Category: DVD Reviews By Duane

Simolke lives in Lubbock, Texas, and has received three StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts Awards StoneWallSociety.Com.
Besides writing these reviews for This Week in Texas, he has written the books The Acorn Stories, Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure, Holding Me Together, and New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio. He also edited and co-wrote the spin-off The Acorn Gathering, a fund-raiser for cancer research. Visit his website, DuaneSimolke.Com for an excerpt and more information.

He Likes Guys

Wolfe Releasing brings together eight short films from the years 2005 through 2008. They range in length and tone, but all eight involve gay men.


Director Richard LeMay presents the story of a group of gay men whose views and situations vary in terms of relationships. A newcomer shakes all of that up in unexpected ways.

The Curiosity of Chance

This charming gay comedy brings viewers back to high school, during the eighties, complete with goofy friends, a menacing principle, and a homophobic bully. A sense of humor and a sense of optimism make it an enjoyable journey. A contest sponsored by the distribution company Bigfoot Entertainment for best coming out story includes a first place prize of $500.

Arizona Sky

Writer/director Jeff London presents another gay-themed independent film, this one involving young love that might blossom, many years later. A return to small-town life gives a Hollywood film-maker a second chance.

A Four Letter Word Released on DVD

We have updated our review of this movie by Duane Simolke  and added photos and a movie trailer in honor of its release on DVD in the US by Embrem Entertainment together with TLA Releasing on August 19th

Tongues Untied

Tongues Untied launched an uproar of controversy when it aired as part of PBS’s P.O.V. series of documentaries, back in 1991. The religious right used it as an example of why U.S. citizens shouldn’t fund PBS or the National Endowment for the Arts. Lost in the raving was the film’s content: creative explorations of black gay men in America. Yes, the film includes pictures of a naked man: the film’s director, Marlon T. Riggs. It also includes strong language, with explicit references to sexuality. The language and nudity are central to Riggs’s honest, naked investigation of what gay black men experience.

Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema

Vito Russo’s 1981 book The Celluloid Closet explored how movies portray gays and lesbians. That book led to a documentary adaptation from directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. While both incarnations of The Celluloid Closet remain ground-breaking and essential, Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema focuses mostly on gay films, made from a gay or gay-friendly perspective.

Boys Life 4

The original Boys Life short film collection remains my favorite of the series, and the only one where all the collected films actually seem to belong with each other. Still, this anthology brings together four inventive tales.

Adam & Steve

Adam & Steve gives a decidedly gay and decidedly irreverent twist to the romantic comedy. Obviously and defiantly mocking anti-gay cliches with the title, writer/director/star Craig Chester delivers an enjoyable tale of budding love.

Sordid Lives

In writing my West Texas fiction collection The Acorn Stories, I knew that West Texas offers more colorful characters than anyone could believe. I’ve met much stranger folks here than I ever created. I keep hearing the same about Sordid Lives when I watch it over and over with other West Texans.