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jaragon

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  1. If you are gay director and cast a good looking actor in the lead you are allow to have some fun
  2. There is a big difference between casting a play and a movie- plays can be more stylized but cinema even though is a less realistic medium needs more realistic casting. A movie about slavery in the south would never get away by casting white actors as slaves unless it's some sort of satirical comedy. In the theater I think the audience has a greater sense of imagination the best production I ever saw of Romeo and Juliet was with an all male cast and bare stage- the power of the story and Shakespeares' poetry mad it work.
  3. I just saw this great video on you tube in which Jake Gyllenhaal talks about making "Brokeback Mountain" ( by the way is TCM going to run this classic during Oscar month?) and he makes some very interesting points. I agree that casting a lead in a movie has lot to do with an actor's box office appeal.
  4. I agree with Damon and in the case of Bomer who has the classic leading man looks I wonder if anyone will cast him in as straight romantic lead. Everett has become quite bitter in recent years
  5. Actors no matter how skillfull can not pull off every role for example I never believe Al Pacino as a Cuban in "Scarface" and now they are threatning a remake with Leonardo DiCaprio - seriously they can't find ONE latino actor to play that role. But of course acting is about pretending- Matt Damon who is straight- has played gay several times and pulled it off specially in "Behind the Candelabra"
  6. I found this one to be a routine Bond adventure- the Daniel Craig movies are a bit dark
  7. I'm not sure if Ruppert Everet would have had a huge career if he had stayed in the closet. Matt Borner came out as gay- and his career seems to doing fine- he was in the Magic Mike movies, American Horror story and The Normal Heart. He is also attached to Montgomery Cliff biopic.
  8. A producer wants to cast the best actor for the role - so in the case of "Modern Family" one half the gay couple is played by straight actor- would having a gay actor in the lead make it better? The problem that unlike race - gays are sometimes not clearly visible- and in Hollywood- gay actors with romantic lead potential still hide for the sake of their career.
  9. "La Mujer de mi Hermano" ( My Brother's Wife) (2005) very slick love triangle drama in which a beautiful young woman seeks sexual pleasure from her husband's wilder younger brother. The husband might have a gay secret- but this is a Mexican made film so that angle is handled so discreetly that it's barely there-in other words there is plenty of straight sex but the gay action is left strictly to the imagination.
  10. Savage was 24 when he made "The Killing Kind" and the way Harrington photographs him does seem to border on exploitation- but this is the same way that straight director film young female stars. "Mother" of course could never kill Norman- after all a boy's best friend is his mother
  11. "The Killng Kind" is very unpleasant film and while watching I thought that Savage's young good looks were really being exploited. But perhaps this the point Harrington was trying to make. I agree it's a variation on "Psycho" making Norman's peculiarities more explicit. But would Mother have killed Norman if she had known what he was up to?
  12. There are many characters in classic movies that can be seen as gay - specially to a modern audience- this specially true after the code in which writers/director were force to sensor themselves- still there are moments that they manage to wink at the audience- there is that classic gun scene in "Red River" in which Ireland and Clift seem to have something else on their minds beside shooting.
  13. Yeah there is a better chance of finding gay lead in an indepedent feature than in mainstream Hollywood production.
  14. What mainstream movies are you referring to? Gay characters are usually featured in supporting roles as in "The Devil Wears Prada". Ten years after "Brokeback Mountain" (2005) has there been one major studio release with gay characters in the lead? Even in indie films gay leading characters are rare- this year we have "Carol" directed by Todd Haynes who made "Far From Heaven" which did feature a major gay subplot
  15. Seriously Speed you want logic in a movie musical? I guess it was some sort of variety show - not "Oklahoma"...
  16. There are so many classic films set in Paris that TCM should consider doing a month long salute to the City of Lights
  17. There must be a smart sane Republican out there who could run for President and be better than the crazy clowns doing it now
  18. This is a serious threat to the entire world- if they can do that in Paris- who is next London, Madrid, San Francisco, Tokyo ? These people are EVIL- they are fanatics that can not be reasoned with- the civilized world better wake up and united to erradicated them of we are all doomed
  19. The two men do share a passionate kiss- but this is a modern noir - so don't expect a happy ending.
  20. Jacques Demy visually dazzling homage to the American movie musical.
  21. "A Death In Buenos Aires" I caught this on HBO Latino it's a police drama in which a dectective seems to have a gay attraction for a rookie officer.
  22. The film tries to glorify various heroes of the revolution- but looking at it now you can see how the Castro brothers turned the Cuba from a prosperous land into a totalitarian hell hole.
  23. " I Am Cuba" is a stunning visual adchievement but as a propaganda film it borders on the ridiculous. I thinnk TCM should screen "Triumph of the Will" just presented with a proper introduction that puts the controversial work in historical context.
  24. The movie holds up surprisingly well- Friedkin's direction really makes it feel more like a movie than a play. Yes of it might seemed dated but the performances and the dialogue is terrific
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