Whether witchcraft, love, or lust, it seems like lots of folks are caught up in potent spells this week.
Spooky Sundance buzz title The Witch sees a Pilgrim family picked off one-by-one by something wicked, while gay chamber drama Godless (above) sees a pair of brothers grapple with their lifelong incestuous relationship. Finally, a quartet of horny gay men are thirsty more than just sex in Beautiful Something.
Now for the trailers and details!
($24.99 Blu-ray, $19.98 DVD; Lionsgate)
A long-awaited award winner from Sundance 2015, writer/director Robert Eggers’ period piece is a prime example of arthouse horror film – eerie, evocative, detailed, and timely to boot. Set during the 1600s, with much culled from folk tales and dialogue of the day, this slow-burner follows a fervently religious Puritan family. Exiled by their community and holed up in the New England forest, they soon realize something is amiss when their infant gets snatched by a witch. Although they aren’t sure if a critter managed to take the baby, soon the eldest son goes missing, and when he mysteriously shows up again, naked and bewitched, they realize something wicked has come… and may even be one of their own. Watching the family members turn on each other in paranoia is just as wrenching as the sporadic bloodshed – and is timely, given the fearful froth over boogeyman bathroom predators red states are gripped in – while you’ll never look at a goat the same way after meeting the film’s “Black Phillip.” Extras include a commentary, behind the scenes, and Q&A.
Taking place over a night in Philadelphia, writer/director Joseph Graham’s drama follows four gay men on the prowl for sex… and maybe something much deeper. Los Angeles talent agent Bob lures a cute young actor, Jim, into his limo. Jim, meanwhile, is the muse and attention-starved boyfriend of an established sculptor, Drew, while the fourth protagonist is Brian, frustrated poet (aren’t they all?). Between all the sex, and yes there is plenty of it, these folks share some of their secrets, dreams, and wants…
($24.99 DVD; Breaking Glass Pictures)
The Seminarian director Joshua Lim again mines controversial material with his follow-up, this drama about a pair of adult brothers, Nate and Steven, who are brought together again when their mother dies in a car accident. During the mourning period, they reflect on the time they spent apart and the special relationship they’ve tried to avoid dealing with, yet there are many complications including Steven’s boyfriend Ray. A chamber piece with a complicated twist for sure.
Orange Is The New Black: Season 3
You might not have noticed that the documentary TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL was released on iTunes this past week. It is pretty good, 8out of 10 stars in my book. Also an autographed DVD is available through tabhunter.com
Beautiful Something is directed by the same guy who directed Strapped, which was one of my most favorite indie queer films of the past 10 years. I will definitely be checking that one out.
Beautiful Something from the director of Strapped …
I saw Strapped, it was very well done. The movie is about a Hustler who can’t seem to find his way out of a building after servicing a client. The lead actor is amazing and my only complaint about the movie is that he didn’t have a full on nude scene.
my friend just mailed me a blu-ray of Thundercrack! and it is, without question, the strangest darn thing i have ever seen in my life. a john waters-esque creepy dark house black comedy porno. INSANE.
Hold the phone …
looking at the trailer for “Beautiful Something” again,
Colman Domingo, the Black actor in the trailer, is Victor Strand in Fear The Walking Dead.
There was recently a “plot twist” on the show that revealed that Victor Strand is gay. Actor Dougray Scott plays his lover.
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