On a warm and clear summer day in the 50s, a proud and graceful city boy meets two mischievous, free country kids. It opens up a window on a whole new world; his journey under the sun will bring him closer to nature and the harbingers of love.
Fiertés (original title) Drama | TV Mini-Series (2018– )
First, this is so safe and timid, one has to wonder why this was produced and aired on Arte and not France 2. Let’s admit they tried (very clumsily) to embrace a large audience. Still, if the third episode wasn’t set in 2013, you could swear this was produced in the 90’s. Fiertés (what a badly chosen title, considering the result) only is the mostly joyless depiction of the many pains that a gay man has to go through – as if a gay life was only a life of pain. But the worse part is that this limited series (pun intended) almost always choses the side of the heterosexual characters over the gay ones. As if asking for empathy from a straight audience toward gay men was impossible. Finally, the pace is severely lacking, everything is toned down to the point of total blandness, and the depiction of the working class is laughable. A serious misfire.
A young coming-of-age tale about a teenage boy, Simon Spier, goes through a different kind of Romeo and Juliet story. Simon has a love connection with a boy, Blue, by email, but the only problem is that Simon has no idea who he’s talking to. Simon must discover who that boy is–who Blue is. Along the way, he tries to find himself as well.
Following the discovery of a new form of space travel as well as Meg’s father’s disappearance, she, her brother, and her friend must join three magical beings – Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which – to travel across the universe to rescue him from a terrible evil.
PETER EPSTEIN-TAKAHASHI is a 16 year-old High School Mock Trial star and resident nerd. After winning a mock-trial competition his girlfriend of two weeks, the decidedly more popular (but equally as witty), LUCILLE, offers to give him the greatest gift that any young man in the cusp of adulthood can possibly receive (blame Cosmo!): his first blow-job. Problem is, Peter has a small dick… or so he thinks. With the support of his hipper-than-hip gay DADS and a vaguely sci-fi-looking penis pump, Peter must use all his tools to measure up against the highly unrealistic expectations of a hyper-masculinized misogynistic society. But as the old cliché goes, sometimes in this world, it’s not the size that matters, it’s definitely how you use it.
Patrick Melrose 2018
1h | Drama | TV Mini-Series (2018)
This five-part limited series based on the acclaimed novels by Edward St. Aubyn, tracks Patrick Melrose (Benedict Cumberbatch) from a privileged but deeply traumatic childhood in the South of France, through severe substance abuse in his twenties in New York and, ultimately, toward recovery back home in Britain.
Hao became a male masseur to make ends meet and pay for his grandmother’s costly medication caused by her recent stroke and her Alzheimer’s. The job forced him to deal with his previously suppressed sexual urges for men. Hao begins to lose the balance he once had with family, work, and himself.