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Mark, I apologize if this information was stated elsewhere, but where can you stream Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo (2016)?
I tried all the sites I use (Prime, Netflix, Hulu, Peacock, Apple+) and found nothing. Amazon has the DVD/BR to purchase but not to rent. I'm wondering if the opening scene is the reason. It's listed as Unrated, but I'm thinking it may have been rated X for that scene (I have not seen it, so I am not sure how explicit it is).
 

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I tried all the sites I use (Prime, Netflix, Hulu, Peacock, Apple+) and found nothing. Amazon has the DVD/BR to purchase but not to rent. I'm wondering if the opening scene is the reason. It's listed as Unrated, but I'm thinking it may have been rated X for that scene (I have not seen it, so I am not sure how explicit it is).
 

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It's listed as Unrated, but I'm thinking it may have been rated X for that scene (I have not seen it, so I am not sure how explicit it is).
"X" is no longer a rating given by the MPAA as it was taken over in the public's mind by the porn industry advertising "XXX" (which was never an MPAA rating) so the original rating developed a stigma of porn around it. Since the "X" rating wasn't trademarked, it could be self applied to any film that wanted it. The MPAA officially retired it in 1990 when it was replaced with the trademarked NC-17 rating. In any case, film makers need to submit a film to the ratings board to even GET a rating. Seeing as this was considered an "art film," it wasn't submitted and didn't receive a rating at all so, regardless of content, "unrated" is the correct description.
 
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I haven't seen it yet, but netflix is showing it currently as well (as I AM JONAS) and I was planning to see it soon! It looks intriguing.
I finally got around to watching I Am Jonas on Netflix. It’s haunting, and I found it thoroughly engrossing as I was able to empathize with the various characters. Nothing explicit sexually and really not much romance, but a really well-made character-driven movie that kept me engaged to the very end. I wish this one was available to ”own”.
 

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I finally got around to watching I Am Jonas on Netflix. It’s haunting, and I found it thoroughly engrossing as I was able to empathize with the various characters. Nothing explicit sexually and really not much romance, but a really well-made character-driven movie that kept me engaged to the very end. I wish this one was available to ”own”.
It’s available in France but only on dvd and of course only with French subtitles.
they showed it in HD on tv here two weeks ago.
 

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Jut watched Moffie and a tough watch it is. It’s 1981 and in apartheid South Africa Eddie Redmayne look a like Kai Luke Brümmer gets drafted into the all white South African army aged 18 where he hides his personality and sexuality from all his mates but one. A vicious homophobic sergeant rules the camp, one of the nastiest characters you’ll ever see, and gay guys (moffies) when caught are sent to Ward 22, the idea of which is so bad one shoots himself rather than be sent there. Nicholas ( the lead) falls for a guy who as a clearly different from the rest guy gets suspected by the sergeant and sent to the infamous psych ward before he and our Moffie get deeply involved. But a year later Nicholas, after a murderous tour on the front, seeks out his friend who’s been sent home after his “treatment”, no longer the same guy. It’s beautifully shot and a compelling story of gay guys trying to live and love inside one of the most repressive and homophobic regimes ever.
The Blu Ray shines under the South African sun. No extras.
There is a sad review on Amazon UK from a guy who says he was in South African army at the time and didn’t see a single gay in three years! Surrounded by fit young men for three years and no gay in sight! Imagine.
 
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I watched the original 1933 Victor and Victoria over the weekend and then listened to the commentary track.



The director, Reinhold Schünzel, was gay, but the film is more queer-coded than out and out gay. The Toddy character, for example, is straight and is after a ditzy blonde chorus girl. Powel and Pressburger's regular Anton Walbrook plays the role reimaged for James Garner in Blake Edwards' 1982 film. He was never more handsome. (I got a little crush on him watching this film.)

This film was made just as the Nazis were taking control of the film industry, so it definitely is toned down to get approved. Even with this, one casting decision was changed, as the actor originally cast for the Toddy role was Jewish; Goebbels blocked his hiring.



A generally delightful film, if somewhat disappointing, as I was really hoping for a much gayer film. The plot and character arcs are markedly different from the 1982 musical, save for a few key moments.

The guy playing the Toddy role is acting is so broadly, it felt like he was performing in a different film than everyone else. (His antics would've been right at home in a three stooges film.) Funny, but not matching the rest of the cast in this musical comedy. The scenes between Anton and Renate Muller (who plays the Victoria role) are uniformly excellent and worthy of repeat viewing. I laughed out loud several times and it was great seeing Anton in what was a slightly queer-tinted role. (He seems to pick up Victoria before he knows she is really a she.)

The commentary is worth a listen and the print is generally nice save for a few shots here and there with worn sections. I'm glad I bought it during the recent Kino sale.

Speaking of Victor(s) I read that Love, Victor is getting a second season. Early word has it next season will be "less safe" since it knows it will not have to keep tame to play on Disney+."

Cheers!

Mark
 
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I discussed Victor and Victoria in my Daily Viewing entry and expressed my delight on what was my second viewing of the film (first on Kino BD). If you know German, or have a good ear, you'll realize that most of the film, when not sung, is comprised of recitatives in rhyming couplets. Walbrook, as we know, was gay in real life and saw the writing on the wall. He emigrated to England and changed his name from Adolph (who can blame him?) to Anton.
V and V was remade in England as First a Girl starring Jessie Matthews. It's also delightful and available via Network Region 2 DVD.
It was not until Victor/Victoria that the gay subplot was added to the story.
 
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I discussed Victor and Victoria in my Daily Viewing entry and expressed my delight on what was my second viewing of the film (first on Kino BD). If you know German, or have a good ear, you'll realize that most of the film, when not sung, is comprised of recitatives in rhyming couplets. Walbrook, as we know, was gay in real life and saw the writing on the wall. He emigrated to England and changed his name from Adolph (who can blame him?) to Anton.
V and V was remade in England as First a Girl starring Jessie Matthews. It's also delightful and available via Network Region 2 DVD.
It was not until Victor/Victoria that the gay subplot was added to the story.
Where can we read your daily entry viewing log? I enjoy reading your thoughts in this thread, so that might be worth a read! :)

Unrelated, I am really interested in seeing Monsoon.


Trailer for Henry Golding in Monsoon.
 

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Where can we read your daily entry viewing log? I enjoy reading your thoughts in this thread, so that might be worth a read!

Jose has GOT to be one of the most prolific film watchers on the forum and always presents a nice recap of what he's watched.
 
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Jose has GOT to be one of the most prolific film watchers on the forum and always presents a nice recap of what he's watched.
I try to watch 3 to 5 films per day and I recap my views on the thread referenced by Mike Frezon. Thanks, Mike!
 

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Jut watched Moffie and a tough watch it is. It’s 1981 and in apartheid South Africa Eddie Redmayne look a like Kai Luke Brümmer gets drafted into the all white South African army aged 18 where he hides his personality and sexuality from all his mates but one. A vicious homophobic sergeant rules the camp, one of the nastiest characters you’ll ever see, and gay guys (moffies) when caught are sent to Ward 22, the idea of which is so bad one shoots himself rather than be sent there. Nicholas ( the lead) falls for a guy who as a clearly different from the rest guy gets suspected by the sergeant and sent to the infamous psych ward before he and our Moffie get deeply involved. But a year later Nicholas, after a murderous tour on the front, seeks out his friend who’s been sent home after his “treatment”, no longer the same guy. It’s beautifully shot and a compelling story of gay guys trying to live and love inside one of the most repressive and homophobic regimes ever.
The Blu Ray shines under the South African sun. No extras.
There is a sad review on Amazon UK from a guy who says he was in South African army at the time and didn’t see a single gay in three years! Surrounded by fit young men for three years and no gay in sight! Imagine.
Wow, sounds almost like the flip side of Kanarie. (BTW, last year I recommended Kanarie to a friend of mine who was born and raised in South Africa and was in the Army around roughly the same time as that film--not in the choir, though. He loved the film and said it felt very true to the era.)

I've never heard of Moffie. It sounds good; thanks for the writeup!
 

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Now I’m sure I’m not the only member besotted with Chris Hemsworth, but I’ve just struggled through Extraction and even the most die hard fan like me will find it hard going. Incredibly violent with some very nasty characters I can’t recommend it to anybody after a quick Chris fix!
im off back to my beloved Ivar the Boneless, yes a deeply flawed character, but a guy I find incredibly charismatic and sexy. I’d follow him anywhere!
maybe I need to go see Summer of 85 again! :)
 

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I watched the South African film MOFFIE last night. 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Story is about a gay teenager who is drafted into the army,Great performances and story. The film has English subtitles.
 

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