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Kawa (2010) directed by Katie Wolfe

An apparently happy family man who must reveal a lifelong secret, that he is gay.

Director: Katie Wolfe

Writers: Witi Ihimaera (based on the novel by), Witi Ihimaera (story), and 1 more credit »

Stars: Calvin Tuteao, Nathalie Boltt and George Henare

Genres: Drama

The film was definitely good, even if low budget and with that homemade feeling I always have watching a Australian/New Zealand movie, in any case the cast was good, as well the director and the setting. I wouldn't have minded if the romance was a little more developed, but in the end, I think this was not a romance movie. It was the story of Kawa and his coming out, the character of Chris was only a step in that journey, in a way helping him towards the right direction.

Kawa and Chris

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eCupid (2012) directed by J.C. Calciano

Marshall is frustrated in love. He downloads a mysterious app that gives him everything he thinks he wants. He soon learns to be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.

Director: J.C. Calciano

Writer: J.C. Calciano

Stars: Andy Anderson, John Callahan and Galen Drever

eCupid is fun, light, sweet and very romantic. I had already enjoyed the previous movie by J.C. Calciano, Is It Just Me?, but I have to admit it was a little low budget and you could see it. In eCupid this perception is almost nada, and almost everything is perfect, from the chosen cast to the setting to the music. True, there are some gay stereotypes, the frat boy, the party boy, the twink, the buddy friend, but no one of them is exaggerated, or depicts in a way that is offensive, it’s more a way for the main character to realize he is in love with his boyfriend, and that he has to do everything he can to mend the break between them.

Gabe has few to do on his side, since, from how I see it, he only tried to not overcome his lover with his trouble, when he knew Marshall had few of his own. Gabe is sweet and kind, and really the perfect boyfriend. Marshall is simply having a 7 years scratch itch, and with the intervention of a very useful Apps, eCupid, he will understand how stupid he has been.

Houston Rhines, in the role of Marshall, is perfect, if not a little “couch potato”, meaning that he is waiting for the solution to come to him and not viceversa. He is not that bad, but he has to grow a back bone ;-) said that he is cute, and he really doesn’t do anything to alienate his sweet boyfriend, and so he has the right to have him back.

Noah Schuffman as Gabe is more than cute, and he is also sweet and kind, and yes, sexy, way sexier than all the other men Marshall will meet. He is the right catch, and rightly, once he is “temporarily” free, he will have the line in front of him.

eCupid is so good I can see it out of the gay themed indie circuit to try the mainstream circuit.

Marshall and Gabe

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What Happens Next (2012) directed by Jay Arnold

After rich businessman Paul Greco (popular daytime star Jon Lindstrom) retires early, his imperious sister Elise (two-time Emmy Award® nominee Wendie Malick) tries to get him to settle down with the woman of her choosing. But Paul seems more interested in developing his friendship with Andy (cutie Chris Murrah), a charming gay man he meets at a dog park.

Director: Jay Arnold

Writers: Jay Arnold, Thom Cardwell

Stars: Jon Lindstrom, Wendie Malick and Chris Murrah

Genres: Comedy

I was expecting a lot from this movie and it almost accomplished all my expectations, maybe with just that touch more of money to allow a perfect bow on an already good comedy, this could have been even a mainstream movie.

Jon Lindstrom and Wendie Malick are perfect, and they well show what it means to be good actors. I couldn't find any fault in their role, Mrs Malick was phenomenal, maybe Mr Lindstrom was a little uptight, but that is also his character. Chris Murrah was cute and so sweet, I really felt for him when he was hoping for the budding relationship with Paul to become something more.

I love how the director/screenwriter didn't rush thing between Paul and Andy, and I love also that, even if Paul had maybe already suspected he was gay, in any case he started his relationship with Andy out of friendship and not for a bi-curiosity he wanted to satisfy. Paul is not selfish, he is scared, and if he hurts Andy, I don't think he does that with a bad intention.

There are some supporting characters that probably needed more space, like Paul's nephew, the artist, but it's also true this movie runs almost 2 hours so it was really difficult to add more. Paul's sister, Elise, is perfect, she probably stole the scene to Paul and Andy more than once.

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Weekend (2011) directed by Andrew Haigh

After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special.

Director: Andrew Haigh

Writer: Andrew Haigh

Stars: Tom Cullen, Chris New and Laura Freeman

One of the nicest movie of this last year, very romantic but not funny or stupid. Weekend is to say the less, bittersweet, Glen and Russell met on a Friday night and spend what was supposed to be a one night stand without strings attached. But they seem to be connected and from that Friday on to the Sunday afternoon they will spend more or less all the time together or thinking to each other, knowing that at the end of the weekend, Glen will leave to move far, far away.

I loved both Glen than Russell, they are different, but with their own defined character. Russell is an orphan, brought up in foster homes, and I think he wants a family to call his own; just look at how he collects items from previous life people, like he wanted to gain memories of a non-existint family buying them in a charity shop. Glen had probably an easier life than Russell, but I had the feeling he was sheltered when he was young, and then, coming out and living in the real world got him scared of loving and feeling too much. Glen is not a bad guy, but he is not ready to committ.

I want to think that this weekend is not all they will have, I want to think that Glen will realize how good and sweet and kind and wonderful Russell is, and like in that last time, walking down the path taking him away from Russell's apartment, he will stop and look back, and change route, and coming back.

Definitely reccomended.

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Judas Kiss (2011) directed by J.T. Tepnapa

A quirk in time and space gives a failed filmmaker the chance to reshape his destiny when he visits his peculiar alma mater.

Director: J.T. Tepnapa
Sean Paul Lockhart ... Chris Wachowsky
Charlie David ... Zachary Wells
Richard Harmon ... Danny Reyes
Timo Descamps ... Shane Lyons

I was expecting a lot from this movie, since, well, the tam-tam was huge, the cast was good, and yes, I was really interesting in see how they would interact with each other, who will be with whom and so on.

Charlie David was perfect for his role, a man disappointed with his present life and in no mood to walk through the memory line to be a judge in a college movie festival, the same college and the same movie festival crowning him 15 years ago and now completely forgetting who he is.

Richard Harmon is so "haunting" that is no wonder all the cute boys want to sleep with him (and most manage to). He has an attitude but he seems to deserve it also. He is beautiful, probably even too beautiful and he has got talent, probably even too much. He wants to be someone, but he wants also to escape from his past. And, in the end, he prefers when men take advantage of him, manipulate him, betray him... for him it's how the ways are, how he is expecting to be treated.

That is the reason why he seems to prefer Shane to Chris, even if, actually, he is playing with both of them (and on the side also with Zach).

Sean Paul Lockhart in the role of Chris is probably, with Harmon, the best discovery of this movie. The right dose of enticing young boy, the right dose of shyness, he is the safety against the allure of Shane. I think I understood who Chris is in Danny's future, or maybe it's what I want to believe for them.

All in all a good movie, low budget but you barely notice it, and some of the camera shot are almost paintings so good they are. And, I was almost forgetting... good sex scene too, saying all it has to be said without showing gratuituos naked bodies.

Danny & Chris

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Finding Mr. Wright (2011) directed by Nancy Criss

When an ambitious, serious-minded talent manager is forced to attend a wilderness therapy retreat weekend to save his disastrous, Hollywood-starlet client's career, he has no clue he is about to fall unexpectedly head over heels for her new, awkward, fun-loving life-coach.

Director: Nancy Criss
Matthew Montgomery ... Clark Townsend
David Moretti ... Pearce Wright

Finding Mr. Wright is a little sweet movie; it's not actually short in time but it's in the plot, it's like the appetizer to a beautiful love story. Clark has his trouble managing bad girl Eddy, and when they are losing also the support of TJ, Eddy's publicist, Clark agrees to a weekend in the wilderness with life-coach Pearce. It's clear to everyone, other than Clark, that Pearce is more interested in catching Clark than saving Eddy, also since, well, Eddy can be a little difficult, but she is not really a bad girl. She is the first actually to try helping Pearce in his man-hunt that is becoming more and more difficult due to the interferences of Clark's ex-boyfriend Cooper; at the beginning I was thinking he was in for the ride to try to maintain his in-off relationship with Clark, but surprisingly he is more interested in stealing Pearce's attention.

Even if Matthew Montgomery and David Moretti are cute enough to be a more than nice leading couple of a romance comedy, Edward Gusts as Cooper and Rebekah Kochan as Eddy more than once steal the scene. More than once I was almost cheering for Cooper to be able to manage to get into Pearce's pants and when Eddy's disappeared from the scene, I almost wanted to follow her to see in what trouble she was getting into.

David Moretti in the role of the nerdy Pearce is perfect and the love story between Clark and Pearce is very sweet. No naked torso around guys, this is definitely a romance movie, so plenty of feeling, some sweet kisses, even a tears or two, pretty boys around and feisty and strong women (Eddy, JT).

As I told at the beginning this movie seemed an appetizer, and even if in the end boy catches boy, I wouldn't mind to see if boy manages to get into boy (yes, pun intended).


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Violet Tendencies (2010) directed by Casper Andreas

A woman tries to distance herself from her gay friends in an effort to land a straight boyfriend.

Director: Casper Andreas
Mindy Cohn ... Violet
Marcus Patrick ... Zeus
Jesse Archer ... Luke
Samuel Whitten ... Riley
Casper Andreas ... Markus
Kim Allen ... Salome
Adrian Armas ... Darian

It was almost an epic battle with Amazon and a series of coincidence that have me seeing and reviewing this movie so long after it was out in DVD. More than 2 years ago I met online (before meeting him also face to face in NYC) Jesse Archer and he was right in the middle of producing Violet Tendencies. After that meeting I started to follow this movie, it's the first movie I "adopted", and so I knew step by step when the cast was chosen, when they started filming, when they premiered... but for a reason or the other, when I was in the right city, the movie had premiered the week before or was planned for the week after... and on and on.

But finally I saw it, and I have to say, it was even better than what I was hoping. Sure, the story concerning Violet (Mindy Cohn) is funny but not light, Violet is a wonderful character facing everything with a positive attitude and I had never the feeling she didn't manage to find the love of her life, maybe stumbling upon some fake diamonds, but the real treasure was there, waiting for her.

What surprised me are the stories concerning the supporting characters. Jesse Archer penned for himself a nice role, that of Luke, trying to find a way for his relationship with Darian work, even if they seem to have different target in life, but in the end they have one thing in common, the love for each other.

But really, the nicest and real sweet love story is the one between Riley and Marcus. Actually Marcus (the director Casper Andreas) is a little backstage, leaving the spotlight to Riley (Sam Whitten): he is for me the best character of all the movie, and the actor did a wonderful job in rendering the character. I wouldn't mind to see how their story evolves, if they, in the end, will manage to become parents as Marcus is hoping.

Marcus Patrick as Zeus is almost a cameo, but the few scenes where he is are sweet and romantic, and he is the wet dream of everyone, despite the gender.

Luke & Darian

Riley & Marcus

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The Fabulous Beekman Boys (2010) by Angela Rae Berg

“Farming ain’t easy but we make farming fabulous.”

Planet Green’s fresh and irreverent series, The Fabulous Beekman Boys, puts a spotlight on urbanite couple Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell who leave everything behind in New York City as they attempt to become organic “gentleman farmers” at the fabulous Beekman Farm.

Director: Angela Rae Berg
Josh Kilmer-Purcell
Brent Ridge

Even if it's a reality tv, The Fabulous Beekam Boys reads really like a movie script; the life story of Josh and Brent is a mix of dreams come true and your worst nightmare. They embark in the adventure of owning a upstate New York historical farm with the idea, I think, of having a weekend retreat to show off to their classy friends, thinking that, if they can afford the lease to buy it, then they can afford to have it. But a farm don't run by itself, and the bill to maintain it can be even more expensive than the lease. Plus add to it the economic downfall that let Brent without a job, et voila, the dream becomes a nightmare and even a 10 years lasting relationship is in danger.

I think the reason why so many people like this reality, me first, was that it let really see you the real Josh and Brent, their bitchering to each other, the trouble in paradise they are facing, even if, in the end, they never forget to say I love you to each other.

The feeling of seeing a reality is soon forgotten since the cameras are not really intruding; Josh and Brent are left to each other, in good and bad, and the viewer can take side for one or the other, but mostly you are not able to choose since both of them have faults: Brent is a little OCD, everything has to be perfect, like in a vintage postcard; Josh is a little more laissez faire, but then can be really picking when you stomp on his interests (like the historical garden); both of them, in the end, are able to compromize and meet each other in the middle. That is probably the perfect recipe for a long-lasting couple.

Josh and Brent

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You Should Meet My Son! (2010) directed by Keith Hartman

A fish-out-of-water comedy about a conservative Southern mom who discovers that her only son is gay. Determined that he won't go through life alone, she sets out to find him a husband.

Director: Keith Hartman
Stewart Carrico ... Brian
Steve Snyder ... Chase

You Should Meet My Son is one of the funniest and nicest gay comedy I have recently seen, probably the best of 2011. I'm quite surprise this movie was not more on the word of mouth of my friends, since it's not easy to do satira on gay themes with such touch of elegance. True, the storyline is excessive, but that is what satira is.

Brian is 30 years old and in the closet, or at least he is when he goes to friday dinner to his mother's home. He has a steady relationship with Dennis, who pretends to be his roommate. Brian's mother, Mae, is so out of the real world that she doesn't even consider the idea his son is gay until one of the candidate girl she brought to him doesn't enlighting her.

Here Mae's character, so as that of her sister Rose, turn into wonderful when they set out to find Brian the perfect husband, above all when his relationship with Dennis ends up in a bad way.

This is truly a movie about Mae and Rose more than Brian. I really like how Mae, not only understands what is better for his son Brian, but also tries to help other young boys, like she probably would have done for her son if he had the courage to tell her.

The supporting characters are all pretty good, I love the leather-couple, and Chase, the chosen husband, is cute with that big brownie eyes, and strange to say, he is even better when he is dressed ;-)

Aside from the jokes, this is a movie whose only fault is to try to do its best with the little budget it had. The plot is very good, the actors above the average, and the few sets carefully chosen. Sure, it shows the limited budget, but most of the time you forget it, involved as you are in the adventures of two middle-age women in search of true love... for their dear boy.


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As Luck Would Have It (Le hasard fait bien les choses) (2002) directed by Lorenzo Gabriele

Teacher watches his life become upside down after Justice appoints him as tutor of a troubled kid.

Director: Lorenzo Gabriele
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Jean-Pierre Muller
Antonio Interlandi ... Armando

I liked this movie, it was light and funny but not stupid. The gay themed love story is mostly second stage, but it's good as well: Jean-Pierre is a college professor who is having a love story with a cuban masseur, Armando; due to the professor's involvement with charity organization, he is not flaunting his homosexuality, but all people living around him knows about it and has no issue at all. The suddenly the court appoints him as guardian for an underage troubled kid, and social services start to poke in his life and he "remembers" that he is actually married to a woman: she was his girl best friend and needed to marry to remain in Switzerland. In the coming circumstances, Alice agrees to come back living with Jean-Pierre, arousing Armando's suspicious. That is another point I actually loved, even if Jean-Pierre is not exactly an adonis, and obviously he is older than Armando, the love story felt sincere, and Armando is really in love with Jean-Pierre. Their love story is sweet and romantic and I can see that, if they overcome this situtation, it will be an enduring one.


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