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Over the next few weeks, I will be writing extensively about my experience this past weekend at the most recent Wizard World in Philadelphia. I will be going into depth on panels, celebs, cosplayers, artists, and more. I’ve decided to do a comprehensive, yet, hopefully not too wordy, diary style overview to kick things off. Times are approximate and are in EST. New correspondent Robert Sunshine accompanied me. During this post, I will just refer to him as RS.

FRIDAY, 5/8/15
10:37PM

We got on an Amtrak near our hometown to get to Pittsburgh. The train was late, which was actually a positive as that would make our wait for our bus in Pittsburgh that much shorter. The trip was uneventful.

SATURDAY, 5/9/15
12:35AM

After walking across the street from the Amtrak station to the Greyhound and getting situated, we called our families to let the know that everything was going well. We snacked, talked, and played on our phones for under an hour. Then, it was apparent that the Greyhound line for our bus was getting long, so we headed over to wait in it until 2AM. Our bus left about 20 minutes late. As usual on the Greyhound, the ride was uncomfortable. Of course, it was faster and cheaper than the Amtrak, so I’m good.

philly arrival

This is what I look like after 10 hours of travel.

8:30AM
Our bus actually made up the time that we’d lost, so we arrived on time. We quickly walked from the Greyhound station to the convention center. On the way, we stopped at that super ghetto, yet super close McDonald’s (if you go, you know the one) for breakfast.

press band

9:37AM
By this time, we had changed into our costumes and picked up our wristbands. (I was very impressed by how quickly these were passed out.) We were ready, but volunteers were only allowing VIPS onto the showroom floor until 10AM. RS made sure that his artist portfolio for Marvel was to his liking. We observed some great cosplayers. A talent agent for an extras casting company took down our info and gave us his card.

10:05AM
We were finally allowed onto the floor. One of the first things that happened was Michael Rooker walking quickly by us. Ah, the excitement when you see celebs so quickly like that! A few years back, I had an encounter with Norman Reedus that still gives me chills.

We got photos with some cosplayers and some even requested some with us. I was just happy that people got who I was dressed as, the Suicide Squad version of Harley Quinn. RS was a jester (or harlequin, as he was fond of saying), which garnered a lot of attention. I also picked up my Stephen Amell autograph ticket. It had said that it was for Saturday when I ordered it, but I was given one for Sunday. I was actually happy about this, because Saturday was so packed full of things to do. Plus, this would mean getting to see Amell on both Saturday and Sunday. That line was pretty long, so I couldn’t stomach waiting in his photo line then as well.

This is my fourth year attending (RS’s first), in all of that time, I’ve barely bought anything aside from photos and autographs. I don’t like dragging stuff around and I’m cheap. RS is a bad influence though. In no time at all, we had bought a good number of prints from some talented artists. We played a spin the wheel game at the CW booth. RS won a The Flash hat and I won an Arrow poster.

11:30AM
We hit up Summer Glau‘s panel. Her Firefly costar Nathan Fillion was originally scheduled to attend this as well. However, he was injured and had to drop out. She seemed sweet, but the panel wasn’t as exciting as it could have been. I always enjoy when actors have other actors to volley with, not just a moderator.

12:15PM
Glau’s panel was immediately followed by Lin Shaye’s, in the same room. I do wish that I could have stayed for that and the meet and greet that followed (we had passes), but I decided to go another way.

RS is a Potterhead. James and Oliver Phelps of Harry Potter fame had been added to the con’s lineup about a week or so beforehand. So we trekked to their room. Unfortunately, it was super packed. Being that I’m not a Potterhead, needed to charge my phone and figure out directions to our hotel, and the claustrophobia of a standing room only panel getting to me, I opted to chill out in the hallway, while RS watched. He said that is was very entertaining.

 

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Katie Cassidy

1:30PM
Katie Cassidy‘s panel was being held directly after the Phelps’ in the same room. RS has never attended before, so he didn’t know that he could have stayed in the room and moved up to get decent seats for us. No worries, I joined her line before the Phelps’ panel let out. Her panel was very fun and informative. RS waited in her Q&A line, but never made it to the microphone. This wasn’t surprising as many fans ask multiple questions even though they are repeatedly asked to keep it to one.

Ben McKenzie (Gotham) and Penn Badgely‘s (Gossip Girl) panels conflicted with hers, making them impossible to attend.

2:15PM
At this point we had about an hour and 15 minutes until Stephen Amell’s panel. It was originally set for Sunday, which I would have much preferred. However, it was moved, I believe, due to his Wine Mixer that day.

We were exhausted from lugging our backpacks all night and day. So, we booked it to our hotel (about a half a mile away). We didn’t have time to sight see on the way but I could tell that RS was really into the city. After checking in and grabbing some complimentary snacks, we headed up to check out our room and dump everything that we wouldn’t need for the rest of the day.

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Stephen Amell

3:30PM
We got to Stephen Amell‘s panel just after it had started. So, we were way in the back. I enjoyed hearing Amell talk about the progression of Oliver Queen’s character.

4:15PM
Amell‘s general photo ops for Saturday were set for 5:40PM (WAAAYYY too late IMHO). After exiting his panel, we headed to the photo booth to get our hard photo op card. We spoke to a volunteer who told us that we should come back at 5:20 to line up for Amell.

However, due to the photo op time, the time it takes to get around the convention center, etc. we were unable to attend any of the following awesome panels that were happening from 4:30-6: DANNY TREJO, MICHAEL ROOKER, ROGER CORMAN, and BURT REYNOLDS. We only had ONE professional photo op. I think that you’d miss a lot more if you had bought some more. I really wish that these panels were more spread out. I think that Reynolds and Corman were only there for Saturday, so that’s understandable. However, I don’t see why Trejo, Rooker, and some of the earlier panels in the day, couldn’t be pushed to Sunday. Then ticket holders wouldn’t have to feel like they were missing out on so much.

We took the probably half hour that we had after getting our op in order and changing, to shop and admire more cosplayers.

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Robert Sunshine, Stephen Amell, missemmamm

5:20PM
We joined Amell‘s already long photo line. We were behind two very fun young ladies who were cosplaying Canary and Felicity Smoak (!). They made the time fly by. It actually did go pretty quickly though. I think that we had already made it near the front of his line by 5:40. I wish I had a good story about the op, but all I can say is that Amell has a nice smile. RS said something to him to the affect of, “Don’t worry, you’re almost done”. Amell seemed happy about that. I’m super suprised at the ops of him actually doing poses with attendees as these ops are always very quick. Maybe those were VIPS, or folks with much bigger balls than I.

bar menu

6:40PM
After the op and checking out a few things on the floor, we decided to head back to our hotel. We stopped for a brew on the way. At this point all we were missing was the Frankie Muniz panel, which was probably good, but not a must for either of us.

I chose a hotel with a pool so we could wind down. So after eating our food that we’d gotten to go, cheese steaks of course, we went for a dip. This was during the costume contest. I’m not sure why, but I’ve never attended a costume contest at the Philly con, so I wasn’t worried about it.

9:50PM
By this time, I was tucked into bed. I know this makes me a party pooper. After all, the official after party was taking places at the Field House from 9PM-2AM. However, I was exhausted and not feeling well. I felt a bit bad because RS has never been to a WW after party. However, I’ve only been to one and the experience was a bit of a let down, so I didn’t feel that bad personally. I think I was asleep by 11PM.

Sunday, 5/10/15
8:15AM

My alarm was not set until 8:30, but I had slept my fill. We had to be checked out by 11AM. So we did the logical/fun thing and got our money’s worth by taking a dip in the pool again, after packing.

rs fountain

Robert Sunshine at the LOVE fountain

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Robert Sunshine at Gallery Mall

10:30AM
We were headed to the Gallery Mall and then the con. On the way, we were very touristy and took photos. Unfortunately the main store that we wanted to shop at in the mall was closed for some reason, but oh well.

elwes panel

Cary Elwes

11:35AM
RS and I went to get his Sunday wristband. Yes, he had to buy separate Saturday and Sunday passes partway through April, because the weekend ones had already sold out. After that, RS headed over to the floor to see what Marvel thought of his art. I went to get decent seats at the Cary Elwes panel. Elwes was very entertaining and looked smashing.

cassidy table

Katie Cassidy

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with Katie Cassidy

12:45PM
We headed to the floor so I could buy some table selfies for Katie Cassidy and Cary Elwes. That didn’t take too long. I was disappointed that the day before when I’d gotten my Amell photo, a staff member had told me that these could be bought in line. So, I tried to line up in Cassidy’s line first. Luckily, a volunteer found out the truth for me, so I didn’t wait in her line without a ticket.

Cassidy‘s line was fairly long. If I’m calculating it correctly, we were probably in her line for about a half hour. It was the fastest table meet I’ve ever had. I didn’t get RS in the pic, which sucked. Although I later saw others get two attendees in their pics on Instagram, so I guess I shoulda been pushy. No candid photos were allowed in Cassidy’s line. We found this out after snapping some. This is very odd to me. In the past, if you had bought an autograph, etc. from a guest, you were allowed to snap some pics in line.

When people ask me what Cassidy was like, I say that I don’t know, because I literally said “hi”. She said nothing to me. RS randomly asked her something as we were leaving the table. She answered, but in a very uninterested way. She’s definitely as beautiful in person though.

1:30PM
At this point, I truly didn’t feel like entering Amell‘s line, but when you have pre-bought tickets you can’t just throw money away and not go get them. I think that’s the idea. We waited in Amell’s line for about 50 minutes. Candids were also not allowed in his line. Since I knew this, I didn’t attempt to take any. Although, you will see some on Instagram that others took anyway.

I had bought the autograph, because you typically get at least a minute to converse with a guest when you are at their table, unlike in a professional photo op. However, I had a bad feeling when I got up to the table. The person at his table didn’t help me pick a photo. They asked if I wanted the photo personalized and then wrote my name, my four letter, easy to spell name on a post it and attached it to the photo. The only time I’ve had that happen for me, because I have an easy name, was when I met Christian Kane back in ’05. He was too hungover too function correctly.

Amell, however, seemed to have checked out. IMHO, he was in a hurry to leave and go promote his wine. I had read that the mixer started somewhere from 4-5. I tried to engage him in conversation. I told him how we loved his show so much that even though we’d only started in a couple of months ago, that we were already all caught up. I complimented him on his panel. I honestly don’t think he said anything back. He may have glanced up at me while signing the photo. RS is ballsier than me, so he stopped to ask Amell a question as we left. Amell gave him a more satisfactory answer than Cassidy (more details to come on what this is regarding).

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Robert Sunshine with Matthew Mercer

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with Cary Elwes

2:20PM
And now to the longest wait of all: the Cary Elwes line! After being in his line for about 20 minutes, I heard over the loud speaker that Matthew Mercer was having a free meet and greet in one of the rooms (It turned out to be a martial arts demonstration, very cool!) I told RS to go enjoy. RS had a theory that Elwes line was moving slowly because he was actually taking time to talk to attendees.

At about 3:15PM, I was sooo close to Elwes. His booth had fabric around all sides, absolutely negating any photos being taken by looky loos. I was the fourth person outside of it. There were maybe 9 people waiting behind me. This is when Elwes decided to take a break from signing. So I then waited a half hour for him to return. During this time, I watched Frankie Muniz, who was two tables over, interact with some young fans. He was great with them.

And…It was all worth it! He was so charming. He actually shook my hand and asked my name. I told him how I’d enjoyed his panel, and he was happy about it. Then I said, “I’ve had a crush on you since I was nine”, and he said, “Come here and give me a hug”. Aw! We hugged! Then we took a photo together. Ah, dashing!

4PM
RS and I met back up for our final hour at the con. Doors closed in an hour!!! First, I stopped at Muniz‘s table just to tell him how great he was with his fans. We had to make a mad dash to buy stuff, get a photo at the Tomorrowland booth, and check out cosplayers.

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Robert Sunshine with the Nesquik Bunny

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with the Nesquik Bunny

4:40PM
We left the convention hall, saw the Nesquik rabbit outside and got pics with him/free Nesquik from him.

bar ly

4:53PM
We arrived at my favorite place to eat in Philly, Bar Ly! It was awesome, as always. It’s still strange that this once Asian tapas eatery had to morph into a sports bar to keep business afloat, but they still serve the same great food, so not matter. After dinner, we chilled a bit and decided on our next move.

ritz east

7PM
We ended up at the Ritz East movie theater. We watched the mind blowing Ex Machina and got to chill out for a couple of hours.

9:15PM
While trekking back to the Greyhound station, we were stopped by some other attendees of the con. They were a lot of fun, so we joined them for a drink at a small bar.

10:30PM
We decided to take our leave, because it’s always recommended that you get to the Greyhound station early. We were there sometime after 11. Our bus was set to leave at 12:20. At 12:10, after already being lined up for a while, we were told that it was running 20 minutes late. It was wayyy longer than that. We didn’t leave Philly until after 1AM.

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Gino’s Cafe

8:24AM
The lateness of our departure, coupled with the driver’s poor driving, and the always ominous traffic while entering Pittsburgh, means that we didn’t get there until 2 hours after we were set to. This made us an hour late for our last bus to our hometown.

So we had 3 hours to kill until another bus would be there. After chillin for a while, we went to eat at a nice little place called Gino’s Cafe. On the way there, we stopped at a cool, geeky trade in store that we vowed to return to in the future.

11:45AM
Our bus arrived 15 minutes late, arggh. We were so tired. We slept all of the way home. Unfortunately, as the Greyhound driver sucked, I did not get a nap in before returning to real life, and a meeting at 2PM, but what can you do?

The juice was worth the squeeze.~The Girl Next Door

Thanks to Wizard World for providing me with a complimentary weekend press pass to the 2015 Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con. For info on Wizard World’s upcoming cons, please go here.

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“…it’s okay you didn’t like Broken Hearts Club or Kiss Me Guido. Let me tell you a little secret that we try to keep within the community, gay movies suck, but until the law is changed we’re still obligated to go see ’em” – Will & Grace

I tend to disagree with W&G on that one but it’s gives me a chuckle.

I just discovered the fun classic film blog Garbo Laughs and their Queer Film Blogathon recently. It’s a great idea and open to all film bloggers. According to the site “The Queer Film Blogathon will be held on June 27, 2011. The focus is on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or otherwise non-heterosexual, non-gender-binary depictions or personages in film.” So even if you found it late, like me, you should go contribute. This is to celebrate that June is Gay Pride Month. P.S. Congrats New Yorkers! Same-sex marriage was legalized Friday in the state of New York.

I am always realizing that there are genres that I need to add to the Netflix Instant Streaming category.

Click the film titles to be taken directly to the film on Netflix.

RuPaul’s Drag Race (2010) (Seasons 2-3) (Available Until May 22, 2013)

This is one of RuPaul’s reality shows that airs on the Logo network. They have various competitions to determine who the best drag queen is. I actually haven’t gotten around to watching it yet because I always realize it’s on when the season is already halfway through. Luckily I can watch the whole second season all the way through now. I have watched Drag U though which features drag queens who give women makeovers to improve their self esteem and win, of course. I really want a drag queen fairy godmother. It would so fun. In the meantime you can use the Dragulator, I did.

I Love You Phillip Morris (2009) (Available Until February 03, 2013)

Yes, I have previously mentioned my love for this film. Jim Carrey stars as the highly intelligent Steven Russell in the dark comedy I Love You Phillip Morris. He is a middle aged man who comes out and then becomes a con man to support his extravagant lifestyle. Ewan McGregor costars as the love of his life, Phillip Morris. Leslie Mann costars. The film was adapted from the book, I Love You Phillip Morris: A True Story of Life, Love, and Prison Breaks by Steve McVicker, which is based on the real life of Steven Jay Russell.

Dorian Gray (2009) (Available Until February 16, 2012)

Dorian Gray was a pretty good adaptation of my all time favorite book, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. They stick to the story, the dialogue (!) and there is plenty of debauchery. My main peeve is that the lead, Ben Barnes is a little odd looking. Dorian Gray is the story of a young, handsome man who finds out that the painting that was painted of him is what will age and show his sins while he stays eternally young looking. You can imagine how much bad stuff one can get into in that situation. There is a gay kissing scene, which is why I included it. Colin Firth (yum) and Ben Chaplin co-star.

Puccini for Beginners (2006) (Available Until March 20, 2022)

This is a romantic comedy starring Gretchen Mol (The Notorious Bettie Page), Elizabeth Reaser (Grey’s Anatomy), Justin Kirk and Julianne Nicholson. It’s about a lesbian who starts wondering if she’s really gay after a breakup. It’s a good little movie with a great cast.

Brokeback Mountain (2005) (Available Until December 16, 2014)

When two seasonal sheepherders unexpectedly fall in love they have to deal with their own feelings, their wives and life in general is this stormy drama. The leads are played by the fantastic late Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Their wives are played by Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway. Randy Quaid, Linda Cardellini and Anna Faris costar. The film was directed by the super talented Ang Lee (The Ice Storm). If you haven’t seen this yet then you must, as soon as possible.

The L Word seasons 2-5 (doesn’t include 1 or 6) (2004) (Not Currently Available)

The L Word was the lesbian answer to Queer As Folk. It’s definitely more downbeat but still a great show. I simply chose a picture of Katherine Moennig as Shane because she’s my favorite character.

Tying the Knot (2004) (Available Until October 11, 2013)

This is a documentary about same-sex marriage laws in the US. It is from 2004 so I’m sure that much of the info is out of date but it looks interesting. If you want to get riled up you may also want to check out another documentary, 8: The Mormon Proposition, which is about the LDS trying to prevent the gay marriage bill in California. Reviews by Mormons say it’s biased, but of course it would be. That’s the point, to show how ridiculous their views on this are.

Nip/Tuck Seasons 1-6 (full series) (2003-2009) (Available Until July 1, 2014)

Man, I love Nip/Tuck and it’s over the top lifestyle and problems (many caused by their own egos) of 2 handsome plastic surgeons. Over the course of the show creator Ryan Murphy (Glee) featured many LGBT plots including transgender arcs. There was also a bit of a tease plot line about Christian (Julian McMahon) worrying that he might be gay (he’s a real horn dog for the ladies).

Wet Hot American Summer (2001) (Available Until October 1, 2013)


(gif source: fuckyeahguyskissing)

Wet Hot American Summer has to be included for the young, giddy makeout scene between Bradley Cooper and Michael Ian Black whilst a bit of a way away their friends are talking about how to get them chicks. From the mind of David Wain this is a hilarious satire of camp counselor movies. The cast also includes David Hyde Pierce, Janeane Garafalo, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Michael Showalter, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Marguerite Moreau and Ken Marino.

Boys Don’t Cry (1999) (Available Until August 1, 2012)


Boys Don’t Cry is based on the true story of Brandon Teena (Hilary Swank) who was a trans man (a person who is born female but gender identifies as a man) who falls in love with the pretty Lana (Chloe Sevigny) and the hate crime that follows. Peter Sarsgaard and Brendan Sexton costar. Netflix also has The Brandon Teena Story, which is the documentary about the real Brandon Teena.

Edge of Seventeen (1998) (Available Until September 1, 2012)


Plot: “A gay teen finds out who he is and what he wants, who his friends are, and who loves him, in this autobiographical tale set in middle America in the 1980s. Growing up, learning about life, love, sex, friends, and lovers.” (from IMDB.com). I was a big fan of this adorable movie as a teen. It stars Chris Stafford, Tina Holmes, Andersen Gabrych and Lea DeLaria.

Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998) (Not Currently Available)

This comedy is uneven but it starred Brad Rowe (who Bop promised me would become a star, what happened?) at the height of his hotness. It’s no wonder that the movie is about Sean Hayes’s photographer character trying to turn him gay so he can romance him.

Kiss Me Guido (1997) (Available Until April 1, 2012)

Kiss Me Guido is definitely one of my favorites. Back before Jersey Shore (ew) not everyone was into the macho Italian American guy from NYC. Nicki Scotti (Detroit Rock City) plays this guy who really wants to be an actor but is working in a pizza shop. He’s a few slices short of a loaf so when he sees GWM in an apartment ad he thinks that it means “Guy With Money” instead of “Gay White Male”. When he meets his new effeminate, gay roomie (in the theater scene, score) laughs and friendship ensue. My sister and I still use that abbreviation incorrectly today for giggles. The movie costars Anthony Barille, Anthony DeSando, Craig Chester and Jennifer Esposito.

Chasing Amy (1997) (Available Until April 1, 2012)

Chasing Amy is a great comedy that proposes the question “Isn’t Ben Affleck so hot that a lesbian would fall for him?”. Just kidding, she falls for him as a person. The problem is that he can’t get her exes out of his head (which could happen in any relationship). Because it’s a Kevin Smith film (from his View Askew oeuvre) it has his trademark filthy humor but is also touching. Plus they are all comic writers (or tracers) so it’s like a good geek fantasy. The film stars Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee (Banksy!) and Jason Mewes. Characters from this film make a cameo in his later film, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

In & Out (1997) (Not Currently Available)

Yes, I did already mention In & Out in one of these and while I don’t usually do repeats I had to do so with this film. You have to love Kevin Kline as teacher who struggles with coming out late in life but in a quite silly manner. Tom Selleck plays his love interest. The film costars Joan Cusack, Matt Dillon, Debbie Reynolds, Wilford Brimley, Bob Newhart, Shalom Harlow, Shawn Hatosy, Lauren Ambrose, Selma Blair and Glenn Close. It was directed by Frank Oz.

The Birdcage (1996) (Available Until January 1, 2012)


The Birdcage is a lot of fun. It’s one of those movies that any time that you come across it on TV you have to watch it, yet again. It’s a remake of the 1978 French-Italian film La Cage aux Folles. The adorable Dan Futterman is about to marry a pre-Ally McBeal Calista Flockhart. The problem is that his fathers (Robin Williams and Nathan Lane) are both gay and the owners of a drag club while Flockhart’s father (Gene Hackman) is a Republican Senator. So Williams fakes a different profession, Lane dresses as and pretends to be Futterman’s mother and they pretend not to be Jewish. Of course tons of hilarious scenes ensue. Diane Wiest, Hank Azaria and Chrstine Branski costar in this Mike Nichols film.

Jeffrey (1995) (Not Currently Available)

Jeffrey handled the fear of Aids with humor, not easy to do. Wings era Steven Weber stars as Jeffrey who is worrying but falling for a guy while trying to be celibate due to his fear. Definitely a flick that I’ve watched quite a few times. The film costars Patrick Stewart, Nathan Lane, Michael T. Weiss and Sigourney Weaver. Weber even tweeted about the movie Friday night in reference to NYC’s gay marriage approval.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) (Available Until January 1, 2012)



Yeah, you probably already know how awesome this movie is but we still have to address it now. I loved this movie so much that I used to covet this bus when I was young and imagine traveling cross country having adventures in it. It’s about a group of drag queens who travel across Australia to perform in fantastic outfits and deal with prejudice on their awesome bus, Priscilla. Terence Stamp, Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving costar. If you’re already a big fan then you may want to pick up the Blu-ray which, according to the screencaps, here, looks amazing.

Heavenly Creatures (1994) (Available Until January 1, 2012)

This drama is about the tumultuous friendship of two young ladies played by Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey that leads to horrifying revenge. I recommend checking out the Film Experience’s Best Shot thoughts on it as well as Melanie Lynskey’s on the same site.

My So Called Life The Complete Series (1994) (Available Until March 1, 2013)


Though most of us first recall ah, Jordan Catalano (i.e. Jared Leto, front man of a pretty so so band) in all of this teen angst about high school we not only got to see Angela (Claire Danes) break out of her shell with the help of her drunk bestie Rayanne (A.J. Langer) but also their other bestie Rickie Vasquez (Wilson Cruz) who was actually out, in high school, in 1994, that takes balls. It’s a fantastic show that despite it’s super quick cancellation is discovered by new crops of teens every year, who still identify with it. It can also bring back the nostalgia for those of us who are a bit older but were here for the 90s.

Another Country (1984) (Available Until July 7, 2012)

I watched this flick a few months ago during one of my revisiting Cary Elwes phases. It’s a story about a young gay student (Rupert Everett) attending a boarding school in 1930s England. It’s very slow moving but worth checking out to see all of these hot guys in their super young days, including Colin Firth!

Longtime Companion (1989) (Available Until May 1, 2013)

Plot: “Perhaps the first film to put a human face on the AIDS epidemic, Longtime Companion follows the lives of a small circle of friends from the first mention of the disease in the New York Times in 1981. First referred to as “Gay-Related-Immune-Disorder,” we watch the effect of the disease as it devastates the lives of our protagonists. Jumping between Manhattan and Fire Island, vignettes carry us from the it-couldn’t-happen-to-me mentality of the early days of the disease to the invasive effect it has had on all of our lives, today. The title of the film comes from the New York Times’ refusal to acknowledge homosexual relationships in their obituary section during this period. Instead, survivors were referred to as “Longtime Companions” of the deceased.” (from IMDB.com). This drama stars the talented cast of Campbell Scott, Stephen Caffreey, Patrick Caddiy, Brian Cousins, John Dossett, Mary-Louise Parker and Dermot Mulroney.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Not Currently Available)



The Rocky Horror Picture Show was not only the first movie that introduced me to a sweet transvestite but also overpowering horniness in general as a child. It was one of my dad’s favorites. It’s an awesome musical about sci-fi, rock and roll and horny oddballs that a square couple meet on their honeymoon. Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon are fantastic. The whole cast is pretty amazing though (I still need to be Magenta for Halloween one day!). The whole cast is pretty amazing though (I still need to be Magenta for Halloween one day!). The film co-stars Barry Bostwick, Richard O’Brien and Meat Loaf. The movie has a huge following and tons of live shows as well as audience participation shows (that are sometimes aired on TV for Halloween) are often going on. A really neat looking Blu-ray book set was released for the film’s 35th anniversary in 2010.

Mango on SNL


“You cannot have the Mango!”

Chris Kattan played the adorable male stripper who could hypnotize any man into falling for him on Saturday Night Live during the late ’90s. Kattan was a cast member from seasons 16 through 23. There isn’t a definitive list out of each episode that featured Mango but you can watch Saturday Night Live The 1990s and Saturday Night Live The 2000s to find out. My sister even got me a Mango birthday cake back in the day, super neat.

Unfortunately Kattan used to get ragged on all of the time by his cast members for this character so in later episodes his unknown (but we were assuming at least bi) sexuality is revealed to be straight and he’s married, boo. SNL has also featured The Ambiguously Gay Duo cartoon mainly through those years but also once last season as well (with Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon as the live action versions). You can read a little more on gay sketches on SNL here.

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Note: This post was last updated on November 6, 2011.

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“When they mix the sexuality and the violence, I like it” – Forgetting Sarah Marshall

If you were a character in an erotic thriller then how would you know? Are you worried that one of the people that you are sexing up on the regular is getting ready to murder you? Bingo!

Special Treatment (2010)

Well the cover of this movie is quite misleading/odd once you realize that the main character is a middle aged prostitute. However is a quite interesting movie. Plus both the lead actress and actor are quite talented. The yang to her yin is a psychiatrist with OCD and a crumbling marriage. If you enjoy a peek into a hooker’s life, ala a darker Secret Diary of a Call Girl, give this a watch. This French drama includes optional English subtitles.
Unrated

Diary of a Nymphomaniac (2008)

This disturbing coming of age tale focuses on a lusty French woman who decides to become a prostitute. She also has an absorbing yet destructive relationship with an older man. This flick is in Spanish with optional English subtitles.
Unrated

8MM (1999)


“If you dance with the devil, the devil don’t change. The devil changes you.”

Since 8MM involves a snuff film you might think that this is a sick addition. Seriously though, look at Joaquin Phoenix in this movie, so hot. He helps Nic Cage with his search. Of course they do have to associate with all different types of shady people, including people in the porn world, so I think that warrants its inclusion. I also recommend the direct to DVD sequel 8MM2. While it has nothing to do with this movie it has sex, deceit and hottie Johnathon Schaech.
Rated R for strong perverse sexuality and violence, and for strong language.

The Advocate (aka The Hour of the Pig) (1993)

This movie doesn’t sound/look that sexy to me but those who have reviewed it say that it is so I think that I’ll have to check it out. It stars a younger Colin Firth who’s rockin’ some shaggy ass hair. He’s a lawyer in a medieval court who apparently can’t keep his britches on. You can watch the trailer here on IMDB.com.
Rated R for elements of strong sexuality.

Basic Instinct (1992)

I still have no idea how it came to be that in the early ’90s every woman was supposed to be attracted to/obsessed with Michael Douglas but some how it just worked. This is, of course, the very famous movie starring Sharon Stone as an erotic novelist who is also the suspect in a murder case. Douglas is a detective who crosses the line with her. Yes, this is the infamous Sharon Stone snatch flashing movie. Is it the best thing ever? No, but as a fan of both actors I recommend checking it out at least once.
Rated R for Strong violence and sensuality, and for drug use and language.

Bad Influence (1990)

“You know, you make a funny face when you come.”

Bad Influence is fun because we usually see James Spader as a conceited asshole in movies but in the beginning of this movie he’s very meek. He becomes friends with Rob Lowe, who is basically all id, and teaches him how to be a player, while also toying with his life.
Rated R-may include adult themes, adult activity, hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually-oriented nudity, drug abuse or other elements.

Stormy Monday (1988)


I haven’t seen this yet but it just went into my queue. This is Mike Figgis’ first film. It’s about seedy politicians and a nightclub. The movie stars Melanie Griffith, Sean Bean, Sting and Tommy Lee Jones. I recommend this post by a woman who appeared in the film.
Rated R for adult themes, adult activity, hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually oriented nudity and drug abuse.
NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

Chloe (2009)


“Am I your secretary or am I your daughter? Maybe I’m your seventh grade math teacher you always hated. All I know is that if I do it just right, I can become your living, breathing, unflinching dream, and then I can actually disappear”

A woman has a chance meeting with a high class escort which spurs her to hire the escort to test her husband’s fidelity. At the same time she herself is drawn to this sexy, young woman. This movie was even better than I expected. It stars Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried and Liam Neeson.
Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue, nudity and language.

Basic Instinct 2 (2006)

“You know how some guys are into blondes and some guys are into killers?”

Plot: Novelist Catherine Tramell is once again in trouble with the law, and Scotland Yard appoints psychiatrist Dr. Michael Glass to evaluate her. Though, like Detective Nick Curran before him, Glass is entranced by Tramell and lured into a seductive game.-from IMDB.com. I’m not actually a big fan of the Basic Instinct movies but there are some hot scenes in this. It stars Sharon Stone, David Morrissey and David Thewlis.
Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, violence, language and some drug content.

Cruel Intentions 3 (2004)

“The only problem with fucking with someone as twisted as you is that you’re fucking with someone as twisted as you.”

I wasn’t sure whether I should include this movie because it’s tamer than the other films but I am a big fan of the series so, why not? Cruel Intentions 3 has completely different characters from the first film and the TV pilot (that was later released direct to DVD as a psuedo prequel). Of course they are supposed to be related to the other characters or something but who cares? What you need to know is that Kerr Smith (Dawson’s Creek) is so hot in this. The “plot” is about bored, rich college kids who toy with each other.
Rated R for strong sexual content and language.

Femme Fatale (2002)

not creepy at all

totally integral to the plot…like all faux lesbian scenes


(spoilers)

 

“I’m a bad girl Nicolas. Real bad. Rotten to the heart. “

“C’mon, Nicolas. You don’t have to lick my ass. Just fuck me!”

Plot: A woman tries to straighten out her life, even as her past as a con-woman comes back to haunt her.-from IMDB.com. I’ve been a big fan of this movie since it came out. It stars Rebecca Romijn, Antonio Banderas and Peter Coyote.
Rated R for strong sexuality, violence and language.

Murder By Numbers (2002)

“Please, that chick spreads like peanut butter.”

Plot: Two gifted high school students execute a perfect murder and then become engaged in an intellectual contest with a seasoned homicide detective.-from IMDB.com. This film was released years ago when Sandy Bullock was trying to be taken seriously as an actress. Her dramatic films didn’t cause droves to turn out to the box office so she went back to romantic comedies aside from that time that she won an oscar by showing her range (blonde hair and an accent). I wouldn’t call it a must see but it’s decent. The film costars Ben Chaplin, Ryan Gosling and Michael Pitt (the latter 2 are always sorta sexy in a creepy way).
Rated R for violence, language, a sex scene and brief drug use.

American Psycho 2(2002)

(crap, now there’s a pic of William Shatner on my blog!)

You mean you’ve never heard of this direct to DVD movie starring Mila Kunis as a murderous college student? Get on that! It costars the aloofly hot Robin Dunne (also seen in Cruel Intentions 2, The Skulls 2 and Species 3, he’s the top reason to rent direct to DVD sequels!)
Rated R for violence and language.

Original Sin (2001)

Original Sin stars Angelina Jolie back when she was still smokin’ hot plus Antonio Banderas and Thomas Jane (yum). It’s about a mail order bride who isn’t what she seems.
Rated R for strong sexual content and some violence.

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

“So, because I’m a beautiful woman, the only reason any man wants to talk to me is because he wants to fuck me? Is that what you’re saying? “

This is, of course, Stanley Kubrick’s last film. It took years to make this movie and Kubrick was not known for being easy to work with. However if Kubrick wanted to cast you and your wife as the leads in his film even though it might contribute to the end of your marriage you’d probably still say yes, cuz it’s Kubrick. The basic plot is about Tom Cruise’s doctor character exploring different types of hidden sexual environments after his wife (Nicole Kidman) upsets him. This is my second favorite Kubrick film (A Clockwork Orange is tops). I was anticipating its release back in the day and it killed me that I had to wait for the DVD release because I was 16 (our movie theater had just started enforcing ratings). The film costars the late Sydney Pollack, Thomas Gibson, Leelee Sobieski, Vinessa Shaw and Alan Cumming. If you enjoy the film I recommend reading Like Being in Another World’: Vinessa Shaw on the 10th Anniversary of Eyes Wide Shut.
Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug-related material. (on Netflix, you can also buy or rent the NC-17 version).

Devil in the Flesh (1998)
Devil in the Flesh 2 (2000)


“No means no. Don’t you guys get that? What is it, you stop understanding English when you get a hard-on?”

The awesome Rose McGowan stars as a poor, unpopular, unhinged teen who falls for her teacher after she gives herself a skanked out 5 finger discount makeover. So good. The sequel, starring Jodi Lyn O’Keefe isn’t as good but is worth checking out if you get a kick of the first one.
The original is Rated R for strong violence and sexuality, and for some language.
The sequel is Rated R-may include adult themes, adult activity, hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually-oriented nudity, drug abuse or other elements.

Never Talk To Strangers (1995)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK3kZ19_8vo

“This is how I like my men, wet and naked”

Plot: Sarah Taylor, a police psychologist, meets a mysterious and seductive young man, Tony Ramirez, and falls in love with him.-from IMDB.com. It stars Antonio Banderas, Rebecca De Mornay, Dennis Miller and Harry Dean Stanton. Teen and pre-teen girls of the ’90s grew up with huges crushes on Banderas, so there you go.
Rated R for violence, language and some strong graphic sexuality.

Disclosure (1994)

“You stick your dick in my mouth and now you get an attack of morality?”

I am a huge fan of Disclosure. I never really understood why all of the women in 1990’s films were obsessed with Michael Douglas, because even though he’s cool he’s not really a looker. This movie rocks because Demi Moore was so headstrong in the ’90s. Since it’s 1994 one of the plots of the film involves some really ridiculous computer software but the main plot is “As a guy can you really be sexually harrassed by a hot woman?”. Well you can but who is going to believe you. The film costars Donald Sutherland, Roma Maffia, Dylan Baker and Dennis Miller.
Rated R for a very strong sex scene, sexual dialogue and other strong language.

The Crush (1993)

“Nick, ever do a virgin?”

Cary Elwes is a reporter who moves into a rich family’s guest house and becomes the objection of obsession by Alicia Silverstone. He tries to rebuff her but that doesn’t always work out. The film costars Amber Benson and Kurtwood Smith (Red on That 70’s Show). If you are also a big fan of the film I recommend reading The Crush Mansion at iamnotastalker.com and Brockton Point Lighthouse from The Crush at iamnotastalker.com.
Rated R for language and terror violence.

Fatal Instinct (1993)

Fatal Instinct is a spoof of the erotic thriller genre. Plot: A cop/attorney is seduced by a woman while his wife is having an affair with a mechanic. (from IMDB.com). This movie stars Armand Assante, Christopher McDonald, James Remar, Tony Randall and John Witherspoon in addition to 2 fantastic actresses, Sherilyn Fenn and Sean Young.

Rated PG-13 for racy humor.

Poison Ivy (1992)
Poison Ivy 3: The New Seduction (1997)

carrying on a proud tradition of seducing old guys

Back in the early 1990’s when Drew Barrymore was trying to not be seen as a little kid anymore (but before she wanted to be the girl next door) we got great cheesy movies like Poison Ivy and Doppelganger. She plays a teen temptress who gets Sara Gilbert and her dad (Tom Skerritt) to become enamored with her. Later Alyssa Milano decided to go the same route with Poison Ivy 2: Lily (my favorite in the series). After that a Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl) also got to take a swing at it. She’s mainly really good at getting people drunk in this movie. It costars Greg Vaughan (Charmed). There is a 4th film that was released in 2009 but I haven’t seen it.
Poison Ivy is rated R for sensuality and language.
Poison Ivy: The New Seduction is rated R for strong sexuality, and for some language and drug content.

Final Analysis (1992)

“Do you come out here a lot?” “No, just in moments of existential anxiety and when I want to impress a date.”

Now I definitely understand an obsession with Richard Gere. He is a psychiatrist who gets involved with his patient (Kim Basinger). Uma Thurman costars.
Rated R-may include adult themes, adult activity, hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually-oriented nudity, drug abuse or other elements.

Wild at Heart (1990)

Plot: Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula’s mom has hired to kill Sailor.-from IMDB.com. Nic Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, Crispin Glover, Diane Ladd, Isabella Rossellini, Harry Dean Stanton and Sherilyn Fenn star in this David Lynch film.
Rated R

Breathless (1983)

Plot: Jesse has to get out of Las Vegas quickly, and steals a car to drive to L.A. On the way he shoots a police man. When he makes it to L.A. he stays with Monica, a girl he has only known for a few days. As the film progresses, the police get closer to him, and the crimes escalate.-from IMDB.com. It stars the very yummy Richard Gere.
Rated R-may include adult themes, adult activity, hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually-oriented nudity, drug abuse or other elements.

Body Heat (1981)

“Maybe you shouldn’t dress like that” “This is a blouse and skirt, I don’t know what you mean”

 

 

“…besides, maybe she’ll fuck me to death”

Plot-In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman convinces her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.-from IMDB.com. I’ve always been undecided as to whether or not William Hurt was attractive when he was younger. After watching this I really don’t think that he is. He does do a great job of getting seduced by the always impressive Kathleen Turner. If you enjoy the film I recommend reading Turner’s autobiography because she goes into detail about the making of many of her films including this one. A young, geeked out Ted Danson costars.
Rated R for adult content, graphic language, nudity, and violence.

American Gigolo (1980)

“How many languages do you speak?” “5 or 6” “Plus the, uh, international language?” “That’s right”

Yes, the 3rd Richard Gere flick in this post! A super young, super hot Gere plays a high class hooker who falls for Lauren Hutton while getting caught up in some shady goings on. Hector Elizondo costars.
Rated R for adult content, adult language and mild violence.

Caligula (1979)

Malcolm McDowell is Caligula. Helen Mirren and Peter O’Toole costar. The film was produced by Penthouse!
Rated R for pervasive depiction of sex and violence. (the streaming version, the real version is unrated and dirtier).

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Last Updated: December 2012

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