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This Side of Heaven

Essential Opinion: This Side of Heaven

Shot entirely in black and white, Verow’s film carries an interesting film noir feel to it.  V is the unfortunate victim of circumstance, locked in an ever-present battle with the villainous Shawnith.  A string of sexually motivated young men float in and out of V’s life until Christian arrives – the unexpected femme fatale, or male fatale as it were.

Heartland

Film Review: Heartland at BFI Flare

When an opinionated lesbian artist moves back home with her conservative homophobic mother, it’s bound to spell trouble. Add in the turbulence of life lost, family dynamics, and matters of the heart and you’ve got yourself quite the rodeo (if we can borrow the Oklahoma cliché).

Tom of Finland

Film Review: Tom of Finland at Tribeca Film Festival

Upon the Centennial celebration of Finland, award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski presents a moving biopic of one of the country’s most beloved sons. Tom of Finland is a roughly 115 minute biographical dramatization that aims to reveal the creative genius behind the famous homoerotic illustrations. Shot across 3 different countries, the film presents nearly 50 years of Laaksonen’s life, from his time in the war until his death in 1991.

Grinder

Essential Opinion: Grinder

Before you ask, the answer is no. Grinder has nothing to do with the popular hookup app. While Writer/Director Brandon Ruckdashel’s film may not be buried in your iPhone menu, the metaphor is far from lost. This is a story about the meat grinder many young gay men must try to survive, weathering a gauntlet of homophobia, confusion, and the discovery of one’s self-identity.

Tom of Finland

Tom of Finland, Gay Essential Talks To Dome Karukoski

Dome Karukoski’s latest film, Tom of Finland, is a moving biopic of decorated war hero, art director, and illustrator, Touko Laaksonen. Known for his sexually liberating drawings of muscular gay men, each signed “Tom of Finland,” Touko Laaksonen courageously sparked a leather-clad LGBT revolution with the playful stroke of his pencil.

Love Is All You Need?

Essential Opinion: Love Is All You Need?

An expansion of director Kim Rocco Shields short film by the same title, Love Is All You Need? is an intriguing and very personal look at what it feels like to be persecuted for what you look like, who you are, and whom you love. Released in 2016, the film stars Briana Evigan, Tyler Blackburn and Kyla Kenedy.

BeatCity 3

Film Review: BearCity 3 at Iris Prize Festival

BearCity 3 is a fantastic conclusion to Langway’s trilogy and quite possibly his finest example of writing, editing, and filmmaking to date. And not surprisingly, Doug Langway delivers a acknowledgement to his real life bear family – the many bears and bear lovers who have contributed to Langway’s vision over the years and continue to help him weave humorous and dramatic stories.

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