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...”
“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.
“We do not go to see films very often, maybe once every month. But when we do we choose carefully and it usually is a film we remember for years. We remember a great wonderful work of art, and this is Brokeback Mountain. We also remember and will always do so: Priscilla. And we do the same with two films made by the Swiss film-director Marcel Gisler: Rosie and De Fögi isch en Souhund (Fogi is a Bastard).”
Watch Ernst and Robi and their amazing true story in the acclaimed drama/documentary, The Circle — on DVD and digital from Wolfe.
“Paris is Burning is by far one of my top favorite LBGTQ films of all time. The fashions, the walks, the shade, and the ELEGANZA of New York’s ballroom scene has been a major influence on gay culture over the years. Paris is like the bible of queerfolk; it reminds us of the struggle and resilience of our gay forefathers during a time when drag was underground, AIDS ran rampant, and it was a known fact that a woman does carry an evening bag at dinner time. Amen.”
Discover Michelle’s new romantic comedy-drama, Boy Meets Girl — coming to DVD and digital in April!
“My favorite LGBT film is: Oh, that’s difficult, there are so many great films. I think When Night is Falling was a very special experience for me. They showed it in a really big cinema in Cologne — at a time when most LGBT films you had to hunt for on VHS under the counter! I was fascinated by the mind-blowing pictures and the playfulness of Patricia Rozema telling this story, and by the strength of the characters. Also I worshiped the way Jamie Babbitt took on LGBT issues in But I’m a Cheerleader. The film is so well observed and so funny, all wrapped in this bon bon world — and the true emotions are pointed out in such a tender way.”
Discover Petra’s new lesbian feature, Happy End — available now on DVD and digital! Watch the trailer and then rent or own on digital now — available worldwide!
“My favorite LGBT film might just be Monika Treut’s The Virgin Machine (Die Jungfraumachine) — and not just because it’s a great film, and not just because of how it epitomizes that time, the late ’80s; but because it’s also got one of my favorite all-time performance artist/actresses in it: Shelly Mars. If you don’t know about this woman — who has traveled the long road from Drag King to Homo Bonobo — now is the time to find out!”
Check out Juliet’s amazing lesbian classic, Kamikaze Hearts — available for the first time on digital from WolfeOnDemand. Watch the trailer and then rent or own on digital now — available worldwide!