Category Archives: movie review

Capital Games (movie)

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cgmovieTitle: Capital Games (the movie)
Writer/Executive Producer: G.A. Hauser
Director: Ilo Orleans
Starring: Eric Presnall and Gregor Cosgrove
Distributers: The GA Hauser Collection, LLC
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Genre: Drama
Country of Origin/Language: USA/English
Rating: Unrated (Mature)
Released: 2013
Length: 97 minutes
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

A guest review by Lasha

Summary: Based on the novel by GA Hauser, this movie follows the book very closely, so fans of that will enjoy this tale of two formerly straight men who fall in love with each other.

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Yossi (movie)

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Yossi3aTitle: Yossi
Director: Eytan Fox
Writer: Itay Segal
Cast: Ohad Knoller, Oz Zehavi, Lior Ashkenazi, Orly Silbersatz Banai
Distributer: Strand Releasing
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Genre: Contemporary drama/Romance-lite
Country of Origin/Language: Israel/Hebrew (English Subtitles)
Rating: NR (brief nudity and off-screen sex)
Released: 2012/2013 (US)
Length: 85 minutes
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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A Guest Review by Aunt Lynn

One Sentence Review: An excellent character study with themes of loss, change and hope that allows us to find out what happens to a hero from a previous beloved film.

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Lilies (Movie)

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LiliesTitle: Lilies
Director: John Greyson
Starring: Brent Carver, Ian D. Clarke, Marcel Sabourin, Aubert Pallascio, Jason Cadieux, Danny Gilmore
Distributers: Wolfe Video
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Genre: Historical Gay Romance
Country of Origin/Language: Canada/English
Rating: R (sexuality & nudity)
Released: 1996
Length: 96 minutes
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

A guest review by Tj

Summary Review: An engrossing story of revenge, the unfortunate effects of unrequited affection, and a forbidden love between two young men in 1912, brought to life through an imaginative use of flashbacks. Beautifully acted and worth your time if you’re okay with no HEA.

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What Happens Next (Movie)

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Title: What Happens Next
Writer/Director: Jay Arnold
Starring: Jon Lindstrom, Wendie Malick and Chris Murrah
Distributers: Jaded Creative Productions
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Genre: Comedy/Romance
Country of Origin/Language: USA/English
Rating: Unrated
Released: 2012
Length: 100 minutes
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

A guest review by Lasha

Summary: Wonderfully sweet movie about a middle-aged man who discovers his true self for the first time. Plus, a puppy that will melt any cynic’s heart!

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Ciao (Movie Review)

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ciaomovieTitle: Ciao
Director: Yen Tan
Starring: Adam Neal Smith, Alessandro Calza, Charles W. Blaum, Ethel Lung
Distributor: Unautorized Films
Genre: Indie, LGBT
Rating: R
Country of Origin: USA
Release Date: 2008
Length: 87 min
Amazon Buy Link:Ciao(DVD)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A Guest Review by Feliz

Summary Review:  A quiet, thoughtful tale of friendship and love, shared sorrow and new beginnings.

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Back Soon (movie)

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Title: Back Soon
Writer/Director: Rob Williams
Starring: Matthew Montgomery, Windham Beacham
Distributers: TLA Releasing/Guest House Films
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Genre: Drama/Paranormal/Romance
Country of Origin/Language: USA/English
Rating: R/Unrated
Released: 2007
Length: 83 minutes
Rating: 3.25 out of 5 stars

Summary: Two “straight” men who seemingly have nothing in common meet and are drawn to each other…as they start to fall in love, what are the forces bringing them together and could those same forces tear them apart?

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Eyes Wide Open (movie)

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Title
: Eyes Wide Open
Director: Haim Tabakman
Starring: Zohar Strauss, Ran Danker, Ravit Rozen, Tzahi Grad
Distributers: Peccadillo Pictures
Genre: Drama
Country of Origin/Language: Israel/Hebrew (English subtitles)
Rating: 12/PG13
Released: 2009
Length: 90 minutes
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

A guest review by Leslie S

Summary: A beautiful and haunting story of duty vs forbidden love set in an ultra-conservative Jewish community.

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Judas Kiss (movie)

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Judas Kiss Movie Review: CoverTitle: Judas Kiss
Director: J.T. Tepnapa
Starring: Richard Harmon, Charlie David, Sean Paul Lockhart, Timo Descamps
Producers: Blue Seraph ProductionsBorder2Border Entertainment
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Genre: Drama/Sci-fi
Country of Origin/Language: USA/English
Rating: Unrated
Released: 2011
Length: 94  minutes
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

A guest review by Jay Bell

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You Should Meet My Son (Movie)

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Title: You Should Meet My Son
Director: Keith Hartman
Starring: Joanne McGee, Carol Goans, Stewart Carrico, Steve Snyder
Distributers: Waltzing Penguin Productions
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Genre: M/M Comedy/Romance
Country of Origin/Language: USA/English
Rating: Unrated
Released: 2010
Length: 85  minutes
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5

A guest review by Tj

Summary Review: An over the top, screwball comedy that although far from perfect, had me laughing out loud quite a few times, and squeezed in some poignant moments that tugged at the heartstrings.

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Top Movies Reviewed in 2011

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Our team once again took on some movies for the site as well as books, and there were enough of us — and them — to throw together another year-end list. :) The thing about gay-themed vids is that while there are a decent few made annually, there are still way less than books and they are simply not nearly the caliber. As a result, I think the majority of the films that have made the site as review-worthy are ones we liked well enough to do so (4.5 stars and above, though there are some meh ones in there as well).

In alphabetical order according to star rating, here are the films rated by Damon Suede, Lasha, Leslie S, myself (Aunt Lynn) and Tj as the best of 2011:

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Movie: Defying Gravity (1997)

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Title: Defying Gravity 
Writer/Director: John Keitel
Starring: Daniel Chilson, Niklaus Lange, Don Handfield
Distributers: Wolfe Video
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Genre: Drama/Romance
Country of Origin/Language: USA/English
Rating: R/Unrated
Released: 1997
Length:  93 minutes
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

A guest review by Lasha

Summary: Moving film about what it means to be true to yourself.
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Brother to Brother (movie)

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Title: Brother to Brother
Director: Rodney Evans
Starring: Anthony Mackie, Larry Gilliard Jr, Roger Robinson
Distributers: Peccadillo Pictures
Genre: Drama
Country of Origin/Language: USA/English
Rating: 15/R
Released: 2004
Length: 90 minutes
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5

A guest review by Leslie S

Summary: A solid and ambitious film comparing racial and sexual politics in the Harlem Renaissance and the present day.

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Strapped (Movie)

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Title: Strapped
Director: Joseph Graham
Starring: Ben Bonenfant, Paul Gerrior, Carlo D’Amore, Nick Frangione
Studio: TLA Releasing
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Genre: Drama
Country of Origin/Language: USA/English
Rating: Unrated
Released: 2010
Length: 95  minutes
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

A guest review by Tj

Summary Review: A very moody, kind of sexy and a quite surprising character study following the effects of one very strange night on the life a hustler.

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Big Eden (Movie)

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Title: Big Eden
Director: Thomas Bezucha
Starring: Arye Gross, Eric Schweig, Tim DeKay, Louise Fletcher, George Coe
Distributers: Wolfe Video
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Genre: M/M Comedy/Romance
Country of Origin/Language: USA/English
Rating: PG-13
Released: 2001
Length: 117  minutes
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

A guest review by Tj

Summary Review: Although completely implausible, this is an old favorite of mine that puts a smile on my face within the first 10 minutes of the movie as a NY artist moves back to his hometown in Montana to care for his Grandfather, and has to face his boyhood friend/crush, and learn to be honest with who he is.

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From Beginning to End (Movie)

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Title: From Beginning to End
Director: Aluizio Abranches
Starring: Julia Lemmertz, Fabio Assuncao, Jean Pierre Noher, Louise Cardoso, Lucas Cotrim, Gabriel Kauffman, Rafael Cardoso, Joao Gabriel Vasconcellos
Distributers: TLA Releasing
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Genre: M/M Drama/Romance
Country of Origin/Language: Brazil/Portuguese with English Subtitles
Rating: R/Unrated
Released: 2009
Length:  96 minutes
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

 

 

 

 

A guest review by Tj

Summary Review: Despite the controversial subject matter of the intimate relationship between half brothers, I fell in love with them as young boys and then again as adults.

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