A serial killer is on the loose, murdering people involved in New York’s gay S&M scene. Det. Steve Burns is sent undercover into the world of leather bars and bondage to try and find the killer, but discovers that immersing himself in the gay subculture effects him more than he expected. [Read more…]
Cinema, DVD and Blu-ray reviews
In the 1960s, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist get a job shepherding on Wyoming’s Brokeback Mountain. Slowly they fall in love, starting a 30-year relationship that endures through their marriages and attempts to stay apart. Jack wants to be with Ennis full time, but the taciturn cowboy is too scared of that, which only allows them brief ‘fishing’ holidays in the wilderness. Even so, they just can’t quit each other. [Read more…]
When red tape prevents firefighter Larry from naming his kids as his pension beneficiaries, he asks friend and colleague Chuck to pretend to be his domestic partner in order to get around the bureaucracy. However their charade gets increasingly complicated.
I’ve got a high horse and I’m going to get on it. Universal may have screened I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry to GLAAD (the Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and other gay groups to try and prove it wasn’t homophobic, but you can’t get around the fact that it trades on every homosexual stereotype imaginable. [Read more…]
On the eve of a major LGBT blowout, five gay and lesbian couples book into the Sahara Salvation Inn. However, rather that being the gay hotel it purports to be, it’s actually run by a psychotic family, led by a harridan mother who hates all homosexuals and will kill any gay men who refuse marry her nymphomaniac lesbian daughter. She also has a Republican mutant son, who seems to be more of a feral creature than a person, and likes to eat homosexuals. As a result all the hotel guests are fighting for their lives before the night is out. [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…]
It took quite a long time for I Love You Phillip Morris to make it to UK cinemas, partly because it’s a bit of a tough sell. It’s a film that moves from broad comedy to deeply felt drama, doesn’t shy away from the gay side of its story, and makes a hero out of a man who in most cases would be seen as the bad guy. However despite all these difficulties, the movie succeeds admirably. [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…]