December 12th, 2010

andrew potter

BearCity (2010) directed by Douglas Langway

Set in New York's gay "bear" scene and taking a cue from the popular HBO franchise "Sex and the City," BearCity follows a tight-knit pack of friends experiencing comical mishaps, emotionally sweet yet lusty romantic encounters and a cast of colorful, diverse characters as they gear up for a big party weekend.

Director: Douglas Langway

Writers: Douglas Langway, Lawrence Ferber

Release Date: 24 October 2010 (USA)

Genres: Comedy

Taglines: Romance can be hairy

Storyline: Take the girls from "Sex and the City," inject them with large amounts of testosterone, tape fur coats to their bodies – and you have something almost as great as BearCity. In this award-winning romantic comedy from director Douglas Langway (Raising Heroes) and co-writer Lawrence Ferber, viewers are given an insider pass to a burly, tight-knit group of New York City friends who are trying to make it through life’s twisted paths and love’s absurdities without getting lost. When twinkie newbie and closet bear chaser Tyler (Joe Conti) joins the gang, he has no idea the impact his new friends will have on his life. Invited to move in with the group's very own "Yogi and Boo Boo," Fred (Brian Keane) and Brent (Stephen Guarino, "The Big Gay Sketch Show"), Tyler becomes a fast staple. As in any good romantic comedy, our hot young lead needs a love interest; insert Roger (Gerald McCullouch) the hot Casanova of muscle bears. The film oozes with sexual tension. It spills over with comic relief added by full-of-heart, "Mama-Bear" Michael (Gregory Gunter), BearCity is a prime cut of movie-beef. From society's pressure to fit into a mold, to the trials and tribulations of a long-term relationship, rediscover the importance of true friendship in your life.

"The romantic comedy that is “Bear City” is set against the hurly burly of New York City nightlife during a big bear party weekend of lust, love, and life." --Joseph R. Saporito,
"Bear culture meets Sex And The City in this ground-breaking romantic comedy!"
"A barrel of fun!" --The Village Voice
"A sweet tale worth a 'woof'!" --Time Out New York
“An outrageous romantic comedy set in New York’s bear scene.” —

Awards: OutFest 2010 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Screenplay and Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film

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Cast (in credits order)
Joe Conti ... Tyler
Gerald McCullouch ... Roger
Brian Keane ... Fred
Stephen Guarino ... Brent
Alex Di Dio ... Simon
Gregory Gunter ... Michael
James Martinez ... Carlos
Sebastian La Cause ... Fernando
Christian Dante White ... Cory
David Drake ... Dr. Straube
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Tyler & Roger

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andrew potter

End of the Trail by Jane Elliot

Months ago a friend of mine complained that he doesn’t find enough western gay romance to read, and I thought, my friend, your research is an hard one; of all the hundreds and hundreds books I read, very few are truly western romance, a gender that was popular in the ’80 and ’90, but not so much now, and if you add the gay themed research, it becomes even more difficult.

End of the Trail is a perfect example of western romance, even in the reason why Will and John embark in a same-sex relationship, basically the lack of women around. When Will and John met the first time, Will is happily married with a good woman and they have a son; they both help John when he needs it, and John helps them back. There is no hint of sexual interest in Will for John, and maybe you can read some innuendos in John’s replies to Will, but nothing more. Three years later though the situation is changed, Will is a widower and John is back and this time there is no woman in the middle.

I like how the author dealt with Will and his mourning the dead wife: true, he is sad and he still loves his wife, but we also read that when Will went to town, he satisfied his urges in a bordello. So Will is able to distinct between love and sex, and he is no shamed by his body’s desires. In a way Will is neither ashamed by the body itself, even when he was not interested by John in a sexual way, he did look at the body and he did appreciate the beauty of it. I think that basically Will is a man that is true to himself and able to go beyond what society is asking or pretending. Another thing that is totally unrelated to Will’s attitude towards sex, but that for me it proves that he is a realistic man, is his attitude towards Tommy, his son: it’s clear that Will loves Tommy, and that he has never forgotten his son, but when his wife dies, Will is not able to take care of Tommy; his wife’s relatives come and they take Tommy away, and Will accepts that; even when he is planning to move back east, in a romance setting the first think in Will’s mind would have been to take back Tommy, and instead he decides to let him live with his aunt; someone can read it as selfishness, I read it as a realistic decision.

On the other hand John is a bit of a romance hero; he is an outlaw, he has killed plenty of men, and not always they were bad men; but John apparently has always an explanation, something that makes him the hero and not the villain; John is always the wronged one and as such, Will has to absolve him for all his sins. I think that, in the end, John is a wonderful scoundrel, and that is a typical romance hero indead. What makes him different from a romance stereotype is that John has really no shame, he is not repentant and basically he would do all again, after all he had what he wanted.

So even if End of the Trail is a classical western romance, it doesn’t play exactly according to the rules, and I think this is a good read for who wants an enough realistic historical fiction that has not lost the romance perspective (and of course the happily ever after).

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