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...”
“My favorite LGBT movie is… without a doubt, Bill Sherwood‘s Parting Glances (1986). That film so brilliantly captured what it was like to be an urban, gay 20-something man during the mid-1980s, that it works as a virtual time-capsule. There’s the elation of being one of the first generations to live out and proud, tempered by the specter of AIDS hanging over us all. Its “friends-as-family” background was highly influential on Old Dogs & New Tricks. And let’s not forget, it was Steve Buscemi‘s film debut!”
Leon is the creator and co-star of the hilarious West Hollywood gay sit-com, Old Dogs & New Tricks — coming to DVD and digital from Wolfe on November 26th. Watch the trailer below and click thru to pre-order the DVD from WolfeVideo.com now.
“First and foremost my favorite LGBT movie is The Birdcage starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane. I love this movie! Williams and Lane make huge efforts to make his life as a gay father appear as a straight man for the sake of his son’s future engagement. Feels right at home to me. Personally growing up in Miami and having a gay father makes this one completely relatable and a personal fave! If I had to choose another it would be The Kids Are All Right.”
Eric co-stars (with Jason T. Gaffney) in the hilarious new gay romantic comedy, The Perfect Wedding — coming to digital from Wolfe on November 5th and on DVD December 3rd. Watch the trailer below and click thru to pre-order the DVD from WolfeVideo.com now.
“What a fun thing to think about — so many great movies and great movie moments come back to me. Some of my favorite LGBT movies are: Happy Together: I watched it 3 times in one week at the Quad Cinema, with my buddy Robin, I was mesmerized by those two guys and by those saturated green walls. Scorpio Rising: like Happy Together, I watched it over and over, only I recall it being the RED that I couldn’t get out of my head. Victor, Victoria: my parents had just gotten cable, it was on that month — I watched it about a billion times — I didn’t know why. My Own Private Idaho: River Phoenix, so beautiful, so sad to think of him passing with Heath [Ledger] just passing – miss Heath – what a great filmmaker Gus Van Sant is. Ma Vie en Rose: what a wonderful story. My Beautiful Laundrette: the amazing Daniel Day Lewis. Hedwig and the Angry Inch: my fiance’ was just reminding me of how Hedwig recalls the origin of love story. The Hunger: watched this at a bar on the press tour for Boys Don’t Cry - one good way to spend a date.”
Watch the trailer for Kim’s Boys Don’t Cry (now available on both DVD and Blu-ray from WolfeVideo.com) and enjoy the trailer below for her super-exciting new re-envisioning of the classic horror movie, Carrie!
“Je Tu Il Elle – by the charming, wonderful, genius Chantal Akerman. It’s crazy, it’s beautiful and it’s very, very brave. I love the bodies and the obsession and desperation of the main character of that movie. Plus you get to watch her eat a bag of powdered sugar. I have a shot in my movie [Concussion] that’s like the poster of Je Tu Ill Elle. It’s my little wink to her.”
Stacie’s acclaimed new lesbian drama, Concussion is now in theaters and available on iTunes and VOD — including WolfeOnDemand.com. Watch the trailer below and click thru to rent or own on digital from WolfeOnDemand.com.
“We love lots of LGBT films so it is difficult to choose just one. Some are for the subject and treatment, some for the pleasure to see representation of love that appeals to us. One of our all time favorites is D.E.B.S. It is funny and fresh and exactly the kind of film we would have liked to have seen in our teens years. We loved such a positive and amusing vision of young love. Show Me Love — a Swedish film — is another of our favorites because of the “realistic” depiction of growing up as a lesbian. And we both love Eloise (a Spanish film) — a wonderful film about young love which not many North Americans got to see.”
Dominique and Laurie are co-directors of the hot new lesbian drama, Margarita — coming to DVD and digital October 29th from Wolfe. Their previous lesbian drama, Finn’s Girl is also available at fine retailers and digital platforms everywhere including WolfeVideo.com and WolfeOnDemand.com!
“One of my many favorite queer films that is upper most in my heart lately is Marlon Riggs‘s groundbreaking personal documentary Tongues Untied. As an experimental filmmaker myself, there are a handful of artistically and politically courageous films that have inspired me over the years. Tongues Untied showed me (and so many other filmmakers, artists and poets) a whole array of daring directions in storytelling as Marlon took on his fundamental goal of challenging what he described as: “society’s most deeply entrenched myths about what it means to be black, gay, a man, and, above all, human.” I remember being on the edge of my seat when I saw it at Frameline in 1990 — and the film is still as bold and fresh and inspiring today. Marlon pioneered and championed the explosion of new and exciting works by queer filmmakers of color in the early ’90s, and his legacy lives on today (Marlon died of AIDS in 1994). There’s no better time than now to see this film. Since Tongues Untied is available on DVD you have no excuse for not seeing it as soon as possible.
My other all time favorite LGBT movie is the absolutely brilliant lesbian feature, D.E.B.S. directed by Angela Robinson (who went on to direct HERBIE: FULLY LOADED — starring Lindsay Lohan — which is also pretty fun). D.E.B.S. was the first lesbian-themed feature film to be rated PG-13 (so that teenagers could actually see it). It’s a hilarious Hollywood spy movie about a team of four teenage girl spys fighting the evil villain Lucy Diamond. But Lucy and one of the girls unexpectedly fall in love. This is a brilliant film and I wish every teenager could see it. It’s first and foremost a really fun movie — and Robinson makes the lesbian storyline central to the plot in a seamlessly elegant way. The lead actresses convey both innocent romance and actual erotic chemistry. Every minute of the film is a joy to watch.”
Jenni Olson is a queer filmmaker and LGBT film historian — she is also VP of e-commerce and consumer marketing for Wolfe. Find out more about her at her personal website, Butch.org.
“As an image-starved, closeted preteen, the kiss between Jodie Foster and Nastassja Kinski in Hotel New Hampshire was my favorite lesbian “sex scene” in cinema. The two partially obscured by artsy shadows, I didn’t feel guilty that I watched it enough to get tape drop out in that section of the VHS.
Favorite movie overall was Go Fish. It was self-produced on a shoe-string budget and out lesbians ran the show in front and behind the camera. It was the first LGBT movie I saw that was a comedy. The main character arcs didn’t involve coming out or death. I caught it at the Angelika Film Center in NYC and hearing the audience laugh and cheer at all the jokes only a lesbian would understand made me feel the times were a-changing.”
“I love LGBT movies that surprise or move me —— so Set it Off, that final scene I was so shocked and emotional and I was like, Noooooo!!! I also loved the scene with Queen Latifah playing a stud and her girlfriend dancing for her, it was super hot. Who doesn’t like a lesbian action prison movie and Stranger Inside ticks all my boxes — sex, fisticuffs and a hot stud played by Yolanda Ross. Born in Flames was one of the first movies where I saw feminist revolutionary lesbians of color and it had a very DIY feel and made all things seem possible.”