1) "Breaking Fast"--Prime video--DVD can be also rented ($2.99) or bought ($4.99)--movie--1 hour & 32 minutes--I love a good love story and from their first meeting you know where this film is going and how it will end but the trip to get there is really a good one! (The towel scene, lasting less than a minute is worth seeing the movie!)
Mo (Haaz Sleiman) is a Moslem doctor whose family accepts and supports him as a gay man--he lives in West Hollywood where he meets an American actor, Kal, (Michael Cassidy) who is also an excellent cook and the complete opposite of Mo in that what little family he had was extremely dysfunctional--Mo does have the standard Hollywood rom-com very effeminate friend, Sam (Aminel Gamal)--oh yes any Superman fan already knows one of the jokes--when was the last time you heard "The Trolley Song" sung in a movie or "Climb Every Mountain"? Where else will you hear references to Maria of both "West Side Story" and "The Sound of Music" plus "Into The Woods"?
Yes, this is a Gay love story but before that, it is a love story! The laughs come, the tears come and when it is over you will want to see it again! A MUST SEE FOR GAY & NON-GAY PEOPLE!
2) "Hating Peter"--Netflix--Documentary--1 hour & 31 minutes--Do you know who Peter Tatcher is? I didn't and I was taken completely by surprise. There is so much history people don't know about and I am talking about gay people who owe so much to this man and non-gay people could learn a lot about being an activist from this man.
There is so much I learned from this documentary about a man born in Australia to a very religious family and though his mother could not accept his sexuality she was by her son's side from day one and still is! He made/makes his home in England and became a man who stood up to world leaders, was beaten, didn't take anything from the Archbishop or Margaret Thatcher and at the age of 54 is still facing up and fighting for rights for those who can't and those who don't. ABSOLUTELY A WINNER!
3) "Pride"--on FX and FX ON HULU--6 episodes--the best documentary I have seen about gay people---there are 6 episodes---first starts with the 1950s (and gets it right--especially about all the fun that was had!!! In spite of the harassments!)
Each decade has a different narrator--generally someone who was involved with that decade--it is also a good reminder of how the 1950s-1970s prepared the gay world for AIDS and how the 1980s-2000 changed the world and is still changing it. WITH #2 A HISTORY OF A MOVEMENT THAT IS FAR FROM OVER AND AFFECTS EVERYONE!
4) "Special"--Netflix--Season 2--8 episodes--3 hours and 50 minutes--easy show to binge in 1 or 2 evenings--story is written by and based on Ryan O'Connell's life--he is a gay guy with Cerebral Palsy and how people, gay and straight, interact with him and his strained relationship with his mother--SHORT, TOUCHING, SWEET AND FUNNY
5) "Freak Show"--HULU and Prime Video--1 hour & 30 minutes--Adults already know that teenagers are freaks--DUH! Nothing really new but small things like using Bette Miller in a small role being hammy and funny--Laverne Fox, who if you don't know who she is, you won't know how funny her lines really are--and shame on you for not knowing who she is! ALEX LAWTHER IS ONLY ALLOWED TO SHOW ONE SIDE OF BEING A 'FREAK' BUT HE DOES IT WITH STYLE & BRAVELY!
6) "Port Authority"--movie theatre--1 hour & 34 minutes--first movie I went to see since The Gateway has reopened--the nicest thing I can say about it is that the dialogue and camera work makes my videos look professional--DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY--SEE #1 INSTEAD!