Queer Film: “Beach Rats”

I’ll be curious to see if Barry Jenkins’ Oscar winning Moonlight might open the door for more queer-themed indie films.

The film I have in mind right now is Eliza Hittman’s new flick, Beach Rats, which just dropped a full-length trailer.

Synopsis:

On the outskirts of Brooklyn, Frankie, an aimless teenager, suffocates under the oppressive glare cast by his family and a toxic group of delinquent friends.

Struggling with his own identity, Frankie begins to scour hookup sites for older men. When his chatting and webcamming intensify, he begins meeting men at a nearby cruising beach while simultaneously entering into a cautious relationship with a young woman.

As Frankie struggles to reconcile his competing desires, his decisions leave him hurtling toward irreparable consequences.

Eliza Hittman won at Sundance for her direction this year; and the film also won at the Montclair Film Festival and the Independent Film Festival of Boston.

Critics have called the film a powerful character study that is as visually stunning as it is evocative.

The Hollywood Reporter reviewed the flick thusly:

The film brews a potent cocktail of bristling male aggression and inarticulate sexual longing mixed with fear, as Frankie’s burgeoning identity becomes irreconcilably distant from his native habitat. That makes for a tense and unsettling final section, with a conclusion that leaves Frankie reeling at an ambiguous crossroads.

English actor Dickinson stands to make a significant leap on the casting radar with his work here, playing a character floating through his impulsive sexual exploration, seemingly in total denial that any of it involves conscious choices. It’s a characterization that might easily have read as weak, unfeeling, even remote, and yet despite the refusal of both actor and filmmaker to signal Frankie’s vulnerability, his lost quality keeps us in a melancholy grip.

In select theaters August 25th. Watch the trailer below.

Podcast: Ireland’s 1st Openly Gay Prime Minister, Pride Month 2017 Begins, 7th Circuit Court Rules In Favor Of Trans Student

In this week’s podcast:

• Ireland elected it’s first openly gay prime minister

• Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron stands up for gay men in Chechnya

• The 7th court of appeals rules in FAVOR of a transgender student in Wisconsin

• Illinois is about to ban use of the “gay panic” defense in courtrooms

• The Navy and the Pentagon honor Pride Month

• LGBT ally Olivia Newton-John lives by example being positive in the face of personal challenges, and her fans return the favor

• New queer film, “Handsome Devil,” delivers a charming and charismatic coming-of-age story that’s reminiscent of Dead Poets Society

All that and more in this “good news” episode of The Randy Report


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Trailer: KING COBRA

Much excitement surrounding the release of the trailer for King Cobra, the upcoming Christian Slater/James Franco flick. And why not? With gay porn, murder and crazy/insane characters, what’s not to like?

The flick chronicles the meteoric success of gay adult film star “Brent Corrigan” and his personal/professional relationship with the producer who created him, “Bryan Kocis” played by Christian Slater.

When Corrigan decides he might be better off as a free-agent, Kocis informs Corrigan he’s legally bound to work only for him. As a cash-strapped pair of rival producers aim to cash in by utilizing Corrigan’s talents as well, things take a turn for the dark side.

Starring James Franco, Christian Slater, Molly Ringwald, Alicia Silverstone, Garrett Clayton, and Keegan Allen.

Directed by Justin Kelly (I Am Michael), King Cobra had it’s premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and was featured Outfest.

In theaters October 21st, 2016.

Trailer: “Beautiful Something”

Joseph Graham’s Beautiful Something will have a May 17th digital and cable release after an acclaimed year on the LGBT festival circuit and a theatrical run in New York and LA.

The film was a hit on the festival circuit were it was featured at prominent film festivals like Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, San Diego LGBT Film Festival, Outfest, Reeling Chicago (Jury Award Best Actor, Ensemble Cast), Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Sacramento International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Taiwan International Queer Film Festival, Out on Film Atlanta, Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival, Mardi Gras Film Festival Sydney, Melbourne Queer Film Festival and the Torino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

The critics were duly impressed:

• “an enthralling and audacious piece of film making” ”reckless and bold” – San Diego Gay and Lesbian News

• “rough, sharp and to the point” – Frontiers Media

• “well-sketched personas that spark off each-other brilliantly” – Gay Times

You can find the film on iTunes here.

Beautiful Something follows four men on their interlocking searches for sex, art, love, and identity within the City of Brotherly Love.

Synopsis:

In one desperate night, four disparate gay men cruise Philadelphia in pursuit of ever-elusive human connection.

Brian (Sheppard), a poet with an already-spent advance and a looming deadline, seeks distraction at dusk-whether that means a hook-up (or two) or confessing his love to his straight best friend.

Drew (Domingo), a renowned sculptor in love with his boyish muse, is eager to finish his latest creation. His model Jim (Ryan) is an unpredictable aspiring actor prone to dramatic outbursts. Simultaneously aroused and intimidated by Drew’s talent and devotion, Jim yearns for a modicum of freedom from the sculptor’s attentions.

Rounding out the quartet is Bob (Lescault), a wealthy, alcoholic talent agent, cruising the Philadelphia backstreets for a “beautiful something.” Despite his aimlessness, he usually finds his target.