That Thing We Do

A family reunion at a lakeside cottage is the backdrop for Kevin’s (Drew Roby) thoughtful contemplation over telling his parents that he is gay. Director Andrew Hull uses tranquil music and picturesque shots to personify his process of introspection while keeping a hint of apprehension. Although this was the longest short that I viewed, clocking… Continue reading That Thing We Do

Sweet Life

This beautifully shot film depicts two gay men working together in the kitchen early in the morning. To chipper music, they each put ingredients into a large pot and set it in the oven. After returning from work, they pull the pot out, and an adorable child sits inside smiling. Documenting their undeniable ability to… Continue reading Sweet Life

Rick & Steve, Episode #4: Menage a Twat

What happens when one mixes Lego, eight minutes and soft-core gay porn? Naturally, the tale of a certain Steve, the versatile top, and another Rick, the insatiable bottom. ‘Tis the union of the happiest gay couple in the world–Lego style. Feeling an urge to diverge from the mundane oral sex routine, Rick and Steve set… Continue reading Rick & Steve, Episode #4: Menage a Twat

Investing in Calgary’s Pride

Artistic and gay communities in our fair city may have new reason for optimism. According to Richard Florida’s influential book, “The Rise of the Creative Class,” there are legitimate economic arguments for increased investment in the arts and gay communities of major centres. Florida, the Heinz professor of economic development at Carnegie Mellon University, describes… Continue reading Investing in Calgary’s Pride

Put your left arm in

There’s something to be said for romantic comedies–it’s just not meant to be said in civil conversation. However, it is comforting to know that even the Danes make them, and that whether the subjects are gay or straight, the stories are still familiar. Jorgen (Mads Mikkelsen) and Jakob (Troels Lyby) have it all: a collection… Continue reading Put your left arm in

Going it alone

It’s a familiar narrative. The social issues, with people around judging and defining. The family issues, with the denial, rejection and disappointment. The intimacy issues, trying to find and maintain a romantic relationship. The personal issues, the inner struggles and conflicts. Solo, the documentary directed by and following the life of Atif Siddiqi, a gay… Continue reading Going it alone

The Moment After

This film documents the struggle for acceptance and self-worth between the gay community and the outside world. Gabriel shows his lover Tracy “all the possibilities,” weaving ominous flashes from past birthdays up to his current birthday party. From wearing his mother’s lipstick to his first sexual encounter, this stimulating film ends with a graphic shot… Continue reading The Moment After

Bar Talk

Set in a smoky bar complete with neon lights, Bar Talk is a miniature version of Blind Date. Panning around the room capturing gestures, eye contact and body language the camera encounters an attractive brunette. Without using words, she strolls to the bar and picks up another girl. The scene is played again, this time… Continue reading Bar Talk

A Bit of You

A young woman reconsiders her ambiguous relationship with her best friend and neighbor when an old flame threatens to move back into town. Jennifer Markowitz’s A Bit of You could have done well with a bit more content and insight into relationship management or the human experience. The straightforward story includes some subtle (or distracting)… Continue reading A Bit of You