Award-winning British filmmaker Isaac Julien`s LOOKING FOR LANGSTON is both critically acclaimed and controversial. The film is a lyrical and poetic consideration of the life of revered Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. Isaac Julien invokes Hughes as a black gay cultural icon, against an impressionistic, atmospheric setting that parallels a Harlem speakeasy of the 1920s with a 1980s London underground nightclub. Extracts from Hughes poetry are interwoven with the work of cultural figures from the 1920s and beyond, including Essex Humphill, Bruce Nugent, and Robert Mapplethorpe, constructing a lyrical and multilayered narrative. Julien explores the ambiguous sexual subtexts of the period of rich artistic expression, and the enduring cultural significance of the pioneer s work. Shot in sumptuous monochrome, the film combines archival footage with the newly staged set pieces, fantasy sequences, and an imagined love story. The result is a beautiful and ultimately celebratory piece about artistic expression and the nature of desire.
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Evan is a hot young, gay newspaper writer - and he's just had his heart broken. Attempting to shake off his melancholy, he takes on an assignment profiling Hunter, an alluring gay club promoter. Around the guys are a host of other twentysomething urbanites, all longing for the same thing - approval. Whether it's by the in-crowd, the hottie across the bar or in the industry they work, all strive for something greater, failing to appreciate what they already have. Seek explores fresher territory in gay cinema, and is all the more tender and heart-wrenching for it.
Army of Shadows (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Criterion Collection
This masterpiece by Jean-Pierre Melville (Le doulos, Le cercle rouge) about the French Resistance went unreleased in the United States for thirty-seven years, until its triumphant theatrical debut in 2006. Atmospheric and gripping, Army of Shadows is Melvilleâ€™s most personal film, featuring Lino Ventura (Le deuxiÃ¨me souffle), Paul Meurisse (Diabolique), Jean-Pierre Cassel (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie), and the incomparable Simone Signoret (Casque dâ€™or, Diabolique) as intrepid underground fighters who must grapple with their conception of honor in their battle against Hitlerâ€™s regime.
Toby Ross tells the real story behind casting and producing his theatrical features from the 70's against the backdrop of a jubilant San Francisco at the height of that crazy decade long "party". We see clips from his movies: Reflections of Youth, Boys of the Slums, Cruising 57, Schoolmates, White Trash, Golden Years, Do Me Evil, The Diary and closing that magical era with the appropriately named The Last Surfer. Toby Ross and the 70's is a full feature with interviews of different personalities such as Josh Dolgin AKA Socalled-the famous pop artist who also directed part of this film, Steven Toushin the operator and owner of the Bijou theater, Joe Rubin and more. Additionally you also get gorgeous erotic footage (in a separate DVD chapter) of these iconic films. Want to travel back to a magical time when sex and laughter brought people together and created that unforgettable era? I know you do. TR
After a night out, Gavin (Jack Falahee, How to Get Away with Murder, Mercy Street) and Amy (Ella Hatamian) return home to their East Village apartment to find a young man (Giles Matthey, True Blood, Boulevard, 24: Live Another Day) passed out on the front steps and they reluctantly agree to let him into their home. Over the course of the weekend they both vie for the attention of the mysterious and attractive young man. Their intrigue grows with everything they learn about him and Gavin quickly longs to become more intimate with the drifter.