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5 items from 2010

The Year in Gay Sex and Male Nudity!

21 December 2010 7:36 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Barca and Pietros from Spartacus: Blood and Sand

Can I ask a serious question? How come, in an era of explicit online pornography, a hot bare bum or passionate gay sex scene in a mainstream movie or TV show still has the ability to drive us so wild? Is it the principle of "less is more" — because they don't show us everything, what we do see is that much more exciting? Or does it have something to do with the fact that we're seeing celebrity flesh, which is the ultimate forbidden fruit?

Whatever the reason, it does drive us wild.

When it comes to male nudity, as well as gay sex in the movies and on TV, gay and bisexual male viewers have waiting a looooong time for anything approaching equal time between naked female and male actors. Clearly, straight male producers and directors have been calling the shots for far too long. »

- Staff

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Incest, Crime, Ghosts, Robert Pattinson: Gay Movies from South America / Spain at image+nation

28 October 2010 1:47 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Robert Pattinson as Salvador Dali in Paul Morrison's Little Ashes (top); João Gabriel Vasconcellos, Rafael Cardoso as brothers in love in Aluízio Abranches' From Beginning to End (bottom) image+nation 2010 – Montreal's Gay & Lesbian Film Festival: Undertow, Le Fil "In response to the cinematic watershed of Lgbt-themed films from South America and Spain in the past year," explains the image+nation press release, the 2010 edition of Montreal's Lgbt film festival will present “Mundo Hispanico.” Countries represented in "Mundo Hispanico" are Spain, Uruguay, Peru, Argentina, and Brazil — where people speak Portuguese, not Spanish. But hey, were I a Brazilian filmmaker I'd be happy to have my movie included in any film festival sidebar, be it Mundo Hispanico, Mundo Mongolico, or Mondo Cane. If people showed up to check out my movie, that'd be all I'd care about. (How about "Mundo Ibérico" for next time, which could then include some Portuguese cinematic »

- Andre Soares

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Outfest 2010: Incestuous Gay Brothers, Wild Women’s Prison, George Takei in Bed

8 July 2010 5:44 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Rafael Cardoso, João Gabriel Vasconcellos in Aluízio Abranches‘ From Beginning to End (top); Brad Altman, George Takei in Jessica Sanders‘ George & Brad in Bed (upper middle); Remy Germinario in James Franco‘s The Feast of Stephen (lower middle); Roney Facchini, Kauê Telloli in Gui Ashcar‘s Professor Godoy (bottom) Aluízio Abranches‘ Do Começo ao Fim / From Beginning to End, Donatella Maiorca‘s Viola di mare / Purple Sea, Steve Balderson‘s Stuck!, and the two short film showcases "Queerer Than Fiction" and "Flesh 4 Fantasy" are among the presentations at Outfest 2010, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, on Friday, July 9. [Film Synopses.] Starring João Gabriel Vasconcellos and Rafael Cardoso as two super-hunky half-brothers involved in an idealized romantic relationship, From Beginning to End opened in Brazil in late 2009, where it has done well in the arthouse circuit despite wildly mixed reviews and a number of complaints that the film [...] »

- Andre Soares

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Review: “From Beginning to End” Tells the Story of Two Brothers (Who Are Also Lovers)

15 June 2010 10:04 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

First, ewwwwww!

That was my first thought when I saw the trailer last year for From Beginning to End, a new Brazilian film about a love affair between two biological brothers. Was such a film really necessary?

But I’ll admit: when the lights are out and the curtains are drawn, the storyline does hold sort of a perversely intriguing premise. If nothing else, it’s certainly something I’ve never seen before.

Sadly, the finished film, which is currently playing NewFest: The New York Lgbt Film Festival, is an almost completely wasted opportunity.

The first half of the film, which is by far the most successful, tells the story of two young brothers who are … unusually “intimate.” Everyone close to them senses how close they are.

Is this a bad thing? The father worries it might eventually turn sexual, but the mother (well-played Júlia Lemmertz and easily the most »

- Brent Hartinger

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Torino Gay Film Festival 2010: Boy In A Bathtub, Leo’S Room, Rosa von Praunheim

21 April 2010 3:15 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Maria Beatty’s Boy in a Bathtub (top); Enrique Buchichio’s Leo’s Room (middle); João Gabriel Vasconcellos, Rafael Cardoso in Aluisio Abranches‘ From Beginning to End (bottom) Maria Beatty will be honored with a screening of Boy in a Bathtub at the Torino Glbt Film Festival – Da Sodoma a Hollywood (Turin’s Glbt Film Festival – From Sodom to Hollywood) on Wednesday, April 21.  Set in 1920s Paris, Boy in a Bathtub tells the story of a courtesan who seduces a very young man — only to turn him into an androgynous "love slave," with whom his/her mistress can do as she pleases. Also at Torino, the international premiere of Rosa von Praunheim’s New York Memories, in which the filmmaker, accompanied by his new partner, [...] »

- Andre Soares

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