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Trade : a melodrama about accepting your real identity

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The sophomore film from writer/director/producer Trae Briers is a story about how a casual meeting between two very different men turned into a melodrama that not one of them could have predicted. Michael (Austin Miller) is a highly successful corporate lawyer who lives in a luxurious villa on the beach in Malibu with Ashley  (Tiffany … Continue reading



Rainbow’s Sunset : a Filipino gay melodrama that is way too preachy

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  If you ever wondered what a gay Filipino Lifetime Made For TV Movie would look like, then Rainbow’s Sunset would be it.  Maybe something got lost in translation, or it is to do with cultural differences,  but this tale of these 80+ year old gay men finally moving in with each other when one … Continue reading



From The Land of The Moon

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  It’s unusual to see the Oscar winning actress Marion Cotillard in anything as syrupy as From The Land of The Moon which in the old days would be simply dismissed as a ‘women’s picture’. Her presence and that of co-star Louis Garrel does at least raise the bar somewhat in what is otherwise a … Continue reading



Something Like Summer

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Something like Summer the rather accomplished directing debut of David Berry from a script by Carlos Pedraza is full of surprises.  What starts out as a sweet LGBT romantic coming-of-age musical actually ends up as melodrama, and a very definite tear-jerker too. In between it covers a lot of ground always trying (and succeeding most of the time) it … Continue reading



A Million Happy Nows

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This is a one of those rather glorious no-holds-barred weepy melodramas that Hollywood would have termed as a ‘women’s picture’ in the good old days.  It still is in a sense, but for entirely different reasons.  This time the romantic pair at the centre of this rather wonderful sad tale are lesbians.  It is the … Continue reading



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