Review me...

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Not sure how many people remember when we used to do this, but I used to ask for volunteers to review gay books, DVDs, etc., and then your review would appear on the front page, and you'd get to see/read stuff for free. Good trade.

As is not much of a secret, my free time and ability to get on here lately is rather abysmal, so the review queue is laughable at this point. So, we'll try this again.

I should point out that this review project typically ends the same every time. I stop soliciting reviews from ya'll because people commit to reading/watching stuff, and then we don't get any reviews posted, or even worse, people watch the DVD, and 4 weeks later, haven't found time to write their review yet, at which point I question their ability *to* write a decent review.

But since I'm just as bad, let's give this a shot.

Obviously, to play along, you have to be willing to send me your address, as that is how the item for review will get to you, of course.

Books

Double Bound by Nick Nolan: - Nick Nolan’s Double Bound reunites us with many of the characters introduced in his delightful Strings Attached: Jeremy, now in a committed relationship with fun-loving, hotheaded Carlo; Arthur, Jeremy’s protector, confidant, and mentor; and Katharine, Jeremy’s wealthy benefactress, still hiding a slew of secrets and hidden agendas.

Without Sin by J. Tomas: - Sixteen-year-old Jacob Smithson has a temper. He's picked on because he likes boys, and fighting gets him kicked out of public school. As a last resort, his parents place him in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Boarding School for Boys. At his first mass at St. Thomas he sees Avery Dendritch, a senior who serves as altar boy during the service. When they meet, the attraction between them is hard to deny. The two become fast friends, and as the school year progresses, their friendship deepens until Jacob feels he's found a place where he belongs. But the other students gossip about their growing relationship. Avery can ignore them; Jacob can't. As the rumors and slurs start up again, can he curb his temper, or will his fighting get him expelled from St. Thomas, too?

DVDs

The Adonis Factor: - A documentary about Gay men and their pursuit of physical perfection.

Anotherworld: - An experimental drama entirely composed by monologues. A personal journey through male homosexuality - from darkness to light, from total denial to complete acceptance - as told in monologues performed by actors and adapted from interviews with ordinary Italian gay men.

Edie and Thea: - After 42 years, feisty and delightful lesbian couple Edie and Thea are finally getting married. From the early '60s to the present day, the tireless community activists persevere through many battles, both personal and political. As Edie says, We just went on with this talent we have for wrestling joy from the shit. Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir (THE BRANDON TEENA STORY) return with a love story of two remarkable women whose commitment to each other is an inspiration to us all.

Seeing Heaven: - A beautiful young escort, Paul, suffers from trip-like dreams he doesn't understand. Paul is searching for his twin brother, but the journey he goes on is a dark one. In discovering his true past, Paul is in danger of destroying himself.

David's Birthday: - A group of friends rent a magnificent house by the sea to spend the summer together. The unexpected arrival of Shary and Diego's son David sets something off in everyone, especially Matteo, an accomplished psychoanalyst who is married to Francesca. David's lonely and enigmatic uncle Leonard senses the reasons behind the dangerous tension, hidden beneath layers of silence and friendly banter. This vacation will indelibly mark everybody's life.

Plan B: - Bruno is dumped by his girlfriend; behind a calm, indifferent expression, his mind plans a cold, sweet vengeance. She, a modern girl, keeps on seeing him once in a while, but has another boyfriend, Pablo. Bruno becomes Pablo's friend, with the idea of eroding the couple, maybe introducing him to another woman. But, along the way, the possibility of a plan B arises, a more effective one, which will put his own sexuality into question.

Leslie Jordan: My Trip Down The Pink Carpet: - One man show from the Will & Grace star.

Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives: - A group of trannies are violently bashed and left for dead. The surviving ladies regain consciousness, confidence, and courage ready to seek out revenge on the ones who attacked them.

Stonewall Uprising: - This film tells the story of the massive police raid of Stonewall in June 1969.

Pageant: - A portrait of five men competing in the Miss Gay America pageant.

Unfaithful: - Claude Pérès pushes actor/director relationship to its breaking point by asking an actor to make love with him.

All Boys: - In the intriguing documentary "All Boys," film maker Markku Heikkinen travels to Prague and takes on the rise and stagnation of the Czech Boys gay porn phenomenon.

Spinnin': -Set against the whimsical backdrop of Madrid in 1995 – reimagined here as a city where cynicism doesn’t exist – Pastrana’s exuberant feature debut presents a tapestry of stories with a diverse array of characters.

Men for Sale: - The documentary follows the life of 11 male prostututes over the course of a year, recounting their struggles to survive alcohol and drug-related addictions, abuse and stigmatization – and, their troubled pasts.

The Stranger In Us: - In this verité-style drama, Anthony, a newcomer to San Francisco, attempts to come to terms with his abusive ex-lover when he strikes up an unlikely friendship with a street hustler.

7 Virgins: - It is summertime in a blue-collar, marginal district of a city in the South of Spain. Tano, a teenager currently serving a sentence in a juvenile reform center, is given a 48-hour leave to attend his brother's wedding. Together with his best friend Richi, Tano plans to enjoy his 48-hour pass to the limit, doing all the things he is normally prohibited from doing.

2 Minutes Later: - When lesbian detective Abigail Marks teams up with gay guy Michael Dalmar to solve the disappearance of his twin, Kyle Dalmar, a famed portrait photographer, their investigation leads them into the Kyle's risqué world.

The Good Boy - Meet Angel -- twenty years old and barely employed, a guy of few friends and a not-too-promising boxing career. Angel and his mother scrape out a living in Madrid. Enter Vidal, a professional bank robber and a real charmer, just back from Argentina. A former boxer himself, with past ties to Angel's mother and Angel's deceased father, he offers Angel a way out of his dead-end life. Along the way, Angel will have to decide who he truly wants to be and more importantly, what he's willing to give up.

A Love To Keep: - Based on a true story, A Love to Keep begins in fascist Spain in the early 1970's. The two main characters are school teachers Elvira and Pilar, two women who live a quiet but happy life together until Pilar's parents intervene and have her shipped off to a psychiatric hospital for "treatment."

Here's how this will work. First person to pick ONE item gets it. Don't message me and ask, first commenter gets it. Every day, you can select another item. I am posting this at 10 p.m. PT Tuesday, so pick an item. At 10pm PT Wednesday, pick a second item. At 10PT Thursday, pick a third. This weekend, I'll ship stuff out.

Keep in mind, some of these are R rates, some are unrated, and most will have nudity. So, if you ask me for it, I assume it is OK for you to review this content. I do not know your ages, so if it is NOT cool for you to be caught watching a gay movie with naked guys, sorry... don't ask for it.

We'll work on the reviews as they come in together, to get them a bit tweaked, etc., but two things to avoid:
1) If a movie called Ticked Off Trannies With Knives makes you uncomfortable, as you think it might not present trannies in a positive light, as opposed to being a freaky B-movie thing, I'd say skip it.
2) Review the movie you see/book you read. I have no clue why, but in the last round of reviews, people kept writing something that I couldn't figure out: "I didn't like it because I thought Paul was going to end up with Steve, but then Paul ended up..." Here's the thing, in this book, Paul didn't end up with Steve. I want to hear what you thought about the book, not how you would rewrite or reimagine the book if you wrote it. This could also be "The author kept you guessing as to how things would end up." Which is, of course, a fine thing to say. But if you want to decide how books and movies tell stories... write and film them.

OK, with those caveats, have at it. If you post here first, you got it. One item at a time, one item per day. To save time, if you claim an item, immediately pm me your address, so I can start queuing this stuff up.

Thanks.

lacking_direction's picture

The Four-Faced Liar

The Four-Faced Liar

625539's picture

EDITED

hadn't read the full post properly, my bad.
Straight.
And, if you want, I can review Heartbeats (or Les Amours Imaginaires, in French) by director Xavier Dolan. (Not sure if it was on your list) I have it at home.

"pleasure is absolute, pain is relative."

whateversexual_llama's picture

i can do will grayson, will

i can do will grayson, will grayson. i've already read it/own it so i can re-read it for the review and you don't have to send it to me. =]

jeff's picture

Sounds good...

When you submit your review, my copy will be given away in a contest.

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"Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are." - Kurt Cobain

Bi the Book's picture

i was gonna say the same

i was gonna say the same thing but you go for it! id love to see someone else point of view on it!

try not to regret anything...because at one point it was exactly what you wanted

lacking_direction's picture

My Normal

My Normal

lacking_direction's picture

Edie and Thea

Edie and Thea

whateversexual_llama's picture

Anotherworld

Anotherworld