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...”
“One of my favorite LGBT films is Big Eden. It showed me how filmmakers could create a fictional world that might not exist at the time, but one that could be possible. The films of Thomas Bezucha have been really influential to me as a filmmaker.”
Josh’s acclaimed gay drama, How To Win at Checkers (Every Time) is the official Thai selection for this year’s Oscars. Check out the trailer below and pre-order the film on DVD or VOD now — it’s available February 2nd — from WolfeVideo.com. Of course you’ll also want to enjoy Josh’s movie pick, Big Eden, newly available on Blu-ray and HD from Wolfe as well!
THAILAND’S SUBMISSION FOR BEST FOREIGN FILM TO THE 2016 ACADEMY AWARDS
Superstar Thai actor-model Toni Rakkaen headlines this striking debut feature from Korean-American writer-director Josh Kim. As the now grown Oat, he recalls his childhood experience of trying to rescue his gay older brother Ek (Thira Chutikul) from being drafted into military service. As Ek grapples with the gritty realities of life in Bangkok — working at a bar for male hustlers and sex-workers — he has also found love with his more privileged boyfriend Jai (Arthur Navarat). When the moment of truth arrives with the draft lottery these 21-year-olds must draw either a black or a red slip to possibly be conscripted into the armed forces. Who will be sent off to the service and who will get to stay home? In Thai with English Subtitles
“My favorite LGTB movie is… MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO. I am not even sure if it is considered a LGTB movie, but ever since the film came out in 1992, I have been fascinated by it’s (or mainly River Phoenix’s) sensuality, roughness and tenderness at the same time. The film is authentic, original, fresh, a bit weird and different. I loved it! The scene where River Phoenix declares his love to Keanu Reeves at the campfire still brings tears to my eyes.”
Discover Collette’s new coming-of-age romance, Summer — available for pre-order now from WolfeOnDemand.com (coming October 6).
“Brokeback Mountain for me is one of the most poignant LGBT films of all times. Reminding me that there have always been men and women like these two characters. It touched me deeply. Especially coming from a Hispanic country where the idea of a macho man is so deep in our culture.”
Discover Patricia’s new lesbian romance, Liz in September — available now on DVD and digital.
“Longtime Companion is my favorite. I was so deeply moved on a micro and macro level by that film. It was both deeply personal and historically important albeit sadly for it’s tragic depiction of the genesis of the AIDS epidemic. I was equal parts profoundly frightened and profoundly inspired by the humanity the film portrayed.”
Discover Eric’s new romantic comedy-drama, Boy Meets Girl — now on DVD and digital!
“The Wedding Banquet by Ang Lee is probably the first gay film I ever saw and it’s still on top of my list today. I remember watching it the first time, and found myself laughing hysterically and yet was touched by the characters at the same time. That’s when I first discovered the genre of dramedy and that a film does not always require an evil villain to forge conflicts. Another film I loved is Totally F***ed Up by Gregg Araki because it has such a raw portrayal on the angst and fear of being a gay teen that is still very relevant today.”
Watch David’s wonderful new comedy-drama, Eat With Me — on DVD and digital from WolfeVideo.com.
“I love Weekend by Andrew Haigh. I think it’s important to use film as a platform to stress the very real and present discrimination that occurs for people of the LGBT community today as well as the past. But it is sometimes nice to have a film that shows the day to day mundane problems single LGBT men (or women) go through that are extremely similar to heterosexual men and women. Haigh places his story in a fairly accepting community, with a character who has both straight and gay friends, and allows us to watch him (in a very naturalistic style) make the common human mistakes we all make in trying to find someone who is right and good for us. Also, he shows his central character grapple with macro (non-love related struggles) life decisions that we all come across whether we are gay or straight. In the end it reminds us that we are all way more similar than we are different, and the idea of discriminating against groups based on trivial small differences is absurd.”
Watch Aidan in the wonderful new comedy-drama, Eat With Me — on DVD and digital from WolfeVideo.com.
“I loved Longtime Companion. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen it, but I remember being so taken in by this group of friends and their struggle to live with the reality of AIDS. I also LOVE Transparent. My sister and I appreciate the reality of the family dynamic. We know that if our father came out as transgender that we would behave EXACTLY like his kids!! Last but not least, Angels in America because Tony Kushner creates a world filled with characters that are so flawed and so insanely courageous at the same time.”
Watch Sharon in the wonderful new comedy-drama, Eat With Me — on DVD and digital from WolfeVideo.com.
“My favorite LGBT movie is also one of my Top Five Favorites of all time, Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain. I strongly identified with Ennis and Jack’s emotional struggle to be true to their forbidden love. Much easier said than done when you’re a gay cowboy in macho, gun-toting, Wyoming during the 60’s and 70’s. The idyllic moments they shared on Brokeback juxtaposed by their superficial lives back in town, to the deep meaning of the unforgettable Last Line and Final Image of the movie make Brokeback Mountain a masterpiece. Upon each viewing, I appreciate it more and more, and strive to live by its message.”
Watch Teddy in the wonderful new comedy-drama, Eat With Me — on DVD and digital from WolfeVideo.com.