Oct 6, 2022

Going to Movies in 2000-01: A boy seduces a pedophile, a tomcat is tied up, Elaine's boyfriend befriends a lama, and Hedwig has an angry inch

 In 2000-2001, I finished my doctoral dissertation, got my Ph.D., and started looking for jobs in academe.  A lot of those 2-3 day-long interviews where cowtown recruitment committees ask "with all of your research on gay populations, are you ever mistaken for gay?" and invite me to check out "all the pretty girls" on campus.  One of them was in L.A., but I didn't have time to check out my old haunts or see my old friends.  Not much time for movies, but I managed to see 10.  Some of them may have been on DVD later.

Sunset Strip, because I was feeling homesick for West Hollyw ood.  But it's set in the heterosexual part of town, near the Whiskey A Go Go, where a group of aspiring singers have dreams, have sex, take drugs, and die. Some of them were cute, like Jared Leto as a country rocker.

September: None.

October: Bedazzled: Brendan Fraser (sigh), who can't get a date for some reason, makes a pact with the Devil to win the Girl of His Dreams.

November: None

The Emperor's New Groove.  Gay men usually stay away from Disney movies unless they can co-opt some kids to accompany them, since the parents in the audience assume that they are there to look for pedophile conquests.  But I wanted to see a Disney evocation of Inca myth.  Besides, one of the voice actors was Patrick Warburton (sigh), Elaine's hunky boyfriend on Seinfeld.  I was pleasantly surprised: the story is about an Incan emperor (David Spade) who is turned into a llama, with no heterosexual romance anywhere, other then a couple of men with wives and kids.  (There was one in an early draft, but it was dropped.)

L.I.E., because I had had many terrible experiences on the Long Island Expressway (only get on if if you don't mind waiting hours for the traffic to inch forward, stop, inch forward, stop, and stay stopped).  It turns out to be a difficult-to-watch movie  about the friendship between a boy (15-year old Paul Dano) and a pedophile (Brian Cox).  Guess which one gets all of the beefcake shots?  Guess which one is killed?

February:  None.

: Tomcats, because who wouldn't want to see  Jerry O'Connell in anything, even standing still in his underwear for two hours? Well, especially standing still in his underwear.  Here, a large sum of money will go to the "last man standing" in a group of friends (that is, the last man who avoids marriage).  So the sexist goons try to trick each other into marrying (women).  Notable for a scene in which Jerry is tricked into becoming a BDSM bottom (for a woman, of course).

April: Driven, because of Sylvester Stallone (sigh).  He plays an elderly race car driver who comes out of retirement to help a new recruit win races and The Girl.

May: The Mummy Returns, because of Brendan Frasier (sigh).  Except here he's a Family Man archaeologist with a wife, a kid, and a girl-crazy brother-in-law. Boo!

June: Moulin Rouge, because I love Paris, and who doesn't want to see a film version of Carmen? I walked out when they started singing contemporary songs.  How can you be transported back to 19th century Paris when they are blaring "Rhythm of the Night" and "Lady Marmalade" at you?

June: Y tu mama tambien, because I heard that there were gay characters.  There aren't.  Two teenage boys and an "older woman" take a road trip through down-and-out Mexico while their girlfriends are away.  Each has sex with his girlfriend, and with the older woman; at one point they have a three-way, and the friendship ends.  As the "Men on Film" would say, "Hated it!"

July: Legally Blonde. An airheaded fashionista follows her elitist, arrogant ex-boyfriend  into Harvard Law School in an attempt to win him back.  She works on a murder case where her knowledge of fashion saves the day, gets a less-arrogant boyfriend, and rejects Boyfriend #1. 

: Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  During the 1980s, an East German boy has a "sex-change" operation so he can be with his American boyfriend.  The operation is botched, leaving her with a female gender identity and an"angry inch" for genitals.  She becomes a punk rocker, and meets, falls in love with, and is dumped by the Boy of Her Dreams, who is a competitor punk rocker (a cute although grungy Michael Pitt).  The attitude toward gender and sexual identity is uncomfortably old fashioned, but the songs are good.

Oct 4, 2022

Bobby Hogan: Cute, Muscular, and...Heterosexist?


"The Lake," the last episode in this season of American Horror Stories, follows the AHS pattern of minimizing or eliminating LGBT representation.  In the first scene, three hot guys and three bikini-clad girls are on a boat, discussing how heterosexual they are.  Jake (Bobby Hogan) has a map of the village that was flooded to create their lake, so he and his sister dive down and look for souvenirs.  Suddenly a green tendril grabs him and pulls him into the muck.  He doesn't appear again, except as a corpse.  In fact, none of the cute guys appear again.  The story is all about sister Finn and her mother discovering the evil secret of the lake.

Heteronormativity nor no, I wanted more than just one scene worth of Bobby Hogan's chest and abs, so I researched him on IMDB and his instagram, looking for beefcake and evidence that he is gay.

On the IMDB, he has 7 listings, all in 2021-22.  

1. The Superhero Diaries, a 14-episode superhero parody.  He plays the Parody Spiderman in 7 episodess.  I watched some clips on Youtube: a date with Harley Quinn, and serenading Wonder Woman.  Depressingly heteronormative, but he displays a nice physique and bulge.

2.-3. Two guest spots, on 9-1-1 Lone Star and Resident Evil.

4. A short.

5. The American Horror Stories gig.

6. -7.Two projects in post-production.  Remy & Arletta, a Christian movie about two girls who are friends (not girlfriends), and Anamorphosis, a short about "a young woman working through her anxiety.

A Christian movie?   Not all Christians hate gays, of course, and some gays are Christian, but I'm pretty sure that inclusivity was not a major goal.

Still, a physique is physique, no matter how homophobic, so I'm pressing on to his Instagram.

Instagram: the beach, the Hollywood Sign, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Las Vegas Sign, the U.S. Capitol, the beach again.

One of his fans responded to this photo with "Praise the Lord!"  Not a good sign when even your beefcake photos are religious.


Hanging out with male friends in Miami Beach.  Bobby comments that they are all "hot emoji."  

He plays a guitar in a huge auditorium in St. Louis, celebrates Christmas four times, browses in this very interesting bookstore, performs in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Newsies, and On the Town

He hugs girls, is kissed by two girls at once, and walks with a girl on his back.  He also hugs a boy twice.

This photo has a girl telling him that he's too sexy, and a boy complaining that he is "showing them up."

An acting website gives us some biographical data: Bobby grew up in St. Louis, attended Chaminade College Preparatory School, and graduated from Belmont University with a BFA in Musical Theater in 2019.  

Chaminade is Catholic, and Belmont is "Christ-centered," affiliated with the Southern Baptist Church until it broke away in 2007, so Bobby is doubtless straight.  Is it possible to get a degree in musical theater while homophobic?  Probably not, but he could certainly be heterosexist.

But a physique is a physique.

Oct 3, 2022

"Dimension 404": SIx Episodes, Two Gay Protagonists in a Hulu Horror Anthology


Dimension 404
(2017), on Hulu, was a horror anthology with Twilight Zone-style narrator and a cyberspace theme, promising "stories like none you've ever seen before," although most of the stories were seriously cliched.  Then it said "You have 20 minutes left," although each episode was over 40 minutes long. I ended up fast-forwarding a lot.  But at least there was a lot of LGBT representation.  

Two of the six episodes centered on LGBT protagonists.

"Polybius": Andrew, a bullied gay teen (Ryan Lee) in the 1980s, accidentally unleashes a demon in a video game.  He thwarts it with the help of his two friends, one of whom (Sterling Beaumon, left) might return his affection.  Or maybe he's a gay ally, which would have been quite brave at the time.  The word "gay" never appears ("fag" does), but you get the idea from Andrew saying "I'm tired of hiding" and telling his friend "I love you."   Plus the narrator talks about "being different"

Plus there are a lot of locker-room hunks wandering around in two separate scenes.

"Bob": An army therapist has to treat a supercomputer made of human flesh, so he can thwart a terrorist attack on Christmas.  She is anxious to get home to her wife and kid for the holidays.

Two other episodes contain minimal heterosexual romance.

"Cinethrax": A Gen X slacker (Patton Oswalt), in a theater occupied entirely by cellphone-clicking millenials, sees a monster through his special 2-D glasses.  He attends the movie with his niece, not a girlfriend, and never expresses heterosexual desire.

"Impulse": A video gamer discovers an energy drink that speeds up time, thus allowing her to play faster and win competitions.  Unfortunately, it also fast-forwards through her life. She gets a husband (Matt Lauria, left) and kids, but only to indicate time passage through the Apocalypse (caused by the energy drink).  

That leaves two heterosexual-romance-oriented episodes:

"Matchmaker": Although he is attractive, has an impressive bulge, and lives in a gorgeous New York apartment,  Adam (Robert Buckley) can't get a date.  His sleazy roommate advises him to try an online service. 

"Chronos": A physics student and her boyfriend (Utkarsh Ambudkar, right) encounter a time-traveler from a 1990s tv show.

Hulu cancelled the series after one season of six episodes.  Maybe the humor was too snarky, or the plots were too drawn out, or there was too much competition from other horror anthologies. 

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