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Posts posted by jaragon

  1. 5 hours ago, DougieB said:

    It's only 20 years old now so maybe not "classic", but I'd love to hear a discussion about The Broken Hearts Club (2000). It's a fairly modest indie but it represents really well the kind of non-traditional "family" units gay people make when left to their own devices.  There's no obvious social or political overlay, which makes it somewhat unusual, and there's plenty of charm to the characters, which makes it extremely watchable. Really good performances by established actors John Mahoney and Dean Cain, as well as by actors who later became more established, like Zach Braff, Billy Porter and Timothy Olyphant. It really caught lightning in a bottle as far as realistic representation of gay people on the screen goes, in my opinion. 

    Mostly because it's almost never shown, I'd like to see Something For Everyone (1970), a very black comedy in an other-worldly fairy tale setting. Michael York isn't so much gay as an ambi-sexual predator beneath his mild manners, capable of seduction and homicide in order to achieve his end of acquiring a castle like the one of his childhood dreams. He seduces the entire family, male and female, but is eventually caught in a compromise he didn't anticipate. It's also one of the last of Angela Lansbury's hard-edged film characters before she softened her persona for television. 

    Two good choices

  2. "Count Dracula" (1970) Christopher Lee plays the Count in this adaptation which is more faithful to  Bram Stokers classic novel.    Jesus Franco directed with more restrain then usual this atmospheric film which lacks the energy of the Hammer movies.   Herbert Lom is Van Helsing , Klaus Kinski as Renfield  Mariah Rohm as Mina .  Franco does not add lesbianism or gore. You can watch it on Amazon Prime


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  3. "Slugs" (1988) mutant slugs terrorized a small town in the creature feature from the Juan Piquer Simon director of "Pieces".   Mike Brady (Michael Garfield) the town's health inspector must fight of the nasty creatures with the help of his best friend Don Palmer ( Philip McHale) - we get plenty of gratuitous nudity, bad dubbing  and some actually effective gore effects.  You can see it on an excellent print on Amazon Prime.

  4. "My Bloody Valentine" (1981)  made in Canada slasher about a psycho miner terrorizing a small town by ripping off his victims heart.  The setting and blue collar ambience make if different than  the usual horror film of that period. The young cast is specially convincing and there are some great gory deaths which can now be appreciated in Scream Factory's blu-ray release. The two disk set includes the rate and unrated cut of the movie and the usual superior extras.


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  5. On 5/8/2020 at 10:15 AM, Swithin said:

    I haven't seen this movie in years, but I remember it as a very effective horror film. And it has one of the great trailers:



    The trailer seems to emphasize the sex not the horror angle


  6. " The Crimson Kimono" (1959)  Charlie ( Glenn Corbert) and Joe ( James Shigeta) brobonded during the war and now are partners in the L.A. Police department.  They share a nice bachelor pad with separate bedrooms but hey who knows what happens when one of them gets drunk.  Their bond is challenge when they investigate the murder of a stripper and meet Chris (Victoria Shaw) a painter.  "Chris" has ambiguous sexual name and flirts with both men.  Sam Fuller is a macho director so this is the familiar two "straight" men in love with the same woman triangle but they are actually in love with each other plot.  Charlie falls in love with Chris first but Joe is attracted to her too.  Joe is specially upset because he thinks as an Asian he has no right to her and almost beats poor Charlie to death during a friendly martial arts competition. This another one of those closet gay tropes in which men beat each other up instead of just having sex.

  7. This movie adaptation of he the tv series expands on all the elements that made it a guilty pleasure,  beautiful sets and costumes, beautiful women and men ( yes I admit I have a crush on Allen Leech) ,a witty script and a perfect cast. The movie is pure fantasy in which the servants are very happy to serve the upper class and everyone wants to do their best because the king and queen are paying a visit.  Thomas Barrrow ( Robert James-Collier) the gay buttler is not as obnoxious as he is on the tv show. The highlight of the movie to me was his visit to a secret gay club which is more interesting than the rest of the movie.  Barrow is also given a handsome love interest.  This movie is the perfect escape for our current miserable time.


  8. "Graduation Day" (1981) a killer starts murdering the students of a high school track team in this ok slasher.  Christopher George plays the demanding coach and there are some future famous faces among the victims Vanna White, Linnea Quigely and Tom Hintanaus who became the body if Calvin Klein underwear ads.   The various murders are routine and the killer's identity makes as much sense as their motivation.  You can see in on Amazon Prime . 


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  9. 31 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

    Possible. Or else it was just a more experimental sort of narrative. You can't fault them for trying to market it a certain way, to gain an audience.

    No but it's a kind of bait and switch tactic- I notice the soundtrack even sounds like the music from "Brokeback Mountain"

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  10. 1 hour ago, TopBilled said:

    Again, I liked that the gay couple did not dominate the action. They are just sort of integrated into the main storyline, part of everything that's happening. It felt more balanced to me than most stereotypical "gay films" (or films marketed to gay audiences).

    The ending reminded me of HARPER, where we have him walking off and there is a "resolution" yet nothing is fully resolved...so it's open to the viewers' interpretation.

    I agree that the editing could have better in spots.  

    The film should have been tighter- it felt like a pilot for a night time soap opera that did not sell and then they tried to market the movie as gay love story .  

  11. On 4/29/2020 at 9:01 PM, txfilmfan said:

    There were several incarnations of Tales of..  The first one aired on PBS  back in the early 90s.  The two sequels were on Showtime, IIRC.  I've got the same problem with From Here to Eternity.  I had read that the original manuscript was restored, including the explicit references to homosexuality and hustling that were considered too risque when originally published, so I finally bought a copy of the book.  I haven't been able to get past the first couple of chapters so far. 

    I'm reading  tales now  and the best thing about the book is that the chapters are short- I really don't care about these people

  12. On 10/28/2017 at 8:47 AM, SunAndMoon said:

    This is one of those movies you either love or hate. There is very rarely a middle ground. Me, I liked it. The Phantom of the Opera has a lot of problems, sure, but it's not as bad as its detractors make it out to be. Because I enjoy analyzing things, I'll say the movie is not so much bad as it is confused, particularly in regard to the characters of the Phantom and Raoul.

    Gerard Butler is a great actor, but he can't sing worth a damn. Emmy Rossum suffered from the opposite problem: she has a very pretty singing voice, but her acting seemed lifeless most of the time. Whoever cast Patrick Wilson, though, made a very good decision; even people who hated the movie praised his performance.

    And the scene where the Phantom strangles Joseph Buquet was awesome.


    It's a great looking production.    They made a mistake by making the phamtom too good looking-

  13. 13 hours ago, TopBilled said:

    I watched this one not long ago, on Amazon Prime. I didn't find it dull. And actually I liked the fact that the gay plot was more of a subplot, since it felt less cliched that way. Mainly that their feelings and relationship were happening as part of a bigger picture of things going on at the ranch.

    It's clear the filmmakers were inspired by BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN but also by some of John Steinbeck's work. The scenery is great.

    I think the trailer sells it like a gay love story but the actual movie which I think could have been helped by some editing is more about the rest of the soap opera family which I really did not care about.   The scenery is great and the two guys look great too and it was interesting to see a gay love story in a rural setting.   I did not like the ending because the villain did not get what he deserves at least a punch in the face could have been more satisfying.

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  14. "West of Eden" (2017) this one is wants to be a "Brokeback Mountain" set in New Zealand.  Billy ( Kieran Foster) a rough farm hand fall ins love with Tom  ( Luke  Thompsom) the affluent farmers son.  The problem is that their romance is only a minor subplot in a very long soap opera which feels like a pilot for a tv series.  The two lovers are handsome and have chemistry but their love scene in rather chaste.   You can see it on Amazon prime and fast forward through most of the dullness.

  15. 14 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

    I watched a couple of newer releases a few days ago.


    Underwater (2020) - Kristen Stewart stars in this deep-sea survival tale. She's part of the crew of a huge drilling station located at the Pacific Ocean's deepest point. One night something goes wrong and the station is catastrophically damaged, killing most of the crew. The handful of survivors band together to try and reach the surface. Their difficulties increase when they are attacked by strange, carnivorous sea creatures. With Vincent Cassel, T.J. Miller, Jessica Henwick, John Gallagher Jr. and Mamoudou Athie.

    Much of the running time is taken up with standard deep-sea disaster movie tropes - flooding, loss of oxygen, the dangers of abrupt pressure changes. Things pick up when the creatures arrive, and there's an unexpected development in the last act that almost saves the movie, but too much of the cinematography is dark and murky, and a lot of impact is lost. From what I read after watching the movie, there was a lot of interesting detail cut from the final film (to "pick up the pace") that would have added immensely to my enjoyment.   (6/10)



    V.F.W.  (2019) - In a grungy near future, where a new drug has turned the cities into crime-ridden slums, a group of grizzled ex-soldiers gather at the bar (that doubles as a VFW [Veterans of Foreign Wars] hall) owned by one of them to celebrate a birthday. Unfortunately, a bloodthirsty drug-dealer and his cronies are based across the street, and when their stash goes missing, they send a marauding band of drug-addled psychos to the VFW to look for it, triggering bloody conflict. With Stephen Lang, William Sadler, Fred Williamson, Martin Kove, David Patrick Kelly, and George Wendt as the veterans.

    This was produced by Fangoria Films, and was promoted as a horror film, but it's really just an excessively gory action film, similar to John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13, with a much lesser script. I enjoyed seeing the veteran character actors together, but the dialogue is needlessly crude (and I ain't no prude), the plot developments are silly, and the actions taken by every character range from stupid to just plain unbelievable. This movie somehow garnered rather good reviews (it has an IMDb average score of 6.2 out of 10, and a Metacritic score of 72/100), but I thought it was dumb and boring.   (4/10)

    I really wanted to check out "Underwater" which looks like alien under the sea- but gee couldn't they have come up with a more generic title?


  16. "Cathy's Curse" (1977)  made in Canada cult film about a girl who is possessed by an evil spirit- yeah it sounds like another "The Exorcist" rip off but this one has some really weird moments, cheesy effects and plenty of unintentional laughs.  The movie has been released on a great looking blu ray from Severin.  You get to see both the longer but duller director's cut  and the shorter American release which is a lot more fun.


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  17. "The Secret of Dorian Gray" (1970) also released as "Dorian Gray" might be the sleaziest version of Oscar Wilde's novel about a young man  who sells his soul in order to stay young forever.  Helmut Berger plays the title role with Richard Todd as the painter who creates the infamous portrait.  Herbert Lom gets all the best lines as one of Dorian's bisexual admirers. The movie is sex craze it borders on the pornographic, even before Dorian is corrupted he sleeps with the innocent Sybil Dane here played by Marie Lijedah the star of many soft core porn classics.  Dorian has mostly straight sex with most of the female cast.  The gay sex is kept mostly off camera. The movie has some outrageous 60's fashion. It has that bright Italian giallo look. You can see it on a great print on Amazon prime.


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  18. "Killdozer" (1974) made for tv movie about a group of construction workers terrorized by a bulldozer which has been taken over by an alien organism.   The cast Clint Walker, Carl Betz, Neville Brand and a young Robert Urich are good.  The problem is the the bulldozer is not very menacing.  The script is based on a Theodore Sturgeon short story but it was obviously influence by  Steven Spielberg's "Duel" but Richard Matheson script is much more suspenseful. You can watch it on You Tube


  19. "A  Study in Terror" (1965) its Sherlock Holmes vs Jack the Ripper in this effective horror thriller with some shocking nasty murders.  Great British cast including a young  Judi Dench.  The movie is of course more mystery than horror but it does have a great sense of the dark side of Victorian London- one can easily imagine Mr Hyde or Doria Gray hanging out the shadows.   You can see in a excellent print on You Tube.


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