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!

 

On the Fringe of Wild
Two young men fall in love under harsh circumstances in this moving teen romance set in the early 2000s. Peter (Harrison Browne) dreams of leaving his small Ontario town to pursue his life as an artist, but his homophobic father (Andrew Bee) intends to “make him a man” instead. Sending him on a hunting trip one cold winter break, tensions run high and Peter runs away. Lost, cold and reaching his breaking point, Peter meets Jack (Cameron Stewart), who’s also desperate to escape his toxic family situation. A romance quickly develops between the two teenage boys as they hide away in a secluded cabin, discovering one another – and themselves. But the world outside won’t let them sneak away so easily.

 

Boys Night
Bouncing around from genre to genre, this stellar new collection of short films from Mattioli Productions showcases some of the most cutting edge recent gay cinema from the United States and Australia. In Hopelessly, a bisexual man learns to embrace polyamory. Mass follows an insecure young man looking to bulk up physically. Innocent Boy is a stylish backwoods horror flick. Miles tells the story of a bittersweet love triangle. Sacrifice follows two men in love who find their professional lives tearing them apart. Finally, Tooth 4 Tooth is a smart, satirical vampire comedy. There’s something for everyone in this unique collection – a TLA Exclusive. Sit back, relax and get ready to make it a Boys Night.

 

Ernesto
Ernesto (Federico Russo) is a teenager who wanders, in search of himself, through the streets of Rome. Chapter after chapter, time passes – and people just seem to disappear. But he continues to live impromptu relationships, causing pain to himself and to others. Taking refuge in his happy moments and in political ideologies, he believes he can save his soul from suffering… although life will force him to grow and move forward. Directed by partners Alice De Luca and Giacomo Raffaelli under their joint creative banner Freeres, Ernesto was shot in the 4:3 aspect ratio to give viewers a sense of the fragments of the lead character’s life – as if the film you’re watching were a re-working of his own memories.

 

Nowhere
Adrian and Sebastian (Miguel González and Juan Pablo Castiblanco) live an openly gay life in New York as immigrants. When Sebastian’s visa is rejected, the two must decide whether to return to Colombia – where they face rejection and persecution for their sexual orientation – or do whatever is necessary to stay in the United States. Either way, the thoughts and discussions associated with the decision will have a profound effect on the couple. Hitting upon hot button issues, Nowhere is a riveting new romantic drama that places its characters within the context of a difficult immigration situation – as well as a furthering sense of homelessness and lack of belonging, which consistently haunts our main protagonists.

 

Drive Me Home
Antonio and Agostino (Vinicio Marchioni and Marco D’Amore) grew up together in a small town in Sicily – dreaming of living a different life somewhere else. Now in their 30s, both men are living abroad. When Antonio discovers that the house he grew up in, which had been empty for a long time, is about to be sold at auction, he decides to leave and reconnect with his childhood friend. But in the intervening time, their lives have changed a lot. When these two old buddies come back together, long forgotten conflicts and new revelations bubble back up to the surface. The two end up in a truck, travelling through Europe while confronting the realities of their relationship. Don’t miss this thoughtful and sexy new Italian drama.

A closeted A-list actor finds love in the stylish new gay romance I Am Syd Stone

Syd Stone (Travis Nelson) is a former A-List actor who finds himself in a small town, reluctantly shooting a B-movie. While getting drunk in a hotel bar, he makes an instant connection with Matt (Benjamin Charles Watson), a young lawyer on the verge of his biggest case yet. Despite pressure to hide his sexuality for the sake of his career, Syd and Matt soon become more than just friends.

Based on an acclaimed short film and adapted into a feature-length film from the popular web series of the same name, I Am Syd Stone is a sexy, thoughtful and moving coming-out romance.

 

Watch the trailer for I Am Syd Stone below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD December 14th.

 

Out This Week: Blurred Lines

Janik and Samuel (Emil von Schonfels and Mekyas Mulugeta) are best friends who are enjoying their final year of high school. Though they share a tight bond, they come from different worlds. Janik’s parents are responsible and somewhat uptight. Samuel comes from a broken home. The two teens seem to want what the other has. While Samuel looks for order and discipline, Janik seeks out chaos in his day-to-day life.

When thoughtless incident puts their relationship in jeopardy, the pair decide to leave Germany and set off on a long-planned trip to Istanbul. While there, the boys look to enjoy their freedom, try out a new life and figure out the true depths of their friendship.

A thoroughly modern take on the bonds that develop between young men, Blurred Lines is an unapologetically homoerotic study of a profound male friendship.

 

Watch the trailer for Blurred Lines below and click here to order your copy. The film will be available on DVD starting this week.

 

Trailer Alert: Beyto

Things are going well for Beyto (Burak Ates). He’s a talented swimmer, a motivated apprentice and an all-around cool guy. But when he, the only son of a Turkish migrant family, starts falling in love with his swimming coach, Mike (Dimitri Stapfer), his ideal world falls to pieces.

His parents only see one way out. They lure him to their home village and plan his wedding to Seher (Ecem Aydin), a childhood friend. Suddenly, Beyto finds himself in a disruptive love triangle.

Don’t miss this subtle, sensuous and moving love story. Watch the trailer for Beyto below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD December 7th.

 

 

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!

 

Boy Meets Boy
Harry (Matthew James Morrison) has been partying for forty-eight hours straight when he meets Johannes (Alexandros Koutsoulis) on the dance floor of a club in Berlin. With fifteen hours left until Harry’s flight back to London, the young men spend the day together – wandering the city and experiencing the contrasts in their lives. As the two men grow closer in this short window of time, they begin to confront their own individual truths while developing a deep connection. Taking inspiration from the beloved gay hit Weekend and Richard Linklater’s Before Trilogy, Boy Meets Boy is a tender and deeply moving new gay romance that has been earning rave reviews from critics on the LGBTQ film festival circuit.

 

A Dim Valley
Ecology grad students Albert and Ian (Whitmer Thomas and Zach Weintraub) are spending the summer collecting samples with their curmudgeonly advisor (Robert Longstreet). At his woodsy cabin along the Appalachian Trail, close quarters foster comical friction and unexpected bonds between the two young men. When three mysterious, enigmatic female backpackers (Rachel McKeon, Feathers Wise and Rosalie Lowe) crash into their lives, they push the men to open up to one another and their true feelings soon begin to deepen. A clever new indie gem from writer-director Brandon Colvin, A Dim Valley is partly a queer allegory, partly a hilarious stoner comedy and partly a transcendental meditation on mysticism and love.

 

Stone Fruit
When long-term couple Manny and Russ (Matt Palazzolo and Rob Warner) decide to call their marriage quits and get a divorce, they also – quite strangely – decide to celebrate the occasion together. The pair head to the Central Coast of California for some wine, sun… and more wine! When Byron (Thomas Hobson), their close friend, joins up with them, an unexpected threesome ensues and the trip becomes the post-divorce party to end all post-divorce parties. This witty, sharply-written new film gives freshness to the classic break-up movie by bringing in a queer perspective and exploring the complicated similarities that many couples face throughout their love stories. It’s a proud “anti-romantic comedy.”

 

A Wake
Young actor Noah Urrea pulls double duty in this emotional drama, playing twin boys from a religious family. A Wake revolves around the funeral of Mitchel, a teen who died far too young. Everyone is reeling from the loss, but there is a generational divide when it comes to how the younger and older family members deal with grief. While the parents cling to normalcy, the children grow tired of repressing the truth about their late brother. When an unexpected stranger (Kolton Stewart) arrives on the scene, everyone in the family must suddenly face the secrets and lies that have surrounded Mitchel’s life – as well as his untimely death. Don’t miss this powerful new film from director Scott Boswell (The Stranger in Us).

 

Everything I Like
Daniel (Milton Roses), is an editor at a production company. When Javier (Esteban Masturini), a new cameraman, joins the crew, it upends Daniel’s life in ways he never expected. Though he’s always considered himself straight, Daniel begins to develop feelings for the alluring Javier. Though he’s encouraged by his closest friends to finally come out of the closet, Daniel isn’t sure he’s ready. Once he admits to his bisexuality, he enters the world of online dating, embarking on an uncomfortable and deeply funny journey through a new world of potential partners. All the while, however, he’s looking to work up the courage to tell Javier how he really feels… and to finally get over his fear of being naked in front of another person.

The Man with the Answers is one of the year’s most romantic gay movies!

A hit with critics and audiences all around the world, writer-director Stelios Kammitsis‘ thoughtful and romantic new film The Man with the Answers is coming to DVD in January.

The film follows Victor (Vasilis Magouliotis), a twenty-something ex-diving champion who is now working in a furniture factory. He has been living with his sick grandmother in a seaside town in Greece. Distraught after her death, he decides to dust off her old car and travel to Germany to visit his estranged mother.

On the ferry to Italy, he meets Matthias (Anton Weil), a talkative, inquisitive young German who is on his way home. Matthias persuades Victor to take him along. As they drive north, Victor’s uptight, repressive personality clashes with the more free-spirited Matthias. But they soon find common emotional ground as their summer road trip takes unexpected turns.

The Man with the Answers is a tender story of self-discovery, love and family… in all its many forms. Watch the trailer below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD January 11th.

 

Out This Week: Swan Song

From Todd Stephens, the director behind Another Gay Movie and Edge of Seventeen comes a funny and touching showcase for legendary character actor and arthouse icon Udo Kier.

Kier stars in Swan Song as a retired hairdresser named Pat Pitsenbarger, who escapes the confines of his small-town Sandusky, Ohio nursing home after learning of his former client’s dying wish for him to style her final hairdo. Soon, Pat embarks on an odyssey to confront the ghosts of his past – and collect the beauty supplies necessary for the job.

Co-starring Jennifer Coolidge and Michael UrieSwan Song is a comical and bittersweet journey about rediscovering one’s sparkle… and looking gorgeous while doing so. We can’t recommend this film – the final installment in Stephen’s “Ohio Trilogy” after Edge of Seventeen and Gypsy 83 – more highly.

Watch the trailer for Swan Song below and click here to order your copy. The film will be available on DVD starting this week.

 

Get four swoon-worth gay romantic comedies from director J.C. Calciano in one new set!

Get ready for the ultimate Gay Romance 4-Pack with The Classic Gay Romance Collection! Now you can own all four of these iconic gay romantic comedy films from beloved writer-director J.C. Calciano – several of which have been out of print for years – in one set. From the classic feel-good comedy Is it Just Me? to the riotously funny Steam Room Stories: The Movie, these four films are sure to satisfy your funny bone, as well as the hopeless romantic in you.

Originally released in 2010, Is it Just Me? is a gay rom-com take on Cyrano de Bergerac. Frustrated by his ongoing failure to meet “Mr. Right,” Blaine (Nicholas Downs) stumbles upon what might be his perfect match in an online chat room. That would be Xander (David Loren), a sweet, hunky Texan who has recently moved to Los Angeles. Smitten, Blaine finds he’s been mistakenly chatting to Xander under his go-go dancer roommate’s profile, setting in motion an increasingly complicated comedy of errors with romance as the ultimate objective.

Released the following year, eCupid adds a fun sci-fi spin to the rom-com formula. Marshall (Houston Rhines) is a cocky young ad man working at a dead-end job for a boss who overlooks his talents. After seven years with his boyfriend, Gabe (Noah Schuffman), Marshall’s love life has become too comfortable. Desperate for a new life, he goes looking online, where he comes upon a mysterious app called “eCupid” that guarantees to find true love. From the moment he downloads it, “eCupid” scans every inch of Marshall’s online world and instantly turns his life upside down. Marshall suddenly gets everything he thinks he wanted. Newly single and ready for adventure, “eCupid” overwhelms Marshall with sexy guys at every turn, each promising to be the man of his fantasies. But too much of a good thing may not be a good thing at all.

The 10-Year Plan follows Myles and Brody (Jack Turner and Michael Adam Hamilton), best friends and total opposites. Myles is a hopeless romantic looking for “Mr. Right.” Brody is a sexy player on the hunt for “Mr. Right Now.” These two friends make a plan that they’ll be together if both of them are still single in a decade. Nearly ten years later and still alone, both friends will do whatever it takes to avoid becoming a couple.

 

A hilarious feature-length comedy based on the wildly popular web series, Steam Room Stories: The Movie follows failing cosmetics magnate Sally Fay (Traci Lords), who will stop at nothing to possess the waters of our favorite steam room to help lift her sagging empire. What she doesn’t count on is the Steam Room Guys banding together to thwart her evil plans.

 

Watch trailer for each of the films below and click here to pre-order your copy of this brand-new 4-disc set! The Classic Gay Romance Collection is coming to DVD this week!

 

 

 

 

Collect 5+ hours of towel-snapping fun with The Complete Steam Room Stories Collection

Grab a towel and join the fun. This steamy sketch comedy show features over one dozen of the sexiest studs you’ll ever meet in a steam room. Get the first original 99 episodes of the smash hit gay comedy series Steam Room Stories, plus the hit comedy Steam Room Stories: The Movie in “CinemaScent” in The Complete Steam Room Stories Collection – coming to DVD this week!

A hugely popular goliath online, Steam Room Stories attracted male and female fans of every orientation and age from all over the globe. It was so successful, in fact, that is spawned a feature film! From the director of eCupidThe 10-Year Plan and Is It Just Me?Steam Room Stories: The Movie follows failing cosmetics magnate Sally Fay (Traci Lords), who will stop at nothing to possess the waters of our favorite steam room to help lift her sagging empire. What she doesn’t count on is the Steam Room Guys banding together to thwart her evil plans.

Every episode of the beloved series – plus the movie – are included in this new, must-own set. Click here to pre-order your copy of The Complete Steam Room Stories Collection. You can also get Steam Room Stories: The Movie along with three other beloved romantic comedies from director J.C. Calciano in the new Classic Gay Romance Collection.

 

Altered Innocence has restored the films of Fred Halsted for this amazing collector’s set!

Fred Halsted was a legend in his own time. His self-created public persona-that of the leather-clad sadist-instantly made him both feared and revered as one of the first openly gay sex symbols. And his taboo-shattering films broke new ground in the gay erotic cinema for their portrayal of sadomasochism and other forms of polymorphous perversity.

These works sent a shockwave throughout the fledgling gay liberation movement and the art establishment alike, leading to their eventual acquisition by the Museum of Modern Art. But despite their significant cultural importance, these films have long been available only in neutered form, if at all.

Altered Innocence and Anus Films are proud to present the first-ever uncut disc release of the groundbreaking and fiercely controversial films L.A. Plays ItselfSextool and The Sex Garage, beautifully restored by MoMA and with a host of new bonus features, including Halsted’s formerly-lost second feature, Truck It.

 

The collection also includes audio commentaries, interviews, photo galleries, original theatrical trailers, a 2-page booklet filled with essays and much, much more.

Watch the gorgeous new trailer for L.A. Plays Itself: The Fred Halsted Collection below (Warning: It’s NOT Safe for Work) and click here to pre-order your copy. The set will be available on DVD and Blu-ray beginning December 28th.