GAY FILM REVIEWS BY MICHAEL D. KLEMM
I don’t remember the last time I was this turned on and this disturbed by a movie. From Argentina comes Solo, the story of two men who connect in an internet chatroom and then agree to meet in person. One night stands are frequent film fodder but the theme is always open to new variations. The dynamics of this hook-up are compelling and convincing - the initial awkwardness, the horniness, the confessions. Watching the initial spark between two men can be very satisfying and this film gets it right. (Full disclosure: loved the first hour, hated the ending.)
This one falls into my guilty pleasure zone. Triple Crossed is the directorial debut of Sean Paul Lockhart. A former porn star, under the name Brent Corrigan, Lockhart is making a name for himself as an actor in narrative queer films (Judas Kiss, Truth). Triple Crossed is a low budget, yet somewhat nifty, sexual thriller. Its concept is good, and it’s a lot of fun as long as you don’t take it too seriously.
|I'm a little late getting to this film. I have no excuse. But, as they say, good things come to those who wait and I've discovered a new queer masterpiece. Andrew Haigh’s acclaimed 2001 film, Weekend, is a terrific little character study of two very different gay men. Going home with a stranger is both scary and sexy. Russell and Glen meet in a dance club and they will remember each other, and the weekend they spend together, for the rest of their lives. You, the viewer, will never forget their short romance either.|
|Brokeback Mountain is the Citizen Kane of queer cinema. Some films make an impact on their first release only to be forgotten later. This one has lost none of its raw power. Brokeback Mountain was the breakthrough film that we awaited for decades. It was an exquisitely crafted movie, a critical and commercial success, and a surprise crossover hit. Conservative pundits and the family councils all went into apoplexy, jokes were made by comedians, and the mythology of the American cowboy underwent a major revision. But, above all, Brokeback Mountain was a love story that resonated with audiences both gay and straight.|
According to popular
legend, playwright Tennessee Williams underwent psychoanalysis in 1957
to "cure" his homosexuality and the play Suddenly
was the result. This is inaccurate; the truth is much more complicated
than that. Many view Suddenly
especially the film version, as being one of the ultimate artistic
expressions of a self loathing queer. The inclusion of a negatively portrayed
homosexual is hardly proof of this; Williams' fiction is populated with
far more grotesque examples of heterosexuals.
England was not a good time to be gay. The climate was so bad that
noted novelist E.M. Forster began writing a book with a homosexual hero
in 1913 that he never published in his lifetime. That book, of course, is
and, in 1987, Merchant Ivory Productions adapted the book to the screen.
features superb performances and a meticulous attention to period detail.
It is a rich filmgoing experience and one of the most beautiful films in
all of queer cinema.