Gael García Bernal stars in a biopic of the openly gay luchador Saúl Armendáriz, whose drag queen''exotico'' character Cassandro was known as "the Liberace of Lucha Libre." The movie follows his rise from low-level amateur to international fame, and his relationships along the way. 91/85 at RT, streaming at Amazon Prime and in theaters. Director Roger Ross Williams had previously directed a 14-minute documentary about Cassandro for the New Yorker, available here. [more inside]
Abandoned by his prostitute mother in 1920, Douzi (Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing) was raised by a theater troupe. There he meets Shitou (Zhang Fengyi) and over the following years the two develop an act entitled "Farewell My Concubine" that brings them fame and fortune. When Shitou marries Juxian (Gong Li), Douzi becomes jealous, the beginnings of the acting duo's explosive breakup and tragic fall take root. [more inside]
Heartstopper: Season 2 Season 2, Ep 0
Nick, Charlie, Tao, Elle, Isaac and all the rest of the Truman/Hicks gang are back. [more inside]
An LGBT romance based on the novel by Casey McQuiston, the story revolves around the character of Alex Claremont-Diaz, son of The President of the United States, and his romantic relationship with Prince Henry, a British prince. [more inside]
Basil Dearden's landmark 1961 noir about gay men in London victimized by a blackmail ring is credited with helping shift British attitudes about homosexuality. Closeted actor Dirk Bogarde plays the guilt-ridden lawyer who decides to fight back. Surprisingly thrilling, and sympathetic to a range of gay characters who are presented with minimal stereotyping (for the time). Banned from wide release in the US because Dearden refused to make concessions. 100/87 at Rotten Tomatoes, on HBO and the Criterion Channel. [more inside]
Ang Lee's early dramedy-farce about a gay Taiwanese-American man, a fake relationship that threatens his real one, New York City in the early 1990s, and parental love.
Podcaster Mitra Kiboli spends the summer of 2021 in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and gets to know locals and tourists, summer and year-round residents, and the beach. 10 half-hour episodes [more inside]
In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys. [more inside]
Heartstopper: Season One Season 1, Ep 0
Teens Charlie and Nick discover their unlikely friendship might be something more as they navigate school and young love in this coming-of-age series. [more inside]
United in Anger: A History of ACT UP is a documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people fighting the epidemic in New York, USA. [more inside]
César and Cannes winning fictionalized account of ACT UP Paris and AIDS and AIDS activism in the 90s. [more inside]
This psychological slasher and queer cult classic from 1982 tells the story of orphaned teen Billy (Jimmy McNichol) who becomes caught up in the twisted mind of his increasingly unhinged Aunt Cheryl (Susan Tyrrell, really going for it). It's driven by a surprisingly upfront queer subplot involving a bigoted detective who suspects Billy is part of a gay love triangle that ended in murder, and features a positive portrayal of a gay high school basketball coach along with some campy, gorey thrills. (It also lingers an awful lot on Jimmy McNichol's topless chest and butt, and includes a young Bill Paxton as a homophobic teammate.) Available on Shudder. [more inside]
Zen Cho's latest fantasy novel: "A reluctant medium discovers the ties that bind can unleash a dangerous power in this compelling Malaysian-set contemporary fantasy." A closeted gay woman moves, with her mom and dad, back from the US to Malaysia, and discovers even more secrets to untangle. Suspenseful, funny, observant.
But I'm a Cheerleader is a 1999 American satirical romantic comedy film directed by Jamie Babbit and written by Brian Wayne Peterson. Natasha Lyonne stars as Megan Bloomfield, a high school cheerleader whose parents send her to a residential inpatient conversion therapy camp to cure her lesbianism. There Megan soon comes to embrace her sexual orientation, despite the therapy, and falls in love. The supporting cast includes Melanie Lynskey, Dante Basco, Eddie Cibrian, Clea DuVall, Cathy Moriarty, Katrina Phillips, RuPaul, Richard Moll, Mink Stole, Kip Pardue, Michelle Williams, and Bud Cort.
In Moscow in 1983, an American journalist interviews Guy Bennett, who recalls his last year at public school, fifty years before, and how it contributed to him becoming a spy. It explores his homosexuality and exposure to Marxism, while examining the hypocrisy and snobbery of the English public school system.
When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There's only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.
You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes--it would be too awkward--and you can't say no--it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. QUESTION: How do you arrange to skip town? ANSWER: You accept them all. [more inside]
The Deep End is a 2001 drama film starring Tilda Swinton as Margaret Hall. Margaret disapproves of her teenage son Beau (Jonathan Tucker) sneaking off to meet his lover Darby Reese (Josh Lucas). When an argument between Beau and Darby ends in death, Margaret finds she's in over her head. [more inside]
Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.
Elio Perlman is spending the summer of 1983 with his family at their vacation home in Italy. When his father hires a handsome doctoral student, the curious 17-year-old finds himself developing a growing attraction to the young man. [more inside]
When We Rise: Full mini-series Season 1, Ep 0
Based on the memoir by Cleve Jones, with a script by Dustin Lance Black, this four-part mini-series covers several decades of LGBT and AIDS political activism in San Francisco. [more inside]
Please Like Me: Babaganoush Season 4, Ep 1
A threesome goes wrong, teddy bears' lives are threatened, a lovers' tiff makes a family barbecue awkward, and a revelation over a chocolate quinoa slice makes Josh realise he's had it up to here with things.
Eyewitness: Bless the Beast and the Children Season 1, Ep 2
Philip and Lukas find proof that the killer's alive. Helen tries not to let the case affect her marriage. A new head of the FBI task force is introduced.
Eyewitness: Buffalo '07 Season 1, Ep 1
Teenagers Philip and Lukas meet to share a kiss—and witness a murder, which they don't report out of fear being outed. Complicating matters is the fact that Philip's foster mom is the sheriff, who's soon investigating the case.
Patrick returns to San Francisco for a friend's wedding, and in search of closure and resolution regarding his relationships with Richie and Kevin. [more inside]
Two gay men in a small Texan town, each already dealing with aftermath of two different past relationships, try to figure out how to move on with their lives individually, occasionally passing each other at the same gas station. [more inside]
Galavant got a second season, and everyone on the show is as surprised as we are! In the first part, Gal and Richard are waylaid at a bar frequented by Richard's "uncle", and everyone else adjusts to their new place in society. In the second part, Izzy and Gal come to a less charitable appraisal of their memorable first kiss.
Please Like Me: Christmas Trifle Season 3, Ep 10
Christmas orphans Tom, Arnold, Ella, Claire and Hannah gather around the table at Josh's for a festive lunch. But warm punch and a vomiting John set the tone for a Christmas they'll never forget.
Please Like Me: Champagne Season 3, Ep 9
Josh, Tom, Claire, Ella and Arnold find themselves stuck in the cabin of a giant observation wheel with only jealousy, tension, secrets and champagne to keep them company.
Please Like Me: Puff Pastry Pizza Season 3, Ep 7
While Arnold is away, Josh takes advantage of his new "open relationship" status by hooking up with a stranger. Tom challenges Josh and Claire to smash his pinata, which is full of secrets from their past.
Please Like Me: Pancakes with Faces Season 3, Ep 6
As Tom & Ella make a nervous trip to the dentist, Josh & Claire have to deal with a decision that makes them realise they're growing up fast. Mum plots revenge when she learns Stuart is still seeing his wife. [more inside]
In 1984, British journalist Arthur Stuart investigates the career of 1970s glam superstar Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by hard-living and rebellious American singer Curt Wild. [more inside]
Please Like Me: Natural Spring Water Season 3, Ep 4
Josh, Tom and Arnold have a night to remember as they experiment with drugs, head to a nightclub, meet the intriguing Ella and end up spending a long and surprising night in hospital.
Please Like Me: Croquembouche Season 3, Ep 3
At Arnold's birthday party, Josh, Tom and Hannah finally meet Arnold's rich and charming parents, but Arnold's coming out announcement doesn't go as planned. Dad tries to deal with Mae's revelation.
Please Like Me: Simple Carbohydrates Season 3, Ep 2
Bread causes friction between Josh and Tom. Arnold workshops his plan to come out to his parents. Mae and Dad have their biggest fight yet. Sick of staying at home, Mum and Hannah have a big night out.
Please Like Me: Eggplant Season 3, Ep 1
Josh is surprised to find he's living in a romcom. Despite grand romantic gestures, elaborate dates and barely edible vegetarian meals, he still can't seem to win Arnold over.
Mr. Robot: eps1.2_d3bug.mkv Season 1, Ep 3
Elliot decides to live a more normal life after his fall, but Mr. Robot reels him back in. Tyrell Wellick does some dirty deeds.
Looking: Top to Bottom Season 2, Ep 3
Patrick buys an enema. Augustin gets his beard trimmed. Dom plays rugby. Doris gets laid.
Parting Glances was one of the first major films about out, gay characters and AIDS and portrayed an unusual (for Hollywood) love triangle that was deeply grounded in queer sensibilities. The film launched the career of Steve Buscemi and featured hits from Bronski Beat. Reviews were mixed at the time, but it continues to be recognized as groundbreaking.
Please Like Me is currently more than halfway through the second season, and I have a lot of feelings to share. Especially about Tom. Anyone in? What's the best way to handle it? Rewatch from Season 1? Whole season in one post? End of season 2 summary post? Something else?
An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles.