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on 12 Jul 2010 10:04

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Gaysploitation A-Go-Go

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1. Leather Jacket Love Story (1997)
I think it is fitting to start off with one of the best from this genre of films.

David DeCoteau is the king of homoerotic horror. He doesn't waste our time and gives the audence what they want right from the start.

Yep, male nudity and muscular guys rubbing on suntan oil right from the start. There is a story here some where. Something about some bee-stung lipped poor vanilla white boy who doesn't want to be a slut but doesn't know how. It is very tragic as he writes poetry and tries to avoid going to underground sex parties.
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2. The Doom Generation (1995)
Gregg Araki's "The Living End" was considered controversial and militant film making. There were rumors that the film was going to be banned for fear that HIV+ gay men might stop paying their Visa bills!!! Oh, the horror!!! Any'ways....

In the Doom Generation, Araki turn the same exploitation elements in queer cinema on a purely heterosexual film. This is low budget campy trash film that anyone with any sensibility will turn off after 20min... which is kind of the point.
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3. Eating Out (2004)
This is perhaps the best pure example of gay exploitation in modern indy film making. This isn't a formula film... this IS the formal that all others will copy.

If you find yourself getting bored watching this film it is only because you most likely have seen the same script over... and over... and over... again. "Pretty Woman" will seem like a refreshing script after this film.

I only start to hate this movie after seeing 17 different versions of the same story.
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4. Another Gay Movie (2006)
In a film that attempt to mock the exploits of the 'indy gay' film genre... it actually does a rather terrible job of doing so. It is the most offensive train wreck that was difficult to stop watching.

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5. Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild! (2008)

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6. 2 Minutes Later (2007)
I was pretty happy hearing that there was a gay Neo-Noir thriller on the video market. Even more so when it features a jaded lesbian detective and her gay side kick.

All of this is quite wonderful... until you need to start fast-forwarding through the 'hot guy video montage' (for which there are several) and the rather lengthy make out sessions (boy on boy and girl on girl). Which you can also watch as part of the DVD's bonus features! Yep, I watched them but again reminded myself that I can in fact rent porn.

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7. Circuit (2001)
Another movie where the actors abs over power their IQ's. Oh, it is tough doing drugs and going to circuit parties... if only I could *not* be a slut... *yawn*... didn't I see this before?

If you have never owned a pair of white jeans or leather pants there is no point in watching this film.
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8. Latter Days (2003)
Promiscuous muscular white guy... meets and falls for... zzz....
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9. Shortbus (2006)
This is about as close to pron that you can get without actually watching porn. So... it is "Intellectual Porn"! Yay!

This is all fine and good but it is really hard to focus on any message or if something important has been said when so much genitalia is being displayed. Imaging if 'Dreamers' actually had the actors lines imparted some type of philosophical musing.
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10. Bent (1997)
This film features the 'hottest sex scene where the actors never touch each other'... aside from that it is some experimental film making with a rather predicable ending. Many of my friends LOVE this film. I found it to be embarrassing at best at worst boring. I would rather have watched a staged version of "No Exit"
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11. The Fluffer (2001)
This might be confusing for viewers but the main character is not a manwhore... I know... I know... but don't worry the story revolves around the making of pornography. There are some other redeeming qualites to this film... most of which are easily forgotten.
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12. Querelle (1982)
There are a number of historical reason for watching this film and it is a great film for 'that era'. That said...

If you were to have a drinking game where you took a shot of whiskey every time there was a phallic object on screen, there is no way you would see the end credits roll.
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13. Trick (1999)
Oh... our cute little hero hooks up with his 'trick' and they spend the whole night trying to find a place to have sex! Oh... it is so funny... but don't worry your pretty little head it all works out and there is a *super* *cute* ending!!!

Gah... frankly this is an embarrassment of a film. A rated PG film that revolves around getting laid... yawn :P
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14. Little Ashes (2008)
Banking on idea that people might want to see Robert Pattinson play a gay character and after sparkly vampires that was a pretty safe bet, this film didn't get the direct to dvd treatment and actually manged to get a theater release.

This is a two hour hallmark card where the complexities of love, passion and art have been distilled to some minor groping. So, if you feel that the whole of human sexuality can safely be condensed to a bumper-sticker "Bro's before ho's'" then you will LOVE this film!
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Gaysplotation actually isn't a horrible thing. Most minority groups have gone through some type of cinematic exploitation faze.

There are several types of media related 'Gaysploitation'.

The first is the 'mistral comedy' type of show that presents gay stereotypes as a form of amusement ("Will and Grace" would be a good example). These type will receive complaints from both the gay community (for reinforcing stereotypes) and anti-gay alliances (for normalizing homosexuality).

The second type is creating media for a solely homosexual audience. These are usually produced quickly and with minimal budgets and have limited apeal outside of their intended market. That is the type of film that I focus on in this list.

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Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Oct 20 9:32
And before anyone tweaks out and starts leaving rude comments please check my Queer Cinema - LGBTQ Favorites list for gay themed films that didn't make it to this list.
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Oct 20 10:01
From the list title on down, great-work! Found myself chuckling quite a bit all the way through, though I've only seen two of these films.

Wanted to like "Doom Generation", but the director seemed to repeatedly scream at me not to, and was pretty disappointed in Shortbus, considering the social force I thought it maybe had the chance to be.

Great, intelligent, playful, engaging, and funny work once again jaytoast.
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Oct 20 10:15
Thanks! Ya, "Doom Generation" is one of those films that is terrible but I like the concept and the reasons that Gregg Araki made the film. LOL, so I like that the film exists but think it is dreadful beyond that.
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Feb 20 6:56
I'm not sure that Little Ashes is solely for the gay population. I stomached Pattinson horribly fake accent to actually watch the story of three greats (Dali, Buñuel, and Lorca) who happened to coincide in a Madrid school...of course, I could have been the only one who was actually watching for the ties to didn't quite tie too well anyway. Cheers on the list though!

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