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TLA Releasing Presents: 6 Gay Films

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TLA Releasing presents for one week (and in three cities only) “a mini-fest of the six hottest gay films of the summer!” Most are sad reminders of the sorry state of gay cinema today, both here and abroad, with none appealing to the ladies and only one, Dog Tags, refusing to make a fetish out of its subject matter. The only documentary in the lineup, Jeffrey Schwarz’s puff piece Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon “traces Jack Wrangler’s rise from a no-name thesp in rat-infested Manhattan to one of the first superstars of gay porn, ending with Wrangler phewing that he dodged AIDS” (taken from my Village Voice Newfest coverage). “As single-minded as an excited phallus,” the film at least allows older queens to see Wrangler’s schlong for the first time since the days of eight tracks—which may be its own reward.

More dick happily swishes about in Rob Williams’s 3-Day Weekend, which openly and obnoxiously pretends to be the kin of Boys in the Band and Love, Valor, and Compassion when it’s really just Another Gay Movie, grappling with the joys and misfortunes of modern gay life (and gay vacationing) with a sledgehammer in one hand and a Logo production manual in the other. If Williams is a white and gay—err, gayer—Tyler Perry, then Juan Flahn’s Boystown, a caper about gentrification in Madrid’s Chueca gayborhood, suggests something sprung from the imagination of a less savvy Álex de la Iglesia—which is to say, with sitcom hijinks painfully trying to pass for camp flourishes and without the genre deconstruction.

Still abroad, I Dreamt Under the Water is pure sensory overload, with director Hormoz watching Antonin (Hubert Benhamdine) go through all sorts of faux-bratty motions as the dude embraces northern Paris’s “vibrant energy” (read: gets gang banged), and doing so from preposterously precious angles. (Hormoz claims Brian De Palma as an influence though I would have guessed Anne Rice and Julian Schnabel.) From Thailand, Bangkok Love Story is more sensitively attuned to its locale’s natural griminess, even if director Poj Arnon’s compositions are straight out of a fashion magazine. The story’s sexing is more convincing than its crime-thriller posturing, but the soapy love affair between a hired assassin and the man he was supposed to off is cruel in its sappiness.

Back in the States, Dog Tags threatens to play like a military-themed gay porn but dodges that bullet early on. When Paul Preiss (Nate Merrit) goes to boot camp and returns to a cheating wife, he hitches a ride with a goth-y gay dude, Andy (Bart Fletcher), he almost made a jack-off video with for destinations unknown. This is hardly The Living End (or Loggerheads for that matter), but the desires of Damion Dietz’s characters are vividly dramatized and rooted in the decrepitude of land and memory. Even after Paul and Andy get it on, Dietz refuses to let Paul go through cheesy coming-out motions; like his mother, he’s a work in progress, which is why Dietz lets the whole thing end on a plaintively open-ended high note. Choose this one or don’t choose at all.

This blog entry was originally published on Slant Magazine on the date above.

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Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

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At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcftIUE6MQ

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Gets Teaser Trailer

When it rains, it pours.

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When it rains, it pours. Four days after Quentin Tarantino once more laid into John Ford in a piece written for his Beverly Cinema website that saw the filmmaker referring to Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and two days after Columbia Pictures released poster art for QT’s ninth feature that wasn’t exactly of the highest order, the studio has released a teaser for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was announced early last year, with Tarantino describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Set on the eve of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they try to get involved in the film industry. The film also stars Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Bruce Dern in a part originally intended for the late Burt Reynolds.

See the teaser below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scf8nIJCvs4

Columbia Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on July 26.

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Watch the Stranger Things 3 Trailer, and to the Tune of Mötley Crüe and the Who

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence.

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A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s The Dirt, a biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame, drops on Netflix. Today, the streaming service has released the trailer for the third season of Stranger Things. The clip opens with the strains of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home,” all the better to underline that the peace and quiet that returned to the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the show’s second season is just waiting to be upset again.

Little is known about the plot of the new season, and the trailer keeps things pretty vague, though the Duffer Brothers have suggested that the storyline will take place a year after the events of the last season—duh, we know when “Home Sweet Home” came out—and focus on the main characters’ puberty pangs. That said, according to Reddit sleuths who’ve obsessed over such details as the nuances of the new season’s poster art, it looks like Max and company are going to have to contend with demon rats no doubt released from the Upside Down.

See below for the new season’s trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEG3bmU_WaI

Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4.

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