The Process of Adapting Popular Books to Box Office Hits

In Movies, Random by Jay Bell

There have been dozens, if not hundreds of films based on novels. Some of the most successful (both commercially and artistically) films have been an adaptation of a book or short story. With the success of “Harry Potter” and “The Hunger games” there is a lot to be gained from these kinds of films. Book adaptations are not easily pulled …

Big Gay Movie Review: L.I.E.

In Gay, Movies by Jay Bell

L.I.E., short for Long Island Expressway, is the story of a 15 year-old boy who finds himself drowning in a brutal and ignorant world. The first half hour focuses on Howie Blitzer ( played by Paul Dano) coming to terms with his affections for petty thief and hustler Gary (Billy Kay). Howie is unable to resist Gary’s allure, joining him …

Big Gay Movie Review: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

In Gay, Movies by Jay Bell

Hedwig, oh how I love you! And how surprised I was too, because Hedwig and the Angry Inch sounded exactly like the sort of movie I never wanted to see. A young East German man has a botched sex change surgery, leaving him not quite a man, not quite a woman. All this is done to escape to the USA …

Big Gay Movie Review: Lilies

In Gay, Movies by Jay Bell

A man imprisoned for life calls upon a priest in order to make his final confession, yet it is the man of cloth that will be made to confess. The inmates take the old priest hostage and force him to view a stage play, a story from his own past, a story of two boys in love. Lilies takes place …

Big Gay Movie Review: Trick

In Gay, Movies by Jay Bell

A more appropriate title for this movie would be “Cockblocked” since it is about two men who want nothing more than a private place to copulate. Gabriel (Christian Campbell) is a struggling musician and composer. On a subway ride home he meets Mark (John Paul Pitoc) a gorgeous professional striper. With no more than an exchange of names, they head …

Big Gay Movie Review: No Night is Too Long

In Gay, Movies by Jay Bell

We recently watched a gay thriller called “No Night is Too Long.” You may not have heard of this film. It was originally a TV movie, co-produced between the BBC and Canada’s Showcase Network, although it has all the feel of a big screen film. The story centers around bisexual Tim Cornish (Lee Williams), a college student who develops a …