The Hot Sheet
BY Advocate.com Editors
October 22 2010 7:40 AM ET
Plan B — When Bruno's girlfriend dumps him, he seeks revenge by sabotaging her relationship with her new boyfriend. When he develops unexpected feelings for his rival, he begins to question his own sexuality instead. This often witty, if leisurely paced, comedy from Argentina is worth seeking out for its casual acceptance of human sexuality as fluid, not to mention its generous, lengthy scenes of the two male leads sleeping next to each other in their underwear.
A Stolen Life — Twins Kate and Pat (Bette Davis doing double duty), who are identical in body yet polar opposites in personality, go boating, but only one returns— determined to assume the presumably happy marital relations with her sister's husband. The screen icon gets to chew twice as much scenery as usual in this 1946 melodrama, which she also produced and is now available on DVD from Warner On Demand.
Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet on Blu-ray — Baz Luhrmann is one of our most visual contemporary filmmakers, so it should come as no surprise that two of his most highly regarded films have a new life on Blu-ray. Romeo + Juliet’s extras include a look at the film’s soundtrack (to this day one of the best, including the stunning ballad “Kissing You”) and behind-the-scenes footage and stills. Fans of Moulin Rouge are treated to Nicole Kidman’s vocal test (eh!) and an alternate opening sequence. Both films hold up well, and the imagination of Luhrmann (not to mention production designer Catherine Martin, who worked on both films) is more vibrant than ever before.
The Real L Word — If you thought The L Word was drama, wait until you get a load of the real deal. As is the case with most reality shows, you get the sense that these girls have been given some stage direction. Recently wed couple Nikki and Jill come off largely unscathed and likable (though the whole “planning a wedding with two brides” bickering is predictable), but other girls — we’re talking to you, Rose — come off as a complete and total messes. Good TV if you’re looking for some Real Housewives–style drama, but a whole lot less fun when you realize these women live and work in L.A. — and frequent the same events as Advocate staffers.