What a hot and bothered bunch of characters and movies we have this week in home entertainment, from a young hot Canadian queer boy with a hankering for the elderly (Gerontophilia, above) to women and men (like hunky Michael Fassbender) and their horses, plus a real-life LGBT uprising in Texas.
What are the titles and details, you ask? Read on!
($24.99 Blu-ray, $19.98 DVD; Lionsgate)
In this lyrical sleeper of a period Western, Michael Fassbender plays a bounty hunter who helps a lovestruck 16-year-old Scot (Kodi Smit-McPhee, soon to be seen as Nightcrawler in the next X-Men movie) track down the woman he’s smitten by. Extras include deleted scenes and a featurette.
($24.99 DVD; Strand)
Canadian director/provocateur Bruce La Bruce mines a very different kind of gay romance with his latest film, in which a teenage Montrealer, Lake (Pier-Gabriel Lajoie), indulges his blossoming sexual attraction to elderly men when he lands a job in a nursing home. While juggling a tense family life and girlfriend, he falls for openly gay patient, 81-year-old Melvyn Peabody (Walter Borden), and decides to break him out of the facility to fulfill a bucket list goal… Sweet and transgressive — bonus points for Lake pursuing a relatively fey and non-white elderly man to boot, a spit in the face of that “no fems” and racist attitude we see too much of in the dating pool these days — fans of John Waters’ post-’90s films will have a satisfying date movie here for sure. Extras include a Q&A with La Bruce at MoMA.
($24.95 DVD; Wolfe)
German director Monika Treut, a trailblazer during the New Queer Cinema movement with classics under her belt like The Virgin Machine, returns again with this dramatic coming of age tale about a petulant teenager who learns some valuable lessons with help from a lesbian horse riding instructor.
Raid of the Rainbow Lounge
($19.99 DVD; Camina Entertainment)
In 2009, a brutal police raid of a Fort Worth, Texas gay dance club sparked off a powerful outrage and activist movement, transforming the city profoundly. Director Robert L. Camina’s documentary retells the incident from witness interviews and chronicles the repercussions and political LGBT progressiveness that followed.
The Town That Dreaded Sundown
Coming Out: Season 2