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...”
We asked the cast of WHAT HAPPENS NEXT to share their VIP Q Movie Picks. Feel free to add ALL of these to your video store list!
Jon Lindstrom – Paul
I am only answering if they include my complete list, but my all time favorite would be THE CRYING GAME. It has all the elements: great story, character, political intrigue, explosive violence and people that actually care about each other. And Neil Jordan can do no wrong. I think it’s a movie that stands up against any other ever made. My complete list of favorites are: GODS AND MONSTERS, MILK, THE GREEN, TORCH SONG TRILOGY and MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE.
Christopher David Murrah – Andy
It’s not a gay movie necessarily but when I was a kid I loved it and I cling to it as an early sign that I was gay. AUNTIE MAME with Roz Russel is the greatest. What little gay boy doesn’t want to believe that there is some madcap aunt just waiting to broaden his horizons with gin and art and trips to Macy’s? The cast is amazing and practically crying out for drag impersonators and on top of it all the score is gorgeous. If you own it, watch it. If you don’t, order it, and tag on a copy of WHAT HAPPENS NEXT — my second favorite gay film also with a stellar cast.
Short and sweet from Megan Hilty – Ruthie
My favorite is LOVE, VALOUR, COMPASSION!
Ariel Shafir – Brian
I like films by Pedro Almodovar such as BAD EDUCATION and THE SKIN I LIVE IN. I also thought I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS was rather brilliant and funny… Mainly because of the ambiguity – I wouldn’t call these “gay” films or “straight” films. They are films that play upon our ideas of orientation or what we think we know about gay lifestyles and challenge us with stories that are much truer to the complexities of life. So that after seeing these films, it becomes more difficult for an audience to compartmentalize gay issues from human issues and hopefully that translates into the kind of society that can no longer separate gay rights from human rights.
James Duke Mason – Zack
Although there are plenty of great LGBT-themed films, I would have to say that THE TRIP is my favorite. It isn’t a perfect film, but I owe it my entire livelihood, as it was the movie that singlehandedly inspired me to come out. It gave me the courage to be who I am, and it made me realize that if I could have the kind of loving relationship with another man that was portrayed in the movie, then it was absolutely worth it, regardless of the consequences. A truly beautiful film.
Jay Arnold – Director
There are so many I love, but A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD is at the very top of my list. I think Michael Cunningham is simply brilliant. Everything about the film is unconventional. Unconventional love and the changing nature of families. Tender and beautifully acted, I believe this by far Colin Farrell’s best work ever. This film was not well accepted by critics, and yet I find it to be astonishingly touching, honest and authentic. The time line also mirrors my own age, so I very much related to growing up in the late 1960s, 70s and early 1980s. Another favorite film is BIG EDEN, a really sweet, upbeat and beautiful film that’s a must see.
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