Coming Home 2015
14min | Short, Drama | 24 May 2015 (USA)
Ivan is a Taiwanese high school student pressured constantly by his mother. He meets Eric, a rebellious exchange student from the U.S., and together they take a road trip down the most dangerous highway in Taiwan, despite Ivan’s mother’s objections. Their trip is cut short when Eric reveals that he must return home after graduation, forcing Ivan to confront his darkest demons.
The Fosters 2013 S05E21
Turks & Caicos
TV-14 | 1h | Drama, Romance | Episode aired 5 June 2018
The family travels to Turks and Caicos for Brandon and Eliza’s wedding, where they find themselves at odds with their future in-laws; when Brandon and Eliza butt heads, Brandon turns to the person who knows him best.
When Mullen opened the door to let in Christen, he believed he was simply helping out a friend of a friend who needed a short break. As the so-called “emergency” visit turns into a forced darkening small talk on which Christen just wouldn’t leave, Mullen vividly feels his misgiving thoughts becoming complete rejection just before transforming into the sensual redemption of his most feared fetish.
Fiertés (original title) Drama | TV Mini-Series (2018– )
First, this is so safe and timid, one has to wonder why this was produced and aired on Arte and not France 2. Let’s admit they tried (very clumsily) to embrace a large audience. Still, if the third episode wasn’t set in 2013, you could swear this was produced in the 90’s. Fiertés (what a badly chosen title, considering the result) only is the mostly joyless depiction of the many pains that a gay man has to go through – as if a gay life was only a life of pain. But the worse part is that this limited series (pun intended) almost always choses the side of the heterosexual characters over the gay ones. As if asking for empathy from a straight audience toward gay men was impossible. Finally, the pace is severely lacking, everything is toned down to the point of total blandness, and the depiction of the working class is laughable. A serious misfire.
A young coming-of-age tale about a teenage boy, Simon Spier, goes through a different kind of Romeo and Juliet story. Simon has a love connection with a boy, Blue, by email, but the only problem is that Simon has no idea who he’s talking to. Simon must discover who that boy is–who Blue is. Along the way, he tries to find himself as well.
Hao became a male masseur to make ends meet and pay for his grandmother’s costly medication caused by her recent stroke and her Alzheimer’s. The job forced him to deal with his previously suppressed sexual urges for men. Hao begins to lose the balance he once had with family, work, and himself.
Boy Undone 2017
Memorias de lo que no fue (original title)
1h 56min | Drama, Thriller | 29 May 2018 (USA)
Two young men spend the night together after meeting the previous evening in a notorious gay club. The next day, however, the host wakes to find the boy he picked up bewildered and confused, unable to remember his name or anything about his past. Lacking any type of identification or obvious clues, the boys begin to search for the truth among fragments of memories that may or may not prove reliable. A chilling homoerotic thriller, BOY UNDONE is queer guerrilla filmmaking at its most intense.