Olaf ‘Gunn’ Gunnunderson (Keith Jordan) is an out and proud student at university, but hasn’t told his parents he’s gay. Although he doesn’t have any plans to tell them when he goes back home for Christmas (just in case they react badly), his situation gets more complicated when his boyfriend, Nathan (Adamo Ruggiero), turns up. Nathan doesn’t know Gunn isn’t out at home, and so has to pose as his boyfriend’s roommate, while Gunn’s parents encourage their son to get together with his old school friend, Abby. Nathan gets rather annoyed with this, especially as he can’t see Gunn’s problem with telling his parents the truth, which puts pressure on him to come out. [Read more…]
I have a new theory. If you want to become really famous, you need to make a period movie where you’re a bit gay for a while but then decide that you’re actually straight, and if you’re playing some kind of artist, all the better. It’s worked for Hugh Grant with Maurice, Leonardo DiCaprio with Total Eclipse and now Robert Pattinson with Little Ashes. I’m not quite sure how the mechanism works exactly, especially as both Little Ashes and Total Eclipse were made before but released after the star’s breakout hit, but there definitely seems to be something going on. [Read more…]
After 11-year-old Scot’s mother dies of an overdose, he’s sent to live with gay couple Eric and Sam until his new guardian (Sam’s brother) comes to pick him up. Closeted ex-ice hockey star Eric isn’t entirely sure what to do with this interloper into his well-ordered life, especially as the kid’s love of musicals and feather boas means he seems ‘gayer’ than either of the men looking after him. Slowly Eric has to come to terms with having a kid in his life, while Scot starts to change in order to fit with Eric’s more typically manly idea of how he ought to be acting. [Read more…]
Paul and Eddie are preparing for the opening of a new off-Broadway musical called ‘Adam & Steve – Just The Way God Made Them’, in which they star. The show takes the Bible and turns it on its head, making it a story of how through the ages religion has tried to control and stamp out homosexuality. Outside the show, Paul and Eddie find their lives somewhat mirroring the musical, with Paul deciding to stop desperately attempting to settle down and try out being a slut, while Eddie has a shock when he discovers his parents are coming to the opening of the show. He’s severely closeted and hasn’t told them he’s gay, but as he opens up to the idea of expressing his sexuality, he takes a few unnecessary risks. [Read more…]
The Art Of Being Straight is one of those movies that just sort of happens. There’s nothing actually wrong with it, but it merely drifts along and then stops, rather than offering you any reason to engage with it.
Jon (played by writer/director Jesse Rosen) is on a break from his girlfriend and decides to move from New York to LA, and take a room with his old college buddy and his macho mates, who are the kind of jocks that can’t complete a sentence without using the word gay as a pejorative (although their homophobia is unthinking rather than genuine hatred). [Read more…]
I’m feeling conflicted. On the one hand Sacha Baron Cohen’s follow-up to Borat is very funny but on the other after watching the movie I couldn’t help but feel a bit uncomfortable, and not because of the way it sets up fame-whoring idiots and unsuspecting homophobes.
The basic plot is that Bruno is an arch, camp, Austrian fashionista with his own TV show, however after a disastrous accidental appearance at a fashion show dressed in a Velcro jumpsuit, he gets Schwartz-listed so he won’t be able to attend any more events. [Read more…]
Only a few years ago, the idea of Hollywood making a movie almost completely peopled by gay characters would have been virtually unthinkable. However it seems Brokeback Mountain might have opened a few doors, as not long after that film came out both Gus Van Sant and Bryan Singer announced they’d be making movies based on the life of Harvey Milk, who in 1977 became the first openly gay man to be elected to political office in California. However Van Sant’s film was the first out of the gate, while Singer’s has now fallen by the wayside. That’s probably not a bad thing, as it’s difficult to imagine Singer’s take on the subject being better than Milk. [Read more…]