Friday, January 22, 2010

Triple Feature

A Film Festival (of sorts) opens today in New York and Los Angeles, featuring "Murder in Fashion," "Misconceptions" and "Watercolors." My money's on "Murder in Fashion," based on the infamous 1997 spree killings by Andrew Cunanan. I was completely OBSESSED with this case back in the day -- I read Maureen Orth's fantastic "Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History" in one sitting flying to Europe years ago -- and can't believe it hasn't already been made into a movie. Let's hope this one doesn't disappoint.


Stars Jonathon Trent, Robert Miano, Stacey Dash and Cerina Vincent. Directed by Ben Waller.

In this ripped-from-the-headlines drama, gay party regular and aging boy toy Andrew Cunanan is forced to face the fact that his looks are fading and he is getting older, but he refuses to grow old gracefully. Instead, Andrew begins a murderous journey across the country from San Diego to Miami, killing anyone that gets in his way. FBI agent Harry Spalding is close on his tail, but even he cannot stop Cunanan from killing fashion designer Gianni Versace before shooting himself in the head on a Miami houseboat. Rated "R"; 90 minutes. Trailer & Web site HERE.


Stars A.J. Cook, Orlando Jones, David Sutcliffe and David Moscow. Directed by Ronald Satloff.

A religiously conservative, married southern woman receives a message from God instructing her to act as a surrogate mother for a married gay couple; a Jewish doctor and an African-American dance choreographer. All hell breaks loose when the African American man shows up unexpectedly at her deep-south home to micro-manage her pregnancy, and refuses to leave. Not rated; 95 minutes. Trailer & Web site HERE.


Stars Tye Olson, Kyle Clare, Greg Louganis and Karen Black. Written & directed by David Oliveras.

When a gifted, young artist (Danny) arrives at the opening of his first New York exhibition his erotic paintings evoke memories of his first love (Carter), a troubled athlete whose depression and self-denial impacted all those around him. Through a series of flashbacks we see Danny and Carter struggle with their mutual attraction. With the encouragement of three strong and very different women, Mrs. Martin, a free-spirited art teacher, his best friend, Andy, a young girl with a severe physical impairment, and his mother, Miriam, a recovering alcoholic, Danny learns to use his creativity to transcend his grief. Fifteen years later, Danny is faced with the possibility of losing Allan, his current lover, unless he keeps his promise to never paint the boy again. Not Rated; 114 minutes. Trailer & Web site HERE.

In New York at Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th St.
Click HERE for showtimes and tickets.

In New York:

  • Q&A with MISCONCEPTIONS filmmakers after the Saturday/Sunday 3:15, 7:50 shows.
  • Q&A with WATERCOLORS filmmakers after the Saturday 5:15 show.

    In Los Angeles at Laemmle's Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
    Click HERE for showtimes and tickets.

  • Q&A with WATERCOLORS star KYLE CLARE following the 5:20 Saturday show.
  • Intro with MURDER IN FASHION director BEN WALLER and star JONATHON TRENT before 9:55 Friday/Saturday shows.
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