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Re: Queer Cinema
« Reply #60 on: February 16, 2006, 12:04:18 AM »
So much to say...

Yes, Sandra Oh--whom I've officially declared "The Divine Sandra"--was a lesbian in "Under the Tuscan Sun," and has a major character arc.  She also deftly steals the movie.  ("These trees...they're creepy.  Creepy Italian trees.")  And the whole film has  a very queer-friendly vibe, including the tour group Frances (Diane Lane) initially tours Tuscany with ("Gay and Away!"), the redecorating motif, and the gorgeous male cast like nothing outside of porn.  (As The Divine Sandra comments incredulously during one scene beyond belief with men in tights throwing flags: "These are STRAIGHT MEN?!!?")

Sandra also has some great moments in "Wilby Wonderful," but the movie tries a little too hard to be "quirky," and only serves to remind one of other, better films and miniseries.  (A little "Tales of the City," a smattering of "WIlbur Wants to Kill Himself," a bit of "The Hanging Garden" by way of "The Five Senses"....)  However, Oh has a scene involving a body and a potential real-estate deal that gave me one of the biggest gut-buster laughs I had last year, based solely on the desperately sunny smile she flashes at the end of it.

I loathed almost every moment of "Twist," though Nick Stahl--who's very talented--tried valiantly to make it work.  I hated the way it jettisoned almost every bit of humanity and hard-won happiness in Dickens' story for something "modern"--i.e., nihilistic and empty.  (I saw this back to back with "Sugar" at the SF Gay and Lesbian film fest last year, and I and others took them to task for whomever is on their staff with a young-boys-suffer-and-die-miserably fetish.  All this plus "Testosterone" too!  Egad.)

And yes, Nick Stahl was on the cover of the Advocate, and gave an excellent interview.  Don't know if he's 100% straight, bi, or closeted, but he does continue to do good work.  (Unlike poor Brad Renfro, who's self-destructing before our eyes.)
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Re: Queer Cinema
« Reply #61 on: February 16, 2006, 07:45:41 PM »
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Re: Queer Cinema
« Reply #62 on: February 20, 2006, 09:08:22 PM »
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And that goes double for his "Edward II."

And triple for 'The Angelic Conversation'  - Dame Judy Dench and Coil!!!!

Any fans of 'Tarnation' here?  It's a very chaotic documentary, but interesting in that the main character Jonathan's life experience is that his gay relationship is the rock of his life that allows him to deal with his schizophrenic mother.  Plus it has some great music from the Magnetic Fields in it....
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Re: Queer Cinema
« Reply #63 on: February 21, 2006, 12:29:03 AM »
"Butch (!) Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969), and 1973's "The Sting", both with Robert Redford and Paul Newman. Newman has even said, "it's a love story between the two guys"...and he really is right! He and Redford make one of the best screen couples in history...and the air fairly crackles when they're on screen together.

And we all know that "Butch and Sundance" was the real first "gay cowboy moive", lol.  ;D

(That and Jack and Ennis are actually gay sheepherders  ;))

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Re: Queer Cinema
« Reply #64 on: February 21, 2006, 11:07:30 AM »
So much to say...
And yes, Nick Stahl was on the cover of the Advocate, and gave an excellent interview.  Don't know if he's 100% straight, bi, or closeted, but he does continue to do good work.  (Unlike poor Brad Renfro, who's self-destructing before our eyes.)

Thank you --I've got some Sandra Oh films to look up on Netflix now! I first saw her in a movie about being a first-generation Asian Canadian...movie was standard-issue first-gen Asian woman coming of age (at least according to yours truly, who is also), but Sandra shone in it. Of course.

Yeah, hard to tell about Nick. I personally would think it'd be a shame for some demographic, unless he is bi!  ;D What IS Nick, at night? (I did NOT just do that)


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Re: Queer Cinema
« Reply #65 on: February 21, 2006, 09:07:07 PM »
Did we mention these two:

1) The Crying Game (1992) - I really like it and it was highly rated too.  The pace in the beginning is kind of slow but it turns out very dramatic and interesting.  Good acting.   
http://www.dvdreview.com/html/crying_game.html

2) Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) - a highly rated movie with human right issue.  But I guess I am just not so into william Hurt.
http://www.kissofthespiderwoman.com/

Somebody mentioned Law of Desire.  Oh boy, what a brave Antonio Banderas!  So daring and so hot.  I love sexy Banderas very much. Well, personally I hope our sweetie Jake Gyllenhaal not to go that far in filming. (He did the right level of exposure in BBM and that is just right.) 



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Re: Queer Cinema
« Reply #66 on: February 21, 2006, 11:11:53 PM »
What about making a movie (movies) from the Joseph Hansen 'Brandstetter' series?
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Re: Queer Cinema
« Reply #67 on: February 22, 2006, 02:19:30 AM »
I just saw the trailer at my last BBM screening for a movie called Sexy Shoes (?). I guess it is a hit in the UK. Anyone seen this. It looks great, and I am looking forward to it.

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Re: Queer Cinema
« Reply #68 on: February 22, 2006, 12:54:02 PM »
Favorites:

1. BBM (2005)
2. Maurice (1987)-Merchant/Ivory period piece w/ a HAPPY ENDING ! (w/Hugh Grant/James Wilby/Rupert Graves)
3. Big Eden (2002)- won several fest awards---HAPPY ENDING !
4. Making Love (1982)- Harry Hamlin et al:  HAPPY ENDING !
5. Wedding Banquet (1993)-Ang Lee (enough said)- HAPPY !

I'm not spoiling it for newbies I hope, but the great thing about the above movies (except BBM) is that they have happy endings with gay characters having a life mate.

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Re: Queer Cinema
« Reply #69 on: February 22, 2006, 08:35:31 PM »
"Twist" is also a tragedy and i think something to watch.
Irreverant films like "Trick" and "Jeffrey" still make me laugh. There was a recent film in which drag queens did the entire movie. I was fascinated and quite enjoyed the movie. "My beautiful Laundrette" also explored many social barriers.
I admit I haven't seen too much but am definitely looking.

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Re: Queer Cinema
« Reply #70 on: February 23, 2006, 01:39:35 AM »
I got a kick out of Velvet Goldmine, sort of a fictionalized biopic of David Bowie and Iggy Pop and the glam movement.  It's not perfect, but hey, Ewan McGregor's enormous schlong is in it.

In a similar vein (no pun intended!) I also got a kick out of Hedwig & The Angry Inch.
 
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Re: Queer Cinema
« Reply #71 on: February 23, 2006, 06:07:48 AM »
Favorites:

1. BBM (2005)
2. Maurice (1987)-Merchant/Ivory period piece w/ a HAPPY ENDING ! (w/Hugh Grant/James Wilby/Rupert Graves)
3. Big Eden (2002)- won several fest awards---HAPPY ENDING !
4. Making Love (1982)- Harry Hamlin et al:  HAPPY ENDING !
5. Wedding Banquet (1993)-Ang Lee (enough said)- HAPPY !

I'm not spoiling it for newbies I hope, but the great thing about the above movies (except BBM) is that they have happy endings with gay characters having a life mate.

Rich (Chicago)

Thanks Rich,
Those are all on my favorites list as well...
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Re: Queer Cinema
« Reply #72 on: February 23, 2006, 06:45:30 PM »
I just saw the trailer at my last BBM screening for a movie called Sexy Shoes (?). I guess it is a hit in the UK. Anyone seen this. It looks great, and I am looking forward to it.
Do you mean "Kinky Boots"? It's about a young shoe factory owner asking a drag queen to help design boots for transsexual men in order to save the factory from closing down. The drag queen was very fond of him, but had to let him go in the end because he was straight. An enjoyable comedy.
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Re: Queer Cinema
« Reply #73 on: February 23, 2006, 07:51:14 PM »
Sandra Oh fans take note: she will be in the upcoming gay-themed film "The Night Listener," based on the Armistead Maupin novel and starring Robin Williams, Rory Culkin, and Toni Collette. This film played at Sundance and the Berlin Film Festival, and was picked up by Miramax. From Roger Ebert's Sundance report:

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The big evening hit at the Eccles was Patrick Stettner’s “The Night Listener,” an eerie, Hitchcockian thriller starring Robin Williams as a gay late-night disk jockey whose publisher friend (Joe Morton) asks him to read a manuscript about a young boy (Rory Culkin) tortured by his parents and now dying of AIDS under the care of a foster mother in Wisconsin (Toni Collette).

The Williams character is depressed by the breakup of a long-term love affair, and gets involved by telephone in the life and death story of the boy. But the more he finds out, the more questions are raised, until the movie takes turns that no one in the audience can anticipate. The screenplay is by Armistead Maupin and Terry Anderson, based on Maupin’s novel, and is scary, fascinating, and elusive.

Williams pursues versions of reality in a series of events that grow nightmarish. This is a movie that ends more than once, in more than one way.

http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060122/FILMFESTIVALS05/601230301/-1/FILMFESTIVALS

Somebody above mentioned "The Five Senses." I really liked that movie. An ensemble piece, with one of the subplots involving a gay character. Although a small, Canadian film, it had a solid cast, which includes Mary Louise-Parker, Molly Parker, Daniel McIvor. Writer-director Jeremy Podeswa has developed a solid career, directing episodes of "The Book of Daniel," "Nip/Tuck," "Six Feet Under," "Queer As Folk" and many more.
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Re: Queer Cinema
« Reply #74 on: February 23, 2006, 10:51:24 PM »
Kinky Boots! That is it!

Canmark, where have you been? Am I just missing your posts (we are so big now, and many threads I never even look at)? Anywho, nice to see you.