg and Ballard at the National Film Theatre in London; behind-the-scenes footage and press interviews; and an essay by film critic Jessica Kiang.

 

Watch an original trailer for Crash below and click here to pre-order your copy. The DVD and Blu-ray will be available in December.

 

The stylish short film Tooth 4 Tooth is available to stream in time for Halloween!

“I think we’re entering another age of hate… and there are those that thrive in such times.”

 

While investigating the murder of a friend, a drag artist and an activist find themselves caught in an old war between those who feed on the blood of the fearful and those who feed on the blood of the hateful.

 

A stylish 13-minute film from short horror director Matthew Maio Mackay and our friends at Mattioli Productions, Tooth 4 Tooth is available now on-demand – just in time for Halloween – at TLAgay. Watch the trailer below and click here to rent or download the film.

 

Watch the trailer for Complete Strangers, a sexy new gay thriller from director Pau Masó

When Robert (played by writer-director Pau Maso), a recovering alcoholic, returns to Budapest to reconnect with friends; he also meets the enigmatic Hugo (Matthew Crawley), a tall blue-eyed stranger who quickly gains his trust by giving him what he craves most. Robert willingly accepts Hugo’s proposal of a weekend getaway, against the advice of his inner circle. What begins as an idyllic weekend takes a sinister turn when Hugo’s true intentions are revealed.

 

Complete Strangers is a sexy new gay thriller coming to DVD in December. Watch the trailer below and click here to pre-order your copy.

 

Photo Gallery: 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.

 

We’re posting the trailer for Are We Lost Forever below along with an exclusive photo gallery! Click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and VOD on November 3rd.

 

 

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Coming Soon: Smiley Face Killers

From notoriously controversial writer Bret Easton Ellis (American PsychoLess Than Zero) and director Tim Hunter (River’s EdgeMad MenBreaking Bad) comes Smiley Face Killers, an intense, pulse-pounding, highly homoerotic new serial-killer tale based on actual events.

As a strange wave of mysterious drownings of male college students plagues the California coast, Jake (Ronen Rubinstein) struggles to keep his life together at school. Finding himself stalked by a hooded figure (Crispin Glover) driving an unmarked van, Jake fears he may become the next victim in the killer’s horrific spree.

 

Watch the trailer for Smiley Face Killers below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and Blu-ray in December.

 

Trailer Alert: 7 Minutes

A bold new drama from writer-director Ricky Mastro, making his feature debut after a long series of acclaimed shorts, 7 Minutes tells the story of Jean (Antoine Herbez), a 55 year-old policeman who discovers his son, Maxime (Valentin Malguy), and another man hanged in a hotel room. The autopsy shows that Maxime died from an overdose of GHB, just seven minutes after his boyfriend.

 

During an evening organized by Maxime’s friends, Jean discovers a nightclub that his son used to frequent. There, he meets the seductive young Fabien (Clément Naline). Desperately trying to learn more about the events that led to his son’s untimely death, Jean goes to the club several times more and is quickly welcomed by the other patrons. As Fabien becomes increasingly attached to him, Jean starts mixing his mourning with the desire to discover his son’s world.

 

Watch the trailer for 7 Minutes below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and VOD at the end of the month.

 

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Tom Glynn-Carney deliver exceptional performances in the powerful new Irish drama Rialto

“BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN AND PERFORMED” – HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

 

“VAUGHAN-LAWLOR IS TREMENDOUS” – LITTLE WHITE LIES

 

“SCRUPULOUSLY HONEST, HEARTFELT AND EXCEPTIONALLY WELL-ACTED” – VARIETY

 

“STEEL YOURSELF FOR THE EMOTIONAL BLOWS” – THE GUARDIAN

 

“AN ADROIT, CATHARTIC DISSECTION OF TOXIC MASCULINITY” – BAY AREA REPORTER

 

The powerful new drama Rialto follows Colm (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor), a married man in his mid-forties with two teenage children. Though he has a seemingly great life, his world is about to crack open. Still grieving the death of his father, a destructive figure in his life, Colm finds himself struggling to connect with his own family. A shake-up at work also starts threatening their financial future.

Desperate for comfort, he falls into the arms of a younger hustler named Jay (Dunkirk star Tom Glynn-Carney) and starts down and increasingly self-destructive path. As his sexual encounters with Jay become more frequent and intense, his recklessness starts to put his entire family life at risk.

Don’t miss this tense new drama from Irish director Peter Mackie Burns and writer Mark O’Halloran. Watch the trailer for Rialto below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and VOD at the end of October.

 

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.