Director: Dominik Moll
Writers: Matthew Lewis (novel), Dominik Moll (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Stars: Vincent Cassel, Déborah François, Joséphine Japy
In the 17th century Spain, a baby is abandoned on the steps of a monastery and grows up a devoted priest and inspirational speaker (!)…until a mysterious visitor changes everything. With menacing music, portentous direction and slow pacing, this dark French tale (yes, subtitles) ominously promises dread and shock. Promises. Promises. While we kept getting led on, expecting the worst, the path is bewildering and dumbly dense. A threatening promise with a disappointing payoff.
GAY ANGLE: No gays in this monastery, but Vincent Cassel does flash his junk.
John Dies at the End
Director: Don Coscarelli
Writers: Don Coscarelli (written for the screen by), David Wong (based on the story by)
Stars: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti
Cross “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” with “Men in Black” and you have a rough idea of what to expect. Two slackers stumble upon a “sauce” that confers paranormal powers, but also invades the body with alien parasites. There’s plenty of left field humor (although not often funny) and some moderately cool special EFX. The story starts out with a fun feel, but ends up confusing and dumb. Writer/director Don Coscarelli (Bubba Ho-Tep, Phantasm) loves the off-kilter, but isn’t sufficiently imaginative to make his movies anything other than good-natured cult ramblings.
GAY ANGLE: John flashes a bit of flesh in his boxers.
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.