Bedrooms and Hallways
British, 1998, Rose Troche (Go Fish). Kevin McKidd, James Purefoy, Christopher Fulford, Jennifer Ehle, Hugo Weaving (The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert).
Review coming soon.
Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss
1997, Tommy O’Haver. Brad Rowe, Richard Ganoung (Parting Glances), Sean P. Hayes (the guy who plays Jack on “Will & Grace”).
The old is-he-or-isn’t-he ploy is beaten to death in this story about Billy, a self-doubting, fantasy-prone photographer, and the sexually ambiguous young hunk who models for Billy’s latest project: queer re-creations of famous screen kisses.
1996, Mike Nichols (Silkwood). American remake of “La Cage Au Folles,” scripted by Elaine May. Starring Nathan Lane (Jeffrey), Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Diane Wiest, and a pre-“Ally McBeal” Calista Flockhart.
Review coming eventually. Official site.
The Broken Hearts Club
2000, Greg Berlanti. Timothy Olyphant, Ben Weber, Matt McGrath, Zach Braff, Billy Porter, Andrew Keegan, John Mahoney (aka the dad on “Frasier”), Dean Cain (aka Superman), Justin Theroux, Nia Long (“If These Walls Could Talk 2”), Mary McCormack, and Kerr Smith (the gay guy on “Dawson’s Creek”).
Broken Hearts is not really a club. It’s actually a restaurant, and a softball team comprised of the gay men who work there. The film follows this handful of homos into their gay microcosm, detailing thier trials and travails with families, lovers, and most importantly, each other.
While I enjoyed this film quite a lot, I also found myself getting rather itchy about some of it’s underlying messages. I mean, for the first thing, all of the characters are all upper-class, West Hollywood-dwelling white men. Well, okay, there’s one black guy and a couple of lesbians, but the black guy is packaged as a stereotypical queen, and the lesbians are somewhat sour and impatient. The movie just made me wonder, don’t these fags know any women or straight people? This brings up an important topic: gay ghettoization. (You know, being friends with all gay people, having everything in your life relate to being gay, etc.) The characters in this film are so entrenched “in the life” that at one point Jack, their boss and patriarch, tells them, “Sometimes I wonder what you boys would do if you weren’t gay. You’d have nothing to talk about....you talk about it so much, sometimes you forget all the other things you are.” This is sort of what drives the film: the gay male cult of youth and beauty, and this bunch of guys, looking for something more out of life, besides being gay.
Despite this tendency toward whining, “Broken Hearts” is still a fun film, with it’s on-screen dictionary definitions of gay terminology, many amusing snippets of queer wit, and, best of all, a brief conversation about a certain pet topic of mine: gay cinema ;-) Official site