Director: Ben Lewin
Writer: Ben Lewin (screenplay)
Stars:John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy
Run Time: 95 mins
John Hawkes plays a man in his late thirties who’s lived most of his life in an iron lung. When he decides to explore sex, he seeks guidance from his priest (William H. Macy) and a sexual surrogate (Helen Hunt). Despite how it might sound, there’s nothing unseemly or pitiable about this film. It’s a sweet charmer with an upbeat disposition. Although he can only use his head, Hawkes creates a compelling character and all of the supporting case turn in captivating performances. Even in the most awkward moments, the humor and buoyant mood make this an uplifting and enchanting experience.
GAY ANGLE: This is strictly about straight sex, although Hawkes and Hunt are pretty exposed (in both senses of the word).
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Director: Bill Condon
Writers: Melissa Rosenberg (screenplay), Stephenie Meyer(novel)
Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner
Runtime: 115 mins
This is it! The big finish! Bella and Edward are married and have given birth to a human/vampire hybrid. This poses problems with the evil empire, so the family gathers vampires from around the globe, allowing for an extended sequence to show off a variety of skills and special effects. While it’s mildly cool, the build-up never builds up much steam. The showdown has lots of head-popping action, but it’s not enough. There are questions left unanswered and the lame conclusion is just that. Fans of the series will be thrilled to see it played out, but as a standalone film, it’s just OK. The pacing is dramatic but slow. Watching the plot unfold is interesting, but it’s never thrilling (and those werewolves still look fake).
GAY ANGLE: Seems like the Russian couple may really be a couple.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.