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 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!
“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. Watch the trailer below and click thru to watch it on digital or 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!