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The film that will make you believe in love again

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Just a trick? Or something more..?

Mark (left) and Gabriel (right). Gay cinema's cutest couple.

So I think I mentioned before how I got dumped a while back. It wasn’t a long relationship, and looking back, he probably wasn’t right for me for a number of reasons. But when you’re happy one minute and by the time they’ve finished saying their piece, you’ve had your happiness taken away from you, it’s still a bitter pill to swallow.

My friend Mike’s also been dating a bit of an idiot lately, and finally called time on the relationship a couple of weeks ago.

So we decided we were up for a bit of soul food – and what better than to watch your favourite movie with a good friend?

For the bruised of heart, I recommend a movie called Trick. The plot involves two guys – Gabriel and Mark – who meet on the subway in New York one summer night. Trick devours every gay cliché in the book as we follow them on a tour of the city, fighting off bitchy drag queens, high maintenance best friends, and randy, bedroom-hogging flatmates in a desperate attempt to find a place where they can just get down to some good old fashioned boy on boy fun.

Or is that all it is?

Mark is everyone’s perfect man. Tall, dark and handsome – with a body to die for. He’s got the crooked grin, the dreamy eyes, and cute, sticky out ears and I fell in love with him the minute I laid eyes on him.

OK, I know he’s a movie character, but he’s Athena poster beautiful, exuding masculinity and vulnerability in equal measure. He’d blow your mind in the sack, then melt your heart the next morning as you watch him sleep like an angel.

At first you’re inclined to think that Mark is out of Gabriel’s league, but as the film progresses, you realise that Mark isn’t your average muscle mary, and he’s falling for Gabriel as much as Gabriel is falling for him. When they finally kiss on a street corner as the sun rises over the East Village you just want to cheer.

We’ve all had one of those nights. Crazy nights where you end up in all sorts of places and you come home with a smile of pure contentment on your face.  The world seems to be bursting with possibilities. It was a time before life got complicated, before mortgages and careers, responsibilities and bills. When I could stay out all night and still function the next day.

Yeah, I’m cynical, yeah I’m sarcastic. I project an air of cool confidence and you would have to work darn hard to crack it.

But I’ll let you into a secret.

I want to fall in love. Big, scary, stupid love.

I’m not saying you should measure every guy against Mark. Nobody is perfect and life isn’t some heartwarming romantic comedy. But what Trick reminds you to do is never, ever lose sight of love. Never settle for second best and never close your heart to the possibility.

Everyone has a ‘Mark’ in the world somewhere. I’m looking forward to meeting mine. Until then, I’m lucky to have some of the greatest people in the world as my friends and family, so I know I’m never alone.

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The film that will make you believe in love again

So I think I mentioned before how I got dumped a while back. It wasn’t a long relationship, and looking back, he probably wasn’t right for me for a number of reasons. But when you’re happy one minute and by the time they’ve finished saying their piece, you’ve had your happiness taken away from you, it’s still a bitter pill to swallow.

My friend Mike’s also been dating a bit of an idiot lately, and finally called time on the relationship a couple of weeks ago.

So we decided we were up for a bit of soul food – and what better than to watch your favourite movie with a good friend?

For the bruised of heart, I recommend a movie called Trick. The plot involves two guys – Gabriel and Mark – who meet on the subway in New York one summer night. The film devours every gay cliché in the book as we follow them on a tour of the city, fighting off bitchy drag queens, high maintenance best friends, and randy, bedroom-hogging flatmates in a desperate attempt to find a place where they can just get down to some good old fashioned boy on boy fun.

Or is that all it is?

Mark is everyone’s perfect man. Tall, dark and handsome – with a body to die for. He’s got the crooked grin, the dreamy eyes, and cute, sticky out ears and I fell in love with him the minute I laid eyes on him.

OK, I know he’s a movie character, but he’s Athena poster beautiful, exuding masculinity and vulnerability in equal measure. He’d blow your mind in the sack, then melt your heart the next morning as you watch him sleep like an angel.

At first you’re inclined to think that Mark is out of Gabriel’s league, but as the film progresses, you realise that Mark isn’t your average muscle mary, and he’s falling for Gabriel as much as Gabriel is falling for him. When they finally kiss on a street corner as the sun rises over the East Village you just want to cheer.

We’ve all had one of those nights, crazy nights where you end up in all sorts of places and you come home with a smile of pure contentment on your face.  The world seems to be bursting with possibilities. It was a time before life got complicated, before mortgages and careers, responsibilities and bills. When I could stay out all night and still function the next day.

Yeah, I’m cynical, yeah I’m sarcastic. I project an air of cool confidence and you would have to work darn hard to crack it.

But I’ll let you into a secret.

I want to fall in love. Big, scary, stupid love.

I’m not saying you should measure every guy against Mark. Nobody is perfect and life isn’t some heartwarming romantic comedy. But what this film reminds you to do is never, ever lose sight of love. Never settle for second best and never close your heart to the possibility.

Everyone has a ‘Mark’ in the world somewhere. I’m looking forward to meeting mine. Until then, I’m lucky to have some of the greatest people in the world as my friends and family, so I know I’m never alone.

Written by guy_interrupted

December 13, 2009 at 3:56 pm

4 Responses

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  1. Aaaaahhhh (((hugs))) Your day will come xx

    Claire

    December 14, 2009 at 3:05 pm

  2. I enjoyed Trick too :) Mark may be dark and handsome, but tall he ain’t. I was at the San Francisco Premiere back in 1836 (yes – THE PREMIERE!) and both he and Gabriel we’re so compact they’d have had to get on a step ladder just to punch Prince in the Adam’s apple. I really hope that doesn’t mar the film in anyway for you – personally I love a shorty and they both made my blood boil!

    Josh Hunt

    December 16, 2009 at 11:50 pm

  3. The last sentence it is really sweet!
    Congrats on the Blog.

    Josias Souza

    December 20, 2009 at 12:05 pm

  4. I personally want to find a Gabriel. Growing up in the San Francisco bay area, I saw too many of the ‘Mark’ prototypes everywhere in the Castro, online, etc. Each and everyone to the last were more concerned with how they looked and who would be their next Mr Right-now conquest than finding the Mr Right.

    I want someone who is different, who sticks out as himself and doesn’t try to fit in. Someone cute, witty, kind, warm-hearted, and looking to be loved as well as share his love.

    Trick will definitely put any cynic on the right side of belief again. Belief that ‘somewhere out there, beneath the pale moon light’…(sorry, got stuck in a song)…there really is someone for each and everyone of us. Someone to share our dreams and hopes, love and life, someone to make us smile.

    Ian

    October 6, 2010 at 9:41 am


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