Archive for the ‘VHS TAPES’ Tag


I’ve spoken about my tape collection in the past at one time having over 600 tapes. I sold most of them on eBay and gave a lot away but I held on to my gay tapes–no, not porno! I currently have about 84 tapes of which 33 were pre-recorded while the other were taped from both cable and network stations.

In any case I am looking to give them away either singularly or the whole lot and will only asked to be reimbursed for mailing them. If anyone is interested in knowing the titles of the ones I taped just drop me a line at

Here are the pre-recorded one and a comment here and there.

1. The Celluloid Closet–a history of gays and gay films before gay was acknowledged until the present.

2. Another Country with Rupert Everett and Colin Firth as gay British spies Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean

3. As Is–Robert Carradine and Jonathan Hadary–an ex-lover takes care of his AIDS ex partner when the latter’s young lover can’t deal with it

4. The Children’s Hour  Shirley MacLaine and Audrey are accused of being  Lesbians

5. Common Threads: stories from the quilt

6. The Birdcage with Robin Williams and Nathan Lane  An American version of the French film La Cage Aux Folles

7. Beautiful Thing  A British film about a love story between two youths

8. The Crying Game  Stephen Rhea, Forest Whitaker and Jaye Davidson with the latter as Whitaker’s  ‘exotic’ girlfriend

9. The Broken Hearts Club A gay baseball team starring Dean Cain and John Mahoney

10. Big Eden A man faces his unrequited passion for his high school friend–it is an American fable about home and family

11. Kiss of the Spider Woman  William Hurt won an Oscar as a gay political prisoner

12. Gods and Monsters  Ian McKellan as gay director James Whale with Lynn Redgrave and Brendan Fraiser

13. Gypsy of the Year–a tradition of Broadway musical theatre

14. It’s My Party  Eric Roberts is dying of AIDS and decides to throw a great farewell party for himself before he dies–Margaret Cho, Olivia Newton-John, George Segal, , Gregory Harrison, Lee Grant

15. The Lost Language of Cranes  The destructive sexual hypocrisy of one family– with Brian Cox, Eileen Atkins, Corey Parker

16. Maurice The film of E.M. Forster’s controversial novel with Hugh Grant, Simon Callow, Rupert Graves, Ben Kingley, Billie Whitelaw

17. An Early Frost the effects of AIDS on an average American family–Aidan Quinn, Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, Sylvia Sidney

18. Making Love  A married man falls in love with another man with Harry Hamlin, Kate Jackson and Michael Ontkean

19. Midnight Cowboy the classic film starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight

20. Priscilla Queen of the Desert  the Australian classic starring Terrence Stamp

21. In & Out  Kevin Kline, Tom Selleck, Matt Dillion, Debbie Reynolds

22. Love! Valour! Compassion! The Tony award winning play by Terrence McNally

23. My Own Private Idaho River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves as hustlers directed by Gus Van Sant

24. Midnight Express Brad Davis arrested in Turkey for smuggling drugs and receives a 4 year sentence.

25. Normal–Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson The latter confesses to the former that after 25 years he wants to have a sex change (Bruce Jenner anyone?)

26. Priest A young priest faces extraordinary events within his own congregation.

27. Philadelphia A landmark film dealing with AIDS starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington

27. The Opposite of Sex  Christina Ricci seduces her brother’s boyfriend Matt who jilted his ex-lover  Lisa Kudrow, Johnny Galecki, Lyle Lovett

28. Querelle Brad Davis as a gay sailor, Jeanne Moreau and Franco Nero in a film based on Jean Genet’s novel and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

29. Sunday Bloody Sunday–Glenda Jackson and Peter Finch both are deeply in love with Murray Head

30. The Sum of Us A father wants his gay son to be happy  Russell Crowe is the son

31. Six Degrees of Separation A gay hustler claiming to be the son of Sidney Poitier works his way into a wealthy white family–starring Will Smith

32. The Twilight of the Golds  If there is a gay gene would you abort a pregnancy because the child might be gay? Brendan Fraiser, Jennifer Beals, Faye Dunaway, Rosie O’Donnell, Garry Marshall

33. Tea and Sympathy A teenager is wrongfully accused of being gay and his teacher’s wife proves to him he isn’t–Deborah Kerr and John Kerr directed by Vincent Minnelli

Posted May 23, 2015 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT

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When I was young, about 1996 when I was 60, I had a collection of over 500 books and a collection of VHS tapes exceeding 400 movies plus I had taped all the Oscar and Tony award shows every year. One day I realized that I only read 7 of the books a few times each and, maybe, watched a dozen of the tapes more than once though I would watch the same movie if I saw it while surfing television.

As I learned when people get older they want less ‘things’ and when I was ready to move in 1999 I was tired packing, unpacking, building shelves, putting books and tapes in alphabetical order and decided that was it. I proceeded to sell all the movie tapes and all but those 7 books on eBay. I kept the award tapes and a bunch of  gay themed tapes. A few years later I gave my mailman’s son all the award tapes as he was going to film and theatre school. I still have the tapes but that is another post.

I don’t remember which was the first DVD I bought but I got those I wanted to see again and some I never saw and knew wouldn’t be on TV. Before I knew it I had 25 dvds and I knew it was time to stop because most of them would just be on the shelf collecting dust. I haven’t bought a DVD or taped a show in a couple of years now and that’s okay. One friend bought me some books and another bought me a collection of Rodgers and Hammerstein films.

My collection of DVDs and maybe a remark or two are:

The R&H collection consist of Carousel, Oklahoma, The King and I, The Sound of Music, South Pacific and State Fair.

Dreamgirls–I fell in love with the movie and saw it in the theatre about 15 times. I have watched the DVD about 10 times and have seen it on cable when surfing and coming across it.

De-Lovely–a good bio about Cole Porter starring Kevin Kline. I saw it in the theatre and watched the DVD once.

Every Little Step–whenever I need “A Chorus Line “ fix, and I refuse to watch the horrible movie version, I will watch this. A first rate documentary about my favorite ever Broadway musical.

Sordid Lives–one of the funniest films ever made with a first rate cast.

The Big Knife–a sterling cast at their best in an Odets’ play brought to life on film. 

A Beautiful Mind–Russell Crowe at his best

Boys Don’t Cry–a powerful film that seems to be forgotten

Stage Beauty–missed it in theatre and thought I should see it–bad thought

Angels in America Part 1 & 2–and DVD collector should have this in their collection.

Elaine Stritch At Liberty–if I didn’t buy the DVD I would never have seen it and I am glad I did.

Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows–Judy Davis in a brilliant performance

Vera Drake–missed it in the movie house and wanted to see it.

Chicago–one of the better musical films

Steal Magnolias–a classic film with excellent performances

Running On Empty–an unappreciated, underrated, moving film

Monster–Charlize Theron gives THE best performance ever on the silver screen.

Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer  The part Theron played in Monster and after seeing this made me appreciate her performance even more than I did.

And that’s it folks–not buying anymore DVDs and might even sell/give these away– any offers? :O)

Now about those VHS tapes I have!

Posted May 21, 2015 by greatmartin in COLLECTIONS

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