By Andrew Belonsky December 22 It's all here, eager for your eyes, waiting for you to watch: Plata Quemada Burnt Money - Dir. Though protagonists El Nene and Angel are constantly imperiled, they steal a final tender moment during a gunfight, burning up the screen with a desperate grab at love.
Another cult classic, found its heart in a furtive love affair between two camp counselors, played by Bradley Cooper and Michael Ian Black, in identical tube socks, stolen in a dim shed.
The scene's great for two reasons: And no, it doesn't hurt that Knoller and Sweid are totally cute, too. John Cameron Mitchell, Shortbus stands out for its evocative, at times confrontational portrayal of real-life sex—largely because the actors were actually having sex. Max Clive Owen and Horst Lothaire Bluteau bring each other to ecstasy without ever making a single move in Bent, about gay men who fall in love in a Nazi concentration camp.
The scene in question—where the two stand side by side, never looking at or touching each other while reaching silent climax—leaves the viewer reeling. Jean Genet, "My favorite movie male-on-male love scene is one in which the male couple are separated by a cell wall but brought together by a straw and a shared lungful of smoke.
Is this is a bad sign? A middle-aged prisoner knocks on his cell wall, frantically trying to attract the attention of his younger neighbor, who is dancing with himself in a dirty vest with a face as tender as it is tough. The old lag lights a cigarette, inserts a straw through a tiny hole, and blows smoke through it into the next cell.
After studiously feigning disinterest, the young brute finally kneels at the wall, closed-eyed and open-mouthed, and receives the billowingn white smoke. It's a great, exquisitely poetic representation of the impossibility of romance—and even desire itself. To paraphrase Joni Mitchell, I've looked at glory holes from both sides now, from blower and inhaler, from younger and older, and still it's glory holes' illusions I recall.
Though Maurice is initially dismayed when Scudder offers himself up, he comes to his senses and together the men find their happy ending. The realistic portrayal of platonic, symbiotic intimacy sticks with the viewer longer than the image of Phoenix and Reeves cuddling up by a campfire. She pushes all the right buttons, leaving viewers wondering where the line between fiction and reality really lies.
Roger Kumble, A strand of saliva suspended between two lithe, eager lips. The reviews were less than kind, but for an entire generation, The Kiss proved that sexuality can be fluid. The Hunger - Dir.
Tony Scott, Dr. It as the seed for Shortbus. Contracorriente Undertow - Dir. The pinnacle of their ambiguous relationship, a halting, yet charged, drunken kiss, changes them forever. Eytan Fox, Two Israeli soldiers are marching through the snow. They wrestle to the ground.
The other accepts the implicit invitation and they go at it as a rabbit watches. This scene from the tense Israeli military love story is pure slice of fantasy, heightened by its forbidden nature.
Velvet Goldmine - Dir. The Outsider - Dir. Delbert Mann, "Tony Curtis's The Outsider , about an American Indian who was a hero of Iwo Jima, told the heartbreaking story of a soldier who mourned his buddy, missing in action. He shed tears drunkenly as the soundtrack played Where are you? You went away without me. I thought you cared bout me. In those homophobic days, it seemed like a great male-male love story.
Edward II - Dir. Presque Rien Come Undone - Dir. My Beautiful Laundrette - Dir. The film is essential viewing, full of unadulterated passion, instinctive longing, and, most importantly, a young, bare-chested Daniel Day-Lewis.
Happy Together - Dir. Wong Kar-wai, The despair and self-destruction of a doomed relationship saturates this film by Hong Kong—based filmmaker Wong. From the opening scene featuring Ho Po-wing and Lai Yiu-fai reenacting their post-breakup ritual of a roll in the sheets, the viewer is given a wide, grainy view of romance at its most toxic and passion at its most irresistible. The cinematography here adds an extra layer of allure, adding a gritty vintage quality that only heightens the experience.