The Boys Who Brunch – Season One-Two (2011-14)
“That’s what life is all about… the people you meet along the way.”
Making connections with other people is maybe one of the highlights of life. That and a good mimosa to start the day. As this web series opened up its first episode, it comments on how in New York City, there are so many people crammed in together, but how difficult it is to find real, genuine friends. Mason, our main character, is eager to make real connections with people and to maintain them. Continue reading “The Boys Who Brunch”
Feral is a new web series – the first produced by gay movie site Dekkoo – about a group of young friends living in Memphis who are finding themselves in the midst of life’s struggles. Billy is dealing with life after the loss of a relationship. Daniel is trying to figure out how to express himself without hurting others. Their friends are working on other issues like coming out and addiction.
This short film has been posted about in many blogs, but in case you missed it I wanted to link to it here. It comes from MTV’s “Look Different” Campaign which seeks to bring up issues of privilege and bias. … Continue reading Short Film: American Male
Beneath the Skin (2015)
Two young men start out with abandonment issues, but find love with each other. Will they be torn apart more by the bullies or their own circumstances?
4th Man Out (2015)
Friends don’t let friends come out alone. That’s the tagline to this movie, and it’s all about friendship.
The Outs – Season 2 is one of the very best queer web series since… The Outs first season. I think it’s that good. It’s fun, humorous, poignant, and real. Sometimes it goes where you think it will, but other … Continue reading The Outs: Season 2
Those People (2015)
Falling in love with your best friend generally has one of two extreme conclusions. The one we would hope for is the most amazing love affair in the history of humankind. The other is the complete and utter destruction of a friendship. In this case it’s worse because the destruction extends out past the initial blast zone.
Synopsis: “On Manhattan’s gilded Upper East Side, a young painter, Charlie, finds the man of his dreams in an older pianist from across the globe. If only Charlie weren’t secretly in love with his own manipulative best friend, Sebastian, who is embroiled in a financial scandal. In the wake of Sebastian’s notoriety, their tight-knit group of friends must confront the new realities of adulthood.”
Charlie’s BFF Sebastian may or may not know in the beginning how Charlie feels about him. Really I wonder if he knows until Charlie tells him in the most awkward encounter of the movie. It seems like Sebastian is just too caught up in himself, and everything that Charlie perceives as want is just Sebastian’s non-malicious wanting of Charlie’s continued attention. Unfortunately, this makes Sebastian a little hard to like. Continue reading “Those People”
Limited Partnership (2014)
In business terms, the definition of a limited partnership is that “…a limited partnership must have at least one General Partner and at least one limited partner.” I think the business definition is pretty accurate in describing the unfair situation in this documentary, except that this partnership is much deeper than business.
IMDB gives us this quick synopsis: “The love story of Filipino-American Richard Adams and his Australian husband, Tony Sullivan.” Of course, its focus is on how their relationship weathers marriage inequality as it relates to immigration to the US. Even as Richard and Tony were in a long-term, committed relationship, they were unable to get the needed documents from then INS to be able to live openly together in the US.
One of the first eye-opening facets of this film is that Richard and Tony were among the first gay couples in the country to be issued a marriage license. And that was in 1975! I honestly was unaware that this situation had taken place in Colorado, and that the struggle for marriage equality had gone back so far. Of course the reaction to their situation was far more abrasive and nasty than many of us faced in the 2000’s. Continue reading “Limited Partnership”
Paternity Leave (2015)
Accidental pregnancy isn’t something that most gay men worry about. But in Greg and Ken’s case, a medical miracle turns their lives upside down as they deal with having a baby. Continue reading “Paternity Leave”
Out in the Line-Up (2014)
All it takes is one person to change things. In much of history, we look at one person and one moment that is the pivotal symbol of dynamic change. In reality, there often is one person, but then there are many that follow to push the tide of change forward. Continue reading “Out in the Lineup”
The Moment Series from Buzzfeed Yellow
I happened across this the other day, and thought it was interesting. Each of the videos is only about 3-4 minutes long, and the each focus on a specific part of a relationship. It happens that these moments are gay-themed, but they really apply to relationships in general.
It starts out with these two guys who are hooking up, but one starts to want more. As things progress, they hit snags along the way and negotiate their way to a relationship. Finally one is leaving and they contemplate their relationship turning into a long-distance one.
It’s obviously not as deep as a feature length film, but it packs more than one would think with simplicity. Worth a watch. Episodes below the jump.
Hunting Season – Season 2 (2015)
In my post about the first season of Hunting Season, I said that one of the main things the show focused on was sex. Again we see this in the second season, but the theme has been expanded on in several ways.
The synopsis: “A New York city writer and his friends traverse the gay world, exploring their ever-evolving sexuality, relationships, and what it means to be a true friend.”
Evolution is the first theme that comes to mind watching the second series. Not only in terms of the series itself (although I think it is), it’s about Alex and his conflict between good Alex and bad Alex. It’s about him trying to figure out what he really wants – does he want more hook ups and screw ups or is he looking for something more meaningful?
Hmm.. Looking. This seems to be a theme for series lately. Now that I’m thinking about the show “Looking,” Hunting Season has many parallels in terms of the struggle of the main character. Even some of the self-destructive behaviors are similar. But I digress…
Now his blog is starting to catch up with him, but at the same time he wants to write something different. Hooking up is getting weird, and he seems like he’s looking for something more. But with who? There is a pivotal moment that I thought was very poignant when Alex hooks up with a guy, but runs into his ex who now has a husband and a kid. Continue reading “Hunting Season: Season 2”