March starts off with sexually frank and transgender themed films that made the festival circuit last year and are now finally ready to view at home.
"Gun Hill Road" is an amazing tale of a proud macho Hispanic father who has trouble dealing with the fact that his son wishes he was female. Esai Morales has never given a better performance than as the macho father but the real revelation is Harmony Santana as his trans child. Santana's work is of award caliber and he is definitely the most memorable trans character since Jaye Davidson in "The Crying Game." Santana's performance alone is worth catching this film that will engulf you in its drama no matter what.
"I Want Your Love" is one of my favorite film's from last year's film festivals and it also takes place in San Francisco. Sexually raw, frank and titillating, the actors and scenes in this film are the closest thing to real you'll ever find in a film. The close knit group of friends cover every type of gay man: daddy, sexy bear, hot Asian and twinks. But the good thing is all of their bodies are real and their sex is just as authentic so it's not like watching porn - but rather peeking into real life and men's desires, hang-ups and vulnerability. Director Travis Mathews makes no apologies for the realness of the movie that couldn't play at many theatres due to its raw sexuality.
A movie that kind of got lost in the shuffle of new releases is "Bob's New Suit." I really didn't think the story of an Italian suit narrating the moviewas actually ground breaking or very interesting. But story-wise, I was swept away sans suit. Bob and his family uncovered secrets from their pasts to make the family bond grow stronger, while Bob's parents need to come to terms with his pre-op transsexual "brother". Shay Astar as the trans brother gives us a peak into what a pre-op transgender person might be going through and John Bennett Perry is memorable as the father trying to keep peace in the family. Is it the best movie? No. But worth a view.
Another gem that is sneaking into town is "Satan's Angel." The DVD cover of this made me think it has nothing to do with the GLBT community as it has a big breasted burlesque woman on the cover. But in watching the documentary and learning about burlesque stripper star Satan's Angel, we discovered that she's probably the first out lesbian of in burlesque and her fire tassels likely blazed the way for many of today's strippers and burlesque performers - whether they are gay or not. She demonstrates that above all us, be true to yourself.
Angel Walker, who is from San Francisco and whose stage name is Satan's Angel, started her career in the 1960s and she is still going at age 68. A legend among the burlesque world and a teacher of many on how to titillate without being cheap, Angel is an amazing woman with a great head on her shoulders. While out as a lesbian, she still had been married several times and has had some amazing trysts with many famous people including.....wait, you need to watch the DVD to find out.
You don't need to be a fan of T&A to enjoy this film and be in awe of the woman it's all about. "Satan's Angel" is a fascinating movie and a more amazing woman. Learn more at www.satansangel.com.
Get "Bob" or "Satan" or both at www.breakingglasspictures.com.