AKRON is a strong, real-life drama that just happens to impact two young gay men. Quality performances, quality direction… quality all round. Perfectly paced script that breathes with the characters. All about letting go and moving on.
Charming, relaxed paced journey with a clear underlying tension. All very mid-west USA.
Opening titles and credits over a black screen with guitar music was a dull way to start, could have at least been an image of a field around Akron.
9 Champagnes out of 10.
DOWNRIVER is a dark Aussie movie with a number of gay characters, but not what I would call a Gay movie otherwise. Not a movie that I will ever watch again or recommend to others as an enjoyable night’s viewing.
The cast were exceptional in their performances, but the story was slow, depressing and had some obvious holes. We need movies with some magic, some style instead of all this dark, brooding arty indulgence.
Sometimes writing and directing your own movie can be a risk because it can become self-indulgent and many of the checks and balances of bigger productions are not there, but then there are some crap Hollywood movies that should never have been funded as well. This movie was funded by a number of big Australian film finance groups and I question why they would finance a gay movie that is so dark and adds nothing to the GLBTIQ legacy. It must be about who you know. Dare I say it, my partner and I have recently written stories that would make far more engaging Aussie Gay movies but how the hell do we get from here to where they did to get the financing and get our stories out there to uplift many, many in our community and beyond, rather than this movie that uplifted no-one?
4 Champagnes out of 10.
ICE BLUES is the fourth and final movie in the series of Donald Strachey Mysteries.
This one is about the consequences of a missing $3M. An action packed mystery thriller kind of Gay thing with elegance, charm and humour. Oh, and martinis are still essential to the setting. Still has the same corny style of titles and music.
8 Martinis out of 10.
Teenage Kicks: The Scars Of Our Youth Shape The Adults We Become
Aussie gay movie from 2016 about two 17 year old mates with an underlying physical attraction. Daniel Webber (Home & Away/ 11.22.63) and hot Miles Szanto (Love My Way) own the screen alongside a skilled and perfectly directed Aussie cast.
Sexually and emotionally beautiful and violent with a strong dose of ‘real world’ truth that never goes for the easy way out or the happy-ever-after clichés. The emotions were so raw that I ended up angry about something and someone in my life not treating me with the respect and dignity I deserve.
Strangely, I had to get the DVD from Germany with all the text on the cover and the promo material contained inside written in German. The movie is in English with other language subtitles available … thankfully they didn’t do the usual annoying German habit of dubbing it into their language. I have since found it available from JB Hifi.
7 champagnes out of 10
MAN IN AN ORANGE SHIRT
This two part drama from the BBC in 2017 is one of the best pieces of gay TV I’ve ever seen.
A moving, tight story with no “filler”. An honest and emotional journey that shows how the truth will come to light even if hidden for decades. The beauty and innocence of love regardless of the judgement of others or the oppression of the law.
Oliver Jackson-Cohen is perfect as Michael, the main character in part one. Not only is he incredibly hot, he is an amazing actor. Part two brings us the equally gorgeous and talented Julian Morris as the focus character, Adam, the grandson of Michael. The support cast, which includes the magnificent Vanessa Redgrave, are also flawless.
A powerful, heart warming two hours of gay TV!
10 Champagnes out of 10!