Quotables: Colby Keller
In his sprawling interview with Nightcharm earlier in the year, the clever Colby Keller came up with this quick and easy way to remember that safe sex is perfectly straightforward, and that the glamour of doing it “raw” is not really that glamorous at all. Sex is like buying chicken at the grocery store. Sometimes its covered in E. coli, sometimes its not. It’s the risk you take....
Gay Filipino Film Goes To the Oscars
The Film Academy of the Philippines has selected Bwakaw as the national contender in the foreign-language film category at next year’s Oscars. The Tagalog-language comedy-melodrama was directed by Jun Robles Lana and stars veteran actor Eddie Garcia as a curmudgeonly old gay man trying to come to terms with age, solitude and the elusive meaning of friendship. Bwakaw is the name of the...
Simply Streisand #19
This first footage from Guilt Trip gives me a hard on, and not just because it offers a long-awaited glimpse at Streisand’s new big screen performance but that it shows off Seth Rogen, world’s most attractive man, looking hotter than ever in grey marle t shirt and plaid pj bottoms. Rogen has the sexiest men’s voice ever - actually, at least for the duration of this clip, I...
The young Russell Crowe was "A Very Special...
A few thousand beers and some suck-my-cock attitude turned the always cute Russell Crowe into the swarthy leading man we know and love and have wanked over: As Russell’s chest and shoulders expanded so did his global fame, but before then he was the lithe (but thankfully still sleeveless) star of this horrifying recruitment video for the Seventh Day Adventist church: [[MORE]]
Simply Streisand #18
“The Tin Man in The Wiz was Tiger Haynes who was my first guitarist at the Bon Soir when I was 18 years old.” Not only does she have her web stretched across the entire population of the music world, but she never forgets or fails to notice any single detail. Except her weight, which is out of control: [[MORE]]
Happy Birthday Sophia Loren
“God made homosexuals, so he must love them. I love them too.” The incredibly beautiful Sophia Loren is 88 today (September 20). Still very vital after a long career decorated with two Oscars (one competitive, one honorary), a tax evasion scandal that sent her to prison for 18 days in 1981 and a successful range of name branded sunglasses, Loren has lived in Geneva since 2006 and...
Hotty of the Day: Solomon
Solomon is the definition of a spunk. That cheeky straight guy who works at your local bottle shop, black t-shirt half a size too small and who always has a little bit of extra time for you (because he knows you would die happy if he let you suck his cock)? This is that guy. Equally at home kicking back and getting serviced or being blown while blindfolded and tied to a chair (see below),...
"You're a pretty good fuck for a former monk, you...
A VERY NATURAL THING USA, 1973 Director: Christopher Larkin Stars: Robert Joel, Curt Gareth, Bo White I would normally be wary of any film championed by Vito Russo, let alone one that he actually appears in. Roped in as an extra, Russo plays in a crowd scene somewhere, so watch closely in the bustling Fire Island beach-cruising and disco scenes, and you may be able to make his wiry,...
FOX AND HIS FRIENDS Germany, 1975 Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder Stars: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Peter Chatel, Adrian Hoven This is an uncelebrated and relatively ancient wonder written, directed and performed by everyone’s favorite cokehead, Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Fassbinder plays Franz Biberkopf, a chunky dimwit who works in a corrupt travelling circus playing sideshow attraction...
TAXI ZUM KLO (TAXI TO THE TOILET) Germany. 1981 Director: Frank Ripploh Stars: Frank Ripploh, Bernd Broaderup Available on DVD - order here Taxi Zum Klo (Taxi to the Toilet) is a remarkable AIDS-eve film that was scandalous in its day and still runs rings around self-proclaimed “edgy” queer films that spew out of gay and lesbian film festivals and fringe houses and bore us to death year after...
Trailer Park: Gayby (2012)
Gayby is the latest no-budget magazine article in film form that is sure to draw crowds at gay and lesbian film festivals after its release later this year. [[MORE]]
Simply Streisand #17
Everybody knows not to provoke Barbra Streisand. And by provoking, that could be anything from glancing in her general direction or wearing the colour orange (which she loathes). So god only knows what got into the head of the infamous heckler at her 2006 concerts, who started shouting at her from the auditorium before being told, by Barbra, to “shut the fuck up”. But what a Simply...
Book Of The Day: After Midnight
After Midnight is the hard to find memoir of Susan Bluestein Davis, who was married to Brad Davis, star of Midnight Express and Querelle. In it, she details the last years of Brad’s life as he finds out he’s HIV positive, conceals his condition from Hollywood decision makers, and ultimately dies of AIDS. A must for fans, and historians too. Get a copy here.
Remembering Brad Davis
The sadly not immortal Brad Davis died on this day (September 8) from assisted suicide/AIDS in 1991, aged 41. His final words were “Oh God, it hurts!”. More Brad Davis. To lighten the mood, peruse moments from that other great B. Davis.
The power of goodbye
CIAO USA, 2008 Director: Yen Tan Stars: Adam Neal Smith, Alessandro Calza, Ethel Yung Review by Matthew Rettenmund This meditative film, informed by Asian cinema’s muted colors and static wide shots, captures the aftermath of a young man’s death and the deep bond that forms between his longtime best friend and a love-seeker from Italy whom the dead man had planned to meet in person after a...
Music Theatre: Skatt Bros "Life At The Outpost"...
The Skatt Bros were Canada’s “answer to the Village People”, and I believe they answered that call more than adequately. I was shattered to learn that the sweaty, curly haired spunk playing the lead singer is just that - an actor, and not part of the band at all. Anyone know his name? Check it: [[MORE]]
Book Of The Day: Screening The Sexes
Long before Vito Russo lumbered onto the scene with his just-add-water gay pride, Parker Tyler had been producing erudite works about gay cinephilia, such as this one, possibly his best, Screening the Sexes. Well informed and free of cant (and with a new introduction by Andrew Sarris), Screening the Sexes is an essential text for any gay movie lover, who doesn’t necessarily watch every...
Hotty of the day: Alessandro Calza
Alessandro Calza wrote and starred in 2008’s Ciao. Also a graphic designer, model and photographer under the name, A. Hunter, he has an official website here. As well, I believe he has the world’s finest chest, but I’ll let you be the judge: [[MORE]]
Rides up with wear
ARE YOU BEING SERVED? UK, 1977 Director: Bob Kellett Stars: John Inman, Mollie Sugden, Frank Thornton, Wendy Richard Grace Bros. department store is closed for renovations, so the entire staff are sent on holiday together. Our beloved crew arrive in the fictional Moroccan resort of Costa Plonka, where mix-ups and double entendre are the order of the day, and a brewing civil war provides an...
A moment with Elizabeth Taylor #8
If your friends and peers are banging on about zero sorting and negotiated risk and all the rest of that crap that results in infection after infection on a daily basis, then find new friends and peers. Traditional safe sex - condoms for fucking - works, so make it work for you, whether it’s your preference or not. Don’t take my word for it: [[MORE]]
Hotty of the Day: Mystery Man in Fassbinder's...
Gods of the Plague (dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder — 1970). Can anyone identify the swarthy spunk in the white t-shirt? And yes, he does look just like my boyfriend, Dakota James:
Simply Streisand #16
Here, Barbra demonstrates the correct way to model a hat.
Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury
Born on this day (September 5), in 1946 in Stone Town, Zanzibar as Farrokh Bulsara, Freddie Mercury rapidly vaulted into immortality as the charismatic lead singer of Queen. A songwriter par excellence, he solo-composed songs such as We Will Rock You and Bohemian Rhapsody, and his showmanship was so high-voltage that Queen’s twenty-minute set at the 1985 Live Aid concert is a perfect...
ALEXANDER USA, 2004 Director: Oliver Stone Stars: Colin Farrell, Jared Leto, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer It’s a shame that this rich and beautiful movie became the turkey of 2004. Alexander’s primary liability is its lumbering biopic style which checklists every event, major or minor, in Alexander’s life from infancy to death. But apart from this structural flaw, the film has...
Interview with Arian Levanael (Ari the Aerialist)
Australian aerialist Arian Levanael performs around the world and is primarily based in London. In 2009, he posed for this set of shots in London by Dylan Rosser. Back then, I stole some time out of Ari’s mystic schedule to shoot him a few questions. Mark Adnum: Ari, whenever I see an image of you, I think of the 9 of Pentacles. What’s your take on this? [[MORE]]Ari Levanael: For me 9 of...
Keep on Truckin'
KANSAS CITY TRUCKING COMPANY USA, 1976 Director: Joe Gage Stars: Jack Wrangler, Steve Boyd, Richard Locke Available on DVD - order here Kansas City Trucking Company was the first of Joe Gage’s ancient “Working Man” trilogy which continued with El Paso Wrecking Corporation and concluded with L.A. Tool and Die. This first instalment introduces Hank (Richard Locke), a...
Miss Davis Says (#6):
“They say you should never say ‘bad’ about the dead, only ‘good’. Well, I hear this morning that Miss Crawford has died. Good!” (Answering a reporter who asked for comment the morning of Joan Crawford’s death)
Bette Midler started out as the live entertainment at the legendary Continental Baths, which were located in the basement of the Ansonia Hotel. Visits to the baths included unlimited use of on-tap lice killing shampoo and a rotation of acts that included Midler (who was often accompanied on piano by Barry Manilow), the Pointer Sisters and Natalie Cole. [[MORE]]