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[Movie] Dream Boy (2008)

Dec. 14th, 2009 | 08:25 pm

Dream Boy (2008)

Dream Boy
Title: Dream Boy
Genre: Drama, Romance
Year Released: 2008
Run Time: 90 minutes
Language: English
Country: America
Main Actors: Stephen Bender, Maximillian Roeg
Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Synopsis: Chronicles the relationships of two gay teenage boys in the rural south in the late 70's. (from IMDB)

Mary's Comments: Without a doubt one of the best gay films I've seen to date. Based on the book by Jim Grimsley, it had a compelling premise and concrete narrative structure, a poignant tale of love gained and love lost. They did an amazing job with such a small budget and small release. The film was emotionally engaging, beautifully produced and sensitively handled. A deeply affecting story, that I will always look on as a personal favourite.
Significance: Just, no | Only if you're bored | Pretty Good | Must see

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[Movie] Back Soon (2007)

Dec. 14th, 2009 | 07:55 pm

Back Soon (2007)

Back Soon
Title: Back Soon
Genre: Drama, Romance
Year Released: 2007
Run Time: ~80 min
Language: English
Country: America
Main Actors: Matthew Montgomery, Windham Beacham
Rating: ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

Synopsis: Logan Foster, a battling actor, loses his wife and love of his life to a car accident. Trying to move on, Logan decides to sell his house but in the process meets 'Gil' a prospector buyer that Logan is intrigued by and inconceivably drawn to...

Mary's Comments: Absolutely ludicrous plot line, cheesy dialogue, stylistically dull. It's only saving grace is the tenderness between the two male leads.
Significance: Just, no | Only if you're bored | Pretty Good | Must see

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[Movie] Ai no Kotodama (2008)

Dec. 14th, 2009 | 04:33 pm

Ai no Kotodama (2008)

Ai no Kotodama
Title: Ai no Kotodama
Genre: Drama, Romance
Year Released: 2008
Run Time: 72 min
Language: Japanese
Country: Japan
Main Actors: Hidenori Tokuyama, Yasuka Saito, Rinako Matsuoka
Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Synopsis: Tachibana and Ootani have been together since High School, and now they're in college living together and everything seems fine between them. However their relationship is disrupted when an old high school friend, Yuki, enters the picture.

Mary's Comments: This is probably my favourite gay film to date that has come from the east. The story is simple, sweet and engaging, the characters realistic and cute and their chemistry is believable. Production is far better than most I've seen, it's not tacky or cliche or over the top. A really nice, simple love story.
Significance: Just, no | Only if you're bored | Pretty Good | Must see

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[Movie] Formula 17 (2004)

Nov. 24th, 2008 | 03:45 pm

Formula 17 (2004)

Formula 17
Title: 17歲的天空/Formula 17
Genre: Comedy, Coming of Age, Drama, Romance
Year Released: 2004
Run Time: 93 min
Language: Mandarin
Country: Taiwan
Main Actors: Tony Yang, Duncan Lai
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Synopsis: Tien Tsai heads off to Teipei after having finished school to finally meet the love of his life and lose his virginity, with the help of flambouyant friends, Tien finds himself in love Bai Tieh Nan, the biggest playboy around.

Mary's Comments: Probably one of the first gay movies I ever saw. I really liked it when I first saw it, but I think that's because I didn't know any better. The two main characters are ok (obviously Bai is incredibly good looking) and the story between them is good, but the rest of the cast are cliche, bad actors and general production is very tacky.
Significance: Just, no | Only if you're bored | Pretty Good | Must see

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[Movie] The Curiosity of Chance (2006)

Nov. 24th, 2008 | 03:35 pm

The Curiosity of Chance (2006)

The Curiosity of Chance
Title: The Curiosity of Chance
Genre: Comedy, Coming of Age
Year Released: 2006
Run Time: 98 min
Language: English
Country: Belgium/USA
Main Actors: Tad Hilgenbrink, Brett Chukerman, Aldevina Da Silva
Rating: ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Synopsis: An eccentric teenager teams up with two odd balls, a jockey he's crushing on and a drag queen to exact revenge upon a neanderthelic homophobic jock at his new school...

Mary's Comments: To be honest I really enjoyed this film, I thought the main actor had a very quirky interesting character, his crush was sweet, the story had a nice sense of humour and it was just an all around nice light movie to watch.
Significance: Just, no |Only if you're bored | Pretty Good | Must see

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[Series] Andra Avenyn (2008)

Nov. 11th, 2008 | 06:20 pm

Andra Avenyn

Title: Andra Avenyn
Genre: Drama, Romance
Year Released: Fairly new, began 07
Run Time: As of 08, in limbo
Language: Swedish
Country: Sweden
Main Actors: Jonas Bane, Simon Gavik
Rating: ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Synopsis: Two teenage boys meet in the hospital, one gay, one straight... yet obviously sparks fly, and there is chemistry, this soap explores the feelings that this meeting excite and how the characters and their relationships grow...

Mary's Comments: Simon Gavik is beautiful. The show could be terrible, but I'd watch it for him! Admittedly his hair is rather... atrocious in the second series, still their relationship in season 1 is genuine and interesting and touching, second season although a little more contrived is cute none-the-less.
Significance: Just, no | Only if you're bored | Pretty Good | Must see

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[Movie] Brideshead Revisited (2008)

Nov. 11th, 2008 | 06:00 pm

Brideshead Revisited (2008)

Brideshead Revisited
Title: Brideshead Revisited
Genre: Drama
Year Released: 2008
Run Time: 133 min
Language: English
Country: UK
Main Actors: Matthew Goode, Ben Whishaw, Hayley Atwell
Rating: ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

Synopsis: Brideshead Revisited explores the youth of a middle class student Charles Ryder who studys at Oxford. During his visit he befriends out there and incredibly rich Sebastian, and the film follows Charles as he gets sucked into this wealthy and totally disfunctional family, particularly the brother and sister...

Mary's Comments: This was the sorta movie that was really good up until the point where it's shit, and then from that point on, watching it became actually painful. I would say the first like 30/40 minutes were really interesting, and then all of a sudden it got so boring, and it was so freaking stupid. It just kept going on and on and on, and I wanted it to stop. This is the sorta movie you shouldn't watch at the cinemas unless you're prepared to leave like 1/4 the way through, but at home at least you can stop it when it gets to that point where it's crap.
Significance: Just, no | Only if you're bored | Pretty Good | Must see

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[Movie] Saving Face (2004)

Oct. 15th, 2008 | 12:30 pm

Saving Face

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Title: Saving Face
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romantic Comedy
Year Released: 2004
Run Time: 91 min
Language: English, Mandarin, Shanghainese
Country: USA
Main Actors: Michelle Krusiec, Joan Chen, Lynn Chen
Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Synopsis: In Manhattan, the brilliant Chinese-American lesbian surgeon Wil is surprised by the arrival of her forty-eight years old widow mother to her apartment. Ma was banished from Flushing, Queens, when her father discovered that she was pregnant. The presence of Ma affects the personal life of Wil, who is in love with the daughter of her boss in the hospital, the dancer Vivian Shing. (Love from IMDB)

Mary's Comments: I thought this was just one of the cutest movies, and funny at certain points. Some of my friends were Australian born Chinese and so I can relate this film to some of the experiences they've had to undergo trying to uphold tradition whilst living their lives. It was a rather delightful, easy movie to watch and I do recommend it.
Significance: Just, no | Only if you're bored | Pretty Good | Must see

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[Series] Torchwood (2006)

Oct. 3rd, 2008 | 12:24 pm


Title: Torchwood
Genre: Sci fi, Drama, Comedy, Spin off
Year Released: 2006
Run Time: 3 Seasons (so far...)
Language: English
Country: England
Main Actors: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd, Burn Gorman, Naoki Mori
Rating: ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Synopsis: Captain Jack Harkness, the former Time Agent and con man from the 51st century last seen traveling with the Doctor, ventures to early 21st century Cardiff. There, he becomes a member of Torchwood Institute, a renegade criminal investigation group founded by Queen Victoria to battle hostile extraterrestrial and supernatural threats.

Mary's Comments: Another where my comments should probably just be disregarded. Sci-fi is potentially the genre which I hate most in the world, it's so lame it makes my eyes bleed. Basically just watched this out of desperation for some eye candy, quite a few good kisses and John Barrowman and a certain someone, is very cute. If you like Dr Who, then I suppose this is right up your alleyway too.
Significance: Just, no | Only if you're bored | Pretty Good | Must see

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