homoeroticism

Midway to Paradise (So Near, Yet So Far Away)

Mark Simpson finds Midway ‘dumb, numb and empty of cum‘ When I went to see Roland Emmerich’s teensploitation flick Midway this week I had low expectations. In fact, they were so low I almost ran aground on the way to the multiplex. Emmerich, the director-writer responsible for blockbusters such as Independence Day, Stargate, and The Day After Tomorrow, specialises in making movies as spectacularly awful as they are successful. Why did I go? Because Emmerich’s films are aimed at teen boys – and I’m a classic case… Read More »Midway to Paradise (So Near, Yet So Far Away)

Drunken Sodomy

‘Beer before wine makes you feel fine, wine before beer makes you feel queer.’  That old drinking adage may now finally have to be officially amended to wine and beer – and anything else alcoholic – in any order, make you feel queer. A recent study published in The Journal of Social Psychology claimed to show that heterosexuals become much more interested in the same sex when drunk. Straight men especially so – going from zero interest in a dude when sober, to almost the… Read More »Drunken Sodomy

Greased Up Swedish Marines

Sometimes I worry that I’m too difficult to please these days. At first glance I thought this latest example of ‘soldiers acting gay on video’, in this instance Swedish Marines in Afghanistan, was, despite the lashings of good humour on display, not to mention the military precision that has been put into the choreography, a little dissatisfying. And it wasn’t just the beards. Too many levels of irony here, I huffed. Macho mechanic Marines pretending to be chorus boys in Grease pretending to be macho mechanics.… Read More »Greased Up Swedish Marines

The Well-Scrubbed Purity of the Past

‘IVORY SOAP…99.44% PURE’ Well all I can say is that 0.66% is certainly working very hard indeed. This 1919 ad shows soapy soldiers bathing on the deck of a troopship and being sprayed by a kindly – and generously endowed – sailor: ’25 under the hose at one time.’ The dropped-soap theme of this ad seems, at least to our modern, knowing eye, to have been revisited during the Second World War by this one for Buna bath towels. Tip: DAKrolak