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 movies is Pedro Almodóvar’s ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER. He hits all the notes here — comedy, tragedy, sexuality, melodrama, friendship — and juggles them all beautifully, resulting in a perfect little movie that will leave you laughing and sobbing in equal measure.”
Not only is Alonso a prolific film critic and acclaimed author, he is also the Senior Programmer for Outfest: The Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival. Get more info on Alonso and his must-read book: 101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men or his terrific (and timely) holiday movie guide, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!
“The queer movie that had the greatest influence on me was The Times of Harvey Milk, about the double-murder of the Mayor and a city counselor in San Francisco… not as a filmmaker, but as a person. I was too young to see Rob Epstein‘s documentary when it was made in 1983, but ten years later on video it was a wrenching, eye opening snapshot of gay peoples’ ever-evolving position in America. The film was made with so much love, and so much rage. It’s a film that makes it feel okay to go try and smash the windows of city hall, and I found it motivating. Kids coming of age today, who weren’t even born when Harvey Milk was alive, should absolutely see this film.”
Thom’s massively popular new lesbian feature, Cloudburst is coming to DVD and digital from Wolfe at the end of July. Watch the trailer below and click thru to preorder the DVD now (you can also get your copy of Thom’s acclaimed global AIDS epic, 3 Needles).
“There are several LGBT films that I love – it’s a tough one! Tipping The Velvet and Fingersmith are excellent, the latter is great suspense; When Night is Falling, beautiful cinematography; Better Than Chocolate I will always have a fondness for – first date with my partner of 14 years; I also have a fondness for Chutney Popcorn, My Beautiful Laundrette, but if I had to pick an absolute favorite, I’d have to say Deepa Mehta’s Fire – intense, powerful story, beautiful cinematography, great acting – it has it all.”
Discover Sharon’s classic lesbian feature, Everything Relative. Available on DVD from Wolfe Video and now on digital from WolfeOnDemand.com — the worldwide LGBT movie-watching platform. Watch the trailer below and click thru to rent or own on digital now.
“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.”
Discover the fabulous new movie that David executive produced, WHITE FROG. Coming to DVD and digital in July from Wolfe!
“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.”
Both FACE 2 FACE and LOVING ANNABELLE are now on DVD and digital from Wolfe. Enjoy the trailers below and then rent or own the films on digital for just $3.99 to rent and $14.99 to own via the WolfeOnDemand.com player below — and they are available worldwide!
“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.”
Discover Matthew’s fabulous new movie, A Portrait of James Dean: Joshua Tree, 1951. Coming to DVD June 4th from Wolfe Video and look for it early on digital May 7th!
“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.”
Discover Quentin’s fabulous new movie, WHITE FROG. Opening in Los Angeles May 10th and coming to DVD and digital in 2013 from Wolfe!
“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!!”