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Love on the High Seas

Love on the High Seas

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The documentary “Dream Boat,” by out director Tristan Ferland Milew-ski, depicts experiences a handful of men have on a week-long gay cruise in the Mediterranean. This terrific film chronicles several parties, from a fun drag event to a neon-themed one, as well as plenty of skin and sex, including a brief […]

The Fog of Desire

The Fog of Desire

BY GARY M. KRAMER | “Spa Night” is a complex, quietly powerful drama about ethnicity and gay identity, written and directed by Andrew Ahn. David (Joe Seo) is a shy, closeted young man who lives in LA’s Koreatown with his father Jin (Youn Ho Cho), and his mother Soyoung (Haerry Kim). When Jin loses the family […]

Lovers and Other Strangers  

Lovers and Other Strangers  

BY GARY M. KRAMER | In Venezuelan writer/ director Lorenzo Vigas’ superb drama “From Afar,” which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Armando (Alfredo Castro) is a 50-year-old who pays young men to bare their bodies for his masturbatory pleasure. A damaged man — he does not like to be touched — Armando […]

Darkly Funny Denial  

Darkly Funny Denial  

BY GARY M. KRAMER | “Guidance,” written and directed by Pat Mills, is an amusing Canadian comedy about David Gold (Mills), a former “gentle voiced” childhood actor now an adult in deep denial. Broke and ignoring his drinking problem, his stage 3 melanoma, and his homosexuality, David passes himself off as Roland Brown to get […]

New Country for Old Men

New Country for Old Men

BY GARY M. KRAMER | “Gerontophilia” is not the typical radical, pornographic film experience offered up by Canadian enfant terrible Bruce LaBruce. This unexpectedly sweet film depicts the unconventional love affair between a handsome recent college grad, Lake (Pier-Gabriel Lajoie), and Mr. Peabody (Walter Borden), an 81-year-old African-American resident of an old age home. Bruce LaBruce […]

Tidal Rhythms

Tidal Rhythms

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Out gay filmmaker Karim Aïnouz’s superb new film “Futuro Beach” is a gripping three-part drama that begins in dangerous ocean waters. Konrad (Clemens Schick) is swimming with his friend Heiko (Fred Lima) at a Brazilian beach when Heiko suddenly disappears. Donato (Wagner Moura), a hunky lifeguard, saves Konrad and explains that […]

A Moroccan Education

A Moroccan Education

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Abdellah Taïa, the celebrated out gay Moroccan writer, has adapted his autobiographical novel “Salvation Army” for the screen, and the result is remarkable. The film features a rare gay Arab protagonist, and Taïa proves himself as lyrical a filmmaker as he is a writer. This intimate, episodic coming-of-age story is told […]

The Song Is Over

The Song Is Over

BY GARY M. KRAMER  | “California Solo” is a laid-back character study about a has-been musician. The film, written and directed by Marshall Levy, takes the form of a redemption song. When Lachlan MacAldonich (Robert Carlyle, who starred in “The Full Monty” and “Priest”) is first introduced, the former Britpop performer is doing a podcast called […]