Entertainment Reviews By Leon







ImageGrande Ecole

Director: Robert Salis / Not Rated /

Starring: Gregori Baquet – Jocelyn Quivrin – Arthur Jugnot

Alice Taglioni – Elodie

Navarre
– Salim Kechiouche

Reviewed By- Leon Velasco

Rating – Two Thumbs up

This is a very erotic drama. Very well written and any one who has had to hide their sexuality and be with the opposite sex will really appreciate the intense emotions the writer. When the person you’re seeing detects and confronts you with their suspicions is a one thing but to challenge you to a game of seduction is when things really get strange, twisted, dramatic, and in turn intriguing and erotic. I have played this game but it was a female friend from high school who suspected her husband was attracted to me and we had set him up for a rendezvous with me to see how far he would go. The out come was they got divorced and I lost my friends forever, although it was her idea. This movie hit the nail right on the button for me and maybe some of the readers as well.




In one of

France
’s elite private schools, a group of attractive 20-something students find themselves enmeshed in emotional and sexual power games. These games become a lot more heated and complicated when Paul(gregori Baquet) finds himself attracted to both a lower-class Arab worker (salim Kechiouche) and Louis-Arnault, his roommate(Jocelyn Quivrin) even though he already has a girlfriend.

 “A handsome look at desire.” –Jay Weissberg, Variety

The film has an extraordinary sensuality…one of the year’s most provocative films.”

Indiewire

“Frank and Engaging.” –Elisa Ludwig,

Philadelphia
City
Paper




ImageFull Circle

Michael Thomas Ford

A novel

Reviewd By: Leon Velasco

Rated: One thumb up

By far this is a good book, but it took some time to read. The author goes into a lot of detail and describes everything so eloquently that you are thrown into a very elaborate imagery. You delve deep into the mind and heart of each character leaving you helpless to each passing dramatic circumstance. You feel the happiness when love is found, you feel the terror of secrets being uncovered, and you feel the emptiness of love lost. This book is good for those vacation days of wanting to be entertained other than the television.

Growing up together through the restrictive 1950’s and confusing 60’s Jackson “Jack” Grace and Ned Brummel took solace in their love for each other. But once they arrive at college in 1969 and meet handsome farm boy Andy Kowalski, everything changes. Despite Andy’s apparent heterosexuality, both Jack and Ned fall in hard for him, straining their close friendship. Soon, the three men will become involved in a series of intense liaisons and bitter betrayal, coming together and flying apart, as they alternately hurt, love, shape, and heal one another over the course of years. From the heady, Drug- and sex fueled days of San Francisco in the wild 70’s to the haunting specter of AIDS in the 80’s and the righteous activism of the 90’s, their relationship transforms and grows, reflecting the changes going on around them. Now together again in the most crucial and intimate of settings, Ned, Jack, and Andy have another chance to confront the damage of the past and embrace the bonds of friendship and love that have stood the test of time.

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