LGBT Films to Give for the Holidays, Or Just Buy For Yourself

'The Dark Place' (2014)

The holidays are upon us and you either want to give, receive, or just unwind by watching an LGBT video. Here are six sexy suggestions.

Writer/director Rob Williams’ delightfully naughty romantic mystery “Out to Kill” is filled with hunks who fill out their Speedos. Sexy private dick Jim Noble (Scott Sell) is hired by Gene (Rob Moretti) to investigate the murder of Justin Jaymes (the terrific Tom Goss). As Jim probes the suspects, he is seduced, and perhaps in over his head. “Out to Kill” features a clever twist that will keep viewers intrigued as the crime is solved.

In the gay thriller “The Dark Place,” Keegan Dark (Blaise Embry) takes his boyfriend Wil (Timo Descamps) to his mother Celeste’s (Shannon Day) vineyard. Keegan has not seen his mother in years, so he is surprised to discover she has remarried Adrian (Andy Copeland) and that he has a stepbrother, Jake (Sean Paul Lockhart aka porn star Brent Corrigan, who keeps his pants on here).

However, Keegan, who has a form of total recall, doesn’t quite trust the new men in his mother’s life; he suspects something nefarious is going on. As the various plot twists and turns unfold, “The Dark Place” is enjoyable, even if the film gets a bit ludicrous in the last reel.

For lovers of Latino cinema, there are two muy caliente queer dramas. “The Third One” is Argentine writer/director Rodrigo Guerrero’s revealing film about a polyamorous relationship. Fede (Emiliano Dionisi), is a cute college student who flirts online with Franco (Nicolás Armengol). He meets Franco and his partner Hernán (Carlos Echevarría) for a very talky dinner in their apartment. But the guys do eventually shut up and fuck, and the trio ends up in bed together — a virtuoso sequence that Guerrero shoots in real time. The affection in “The Third One” is palpable, which is what makes this film so satisfying.

The sexy Mexican film, “Four Moons,” by writer-director Sergio Tovar Velarde, is a poignant drama about a quartet of gay men grappling with affection and rejection. In one, a young boy, Mauricio (Gabriel Santoyo) becomes aware of his attraction to other boys. In another, a couple, Hugo (Antonio Velázquez) and Andrés (Alejando de la Madrid) cope with Andrés’ infidelity. A third features Joaquín (Alonso Echánove), a married older man who hopes to bed a sexy gigolo, Gilberto (Alejando Belmonte). But the most touching storyline features Fito (Cesar Ramos) and Leo (Gustavo Egelhaaf), two friends who reunite and become lovers, only to have a conflict arise when Leo wants to remain closeted and keep their relationship secret. Ramos gives an incredibly moving performance in the film as a gay man coming to terms with his same-sex desires.

For something serious, Mark Thiedeman’s evocative, impressionistic drama, “Last Summer” features two teenage boyfriends — Luke (Samuel Pettit) and Jonah (Sean Rose) — in Arkansas who will separate when Jonah heads off to college in the fall. Thiedeman conveys the boys’ emotions through tangible, delicate moments, like their sneakers rubbing together. Thiedeman employs ambient, atmospheric sounds to heighten the unspoken emotions, and uses light, shadow and reflection to emphasize the elegiac mood. Although experimental in tone, Last Summer is an extraordinary, beautifully realized film.

For something extremely silly, “The Gays” is a crudely made comedy, full of crude content, and over-the-top antics. Alex Gay (the adorable Mike Russnak) talks about his queer family — trans Mom (Chris Tanner), Dad (Frank Holliday) and brother Tommy Flip Jorgensen) to a stranger at a West Hollywood bar. This episodic comedy, which features a bloody pussy board game to an Exorcist anal birth scene, has something to offend everyone. The humor stems mostly from wordplay and song parodies and less from “outrageous” behavior such as forcing guys to have sex in a sling or perform blowjobs. While the film is amateur hour, it is also as camp as Christmas.          


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