Review by Andrew MacArthur of The Peoples Movies
Glee’s Chris Colfer makes the jump from television to cinema with Struck By Lightning, which he adapts from his own book Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal. Despite small glimpses of well-handled humour, Colfer’s feature is essentially a self-serving vanity project that falls flat.
Colfer plays Carson Phillips, a high school student with a dream of going to Northwestern University and ultimately becoming the youngest editor of the New York Times. Phillips begins a literary magazine to increase his chances of fulfilling his dream, but negative response from his fellow students sees him turn to blackmail to make it a success.
The young actor deserves a huge amount of credit for having penned and starred in his
But before we get to that, an introduction. A few weeks ago we asked AfterElton readers to submit up to ten of their favorite films by write-in vote. We conducted a similar poll several years ago, but a lot has happened culturally since then, and a number of worthy movies of gay interest have been released. We wanted to see how your list of favorites had changed.
We also wanted to expand our list to 100 from the top 50 we had done previously. We figured there were finally enough quality gay films to justify the expansion. And we wanted to break out gay documentaries onto their own list (You'll find the
Click to watch Exclusive: Hospital Bed!
Femme Fatales episode 1.2, "Bad Medicine" stars Tanit Phoenix, Ariauna Albright, Scott Bailey, Walker Brandt, B.J. Clinkscales, Christine Donlon, Elizabeth Hirsch-Tauber, Steven Kriozere and is directed by Darin Scott.
This Friday sees the second episode of Cinemax' new sexy series Femme Fatales, a pulpy, episodic anthology of tales where powerful and dangerous women use their survival instincts to escape perilous situations and exude their inner guile.
The series, borne out of the creators of Femme Fatales Magazine draws its inspiration from film noir and graphic novels, placing the stories in contemporary setting. Tanit Phoenix (Death Race 2)'s "Lilith" introduces each episode, which feature different casts and storylines, some of which are intertwined.
Check out a sneak-peek clip below of Friday, May 20th's "Bad Medicine," which stars Christine Donlon (Louie) as sexy nurse Violet Macready struggling for survival against the advances of Robert Lasardo (Nip/Tuck)'s psychopathic patient, all the while dealing with her loser
After voting closed we sorted through the nearly 15,000 nominations (representing over 500 individual titles) to identify your top fifty favorite gay films.
Tabulating this data is actually a bit harder than it sounds. For instance, do you know how many different ways our readers can type/abbreviate "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert?" We counted about a dozen!
But we're not complaining, because the list that resulted this year is actually rather interesting.
Nine new films made their way into the rankings, and five of these are of very recent vintage. This represents a strong showing for current queer cinema.
This was bad because A) it meant of course we were in for another Walker get together B) we were about to see the Walker children again dodge Nora and C) Kevin just leaving his cell phone was just plain silly like too much about this show of late.
Sure enough, we then get a cavalcade of the Walker children brushing Nora off one at a time. At least Tommy has a decent excuse since he's being arraigned in court for embezzling money from Ojai. And I guess Kevin has to be there to defend him because he's ... oh,
Being as how our hearts are about as soft as cashew brittle, it's not often that something comes along that warms us up enough to tease a gentle "Awwww..." from our lips.
But when actor Scott Bailey's publicist sent us an essay that he'd written about his experience playing the boyfriend of Bobby Griffith in the true-life tearjerker Prayers for Bobby, that's pretty much what happened.
I was originally going to excerpt the essay here for you to read, but I'm actually posting it in its entirety below, because it's kinda too precious for words.
Prayers For Bobby: A Once In A Lifetime Experience.
Yes, Prayers for Bobby will air on Lifetime starting Jan 24th but the title is more than just clever wordplay: it is my heartfelt truth! It feels like a miracle that such a timely and meaningful film has come to fruition and
Perhaps it’s not surprising that the real-life story of Mary Griffith of Walnut Creek, California, has now become Prayers for Bobby, a TV movie starring Sigourney Weaver airing on Lifetime later this month.
And yet, as extraordinary as the story is, it was anything but an easy sell.
“Making movies is hard enough,” says Daniel Sladek, one of the film’s executive producers. “But when you have a movie about teen suicide, a woman questioning her faith, and gay rights, that’s a hot potato.”
The finished film is not your typical TV movie.
(Photo: Ben Mark Holzberg/Lifetime)
We've been anticipating the upcoming Lifetime movie Prayers for Bobby with cautious optimism ... on the one hand, the format is a frequent punchline to jokes that usually have "has-been" or "Meredith Baxter Birney" somewhere in the setup. But on the other, the material and the talent involved are far above par.
Sigourney Weaver stars in and also produced the film, which is based on the true story of Mary Griffith, a woman whose son Bobby killed himself after his parents would not accept him as gay, and who went on to become a crusader for gay rights herself.
After the jump we've got a slew of production stills from the movie as well as the first preview, and from all accounts it looks like our optimism will pay off when the movie airs on January 24th.
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