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Toute première fois (2015)
Just As Sad The Second Time As I Remembered
This is one of those movies that make me wonder about some people's humor and what they consider a comedy. For me, this was mostly a drama bordering on tragedy. I won't argue for or against the idea of homophobia that I've read about in other reviews but I will say I did find the concept of "overnight sex orientation change" to be pretty offensive. As a matter of fact, I can think of a couple of movies where the plot is similar but the situation is reversed (overnight straight to gay) and I still find the idea offensive. Considering how many kids are struggling to come out and how many of them are bullied to death because of their sexual orientation, to imply that the old idea of "you just haven't met the right girl" being enough to turn/convert/reverse/cure gayness is correct. Furthermore, the movie not only presents this insulting portrayal as a simple "ooops, let's laugh about it" but it ends with what looks like a happy family between the fiancee who cheated and the one who got cheated on, again as an "ooops, let's laugh about it but let's also pretend (and for me this is the ultimate insult) that these situations are normal and people live happily ever after"
Now... to the saddest part of all. I wonder how many straight people saw this movie and it reinforced their belief that all a gay guy has to do to become straight is have sex with the right woman. That is the real legacy this movie has left and for which it will be remembered. Like I said at the beginning... a tragedy
Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho (2014)
A Hidden Gem
This is one of those movies that are very easy to overlook. It does not have any known actors, it does not have any unknown actors that are incredibly good looking, and the plot at first glance seems simplistic and unoriginal. I wish the movie had become a bigger hit, maybe even a mainstream title, because more people deserve to enjoy this hidden gem
Love, Simon (2018)
This is one of those movies that meets the requirements but nothing more. It was textbook filmmaking, with the closet gay kid, the cool friends, the rich parents and lifestyle, and the big reveal at the end. I think the only thing I can really fault the movie for is the casting of the main character. His acting is great but with those bags under his eyes, I had a hard time believing he would be a college student, never mind high school
The love story is very well developed and I guess it's the German take on "The Pass" (with Russell Tovey). Interestingly, in both movies, the main character sacrifices personal life and love for the sport and the movie shows the sacrifices that gay players have to make for the sake of their careers. The tragedy is that we still live in a time when it matters who sleeps with whom regardless of their performance on thei field or the court, when in reality it's totally irrelevant.
The actor who plays the part of Mario has the most expressive eyes that I have seen in a very long time. He almost made me cry several times
Tour De Force
Wow. I seldom, seldom rave about a movie but this film was absolutely genious. The juxtaposition of the two timelines easily allows the audience to know that something horrible happened to make adult Jonas the way he is. However, despite guessing, I doubt many people figured out the true reason until the very end. I cannot recommend this movie enough, absolutely brilliant!
Ma vie avec James Dean (2017)
Kudos For Being Original
I found this movie quite funny, touching, and definitely original. I definitely think the script could have done without the whole underage aspect of one of the main characters and I am surprised there wasn't a major outcry about it
Happiness Adjacent (2018)
So Good For An Indy and Lower Budget Film
This movie was a totally unexpected and pleasant surprise. There is humor, there is drama, and there is so much more than meets the eye in this film.
Aside from the gratuitous and intrinsic ugliness of this film, I found the ending terribly disappointing and unfulfilling
Mi mejor amigo (2018)
Very Good Movie
Slow but extremely excellent movie about a deep friendship between two young men. I did not give it a better rating because I think the main character could have been better cast (an actor with a wider range would have killed the role of Lorenzo) but all the other characters were incredible. There are subtle subplots of homosexuality, child abuse, overprotective parents and they are all masterfully combined into the story.
God's Own Country (2017)
It is so seldom that I get to give a movie 10 stars but this one sure was easy to rate. The level of feeling that the actors portrayed was incredible considering that their characters were supposed to be very restrained and portray people who are not into expressing their feelings. I could not believe how intimate the scenes between the two main characters were without any added bells and whistles and that scene at the end where Johnny goes to ask for another chance made me tear up. Excellent, excellent movie!
Shared Rooms (2016)
Sweet Christmas Movie
I am surprised at the low rating this movie has. Compared to countless other films that are put out year after year during Christmas, I think this one is a big improvement. Its only difference is that the protagonists are gay and there are no women in the cast. The movie is as expected quite predictable, full of clichés, and with turns that for some reason always turn out right and everybody is happy. However, isn't that what mindless feel-good Xmas movies are all about?
Los héroes del mal (2015)
The movie does not lack intensity, that is for sure. However, if this is the way schools are nowadays, they should be turned into youth offender centres instead of learning institutions. Unfortunately the movie only presents the behaviour of the character from their point of view, exagerated to the max, with one of the trio with obvious mental problems and who should be institutionalized but instead roams the streets and abuses other people under the pretense of being the avenging victim. Overall, the movie is entertaining but I don't think it was for the right reasons
A Work of Art
I don't think I've ever given any film 10 stars but after having watched this short severl times now, I can't give it any less. The acting is superb, understated but poignant at the same time. The script is simple and to the point. The dialogue is minnimal. The ending leaves the audience with the promise of more and the hope that it will be something really good and beautiful. Excellent film!
I do have to say, considering the budget was only $18,000, I'm amazed the movie got made. After all, that's peanuts compared to a B movie. Unfortunately, this film reflects the budget and the talent was simply not there. I understand the writer/director wanting to create something but he just wasn't able to produce anything more than a vapid film with a twitchy killer and a script with a huge hole in it: did the killer ever hear of gay bars? I'm sure he could have found tons of guys willing to spend time with him instead of having to pick up random dudes off the street and freak them out by hitting on them. This is one of those movies I definitely would stay away from
Tennessee Queer (2012)
This is one of those movies that make me wonder where the producers get the funds. The movie is not even mediocre, it's really bad. The script is unoriginal and predictable, the acting is stiff and at best amateurish, the script seems to be made up of dialogue from other movies, and the characters are stereotypes and clichés. This is one I definitely cannot recommned
Whoa, this was Bad with a Capital B
I am not sure if this movie was filmed as part of some art project in a high school or something like that because it's the only explanation I can think of for such poor acting, stiff dialogue delivery, a script right out of an LGBT pamphlet for teens, and one-dimensional characters that stay stereotypical throughout the movie and don't speak at all like normal people do. This is one of those movies where the writer has absolutely no clue what someone of the age of his characters actually says or how he says it. The teens in his movie all sound like psychologists delivering lines. Maybe the intent was good but the execution was a total fail
Holding the Man (2015)
I didn't know this movie was based on a book until the end. I've watched it now several times and each time it makes me tear up at the end, at the injustice of an illness that robbed us of so many young people, at the love that two people shared, at the sublime portrayal of a romance between two men that happened to be gay.
Obviously, the script is magnificent and the dialogue is paced just right. However, what I believe elevates this movie to the rank of excellent is the acting. I got to the point where I forgot I was watching a movie and I felt like I was watching the life story of two friends being played in front of my eyes.
There aren't very many LGBT films that grab at my heartstrings and pull with enough emotion to make me remember the next day but this movie is certainly one of them. Definitely worth watching!
Freier Fall (2013)
Not a Bad Film
The movie is not bad at all even if the material is not original and the basic premise is extremely simple. Forget the gay angle, forget the pregnant wife, forget everything else. What it comes down to is a man who having a very fulfilling life felt the need to grab for even more and in the end this cost him everything. He lost what he had and he lost what he reached for. Eye candy is good and made some of the wooden and plastic acting bearable. Overall not a bad movie but not really a memorable film either
Better Half (2015)
Sweet Film Even When Too Heavyhanded
The movie is very well made despite not being an "A" category film (obvious by the lack of big names, cinematography, etc.) I enjoyed most of it but I had a few problems with the script the way it was presented. I think the writers could have handled the issue of gay parents adopting kids in a much more objective way instead of trying to push so hard for it. I could see Leo and Tony as a couple and I could see Tony wanting to adopts and Leo going along with it just to keep his partner happy. However, everybody seemed to demonize Leo once he had second thoughts after Tony's death. Everybody kept saying "think of the baby." Well, the decision to want a family that could provide better care for a baby is one made by thousands of women before they give their kids for adoption so why was it wrong for Leo to think about it, to consider it, and to possibly do it? I also agree with Leo when he describes Tony as a very selfish person. Someone who puts the wellbeing of others before that of the people closest to them needs to examine his priorities. He did do a lot of good but at what cost to his partner and his newly adopted son?
Overall a good movie
What a Sad Endorsement For Cheating and Lying
When did so-called romantic comedies become the means to endorse cheating and lying to those you care for the most? As I watched this movie, I could not believe that the jokes were about people in a family having sex with ther partners, about a couple about to disintegrate due to the lack of morals and character by one of the partners, about a man who went through life like an inmature child despite hurting others no matter how the film tried to portray him as a good guy. Although the movie supposedly had a happy ending, the message had been delivered by then and nothing would save the film from being a gross advertisement for some of the worst human traits
Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List (2015)
Not Original but Still Quite Watchable
This movie did not deviate from the standard clichés for romantic comedies and was quite predictable but as a sample of that genre, it was still quite well done. The chemistry between the characters was palpable and helped to make up for the unoriginal dialogue and plot. Overall, an okay movie to watch and forget
As You Are (2016)
Very Good First Effort
I agree in big part with most of the other reviews. The movie is well done and the director's hand is almost a character that sits next to us throughout the film and guides our eyes to where he wants us to look. The script was fantastic, the dialogue was very well paced and didn't feel plastic, and the acting was excellent. The budding relationship between the two sons was telegraphed so it was no big surprise but I must say I was a bit disappointed by the ending (in whichever form you interpret it... was it murder, was it accidental manslaughter, or was is suicide?). Leaving the ending open felt for me like taking away from the characters' personality, almost like providing no closure for them
Last Call (2009)
Liked The Ending
I got the impression that Heaven is the place where we get to go with all our knowledge and experience so we get to live making those decisions we should have made, we get to avoid hurting those we love the most, we get to take those chances we never took, and we understand what real love is. The rest of the movie was plain average, nothing exceptional
Mariposas Verdes (2017)
One of those movies that make me wonder how they ever got made. The script is unoriginal, the dialogue is monotonous and not believable at all (in Latin America, no student would refer to another as "usted," that's the way you refer to an adult or someone in a position of authority), the clichés are abundant, and the characters are one-dimensional without any development at all. If you want to see a coming out story where the main character ends up committing suicide, there are plenty of other movies that do the jow way better than this one
Hors les murs (2012)
Funny, Romantic, Sad
This movie presented a different approach to the old gay love story. It was original and I liked the plot of the film. I wish we had gotten more background on Paulo since it really would have helped to understand his actions and his decisions later on in the movie. Several situations did not ring true and they failed to engage me but I have to admit t the end I felt pretty sad for Paulo and Ilir because sometimes that's the way it happens in real life, we throw away the best things that have happened to us for the most stupid reasons