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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

New Delhi, India

The metro provides great people watching opportunities. The unbelievably thin Indian guys can be exceedingly pretty. Indians have that confusing (to a gay person) hand holding and friendly male on male touching. I have to assume it is all hetero, but from a relatively macho western perspective, it is awesomely sensitive and kind of romantic.

You get regular pat downs on the metro and entering hotels or museums. It is sort of pleasant for gay men. The security guys give you an little push on the back afterwards to encourage you to be on your way. For a western person, I was touched way more than I was used to, including the jostling on the crowded metro.

For practicalities, the one thing I don't like in India are the taxi, especially the auto-rickshaws. They'll rip off the tourists. Very annoying. Uber on the other hand, is a godsend.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

At some point, Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, unwillingly gets his hair cut, by some hairdresser to the gladiators, a cameo part played by Thor comic originator, Stan Lee. Looking a bit spiky and uneven, the haircut brings out Chris's stunning visage. After this point, I found the movie became infinitely more interesting.

At 1hr 2 minutes in and after the fight between Thor and the Hulk, there is another moment of extreme thirst with Hemsworth shirtless and having unbelievable abs definition,

Lady Bird (2017)

Set in Sacramento, the movie has very interesting and realistic characters and an intriguing story. Particularly the relationship between the protogonist and her mom is well done and nuanced.

.. Minor spoilers ..

Minor gay interest film. One of Christine "Lady Bird" love interests is a closeted gay boy that leads her on.

At one point in the film, she picks up a porn magazine of boys and we actually see erections. (No sex acts though.)

One reason it is R rated, plus some depictions of heterosexual sex.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

A lot of research went into this book. Isaacson became famous as the biographer of Steve Jobs. I am a bit of a Steve Jobs detractor. He had his good points, but seemed like an all around a**hole.

Leonardo Da Vinci, on the other hand, seems a less greedy for attention genius.

The book describes his various interests including his detailed study of vision which related strongly to his painting; one thing among many for which he is famous. A very intuitive person and yet he performed experiments to try to better prove his theories. He wrote a fair amount of notes, but published little.

He's a very interesting character, and the book provides a very worthwhile investigation of his talents and interesting personality.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Five Dances (2015) rating: 9/10

The modern dances in this movie are just astounding and beautiful. And the main actor is fairly stunning, has a great body and not a bad face. The movie is great to see just for the dancing alone. But also, there is a fine plot with gay interest and a sex scene, and a little love story. There is also just friendship, the tough boss, and family struggles.

Jess & James (2015) rating: 8/10

There is also a three way sexual encounter in this film (it is very dark and can't see it), but the story and characters at least here are very well developed as compared to "The Third One". I liked the characters, they are different and unique, though the two short/dark haired actors cannot be easily told apart physically. They almost seem like brothers (they are not in the story). Still, one nice thing is that there is the feeling of a real love story here. No messed up characters or sociopaths. It does make the movie less dramatic though, with less real conflict. Nevertheless, there is the un-accepting family dynamic. And in the case of all of the three main characters, the desire to remove themselves from very unappealing home situations and create something like a new family situation.

The Third One (2014) rating: 5/10

Poor to non-existent plot, this movie only gets a reasonable rating from others I think because of the 3-way non-explicit sex scene. The only character building is like one dinner they have before the 3-way encounter. It is kind of an advertisement for non-monogamous paired relationships which I think is ok, and not necessarily a bad thing to think about or consider.

Floating (1997) rating: 7/10

The story manages to finesse the gay friend, but the main character is slightly ambiguous. I thought it strange that Van didn't seem too excited when seeing his girlfriend, so I thought he might be latent gay or bi-, but that could be misdirection.

Being lazy and not summarizing the plot, but others have done: