VIP Fave Q Movie Pick
Where we ask today’s hottest queer and queer-friendly filmmakers, stars and community leaders to answer the question:
“One of my favorite LGBT movies is...”
“I think one of my favorite LGBT films is Running with Scissors. I’ve always felt like that movie just ‘got’ me. Watching it, suddenly my mother’s crazy antics and my father’s in ability to recognize I exist were not quite as devastating as I thought. Augusten Burroughs deserves a survival medal! Since I can’t choose just one, Christopher and His Kind warms my heart. I’m a sucker for period films. Getting a glimpse into a world and another time when living as a queer soul was so very different fascinates me! Both of these are masterfully captured. I can even watch them on mute and just let the images flicker by. Mesmerizing!”
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“I think I have two that have moved me the most. The first is from a while back called No Night is Too Long which was only released on DVD. Not many people have seen it stateside. I enjoyed the relationship between the two main characters. For a film made in 1996, I think it was ahead of its time for Gay cinema. The other I recently saw at a film festival called Out in the Dark from Israel. Again, this was another example of a film in which the main characters happen to be gay, and not just a gay film. The storyline was real. This is the kind of cinema that I related to the most. We need to see more films like this.”
Check out Rob’s new gay thriller, Truth — available now on digital from WolfeOnDemand.com. Click thru to watch the trailer now!
“This is a very easy question for me — it’s two films, actually, and they’re both British. And the first one is my all-time favorite because I didn’t know I was going to a gay movie — My Beautiful Laundrette — but when I saw Daniel Day Lewis kiss his business partner/ex-boyfriend my heart came through my chest. It’s so personal and amazing and he’s definitely my favorite character in any gay film — my second fave is Beautiful Thing about the two boys living in the housing project in London. I love the acting in that movie, I love the mother in particular and just the fact that these lower-class boys fell in love and they were so brave about the way they finally opened up and fell in love.”
Check out Doug’s terrific new gay action-comedy-thriller, Hot Guys with Guns — available May 6 on DVD and April 8 on digital at fine retailers and platforms everywhere from Wolfe. Click thru to watch the trailer and reserve your DVD now!
“I keep going back to The Boys in the Band, the film version of Mart Crowley‘s play about a group of pre-Stonewall gay friends gathering for a drunken birthday party. The first time I saw it as a teenager it was kind of horrifying, since I didn’t know any gay people and these guys seemed positively miserable and reveled in tearing each other down. But now I can see the humor, the brilliantly drawn characters, the friendship and camaraderie, and a vividly depicted time capsule of the moment right before gay liberation exploded. Honorary mention goes to Parting Glances, My Own Private Idaho, Victor/Victoria and Hold Me While I’m Naked.”
Check out Jeffrey’s terrific new documentary, I Am Divine — available April 1st on digital and April 8th on DVD from Wolfe Video. Click thru to watch the trailer and then reserve your DVD now!
“My favorite LGBT film is also my favorite Wong Kar-Wai film: Happy Together. Raw, touching, and poetic, its power is still as poignant today as when I first saw it on a shitty VCD in 1997. An example of what cinema can be, and a reminder on why I wish to continue to make films.”
Check out Yen’s terrific new gay drama, Pit Stop — now available on DVD and digital from Wolfe. Click thru to watch the trailer and then rent or own the film on digital now!
“I’ve always had an interest in the ways life is inherently tragic, and two LGBT movies stand out for me in this way. Francois Ozon‘s Time To Leave, about a young gay man’s final months living with cancer, dramatized the ways sexuality is haunted by anger, trauma, and the reality of death. Despite the bleak subject matter, the movie was shot beautifully — I remember thinking it was as if Spielberg had made an intimate independent movie about mortality and love.
Patrice Chereau‘s Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train explores similar themes in a different structure. Here, the death has already happened — a narcissistic artist whose funeral is being held at some distance from the city where he lived. The movie — about those who knew and were traumatized by him — had an unassuming frankness about desire that I hadn’t seen in American LGBT movies.
Ozon and Chereau showed me that an artist can represent reality from within his or her own psyche and resist the collective’s desire for political advancement in its LGBT representations.”
Check out Christopher’s terrific new gay drama, Four — now available on DVD and digital from Wolfe. Watch the trailer below and then rent or own the film on digital now!
“One of my all-time favorite LGBT films is The Hours and Times by Christopher Munch. It’s a fictionalized account of a trip that a young, pre-fame John Lennon took to Barcelona with Beatles manager (and gay man) Brian Epstein. It’s widely know that Brian and John were very close (some have suspected lovers) and the film is about their intense but tumultuous friendship. I love that this film presents a straight/gay male relationship in a way that doesn’t diminish either one of their lives. It’s also such an economical and minimal film, largely filmed with only Munch and a sound person. I’ve always looked at it as an example of the strength of story and concept over budget constraints. If you have a strong story and a vision and good actors with a good script, you can accomplish anything with almost nothing if you put your mind to it.”
Check out Joshua’s terrific new gay drama, Four — now available on DVD and digital from Wolfe. Watch the trailer below and then rent or own the film on digital now!
“I have a sophisticated answer and a not-so-sophisticated answer! But I love them both. My sophisticated answer is Aimee & Jaguar, a German film about two women (one Jewish, one not) who fall in love during WWII. Beautiful performances by Maria Schrader and Juliane Kohler. My not-so-sophisticated answer (and a film I watched about 150 times growing up) is To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. So ridiculous and campy, I love it. And when Stockard Channing tells Patrick Swayze how lucky she is to have a lady friend who just happens to have an adam’s apple…?! It gets me every time.”
Check out Christine in the terrific new lesbian drama, Margarita — now available on DVD and digital from Wolfe. Watch the trailer below and then rent or own the film on digital — it’s available worldwide!