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Everything posted by jaragon

  1. We really need someone like Vidal now...
  2. "City of Night" by John Rechy is a very good hot book you would really have to tone down the sex to get an R rating. I love "The Best Little Boy in the World" which is very funny. I never could get into "Dancer from the Dance" maybe there was too much disco dancing. There is a memorable chapter in Rechy's book about a marine's experience in Hollywood- now that's a book that could make a good Netflix series. You are right about Vidal's acting.
  3. Yes "The Lost Language of Cranes" was a dull made for tv production (I loved the book so was very disappointed it was not set in New York). Todd Haynes has done similar material with "Far From Heaven" and the cold as ice "Carol".
  4. James Ivory is an excellent choice for screenplay. I would make a feature, get an unknown for the lead and cast some name actors in the supporting roles- there are at least three juicy Oscar bait roles.
  5. They made "Maurice" which was more their style . I was thinking these new producers and directors don't read the classics anymore. They would rather adapt something new or remake something - like the new production of " Boys in the Band" we really don't need another movie version of that play- but now it's a marketable property. You would have to find a producer or a director with the clout to make "The City and the Pillar" . It's a period piece so it's not going to be cheap. These projects usually get made in England- like "The Lost Language of Cranes" which is very American New York
  6. I had read "The City and the Pillar" before it affected me more this time. The book is very daring specially on how it deal with Jim's sexuality. I'm sure for readers in 1948 they expected gays in Hollywood but not in the Army and the Navy. Vidal who was in the service makes this explicit. The young Tab Hunter would have been perfect for the lead but of course that film was no going to be made in the 1950's but I am surprised that nobody has made a movie out it by now. But this is true of many gay lit classic like James Baldwin's "Giovanni's Room"(1956) . These are works that deal wit
  7. Gore Vidal's novel "The City and the Pillar" would make an interesting movie. I just re-read it and realized how shocking this book must have been in 1948. Jim, the protagonist is not just the All American boy next door who happens to be gay but he also does not seem to have any shame about his homosexual desire. The novel traces Jim's quest to reconnect with his teenage crush which leads him on a tour of gay American culture of the period. from Hollywood, to the army to New York high society. The book has not dated at all and Jim's romantic obsession is timeless. Vidal revised the nove
  8. Victor Erice's "The Spirit of the Beehive" (1973) is a haunting poetic film about Ana (Ana Torrent) a little girl who lives in a Spanish village in 1940. This is a slow moving poetic film nothing much happens/ Fenrnado ( Fernado Fernan Gomez) is a bee keeper. Ana her sister Isabel attend school and play games. A traveling movie projectionist screens James Whale Frankenstein and the monster haunts Ana's imagination. Beautifully crafted the movie captures the arid Castillian landscape and the slow pace of another time. We see the action through the child's big brown eyes. The film is avai
  9. I recently saw a clip of the awful movie version of "A Chorus Line" some of the dancing is not bad but the music should be replaced
  10. The movie is truly inept- in almost every way acting, directing, writing. but once in a while you get a moment that works- or a stunning shot of the Utah scenery. You can watch it for free on You Tube.
  11. "Don't Go In the Woods...Alone!" (1981) may be the most inept slasher ever made. One is never sure if this is suppose to be a comedy or just bad film making. A group of obnoxious hikers wonder around a forest getting slaughtered by some deranged mountain man. There is no story so we never know why the killings are taking place. The movies has plenty of bloody death scenes but they are thrown in with out reason. There are a lot of intentional funny scenes- a woman walking around a house coat in the forest but others are of questionable taste like a poor guy hiking in his wheelchair . The
  12. I only knew him from "Mysterious Island" and did not realized he had such an extensive career. He must have started out as a dancer because he moves very well
  13. Michael Callan....
  14. jaragon

    "Cruising" (1980)

    One of the actors from "Boys in the Band" makes a cameo in "Cruising"
  15. jaragon

    "Cruising" (1980)

    The special edition of "Crusing" is worth getting for the stunning image clarity alone- you can really see what's going on in those leather clubs now. There are two good extras which go into the making and controversy surrounding the film. The commentary by William Friedkin is a bit dry but he does explain why he made all these choices about confusing the true identity of the killer.
  16. jaragon

    Hot Sporstmen

    Bubba Wallace take an ice bath...
  17. I would watch him read the phone book...
  18. Tom is a beauty- those eyes, those lips, that body- too bad he is not part of the gay subplot
  19. Interesting you could always start a new topic
  20. "The Vast of Night" (2019) this one feels like an episode of "The Outer Limits"- about a mysterious sound that may be coming from outer space. Good work from a first time director- funny script, good cast and yes it does have effective scary moments.
  21. Mark Lee talking about "Gallipoli"
  22. jaragon

    Hot TV Guys

    Here he is with some other attractive tv guys
  23. The idea is to take a classic movie plot and find a way to tell the story but with a gay protagonist- of course some are easier to do than others
  24. This is a very different movie
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