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The right attitude to eating out should be that it's a normal part of life.
So when we heard the owner was opening a restaurant in Whitley Bay, it was high on our list of potential eating outs.
Eating Out is just one of a sudden bounty of gay- and lesbian-themed American films coming soon to theaters near you, ending a multiyear drought that had many GLBT moviegoers latching on to the likes of Finding Nemo and The Lord of the Rings for their queer image satisfaction.
So much so that the last thing he expected his feature debut to be was a film like Eating Out. Brocka says he wrote the movie on a lark while attending graduate film school at California Institute of the Arts, structuring it like "the films I liked of the '80s, like John Hughes films and the college sex comedies."
Eating Out is one of several movies this year that could essentially be called "gay and--." These films take Hollywood genres as old as the movies themselves and reconstitute them with gay characters and gay-themed plotlines.
Her fear, Rich explains, is that pop movies like Eating Out, D.E.B.S., and June's gay horror film HellBent will siphon gay audiences away from more challenging films like Tarnation Jonathan Caouette's highly acclaimed kaleidoscopic autobiography that barely got distributed last year even after queer cinema luminaries Gus Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho) and John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) put their names on it as executive producers.