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Fixing Frank (2002)
This is one of my favourite indie and gay-themed movies. Do not get turned off of watching due to the low quality of photography; for the acting and especially the script, it is worth of several viewings.
As the description of the movie says, it's about a gay journalist trying to expose a supposed conversion therapist. The beauty of this movie it's in its cleverness. It makes all the characters human, with their positive and negative traits and it doesn't judge. Despite the controversial topic, it manages to stay objective and present pro and con arguments instead of running into childish scapegoating. It's smart and it makes you think about life decisions. The main part of the movie are dialogues and the actors deliver them perfectly. I've seen it several times and I still find new depths in the story.
Don't get fooled by the title
When I decided to watch this movie, I was in the mood for some stupid American jackass film and Humpday, with its title and the poster picture appeared spot on. I was in for an unexpected (but very pleasing) surprise. This movie is actually slow, indie and, put simply, nice. It strips off all the douchebagy nonsense someone would expect out of a movie where two straight dudes decide to get down on each other and instead offers talks, discussions and ideas on what brings someone to get to this idea and to go through (or not) with it.
Apart from this, all the three leads are absolutely great. I'm pretty sure more than half of the movie is improvised, you can literally feel the nervousness and tension and chemistry among the cast, and I wish I could have a relationship like the one between Ben and Anna.
BearCity 2: The Proposal (2012)
Worth the wait!
If you were like me, who after seeing BearCity 1 and learning about the sequel spent the whole 2012 checking online when it will be out, you will be more than pleased. The sequel is exactly what you could expect if you've seen the first movie, just with more Brent and Fred (who deserve all the screen time they got and more, since they're still fantastic). I don't know how realistic is the whole bear scene description, since I'm a lesbian, or even if the awesome parents like those of Brent and Tyler even exist in a natural world, but it is definitely a feel-good, lighthearted movie with a lot of eye-candy if you're into bears. I'm not giving the movie the highest vote, let's face it, it's not The Godfather, but I will definitely rewatch the best scenes a few times more. (Btw, the movie's official page has a really cheap offer for streaming and downloading the movie, check it out!)
Another Gay Movie (2006)
Disturbing and fantastic!
This movie is in my top 3 favourite gay movies. I generally don't handle parodies well because I dislike mocking other people's work, but this movie goes beyond all of it and makes an absurd, disturbing, over-the-top, hilarious masterpiece. You shouldn't watch it with children, you shouldn't watch it with grown-ups, you shouldn't watch it with close-minded people, but if you're not any of these, you should definitely see it.
The story is very fluent even though it covers literally dozens of movies, going from teenage comedies to all types of gay films. I still tend to find new references.
Finally, even though the movie is so crazy, Michael Carbonaro's acting really stands out. It's a big shame that he is still getting only one-episode roles in TV series, because he really has potential for much more.
You Should Meet My Son! (2010)
I didn't have high hopes for this movie since in looks low-budget, the female protagonists are all very loud and everything is shown very stereotypical, but boy was I wrong. They use all of these "disadvantages" and make them work really well together.
The idea behind this movie is brilliant and the realization is very successful and funny. To me, it was like a combination of Absolutely Fabulous, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and The Birdcage. Everyone was pleasantly annoying and chaotic and Bryan does well in being the most stuck-up character in the bunch.
I definitely recommend it as a evening-relaxing movie!
After hearing several positive reviews of this movie, I decided to see it myself and I ended up being extremely biased towards it. The movie is good for someone who never felt like Brendon or Sissy, because it offers a trip into their head and shows the pain they're struggling with. However, for someone who is going through something similar they are, this movie brings frustration. After seeing their problems exposed on the big screen, the viewer would want at least some consolidation, at least some suggestion on how to deal with them. But this movie doesn't resolve anything, doesn't offer any solutions. Maybe this wasn't even the point of the movie. But I was expecting the type of film like Shortbus for example - if it has to include such a huge amount of rawness and sexuality, it's usually used at least to make a point. But here it doesn't, which makes me think that Steve McQueen just wanted to make a movie with a lot of sex and erotica, that would still pass as indie and "artsie".
But apart from the (lack of) story, the actors are brilliant and the camera is great. I especially liked the long, uncut scenes using only one shot because they really showed tension, anxiety, the parts of life that are always skipped in usual Hollywood movies.
Pregnant in Heels (2011)
Your typical reality show about crazy people with a fresh breeze of honesty
I've started watching this series because I like shows with crazy spoiled people, they're always fun. This is why I give the show a high vote, it gives a viewer exactly what s/he came here for. The clients are bizarre as in any other this type of show, though for enjoying this show it may help that the viewer isn't very fond of children. Since I'm not a particular fan, I find the stories amusing, but someone who likes them very much may become offended and taken aback for some of those parents' behavior.
What I was particularly impressed with in this show is the attitude of the hostess. Rosie Pope is the most honest "show host" (I'm not sure this is the right name) I've ever seen. She is not posh and classy as the people in the most pricey part of Manhattan are and she is well aware of that. She notices most of her clients are insane and isn't afraid to say it. And most importantly, she also talks about her life and allows herself to be emotional about it. All this traits are probably not safe in the cruel world of yellow magazines and gossip, but I appreciate it a lot because it's a fresh breeze of true honesty (and not the fake, loud, screaming one) in reality shows.
Straight Story (2006)
Very well made
When I first read the premise of the movie, I thought it would be similar to the film "Almost normal", which had a great idea but a not-at -all good realization. That's why I was really pleased with "Straight story".
The writing is excellent and very funny, and it does include basically every aspect of what makes homosexuality problematic in the current society - the homo/heterophobia, the bars, the hiding, the violence ... Since the film is technically a parody, the acting is funny, especially Sofia stands out.
All in all, a very good and relaxing movie.
The Art of Being Straight (2008)
Let's repeat it all together: bi-sex-u-a-li-ty
In general, this movie is pretty cute. It's not overly dramatic and quite realistic. The cast is likable: the lead Jon is convincing in all his awkwardness towards men and relaxation towards women, the best friend Andy, the "weird" friend Maddy and her neighbour are all really cool characters. The story is really simple - a group of people exploring their sexuality and love.
The only thing that really bothered me is the apparent lack of the word "bisexuality" in the movie makers' dictionary. If the movie would promote itself with this term, the lead character's dilemma would be much simpler and the LGBT community would get a good enough representative in cinematography. Because what is usually perceived a problem with bisexual people is that they are supposedly perverse and regularly hopping in beds of everyone. This movie nicely shows the feeling of being bisexual (Jon's quote "Some days I know I'm completely straight. Some days I don't") and people who discover they're not (Maddy). But since they don't mention bisexuality, the lead is left wondering whether he's gay or straight - even though it's pretty obvious he likes both.
A great journey into the bear world
This movie is a fine example of a project, made for a specific subgroup. Considering how much fun everybody's having and how unbelievably relaxed all the actors are, it could easily be a project among friends. And a well-done one.
The story is simple: young Tyler finally comes out of the closet for the second time when he admits he likes bears, and starts exploring the bear scene with all its positive and negative sides. And, of course, falls in love on the way.
The movie is full of inside jokes (by not being on the bear scene, I probably missed quite a few), but that's great, considering it was made for that specific group and not so much for the general public. It's a movie for bears and bear lovers to feel better in their own skin (and for open-minded others).
My only negative remark would be about the script (the text) - it often tends to be really forced, it doesn't flow and seems unnatural. However, this doesn't go for the role of Brent. According to IMDb, the actor Stephen Guarino is a professional comedian and this is really obvious from the movie. It seems like the writers didn't write the words for him because they assumed he will be much better improvising everything on the spot anyway. He is definitely the most hilarious character in the movie.
Conclusion: a really really funny movie. Apparently #2 is coming out this year and I'm hoping it will be at least as funny as the first part.