Today was a day of relaxing.. no podcasting, no planning my dream vacation. All I wanted to do was sit on my butt and watch movies on Netflix.
Today's theme was "Gay Themed" movies. I will admit that about 90% gay themed movies are low budget but that doesn't mean they don't have a great story.. okay well alot of them don't but occasionally you'll find a gem amongst the rocks. Today I found a few.
This was obviously a low-budget,
indie production, but I was pleasantly surprised: the production values weren't incredible,
but they were definitely better than one might expect, the script was good, touching at times and funny, and the acting was pretty good, especially the two leads. I found the main characters conflict with his sexuality to be very realistic, especially for 1982 when this film takes place.
This isn't a great movie but it was entertaining. It was funny watching this as the main character looks so much like my best friend Chris. Would I watch it again, probably not but I am glad I got to experience it once. I'd give Longhorns a solid C+
Unlike Longhorns this one actually had a bigger budget and production values were much higher but unfortunately the main character wasn't that great. This
film breaks the most basic fundamental rule of storytelling; the
audience needs to feel empathy, affection and support for the central
protagonist, and I could care less about him. I actually was more interested in his former boyfriend and friends. This is why I continued to watch the movie.
As I said.. the production value was good, the acting was good and the majority of the characters were good.. but the main character was such a douche I really didn't care what happen to him. I give
The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green a grade of C. Will I watch this again... defiantly not.. am I glad I watched this in the first place.. eh.
My third movie of the day is called Is It Just Me? Frustrated by his ongoing failure to meet Mr. Right, Blaine stumbles
upon what might be his perfect match in an online chat room - Xander, a
sweet, hunky Texan who's recently moved to LA. Smitten, Blaine finds
he's been chatting to Xander under his go-go dancer roommate's profile,
setting in motion a convoluted comedy of errors with romance as the
We have a winner.. I really enjoyed this movie. Most of the characters in the movie are stereotypical, but not in a
bothersome way. You have the self-deprecating nerd (Blaine), the
perfect dream guy (Xander), the jock who's more focused on sex
(Cameron), the older eccentric guy who's lived his life alone, the
understanding female friend. I have to give a lot of credit to the
actors and the script for not making these characters devolve into
annoying rehashes of what we've already seen dozens of time. All of the
characters are likable and relateable in some way. The movie does not
judge any of them, and there's no bad guy.
I really could identify with the main character of Blaine who is a hopelessly romantic but self-deprecating and lonely gay
guy. I found his story to be true to life. Of course I wouldn't have let it get as far as it did but I understand that it's a movie and the story had to play out like it did.
Xander is the cutest thing in the world and his older roommate Ernie provides most of the humor in the film.
also thought it was strange that Xander, after talking to Blaine on the
phone for hours and hours, could not tell the voices of Blaine and
Cameron apart when he met them in real life, but again it had to be done to tell the story they wanted to tell.
Over all it was a very heartwarming, charming and fun romantic comedy. The moment it was over I added the DVD to my Amazon wishlist. I can officially say that this movie is now in my top 5 of all time favorite "gay themed" movies. I give "Is It Just Me?" a solid A
first half of this movie is very good, refreshingly low-key and
original, with a believable, slowly-developing romance between Morgan
and Dean. The second half of the movie turns into somewhat of a melodrama. I knew there would have to be some sort of conflict as everything was looking to good for Morgan. Watching him finally break down from all that had happen to him was hard. He pushes away his mother, best friend and Dean. I guess he had to hit rock bottom before he could slowly build himself back up and come to grips with his situation.
All the acting was great but Jack Kesy's gentle but powerful
performance as Dean was fantastic...
I really enjoyed this movie, I don't think I would buy it on DVD but I'd definitely watch it again. I give Morgan a solid B
Not bad.. out of the four movies I watch, one was barely watchable, another was entertaining, one was pretty great and one I totally loved. Three out of four is not bad.