December 5th, 2010

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The Crying Game (1992) directed by Neil Jordan

A British soldier is kidnaped by IRA terrorists. He befriends one of his captors, who is drawn into the soldier's world.

Director: Neil Jordan

Writer: Neil Jordan

Release Date: 2 September 1992 (Venice Film Festival, Italy)
26 September 1992 (New York Film Festival, USA)
30 October 1992 (UK)

Genres: Drama, Thriller

Taglines: Play At Your Own Risk.
The movie everyone is talking about... But no one is giving away its secrets.
'Desire is a Danger Zone' (used on UK Posters)

Storyline: Remastered for this edition, Neil Jordan's acclaimed thriller centers on Fergus (Stephen Rea), who kidnaps British soldier Jody (Forest Whitaker) for the IRA, befriends his captive and promises to contact his girlfriend, Dil (Jaye Davidson), should Jody die. When tragedy occurs, Fergus finds Dil and they hit it off -- but Fergus is in for a big surprise. Miranda Richardson also stars. Extras include director's commentary and an alternate ending.

@Amazon: The Crying Game (Collector's Edition) (1992)

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Cast (in credits order)
Forest Whitaker ... Jody
Miranda Richardson ... Jude
Stephen Rea ... Fergus
Adrian Dunbar ... Maguire
Breffni McKenna ... Tinker (as Breffini McKenna)
Joe Savino ... Eddie
Birdy Sweeney ... Tommy (as Birdie Sweeney)
Jaye Davidson ... Dil
Andrée Bernard ... Jane (as Andree Bernard)
Jim Broadbent ... Col
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Dil & Fergus

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Rainbow Awards: Current Submissions 191 to 200

191. James EM Rasmussen - Blood Fruit (QueerEdFiction)
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“A Queer Collection of Dark Tales of the Macabre and the Horrific. Eleven tales from new and established authors of Queer Speculative Fiction.” Edited by: James EM Rasmussen. Stories by:   Laramie Dean; Jamie Freeman; Shanna Germain; Garry McLaughlin; TA Moore; Stephen Osborne; Trent Roman; Mark Silcox; Nathan Sims; Quinn Smythwood; Raymond Yeo

192. James EM Rasmussen - Queer Dimensions (QueerEdFiction)
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193. Naomi Clark - Silver Kiss (QueerEdFiction)
Lesbian, Fantasy

Ayla Hammond has come home. After years as a lone wolf in a self-imposed exile she’s rejoining the pack and trying to mend fences with her parents. She’s convinced them to accept her girlfriend, but can a lone wolf change her ways? As if homecoming wasn’t hard enough, Ayla also can’t help getting involved in a missing person case. With pressure to solve the case mounting from the pack alphas, Ayla is starting to question where her loyalties lie – and if a return to the pack she left behind is really what she wants.

194. E.M. Lynley - Bedknobs and Beanstalks (Ravenous Romance)
Gay, Fantasy

An erotic collection of m/m fairy tales! Once upon a time. As children, those four words told us we were about to enter a brand-new world: scarier, happier, more enchanted than our everyday life. No matter our own particular expectations and experience with fairy tales, we knew we were in for a wild ride. Handsome princes would save beautiful damsels in distress and the ogres never got the girl. Perhaps in our own stories, or in our own lives, we aren't quite satisfied with those happily-ever-afters. What sound-minded prince would choose any of those airheaded bosomy blondes that populate familiar animated versions of the original, much darker, and more ominous tales made famous by the Brothers Grimm? Not to mention, fairy tales were often used as bedtime stories. Well, put all that behind you and prepare for a new type of fairy tale. Not only are they guaranteed to get you into bed. though not for sleep, you won't find a single of those old-fashioned stereotypical characters. Instead enter a world where a magic cock ring can grow into a mighty peenstalk, or an unhappy shepherd can meet the sexiest wolf imaginable. A Japanese youth with the strength of a bear finds himself weak in the face of a beautiful samurai, and a young man in a ball gown can charm a prince to distraction. These are but a few of the adventures that await you, once upon a time!

195. Hayden Thorne - The Curse of Arachnaman (Prizm Books)
Gay, Coming of Age / Young Adult

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196. Nick Nolan - Strings Attached (AmazonEncore)
Gay, Contemporary

Closeted teenager Jeremy is sent to live with wealthy relatives after his mother enters rehab. Struggling to fit into the posh world of Ballena Beach, Jeremy joins the high school swim team, dates a popular girl, and begins to think he may have landed in paradise—until his great aunt Katharine starts to dictate his every move … and a late-night phone call insinuates that his father’s accidental death was not so accidental after all. As Jeremy grows accustomed to the veneer of a fabulous life, so grows his need for answers—as well as the danger of immeasurable harm. Weaving together a murder mystery, sexual ambiguity, and characters with hidden identities and agendas , Nick Nolan offers readers a deliciously witty page-turner about the “puppet” who wishes only to be a real boy. Strings Attached is also a surprisingly heartfelt story about coming-of-age and coming out—not necessarily in that order.

197. Nick Nolan - Double Bound (AmazonEncore)
Gay, Contemporary

Nick Nolan’s Double Bound reunites us with many of the characters introduced in his delightful Strings Attached: Jeremy, now in a committed relationship with fun-loving, hotheaded Carlo; Arthur, Jeremy’s protector, confidant, and mentor; and Katharine, Jeremy’s wealthy benefactress, still hiding a slew of secrets and hidden agendas. This sequel displays the same wit, verve, style, and sense of adventure that were so engaging and fresh in Strings Attached. And where Strings Attached playfully alluded to Pinocchio, Double Bound has fun with the Jack and the Beanstalk fable. Just as Strings Attached was Jeremy’s story, Double Bound is Arthur’s, exploring his troubled relationship with disapproving parents and his precarious years as a gay Marine. However, there’s an added element this time out—the stakes are higher, the repercussions more dire, and the choices harder and more consequential. There is a darker feel to this novel, which not only adds depth to the characters but highlights Mr. Nolan’s growth and confidence as a storyteller. We’ve moved beyond high school concerns into real-world choices, where outcomes are not always tied up in neat "happily ever after" packages.

198. Stevie Woods - The Tomcat Line 1 (MLR Press)
Gay, Contemporary Romance

The continuing adventures of the trucker and his archaeologist as their lives become more involved and increasingly exciting!

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The Lost Temple -- When Ian plans an expedition to follow the clues and find the answer he has sought for years he is delighted that Mac insists on accompanying him. But Mac's past catches up with them first.

199. David Jedeikin - Wander The Rainbow (Holistic Ideas Press)
LGBT, Non Fiction

When David Jedeikin's partner of three years becomes critically ill, the only way to save him is to volunteer as his living liver donor. But this ultimate act of sharing doesn't rescue their relationship, which ends soon after with the couple on opposite coasts. Struggling to find perspective on these events, Jedeikin decides on a radical switch: he leaves everything behind -- work, family, friends, even the beginnings of a new relationship -- to embark on a seven-month trip around the world. What unfolds is a dazzling array of experiences across six continents. Traveling as a flashpacker -- backpacking with creature comforts -- Jedeikin blends visits to gay nightspots with straight-edge sightseeing; unearths family roots in Latvia, China, Italy, Israel, and South Africa; learns the legacy of the Jews of Prague and Rome; and finds romance with a sex club bartender in Berlin, a Brazilian in Tokyo, and an exchange student in Beijing. From Viennese party hostels to Parisian models to hallucinogens in Cambodia, Wander the Rainbow is the true story of a career professional who trades convention for a one-of-a-kind walkabout around Planet Earth.

200. A.J. Llewellyn - The Wine-Dark Sea (Ellora's Cave)
Gay, Erotica Contemporary

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Don’t Tell by Eve Cassidy

If not for how the author decided to develop this story, Don’t Tell would have been only another nice erotica novella whose main target was good sex.

Jeff is a Marine and he abides the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy; being also very, very careful, in the 18 months he was in the new base in Florida, he has never had a lover, and now the urge is so big he really needs to find a way to relieve it. In a pub far from the base he meets Finn, a former Marine who is now making his living with music: for Jeff he is the perfect man, since Finn understands Jeff’s desire to be discreet, but maybe Jeff is not the right man for Finn, since he was forced to leave the Corps after the betrayal of his former Marine lover.

The story is short so there are many points that are hinted but not developed: why Jeff is in the Corps and so firmly in his desire to remain a Marine, despite the necessity to be in the closet; how Finn was betrayed and why he has apparently no monetary issue. What instead makes this an original story is how both men approached the affair and how the author decided to close, or momentarily end, this encounter, probably the only possible way if you consider that Jeff and Finn are nothing else than two men meeting one night and without any chance to have an immediate future together, not unless they didn’t change all their life, and sincerely, for a man you have just met, you would be a fool to do that. Both Jeff than Finn want this night, but both of them fear the other is reading too much in this encounter; but the desire is so strong that they are able to forget fears and caution.

I liked the story, it was easy and nice; my only doubts are that everything seemed a bit too easy, and something really stupid, and not really important, but I think that Finn’s friend Dave became a Jim.

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Aries: Riddle Me Wicked by Vivien Dean

I think that the tentative to have an adventure novel Indiana Jones style was quite clear, but more than the adventure part, it was the feeling of light comedy that has me make the connection; the novelty of Indiana Jones was to have a main character who wasn’t “exactly” 100% hero material. In Riddle Me Wicked Vivien Dean splits the Indiana Jones character in two men: Ian, the English professor, is the logic and Lucas, the American photographer, is the adventure. Both of them are essential pieces for the riddle, but they didn’t work alone.

I feel a great need in both men to prove themselves, Lucas to the world (his main target is, more or less, to have a Wikipedia entry with his name) and Ian I think to his own father, that in this moment has a academic CV that is bigger than his son, and Ian has to prove that he is as good as his father. But Ian is more a bookworm than an adventurer and it’s only thank to Lucas’s “negligence” that he will have his chance. That is, I had the feeling that both characters were quite lucky since, sincerely, it’s not that they are really good in uderstanding danger: like in the first scene, when Ian explains to Lucas that all his team was murdered just minute before, Lucas was like, “ops, I’m sorry, but we have more important things at hand to do”…

The story evolves then in a run for two in the US and UK, searching for pieces that will help Ian solving the Riddle to find the Blood of Sheol, an ancient artifact. Strange is that, more than their life or finding the artifact, both men are apparently more interested in knowing each other in a romantic way, and so the run for life becomes more a strange way of courtship. Even if in danger, even if with evil men behind them, Lucas is always ready to do nice things for Ian, exactly like a man who is courting his beau. And Ian, with all the discretion that is typical of his Englishman character, is kindly accepting the wooing and is reciprocating the feeling.

There is not really burst of passion between these two, but more a warm feeling: I think that is due to the fact that they are inline with their character; Ian is the typical coy Englishman, that is reticent to openly show his feelings, but when he is alone with the object of his affection he can be romantic and caring; Lucas instead I think he has a bit of “adoration” for Ian, first of all I think he has respect for Ian’s cleverness, and in a way, he thinks himself on a lower level than the other man, and so it’s like he doesn’t want to “impose” himself.

I think the author has other adventures in mind for these two since, even if this is a full length novel, their relationship is basically still in a blossoming phase.

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Frank’s Place by Terry O’Reilly

This is only a short story but really romantic, even if in a mainly way (the way that says boys don’t cry and so on). Danny is a nice young man searching for Mr Right but not against the idea to spend time with Mr Right Now in the meantime; he frequents a nice gay club, Frank’s Place, a nightclub with rooms to rent if you want to play, nice, classy and clean. When Danny goes to Frank’s he is not always searching for sex, he has also always the hope that maybe that is the right night, the night that is changing his life. But this night maybe is not the one, the only available man is at the opposite of Danny usual hook-ups and of the imagine Danny has of his Mr Right; Danny is more for an executive white collar, Al is more an hunky blue collar. But for a one-night stand he is more than perfect.

But when Danny approaches Al, the result is totally unexpected: Al is a tormented soul, he is almost afraid of his desires, if he wasn’t so good in bed someone could think he is a virgin to man on man sex. With a lot of patience and a little of persuasion, Danny manages to bring Al in one of the upstair rooms, and the following encounter is good for both of them. Al is as caring and gentle in bed as he was sitting and chatting, he makes Danny feeling good, and even if it’s only for one night, loved. The morning after Danny is unable to forget Al, but apparently also Al is unable to forget something or someone, that is preventing him to have a long-term relationship.

This is a seasonal romance, even if the author didn’t push to much on this point: maybe Al’s loneliness was more acute due to the approaching festivities, maybe Danny himself was more open to possibilities; but even if the ace was not played, in any case there is a bit of seasonal magic in the story, and it was a nice contrast with the type of story. Frank, the owner of the gay club, is a really nice character, a man who owns a cruising bar, with adjoning rooms by the hour, but who is basically playing the role of the fairy matchmaker.

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