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Martín (Hache) (Spanish)

This is a very different film. It shows the role of a parent in our modern society, the role of a child, the relationship, the friendship. Its a story about a father and son, so comes the question why is this a gay film? Well, The best friend of the father happens to be gay, so the film on a side also focuses on gay-straight men friendship and how it can all be pure, real and unapologetic. Martín is a wealthy writer who left his family in Buenos Aires five years ago to live and work in Madrid. He has a nineteen year old son Hache who is a restless, foundationless teenager who refuses to go to school preferring to simply play his electric guitar and run with the drug crowd. His mother has remarried and has a new baby and Hache is feeling like a third wheel. He accidentally overdoses on alcohol and drugs and his mother notifies Martín that Hache has attempted suicide to induce Martín to return to Buenos Aires and take back his son Hache. In Madrid, Martín has been living the life of a r

Kleine Freiheit (German/Turkish) [A Little Bit Of Freedom]

A good part of this film focuses on friendship between 2 teenage boys. One of them is gay and we dont know for sure about the other but the films ends with focusing on their relationship. Just this is not the focus of the film. The film also focusses on Turkish/Kurdish immigrants in Germany and how they are dealing with their day to day life in Germany. Baran is a young Kurd who is now illegaly in Hamburg working for a Turkish cafe owner along with his cousin who put him on this job. He came here after his parents, who had helped Kurdish rebels, were betrayed and subsequently killed by the Turkish militia. Now that Baran is 16, he is no longer allowed to stay in Germany and faces the bleak prospect of getting deported back. He meets Chernor, an African boy who has the same problem and trafficks drugs to make some money. Chernor is openly gay and their friendship has sexual overtones from the beginning. Baran also has very little interest in girls, even though a marriage might solve h

Worried About The Boy (UK)

Now this one was something. 10 minutes into the movie and I realize that this film is based on Boy George's life which kept my interest alive but the fact that I dont know much about his career in the first place, it just kept my interest only till a certain point. After that it was all just get it over with. The film focuses on just two short specific periods of Boy George's life : his swift rise to fame from the underground club scene in early ’80s London and an even swifter fall from grace after his heroine addiction became public knowledge in 1986. Much screen time is spent demonstrating how Boy George was a ‘girly’ boy that appealed to a lot of handsome, hetero men. Writer stresses on the point that these ‘straight’ men really only had sex with George because he was more-or-less a girl. In fact at one point George’s first serious boyfriend insists George call himself a “girl” so they can progress to the bedroom. George’s eventual rejection by Kirk and the death of a close

Red Dirt

Ok, this film i snot an easy film to watch. It can make you feel uncomfortable but that is because it feels so real. SO get so close to the characters that you feel their agony and pain. It is slow paced, really slow paced and that is what tested my patience. I think this movie is a classic case of I wish I had known what the film is about because I would have seen it with a different mindset and would probably have appreciated it more.  Griffith longs to leave the red dirt farm he shares with his aunt because he is fed up of her aunt and her penchant for fits of nerves and listening to opera music. Even the sexual relationship he is carrying on with his female cousin no longer fills his void. Shortly after the young man posts a "For Rent" sign for a adjoining guest house on the property, a drifter Lee comes along and moves in. Having no male figures in his life, Griffith quickly forms a friendship with Lee. Lee is a free-spirited man who has uprooted his own life in order t

All The Queen's Men

I am not quite sure if this film was supposed to be comedy, satire, serious or what? They took a serious topic but dealt it in humorous way. Was it supposed to be gay comedy or just comedy where men dress as women or what exactly was it. That and many things apart, the film still held my attention because it kept moving and never dragged but the end result was still not satisfactory. The premise of the film is that the British and American agents during the Second World War try to infiltrate the espionage mechanism in Berlin by disguising themselves in drag, in order to steal a precious Enigma encoding and decoding machine from an all-female factory. Involving a group of seemingly useless and odd team - One is a pen-pusher of rather advanced age who's terrified of the prospect of being dropped behind enemy lines, another is a bi-sexual transvestite who appears way too camp to be capable of doing any more than giving the others make-up and deportment tips. Then there's the bra

Ice Men (Canada)

Another one of those films which is not necessarily gay centric. The film is about male bonding and friendship and one of the characters in the group happens to be gay. So there is a gay sub-sub-plot but there is nothing more to this film in terms on homosexuality than this. nevertheless, the film was still full of flaws. For the first time since taking possession of the family cabin, Vaughn has invited his best friends up for a winter weekend of hunting and drinking and celebrating one of the guys' birthday. He gets really angry when his all fucked up brother Trevor turns up. Trevor has a gambling addiction and has come to the cabin to ask his brother for help, yet he resents the fact that his younger and more successful sibling inherited the cabin from their parents. As the time passes long-buried secrets give way to sexual tensions, and tempers begin to flare. Gay Jon falls for Steve, the physical instructor who though keeps saying he is straight, does end up sleeping with Jon.

Scab

This one was such a weird, odd and completely not needed plot and film thus adding to the number of trash gay films that are made in LGBT circuit. It was worse than a vampire horror slasher film, not that I have seen any of those either. I am going to keep the story and everything else very simple just because I dont want to waste more time on writing this piece adding to the time already wasted on watching the film. When a one-night stand turns mild-mannered Ajay into a vampire, he struggles to come to terms with his unquenchable thirst for blood. Roaming the streets, car parks and video stores of Hollywood for fresh kill, the lifestyle of a fanged murderer isn't one that Ajay is particularly proud of. Enlisting the help of his best friends, wide-eyed and innocent straight kid Teague and randy sex-fiend Floor, the trio embark on a trip to Las Vegas to put all of the slaughtering and senseless killing behind them. However, the brief thrill of boozing and clubbing until the early h