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Cover ArtChulito
by Rice-Gonzalez, Charles
Now listed amongst my favorites is a vibrant, vivid tale of CHULITO, a sixteen year old gay Latino male and the earnest love he holds for his bestfriend, Carlos, his Bronx neighborhood and the people whom it inhabits. A not-to-be-missed read, as Rice-Gonzalez tackles some hardhitting struggles for a gay Latino gangster who must choose, not only between his love of hood vs. man, but also between staying in the game or living free and honest.   posted May 21, 2012 at 5:51PM

Cover ArtIncendies [videorecording]
Will WRECK YOUR ENTIRE WORLD, and then piece it back together, all in one sickningly, disgustingly, horribly, ugily Beautiful scene!!!   posted Apr 27, 2012 at 2:09PM

Cover ArtDon’t let me go
by Trumble, J. H.
Robin Reardon calls this book, "charming." I call that nepotism. Don’t Let Me Go is the story of Nate and Adam. Nate grew up under the wing of his overbearing, unloving father, a high school football coach. Nate was expected to play football the rest of his life, marry a nice cheerleader and settle down. Instead he met Adam, an artistic teen and quit the football team. One night, after a party, Nate is gay bashed and nothing is ever the same, and then Adam is accepted to and leaves for New York to study at a prestiges art school. All that SOUNDS like it would provide a good plot, unfortunately and however, the opposite is true. The only lesson, if one was even meant to gather one, is that if you behave like a nagging, clingy, needy, cheating, lying and hypocritical bee-ahtch for 326 pages, you will then be rewarded with positive and supportive friends, a trusting and loving husband, an over-admiring lover, and a baby! Thanks for the lesson J. H. Trumble.   posted Apr 11, 2012 at 6:44PM

Cover ArtThe unloved [videorecording]
While watching this film, I began to suspect that this film might be an autobiographical piece by Actor/Director Mortonson. The girl who plays Lucy looks like she could be Mortonson, and I was aware that Mortonson was of Irish decent. Turns out I was correct, to some extinct, Mortenson confesses in the Special Features. She grew up in homes just like the one in the film, until the age of 16, but says was more like the "Lauren" character, than Lucy. In UnLoved, eleven year old Lucy lives with her abusive father, until going to school one day and asking to "speak with my Social Worker, please?" after her father has just beat her with a belt for coming home without either the money and/or cigarettes he sent her out to get. Though the father is played by renowned actor (until Stargate Universe) Robert Carlyle, it is a bit part. He is only shown is flashbacks after the initial beating and then a five minute bit afterward. This film will surely be hard to take for some. There are no happy endings, only more harsh realities...or, perhaps not? Mortenson says she wanted to give the audience the sense of hope. That wasn’t what I came away with, but then that may have more to do with my own life rather than Lucy’s. Take from it what you get, but I guarantee, whatever that is, you won’t regret having seen this film.   posted Apr 4, 2012 at 2:14PM

Cover ArtSea of tranquility
by Russell, Paul Elliott
Just repeating the title alone always makes me smile fondly, with a warm sense of remembrance, pride and heartache. A tale of love, loss, life and redemption. Characters so well written, you will remember them long after you've read the last line. Russell at his best! You will not be able to put this book down!   posted Mar 17, 2012 at 5:08PM

Cover ArtExquisite corpse
by Brite, Poppy Z.
It’s Z. Brite’s most cringe worthy tale to date, an fictionalized re-telling inspired by the Dahmer murders... What if he had a partner? No one will ever forget the episode of COPS, during which showed Dahmer chasing one of his last victims, a young,nude vietnamese male down the street, without cringing inwardly and raging outwardly at the biased police officers who, not only laughed at the incident but let Dahmer slip right through their hands on a live broadcast of national t.v., with his pleading victim in tow! Brite takes up her imagined recreation from that victim’s point of view. However, this is not based on actual facts, but only inspired by them. The killer’s name, and any others are not the same, but it does repeat that foreboding incident above, and what might have happened in the aftermath. This is also a tale of love; love lost, love found and how one might lead to the death of another.   posted Mar 17, 2012 at 5:01PM

Cover ArtThe stone angel [videorecording]
Compelling, enthralling, rich with rawness and the heartbreak of hardship, disappointment and the mistakes we make in life! Excellent performances given by Burston, Ziegers, and both Cole and Wings Hauser! Five stars!   posted Nov 24, 2011 at 2:20PM

Cover ArtSolo quiero caminar [videorecording]
I tried watching this two different ways,with the english subtitles on but spoken in spanish, and then without the spanish and the english audio on. It didn’t seem make much difference, either way it sucks, which was really disappointing to discover because i was expecting more out of Diego Luno’s talents. It’s not entirely his fault though, this plot is confusing only because the four women who play the   posted Nov 24, 2011 at 2:16PM

Cover ArtSympathy for Delicious [videorecording]
Thorton’s tale, Ruffalo’s directing debut, though both very brave attempts, also falter. There was great potential here for Thorton to tell his true story, instead he goes off on some uneven fantasy tangent. He is a good story teller but gets caught in a trap between reality and fiction, and how the two should never meet. This is why. However, he is also a talented actor, which draws you into the story even when it’s become so over-the-top it loses all sense of reality. Ruffalo is a brilliant actor, but not here. It’s the Ben Affleck syndrome, too many hats being worn here and it affects Ruffalo’s performance as a shady priest who discover’s Thornton has the gift to heal. There are some beautifully shot scenes but, i suspect that was due more to the talents of the cinematographer than Ruffalo, though let’s be fair, it is Ruffalo’s first directing attempt, and it isn’t a horrible one at that. My problem is that I always become very suspect of any actor who chooses become his/her own director, while also casting themselves in a role larger than an extra. However, after having watched the special features, I learned that Thornton and Ruffalo, former college roommates (in real life) had been working to get this project up and running for some several years, they tried to get others interested in but no one wanted to touch it, because Thornton was an unknown. So, they did it themselves. The special features also informs you on Thornton’s history, whom, in real life, is a handicapped person living in a wheelchair, and really was a former dj, just like his character. But he doesn’t explain anything about the accident that landed him in a wheelchair, in real life and nor in the movie, which i must say, bothered me tremendously. I didn’t need a transcript on the details, but it would have helped me to understand how his character (not the real guy) wound up in a wheelchair and homeless. Sadly, that story was omitted from the script, which i think was an essential piece to understanding the character of Delicious D.   posted Nov 24, 2011 at 2:04PM

Cover ArtBubble [videorecording]
not to be confused with the gay film of the same title, this is soderberg’s Bubble; Martha and Kyle are co-worker’s at a doll making factory in a sleepy smalltown, middle america where nothing seems to be the norm, until Rose, a new employee inserts herself into the calm dynamic of which Martha has grown to enjoy with Kyle. Rose is everything Martha is not; young, pretty, opinionated, worldly and now she’s captured the attentions of Kyle, Martha’s only friend. Rose intices Martha to babysit for her one night, failing to mention that her date just happens to be with Kyle. It’s a night which no one will soon forget. Soderberg’s use of the unknown actors is well implemented here, there are stretches of awkward silences, improvised small talk and moments of tedium so achingly pronounced, you can’t help but be reminded of your own routine life. It’s real and it’s rawness at it’s best and worst, if you don’t recognise yourself in these people, you’re probably dead already.   posted Nov 24, 2011 at 1:11PM

Cover ArtThe tourist [videorecording]
this movies is so stupid, it’s ridiculous. jolie and depp have NO CHEMISTRY whatsoever, and then you’re saddled with a plot your two year old could’ve figured out in five minutes, AND it’s not even funny!   posted Nov 16, 2011 at 11:22AM

Cover ArtRusalka [videorecording] = Mermaid
by Melikian, Anna.
visually stunning, dramatically enticing and with a shocking ending that will leave you gasping in surprise!   posted Jul 9, 2011 at 1:41PM

Cover ArtSpring fever [videorecording]
snore!   posted Jul 4, 2011 at 2:07PM

Cover ArtZift [videorecording]
by Baharov, Zahary
A Belgian "CRANK" with a twist!   posted Jul 2, 2011 at 12:39PM

Cover ArtUnmade beds [videorecording]
by Santos, Alexis dos.
A deliciously intense emotional ride. You’ll never want it to end!   posted Jun 26, 2011 at 3:17PM

Cover ArtDevil [videorecording]
disappointing.   posted Jun 26, 2011 at 3:16PM

Cover ArtThe heart of me [videorecording]
by O'Sullivan, Thaddeus
Helena Bonham Carter and Paul Bettany are beautiful in this unflinching film of a love triangle between a husband and wife and the wife’s flighty, passionate sister, which spans more than ten years. Harrowing, desperate, tragic and lovely!   posted Jun 25, 2011 at 2:23PM

Cover ArtPVC-1 [videorecording]
by Stathoulopoulos, Spiros.
teeth-grinding tension, filmed in real time and based on actual events!   posted Jun 25, 2011 at 2:18PM

Cover ArtConviction [videorecording]
****1/2, Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell give outstanding performances!   posted Jun 25, 2011 at 2:16PM

Cover ArtTalk
by Koja, Kathe.
Heartbreakingly sad, you rage and cry both with and for this unforgettable character.   posted Mar 16, 2011 at 3:34PM

Cover ArtDance on my grave
by Chambers, Aidan.
I LOVE this book! Sweet, engaging and heartfelt, you’ll want to dance too!   posted Mar 16, 2011 at 3:29PM

Cover ArtWide awake
by Levithan, David.
yawn   posted Mar 16, 2011 at 3:24PM

Cover ArtSaints of Augustine
by Ryan, Patrick
Sam and Charlie’s relationship is what drives this tale, but when their friendship developes wings, so did the story. However, it’s worth it to see how it ends.   posted Mar 16, 2011 at 3:15PM

Cover ArtVintage : a ghost story
by Berman, Steve
An interesting take on teen homosexuality.   posted Mar 16, 2011 at 3:12PM

Cover ArtA secret edge
by Reardon, Robin.
A good read, but tended to get preachy and the meaning behind the title didn’t do it justice. The relationship between lead character’s is what drove the story, until they started arguing, then it got ridiculous. The scene in which the main character faces his bully was both silly and yet, realistic.   posted Mar 16, 2011 at 3:08PM

Cover ArtCall me by your name
by Aciman, Andre.
Excellent, beautiful, lyrical and memorable.   posted Mar 16, 2011 at 3:00PM

Cover ArtThe concrete sky
by Moore, Marshall
has promising beginning but get’s more and more absurd, it’s like a really twisted version of Z. Brite’s Drawing Blood, but not as good.   posted Mar 11, 2011 at 12:32PM

Cover ArtMax Payne [videorecording]
I’m a big fan of Mark Wahlberg, ever since he walked on screen in The Basketball Diaries he has never failed to astonish me with his level of acting...which brings me to Max Payne, which was painful to watch, and for none of the right reasons! Wahlberg does astonish in this ripoff of The Punisher, it astonished me that he would sink so low. What was he thinking, anyway? Was a house/car payment due, perhaps???   posted Feb 18, 2011 at 12:38PM


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