Thursday, March 5, 2015

Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998)

Director: Tommy O'Haver

Stars: Brad Rowe, Sean Hayes, Richard Ganoung, Meredith Scott Lynn, Matthew Ashford, Armando 
Valdes-Kennedy, Paul Bartel, Holly Woodlawn

Billy is a struggling gay photographer who loves Polaroids and lives in Hollywood. His best friend and roommate, Georgiana, helps keep him on his feet. Billy is having an affair with Fernando and hates himself for it. The sex and the attention makes the affair worth it. Perry, Billy's friend, helps him start a photo shoot and offers to get him a gallery show. Billy meets Gabriel at a coffee shop and he becomes the star of his photo shoot. The problem with this is that Billy is in love with Gabriel, and he does not even know if he is gay or not.

This a great romantic comedy about the truth of relationship and love and love lost. The movie really has some sweet moments, but the reality of having a crush on the question "straight" guy always leads to trouble and heart break. This situation leads to sadness, but it leaves doors open to other possibilities. Billy's outlook keeps that hope for that romantic love for your life to still comes crashing through your door to sweep you off your feet. It is the tale of an average looking guy going after a hot guy. It just does not happen unless the average guy has money or a big package. This is the real world, but we are talking about a movie.

Sean Hayes was doing Will &Grace when he made this movie. He was not as gay in this movie as he was in the show. Brad Rowe was new to me, but he has done other gay roles since this movie. His career did not really take off like it should have. He is a good looking man. Paul Bartel as the famous photographer, Rex Webster, was such an added welcome to the cast. He is a good actor who normally plays the same kind of role, but he is so good at it. I'm a big fan of his. Watch Eating Raoul. It is sad that we lost such a great actor. Another nice addition to the movie was the fame of Holly Woodlawn. She is from Andy Warhol's Factory. It is nice to see that she is still working.

Like I said, I love this movie. The cast is great. The story is good, but really simple dealing with relationships. The recreation of the classic Hollywood love scenes was a great idea for a photo shoot. The best parts were the dreams scenes, and the opening credits. It has the best coolest opening credits. Enjoy.

Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998) Trailer

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