Wednesday, August 16, 2017

LGBT Film Review: On The Grayscale (2015)

Synopsis (from IMDB):

Bruno, an architect with a great life, is hired to build an iconic landmark, and as he works with a gay history teacher named Fer, an unexpected and intense romance starts to blossom.

My Review:

This movie is EXQUISITE from the cinematography, the acting, the dialogue, and the Chilean landscape. It so beautifully sweeps us away into not only the language, sights, sound, and culture of Chile, but also on these two men who are very different from each other, but who form a bond anyway, despite how problematic things are between them. Bruno is bisexual, but doesn't know how to identify with his sexuality. Fer is out and proudly gay, but he's strongly attracted to Bruno. The sparks are definitely there between them, together they're so wonderful. If there's only one downside to In The Grayscale is that while Bruno never truly comes to grip with his bisexuality, I didn't like the execution of the ending, it felt so abrupt, like it lacked something to give this movie the closure that it deserved. Yet, the cinematography and even the music still gave it justice. With so few bisexual movies out there, this was a real joy, even if the ending was typical. Nonetheless, I loved it!

* Currently on Netflix *

LGBT Film Review: Weekend (2011)

Synopsis (from IMDB):

After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special.

My Review:

I loved this movie so much that I watched it twice. There's so much to love about it: the cast is perfectly suited for the characters, the dialogue is sharp and natural, the sex feels and looks so down to earth and intimate, and most of all, it takes such a simple premise of two men hooking up and spins it to where we slow and gradually learn more about both these men, on what makes them so different and opposite from each other, and what they have in common despite their flaws and shortcomings. It's not a typical hook-up story, nor is it a typical love story either. It explores the age-old question: can a hook-up possibly turn into something more, is love possible when it only begins as sexual? They did such a lovely and beautiful job on Weekend, I can't recommend it highly enough. It's fantastic.

* Current on Netflix *

Sunday, August 13, 2017

LGBT Film Review: Below Her Mouth (2017)

Synopsis (from Rotten Tomatoes):

BELOW HER MOUTH is a bold, uninhibited drama that begins with a passionate weekend affair between two women. Dallas, a roofer and Jasmine, a fashion editor, share a powerful and immediate connection that inevitably derails both of their lives.

My Review:

I see this more as a movie that's reacting to Blue Is The Warmest Color by making their lesbian sex scenes more realistic and trying to show that two women can do more in bed than hardcore scissoring. Sadly, this is really all that this movie is about. There is no plot and there is no character development. There is nothing else that this movie shows other than its surface, which isn't a lot there to begin with even with that. I love that this movie is sexually frank, I love how stylistic it is to where it is basically soft-core porn with a glossy indie-film finish, but I really wanted to know who these characters actually are, and why they're attracted to each other beyond just the physical. While Blue was heavy-handed with the sex, at least we knew exactly why and how its two lead characters were attracted to each other and what broke them apart. With these two, there's nothing but pure, carnal, physical desire, which is fine, but that alone doesn't make a movie worth watching. Not to mention, the acting is a bit funky at times, and the dialogue oftentimes is unintentionally laughable. It's a shame because there IS something to like here, Below Her Mouth has so much potential, but if only they'd have given us something more.

* Currently On Netflix *