Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Boys of Cellblock Q (1992)

Director: Alan Daniels

Stars: Andrew Addams, Lewis Alante, Slade Burrus

Timmy has been sent to a juvenile prison work camp for committing murder. He gets thrown in the same cell with three other mates. Beef is the head cock of the cell block. Lana is the Queen Bee, as in he is about two steps from being a woman himself. Finally, there is Ludes, whom is obsessed with comic book and drugs. The Padre is the gayest of them all. Boss is a closet gay that likes to spank the men. Timmy has to learn how to make friends and survive his time in Cell block Q.

I am so not kidding you about this movie. This is the sum of the whole movie. Let me break this down for you. The sets look like they were filmed in someone's garage or basement. The "actors" are the worse that I have ever seen. I mean, the acting is worse than in the crap horror movies from the 70's. The only reason this movie is watched is because there are frontal nudes scenes in it. The movies would have made better gay porn, but the acting was worse. If they started playing really bad music and got hard, then it would have been porn. It is literally all the movie needed. There are so many gay clichés in the movies than the right wing could even think of. I know it was made in the early 90's when the indie gay movies were being thrown at a gay audience, but this movie was just plain awful.

Do yourself a favor, and do not watch this mess. If someone wants to watch it, then punch them in the face. It would be about the same feeling. I watched this so you don't have to. 

The Boys of Cellblock Q (1992) Full Movie

Friday, July 4, 2014

La mission (2009)

Director: Peter Bratt

Stars: Benjamin Bratt, Alex Hernandez, Christopher Borgzinner, Jeremy Ray Valdez

Che Rivera,  Benjamin Bratt, grown up in the Mission District of San Francisco, and he is now raising his teenage son in the same area. Che is a former an inmate and a recovering alcoholic.  His pride and joy is the custom work and paint jobs on classic cars. Che and his friends roll down the city streets of the Mission showing off their cars. Jes, Che's son, is working on getting into a good college. Jus, Jeremy Ray Valdez, is hiding the fact that he is gay, but his father finds out. Che has to come to terms with the major changes in his life and learn how to embrace his son again.

The character of Che is a dick. He is one of those Billy bad ass macho men who thinks every woman wants him, but he is just an explosion waiting to happen. He son is dating a white guy with whose family has money, and his Mom is completely fine with their relationship. His family are probably WASPs, but at least they are nice to his Latino boyfriend. I get the reason Che anger that his son is gay, but he is anger for the wrong reason. He is anger because he thinks his son is not a man because he is gay. Many cultures' males look down on gay men. They think that they are weak or inferior men. It is still his son, but he treats him badly any way. He is still trying to hook up with his new young black female neighbor, who really likes Jus. The movie really goes into what Che thinks what a man is and what a man should be. It was how is was raised in the Latino culture with the traditions of family and faith.
This is a good movie. The story is well written, the cast was on point and the emotion was there. It is the main character of Che that was the most unlikable part about the whole movie. They did try to put a little too much into the movie with the bullies in the neighborhood, the conflict with Jus' Dad and the slow budding relationship with Che and the neighbor. They should have at least left one out part out of the movie. It would have made a better movie all together.

If you can find a copy or stream this movie, then by all means do so. Like I said, It is a good movie, but since it had a gay story line the movie did nothing. Give it a chance. Enjoy.

La mission (2009) Trailer

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Nebraska (2013)

Director: Alexander Payne

Stars: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Stacy Keach, Bob Odenkirk

Woody Grant (Bruce Dern), a distant drunken father, receives a letter in the mail from a marketing company notifying him that he was a won one million dollars, so he is determined to make it to Lincoln, Nebraska to claim his money. Woody lives in Billings, Montana with his wife Kate (June Squibb). After a few attempts to wake to Lincoln, his son David (Will Forte) drives him there. On the way they stop in the town where Woody grew up and his family was still there. Through the road trip David understands his father a bit more than before.

The first complaint that I hear about this movie is that it is in black and white. Are you really serious? That dismisses those people's opinion all together.

This movie has a simple story about the simple dysfunctions of family. Woody, the father, was a simple character that was more about getting a drink and his money than his own health or anyone for that matter. Kate, the mother, was tired of Woody's drinking and his nonsense. David had split up with his girlfriend and had a dead end job. Ross, the other brother, had become an anchorman on the local news with hopes of bettering his life.  The character, Ed Pegram played by Stacy Keach, was the only more lively of the character because mainly he was nothing but an opportunist looking out for himself. All of these characters seemed like they were getting toward the end of their rope. No one seems that happy at all. I mean not even content with their lives. They were just going through the phases.
June Squibb was the best in the entire movie. Her character was the woman that you secretly wish you were related to in some way. She was bossy, fussy and a bit brassy with her actions and her dialogue. Every scene that she was in made me smile.

The movie does run slow without much happening during the whole movie. It is a movie that most people will have to really stick with finishing. I do not think you will be disappointed. This is a movie that people need to give a chance. Enjoy.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ben & Arthur (2002)

Director: Sam Mraovich

Stars: Sam Mraovich, Jamie Brett Gabel, Michael Haboush, Tammy Sheets, Bill Hindley

Hawaii just announced that they are going to legalize gay marriage, so Ben and Arthur plan a trip there to officially get married. After they book their flight, the legalization of gay marriage will put on hold. Arthur wants to go back to school, so he visits his holy roller brother, Victor, to ask for the money. Victor believes that Arthur is going to burn in Hell because he is gay, so he decides to kill his boyfriend, Ben, that has lead him down the gay road. While all of this is going on, Arthur finds out that Ben is still married to Tammy. She wants Ben back and will not grant him a divorce.

I just made this movie sound more interesting than it is. Trust me. This is one of the worst movies that I have seen, and that is saying something. Most of the movie takes place in two different apartments, or it might may been the same one just redressed. The actor was unbelievable bad. I have seen better acting at a third grade special needs spring recital. It was like they were reading cue cards. Sometimes the characters were not even looking at each other. The story itself was not even that interesting. If you made the same story and put good actors in it, it would still be a bad movie with good actors. The cast looked like they were picked from last call at a hustler bar.
Sam Mraovich wrote, directed and starred in the movie. Did he not know that is almost impossible to do? He is no Orson Welles. Most movies that I have seen where the person did all three were not good at all, but he did cast a good looking man to play opposite of him. Shocker.

Do yourself a favor and pass by the one by all means. You will thank me for it. I watched it so you don't have too.

Ben & Arthur (2002) Trailer

I Am Divine (2013)

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz

Stars: Divine, Michael Musto, Mink Stole, John Waters, Pat Moran, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Edith Massey, Holly Woodlawn, Tab Hunter, Bruce Vilanch, Ricki Lake

In 1945, Harris Glenn Milstead, Divine, was born in Baltimore Maryland in the suburbs. Glen meet John Waters in high school where the two were the misfits , and soon a lifelong friendship developed. John Waters gave Glen the name Divine for the first movie they made together very casually, and the name just stuck. Divine went on to star in all of Waters films, except for one, until Divine's passing in 1988. This documentary takes a look into the crazy career of the legendary Divine from his first short film Roman Candles to his last film Hairspray, and all of his work in between.

It took a long time for this documentary to be completed. I had known about for some time. They pieced together a ton of footage and information, that I was not even aware of. I am a huge John Waters fan and of the entire Dreamland team. Through the movie you hear stories about Divine told from friends and people that had work for him and with him. Past actors from John Waters films speak highly of Divine and share stories about working with him. You even get to see Divine performing live on stag singing. I had no idea that he recorded that much music.
For anyone that is a fan of Divine, you will love this documentary, and if you do not know of him well it will be something interesting to watch. Enjoy, and pick up a copy.

I Am Divine (2013) Trailer

Saturday, June 21, 2014

United in Anger: A History of ACT UP (2012)

Director: Jim Hubbard

In 1987, ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) was formed in the basement of the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center in New York to work on helping people with AIDS and working on changing the look and the attitude of people with AIDS. This documentary takes a look at all of the different demonstrations that ACT UP formed to create change in the way people and government viewed people living with AIDS. They fought the NIH(National Institute for Health) and the FDA to quicken the time it took for new drugs to fight AIDS were being approved. There is footage of the protest of Cosmopolitan magazine for an article that stated women could not get AIDS. The documentary even informs the view of the progress that ACT UP is still fighting for a cure.

Like i said above this documentary is about the forming of ACT UP and what changes they help make by their protests and demonstrations. They forced the government to do something for the AIDS crisis. The vintage footage from the meeting and protests showed how these people were desperate for change their actual lives did depend on it.
It is comforting in a way to still see people fight for their rights and work on a change. We have become TV zombies that we forget how to make our voices heard to our government or whatever is needed. Facebook just will not do. That is just people hiding behind the internet. Seeing people still fighting in the streets like our ancestors have always done, helps keep alive the spirit of the human being.

The saddest part of the documentary was seeing the year that the person died when they were speaking at one of the meeting or rallies. It just showed that they spent the rest of their life fighting the good fight for change, and sadly they did not get to see how far we have come. Enjoy.
United in Anger: A History of ACT UP (2012) Trailer

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Director: Martin Scorsese

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Favreau, Joanna Lumley

Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stock broker that makes a fortune by selling people junk low end stocks. While living a life of debauchery and crime, all of his wrong doings catch up with him years later by the federal government. Based on a true story.

The sad part about this movie is that it is a true story. I just could not believe people really acted like this, but they look at any fraternity house on a college campus, and it is about the same type of antics. That is what this movie felt like to me. It is like you take a bunch of guys that really want to be in a fraternity, but they are big, fat, ugly, douche bags with millions of dollars and no morals. I have never seen so much drug use and hookers in one movie. I hated these characters so much. I think you are suppose to hate them, but then they is no one to cheer for at all in the movie. You want all of them to die for ripping people off of their hard earned money. That God these people got what they deserved, well at least some of them did. The characters made me angry and not wanting to watch this movie over again. I really did like the movie.
When you are watching a Scorsese movie, you are never disappointed. They look incredible, the acting is on point, the set are realistic, and the direction and camera work are flawless. The budget was over the top like most of his movies. He did not disappoint this time at all.

The cast was good. Everyone in the movies was really good in their part, but I honestly think that anyone could have played these roles. For one thing, who would want to see that no talent Jonah Hill beating off, unless you need to vomit. I think Leonardo DiCaprio is just over used and over rated as an actor. He is a good actor, but he is not great. In this movie any one could have yelled, screamed and had sex with hookers. Not that hard, and they would have saved money on the film.

The two best actors in the movie played the kindest best roles: Joanna Lumley and Rob Reiner. Rob Reiner playing his father that kind of keep in him in check or at least tried too. Joanna Lumley as the kind hearted Aunt that would smuggle money to other countries. I thought they were the best characters in the whole movie. Like I said, I would have drown all of the others.

This is a great movie, but for me it is one of those one watch movies. Many of the big budget and A-List actor movies are like that. It is well worth watching though. Enjoy.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Trailer