The Hot Sheet
Barry Munday — You think you’re having a bad day? At the start of Barry Munday, the titular character (Patrick Wilson) wakes up from an attack to find his family jewels have been cut off. To make matters worse, he’s facing a paternity suit from a woman he doesn’t remember sleeping with. Gay faves Judy Greer and Cybill Shepherd costar in this offbeat comedy that makes full use of Wilson’s talents.
Case 39 — In the nearly four years since Case 39 was shot, Bradley Cooper has seen his star status rocket past Renée Zellweger’s and the two have taken up with each other and started playing house. So it should come as no shock that while Cooper gets above-the-title billing, his part really isn’t that big. That said, this horror offering about a social worker and her odd new charge likely won’t set the box office ablaze ... but for those of you who’ve been missing Zellweger in action, it’s a welcome return.
Let Me In — Viewers will find it easy to read a timely gay analogy into this haunting psychological thriller about a lonely, bullied preteen boy who finds the sympathetic girl next door is a vampire. But for viewers just looking for a riveting suspense film, this American adaptation of Sweden’s acclaimed Let the Right One In delivers chills, superb performances, brooding atmosphere, and unexpected poignancy.
The Social Network — The story of nerdy billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (a star-making performance by Jesse Eisenberg) might not sound like compelling movie material, but Aaron Sorkin’s razor-sharp screenplay (based on the book The Accidental Billionaires) has more on its mind than the creation of the social networking website. Whether it’s factual or not, director David Fincher has deftly crafted a relatable tale about outsiders and what they’ll do to belong to the in crowd and delivered one of the year’s best films.
Tiger Suit by K.T. Tunstall — Tunstall must have locked herself in the studio with some late-’80s Stevie Nicks while creating Tiger Suit, because that’s exactly who she’s channeling on the opening track, “Uummannaq Song.” The rest of the CD has a decidedly more dance vibe, with Tunstall’s Scottish lilt serving the music well. Nothing here is as catchy as her early hit “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree,” but for music to make the car ride go quicker, it ain’t half bad.
Life Is Good EP by Jason Mraz — Pop-rocker Jason Mraz has decided to tide fans over with a five-song EP as he readies his next full-length studio album. Mraz — who has spent much of his career advocating for gay rights — really connects with his inner singer-songwriter on these five tracks, songs recorded on his concert tour last year. But the highlight here is his cover of the reggae-infused "Freedom Song." Mraz's relaxed vibe is a perfect fit for this feel-good track.
Caprica: Season 1.0 — Battlestar Galactica fans eager to find out what happened before the Cylon uprising can get all caught up in this imaginative if not as wholly engrossing prequel to the popular sci-fi series. What Caprica boasts that Battlestar lacked is a more sexually diverse cast. Here, we learn, that hit man Sam Adama — the uncle of Edward James Olmos’s William Adama — is gay, and Sister Clarice Willow, the headmistress of a private academy, swings both ways ... frequently in groups. Sexuality in a nonissue in this sci-fi series, and even if it is fantasy, it’s refreshing to see the characters’ sex lives simply exist.
Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough — A washed-up movie producer (Kirk Douglas) marries a wealthy closeted lesbian to maintain a privileged life for his spoiled daughter, who in turn marries a hard-drinking novelist old enough to be her father. Daddy issues, anyone? This 1975 film version of Susann’s torrid novel lacks the outlandish fun of Valley of the Dolls, but there are small pleasures to be had, particularly Brenda Vaccaro’s Oscar-nominated turn as a sex-hungry magazine editor.
Where Love Has Gone — Sixties starlet Joey Heatherton pouts about as a petulant teen who competes with mother Susan Hayward for the love of a man, whom she then murders, culminating in a loony courtroom trial. A badly wigged Bette Davis costars as a domineering granny in this 1964 adaptation of the lurid Harold Robbins bestseller. Loosely inspired by the notorious real-life Lana Turner–Cheryl Crane–Johnny Stompanato scandal, this is one of the great unsung bad movies of the 1960s.