Featuring LGBT short films I found around the interwebz a.k.a Youtube. Okay sucky intro, but yeah, that’s it.
A short film about a guy sleeping over at his friend’s place.
A mix-bag of movies this weekend. Let’s get right to it…
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I Want To Get Married
Just six days before the vote on Prop 8, the sweet and geeky Paul attends a wedding and decides he wants to get married to the man of his dreams. At the same time, he’s assigned to work for a conservative client who’s campaigning against gay marriage — and he’s too strapped for cash to say “no.” In the week that follows, Paul embarks on a hilarious and heartwarming personal journey to find the man of his dreams, test his moral limits and reconcile with his estranged parents.
An awkward movie with awkward acting. Awkward could be adorable but this totally lacked the charm. Shame. I expected better from Matthew Montgomery.
A closeted student at a conservative theological seminary, struggles to come to terms with his nurtured beliefs and coming out to himself, his friends, and his only surviving family member. At this low point mentally and emotionally, Ryan ends up in a troubled online relationship which leads him to question everything he has known about God and Love.
Philosophizing about God and Love while dealing with a closeted sexuality should have been profound and moving but this movie has the personality of an oatmeal. The lead actor lacked charisma. Do not waste your time on this.
Getting Go: The Go Project
A shy young man schemes to meet a hunky dancer known as ‘Go’ under the pretence of filming a documentary about him, and New York’s nightlife. As the two grow closer the line between subject and filmmaker become increasingly blurred.
A so very not safe for work movie shot entirely with hand-held cameras and cellphones. The documentary style made it seem the whole thing was real. So real that I sometimes had to remind myself this was completely fictional. This was raw and honest. The bittersweet ending was very apt.
Two men in a secluded cabin are haunted by their dead relationship.
A movie that simultaneously affirms my belief not to live smack dab in the middle of nowhere and made me want to go to Iceland. The gorgeous, sweeping landscapes served as a back-drop to a dark suspenseful plot that kept me riveted to the screen. This is one of those movies where the timeline of events could be confusing. Also with some surreal scenes that made you question reality. I love how the two lead actors brought out the palpable post-breakup tension and chemistry between MC’s Einar and Gunnar. This is not romance though so you know what to expect.
Birch, a young man living in the Catskill Mountains, reunites with Andrew, his childhood friend from the city.
A movie that was for some reason tagged as comedy although there was nothing remotely funny about it. The attempts at humor fell flat. This has so much potential to be good instead it was all over the place. I love friends-to-lovers stories but even Birch’s more hipster than hipster, old-school lifestyle and cool soundtrack couldn’t save this movie.
A modern take on Shakespeare’s `Romeo and Juliet’. When eight male cadets are left behind at an isolated military high school, the greatest romantic drama ever written seeps out of the classroom and permeates their lives.
Saving the best for last with this brilliant Shakespeare interpretation I completely went gaga over. Never had Romeo and Juliet been done so differently yet totally made sense. The actors outdid themselves here. The chemistry between MCs Sam (Romeo) and Glenn (Juliet) was off the charts! But they were nearly upstaged by Josh (Mercutio) whose intensity radiates off the screen. Watch this now!!!
Hope you enjoyed this week’s Mini Movie Reviews. Have a great Saturday!
Ocean By The Forest – Tairou
A story of two people and the bond between them. A story of untold feelings and expressed ones. A story of reaching out and pulling back, just like the ocean waves crashing on the shore.
A dreamy one shot with surreal art, packed full of feels.
Cabrini Law: Other Than Honorable – Parker St. John
Revenge is a risky business… but nothing is more dangerous than love.
No one would suspect the hell Matthew Ballard has lived through, least of all the green-eyed Marine sent to protect him. Matt is playing a long con against a dangerous foe. He can’t afford the distraction of a bodyguard with his own pile of issues… no matter how desperately he secretly craves the feel of his rough hands.
When J.D. Reese lost the Marine Corps, he lost the only home he ever knew. Discharged and adrift, he can’t afford to refuse a job protecting the spoiled heir of an embattled energy corporation. His young charge is cunning, arrogant, and infuriating… and Reese wants him more than his next breath.
Can two hard-as-nails men surrender to each other when the fight is all they’ve ever known?
It didn’t unseat Murder Aforethought as my favorite but Other Than Honorable is a decent follow up to the second book. It’s a story about being yourself and following your dreams. It’s also about letting yourself move on from the past and living the life you deserve.
J.D. Reese was introduced in book 2 as Val’s former captain and bestfriend. He provided backup when Val and Maks were in trouble with the mob.
Reese reminded people of Steve Rogers. He has a laidback personality and an easy grin. You’d think he’s all Southern charm and Texas drawl when in fact he’s fighting his own demons. Which he does by drinking himself to oblivion.
He supports himself by doing odd jobs as a bodyguard of sorts. He’s been living in a roach motel for months. His friends decided to stage an intervention and directs him to a bodyguard gig protecting a controversial billionaire.
Matthew Ballard could have been Bruce Wayne had he taken his considerable MMA fighting skills to the streets. Instead, he’s in the closet, stuck doing a job he hated and slowly putting his plan for revenge into action. All the while suffocating under his homophobic father’s thumb.
The two came from vastly different backgrounds but as we delve deeper into the story, we see that both men dealt with similar issues. They recognized the other’s innate goodness each of them don’t want the world to know. Reese because he’s wracked with guilt at the death of his military brothers under his command. Matt because he thinks being seen as good is a weakness.
As with all the characters in the series, Reese and Matt were complex, nuanced characters who felt real. Their romance was slow-burn which is always a plus. They were drawn towards each other naturally although on the whole, it lacked the zing that was present in Val and Maks.
I was also expecting more for the conclusion of Matt’s grand revenge scheme. It was what a good person would do but I couldn’t help feeling let down especially after what he had gone through and the time it took to bring the whole thing into fruition. And because I hated his cold bastard of a father, too.
The book did a good job setting up Miguel’s story, which is next. You could feel the tension between him and Detective Ray Travis a mile away. The detective was investigating the threats to Matt’s and/or Reese’s life. Miguel was backing Reese up as a lawyer and as a friend.
I loved how the rest of the Cabrini gang came together to support Reese when he was sued by the family of one of the dead soldiers. There was an oh so brief glimpse of Alexander Cabrini. I had a feeling he’s going to give Maks a run for his money on my favorites list. Alas, his book ,#6, is still far away a.k.a. not yet written. Please come sooner, please!
The story came together in a suspenseful climax where we get to see Matt doing badass things. I liked that he was the one who gets to do this rather than his ex-military boyfriend.
When he finally came out, you can feel the lightness he felt after carrying that much baggage for so long. He was out about his sexuality, out of the office he hated, out in the ring beating the crap out of his opponent because he can finally fight as a pro. He was positively radiant.
Reese freed himself and lived his life with Matt.
They’re not looking back.
Other Than Honorable is best read after the first two books. There are many recurring characters and references to previous events. This series has been a treat. It’s always a delight to catch up with these justice league of lawyers. Read reviews here and find out why.
3.5 Stars – that place between like and love