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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, stands up looking at his surroundings as some of us stared fixedly at him. With the help of good makeup team - or maybe not -- during filming at least this dude appears to have had an incredible body, he absently shows his chiseled torso off for a few seconds. Boy, is it mesmerizing.

I don't think I've ever seen a mainstream PG-13 film like this. I imagine for straight guys, most films have had eye candy moments like this of women for years, but this was just absolutely a knockout moment for straight women and gay men.

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:

Monday, May 30, 2016

Naz & Maalik (2015) rating: 8/10

Two young Muslim boys/men in Brooklyn make their way through life. They are friends and secret lovers. But the police/FBI find them as possible sources of information. Their interactions with law enforcement starts out innocent, but then becomes fraught with danger and suspicion.

Excellently acted by the two charismatic and attractive leads. The script is well done.