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 still love My Beautiful Laundrette, Stephen Frears‘s 1985 film from Hanif Kureishi‘s screenplay. The story’s surprising intersections of race, sexuality, and class are handled with a humor and candor which felt absolutely fresh in the ’80s, and remain more complicated than many works dealing with similar themes today.”
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“My favorite LGBT movie is AIMEE AND JAGUAR. I loved AIMEE AND JAGUAR because their connection was authentic and every element of the film from photography to music fit perfectly. I also love WHEN NIGHT IS FALLING. That first kiss they had at the front door. I think I scratched my DVD I played it back so many times.”
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“My Own Private Idaho. For me, the quintessential entry in the New Queer Cinema canon. A film about the possibilities (and impossibility) of time, space, and the American frontier. A grungy, sexy, beautifully disjointed poem of a movie that, sadly, could never get made today. River Phoenix‘s performance is among my favorites. I will never, ever forget seeing this film for the first time.”
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“I typically don’t answer these questions because a good movie is a good movie and I tend not to think of my favorite movies in genres. But I still love TORCH SONG TRILOGY which is probably my favorite gay movie. It’s such a compelling story with memorable performances and it’s a true celebration of gay life. I also love BASIC INSTINCT which is such a fun and classy thriller with a super sexy bisexual female protagonist.”
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“It’s hard for me to choose — as I think we have increasingly diverse and wonderful LGBTQ movies! I can narrow it down to three: Claire of the Moon by Nicole Conn, was one of the very first LGBTQ films I ever saw and I just love the dichotomy of Claire and Noel. It has been so amazing for me to have gone full circle and having the opportunity to work with Nicole Conn on A Perfect Ending!
I also adored Pariah by Dee Rees. It was such an evocative experience watching Adepero Oduye play Alike and it completely transcended the ‘Coming Out’ story and was this amazing, soulful experience.
My final ‘favorite’ is I Can’t Think Straight by Shamim Sarif. I grew up multi-racial and in London where the film is set, and I just loved watching a love story blossom between two women from very different cultures and how they and their families and friends responded to the relationship. It is still something not often addressed… although I saw Circumstance last year and found that a rich experience, with exceptionally beautiful cinematography… I really liked the cultural exploration that all the characters went through… not just the two leads.
Oops! I really can’t pick favorites… I love movies too much!!”
“My first thoughts sprang to Desert Hearts and I’ve Heard The Mermaids Singing as up there as two of my favourite and formative lesbian films.
Then I got thinking more and felt what is a lesbian film anyway. Is it the maker, the subject, the audience – everything combined…
One I think that is important and I think of often when I start to make a film is the daringness of Chantal Akerman‘s Je, tu, il, elle.
I cannot help but love this film and want to have a gauloise stuck on my lips, a cognac in my head and be sitting at a zinc bar in Paris living a deeply sensuous life.
And then there is Katharine Hepburn in Sylvia Scarlett – one of my first crushes. I watched her with my mother when I was about 7 on British TV and wasn’t sure if I wanted to be her or just have her kiss me.”
“I’ve been catching up on all of my LGBT films lately; and the two that have really resonated with me are Angels in America as well as The Line of Beauty. I was ‘coming of age’ in the late ’80s and remember how the community and especially young people just coming out dealt with the AIDS epidemic. It was a very different social and political climate than it is today. And both films (especially Angels in America) depicted the time periods so well.
I am a very visual person, and was beyond impressed with the styling and the cinematography in both series. I think from the music to the casting to the story lines – these are some of the most memorable LGBT films I’ve seen.”
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“Just one? How about one for each genre? PARIS IS BURNING for documentary. Both incredibly beautiful and moving. MA VIE EN ROSE for coming of age. I love how Ludovic sees the world: “Je crois que j’ai compris ce qui s’est passé avec mon X!” SWOON for suspense and of course the high style. TORCHWOOD: CHILDREN OF EARTH. IMHO the best of the Torchwood seasons. A sprinkling of Pedro Almodovar films for everything else because Pedro knows how to frame the beauty of the strange.”