You know, we often lampoon LOGO here (and rightly so) but I don''t think Here! TV is much better. Most of the movies it offers are shit and so are its original series (tired reruns of shit they produced 2 or 3 years ago and haven''t bothered to make new episodes since).%0D\
I''m seriously thinking of taking it off my Time Warner account because it''s really not worth paying for.
I''ve seen the Beautiful Thing and I liked it a lot.
Wonderful lesbian movie: Pariah
Black teenage lesbian comes of age. Excellent.
What makes you think the OP would want to watch dykes, R4? OP is clearly gay since he stated that he liked Latter Days.
Eyes Wide Open (Israeli)
The most recent one is Keep the Lights On which is decent but not in a class with those 3 recent great ones.
Oh R4 I have been waiting for that (didn't realise it was lesbian themed either but there's the title) but it hasn't been given a UK release. Some films like The Messenger weren't released till like 2 years theatrically or otherwise.
High Art is the last word in dyke films I'd say, from the director of The Kids Are All Right and much better than that. This is low budget indie tastica with some hot guys. One who ended up in Revenge I was shocked to see.
R6, "Weekend" was a piece of shit. Waste of time and money.
"The Wise Kids" wasn't too bad. The better gay-themed movies tend to be foreign. The American ones tend to be about privileged white narcissists whining about how hard it is to find a decent boyfriend and their slutty friends.
Undertow was OK. The guys were hot. Shelter isn't on Netflix, at least the instant viewing.
Bangkok Love Story (Thailand)
A little over the top, but I enjoyed it. I cried at the end, but it may have been in the mood I was in.
Girls Will Be Girls is on Netflix and its HILARIOUS!
Is Patrick 1.5 any good? Netflix recommends it for me, but I hate movies that are heavy on agenda.
It was pretty good, r16. I would say it wasn't too agenda-ey. Some sweet moments, some funny ones.
I loved Weekend (especially when watched with subtitles), Undertow and my recent obsession Keep the Lights On which I found especially touching for some reason. I had read the autobiography of the other party in the relationship (Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man by Bill Clegg which was harrowing)so it was interesting to see the other half covered in a semi-fictional way. The leads were very effective as well especially the Danish actor who portrayed the filmaker. One movie from awhile ago that was very interesting in a cultural way was The Bubble from Israel which was about gay life in Tel Aviv and the relationship between Jews and Palestinians within that bubble.
Thanks, R17. I might check it out on a lazy Sunday.
Nate & Margaret
Good ones in the last year:
North Sea, Texas
I concur with R17, Patrik 1.5 isn't great - I give it 6 or 7 out of 10 - but is worth seeing. It's very likeable.
It is crazy how difference taste can be. I can't imagine how anyone can think "Weekend" is crap, I think it is clearly one of the most impressive gay-themed movies.
Then again, other people like Latter Days which I think is obviously a crap movie in spite of nice eye candy.
Latter Days is clunky as hell but I loved it. The story and screenplay has a very fanfic feel to it.
Films are the most subjective thing aren't they, much more so than music I'd say.
Maybe since there are so many factors in you liking them, they're longer than a whole album and TV show requiring attention span/watching on DVD vs full cinema experience etc.
I do think it's been something of a golden age for gay cinema though. I don't remember so many quality ones coming out around the same time. It was rare before.
I know I am in the minority but I liked DREAM BOY although I hear that the novel is better.
Longhorns is sexy and funny.
I don't know if they're available via streaming (that's not how I watch movies), but some recent ones that I loved (aside from the previously mentioned Weekend, Undertow and Keep the Lights On):
The String -- Young man returns to Tunisia to care for his elderly mother (Claudia Cardinale) and falls for the hunky gardener.
The Green -- In a small southern town, an openly gay high school teacher is accused of molesting a student; a bit preachey, but a solid cast.
Oh, you might definitely want to check out Patrik, Age 1.5, as Hollywood is currently prepping a remake.
House of Boys I didn't like that much.
Private Romeo, an updated version of Romeo and Juliet set in an all boy's school. A little ajrring when the Shakespeare prose kicks in but still worth a look.
I enjoyed Judas Kiss.
I also recommend "The String (Le Fil). As an added bonus, it has the ultra-sexy Salim Kechiouche, who has played in many French gay movies (though he's straight).
I like Private Romeo also R30 but it definitely isn't for everybody, of the people I tried to watch it with most couldn't get past them using the original shakesperian dialog in the out of context situation and these were well educated people also.
If you're up for being depressed, rent Weekend, Undertow or Keep the Lights On. They all had good reviews but make you feel like crap afterwards.
If you want something more inspiring, check out Patrik 1.5 or The String.
Just watched Patrik 1.5 - I loved it - thanks for the recommendation
"Brotherhood" was unexpectedly satisfying for a gay film. It's a Danish film about gay neo-Nazis (so not quite PC), but whatever, the two leads were hot and it had more substance than most gay films.
Girls will be Girls is a hoot
Sassy Pants is really cute
Didn't like The Green
Especially disliked the lead actor
TED CASABLANCA IS NOT A FAG!
While we're at it, what are some good classic gay movies to watch - something like good old-fashioned 60's-70's erotica? I love stuff like "Score".
Beautiful Thing is not showing in Netflix.
By the way, Netflix selection of gay films is atrocious, which is why I cancelled my membership. They used to have everything now they have practically nothing.
Amazon.com has a slightly better selection but still pretty old.
Wolfevideo.com has a pay per view feature with some newer titles.
According to Wolfe and/or TLA Video, you need to find the movies on the site, and if it's not available click on the green "save" button to put them into your "save queue." The more saves a movie that Netflix doesn't carry, the more likely it will be picked up.
I just wish Wolfe and TLA would just offer a streaming service instead of just selling the DVDs. I'd pay for that.
R41, their gay selection is huge, sorry. Try the Search function.
"Heartbeats" by the beautiful Xavier Dolan won a Palm at Canne, not in the main competition but still. It's Canadian French, but the story and cinematography are strong enough to carry an English speaking viewer the whole way through. You will laugh, you will identify with the characters and you will be totally satisfied that there's a gay film out there that has gay characters that just exist and don't get aids or become addicts or face impossible love. Well, I guess we will have to watch the movie to find if the last one is true. Here's the trailer.
Wolfe and TLA both have streaming services. TLA's list is really out of date because they want people to buy the DVDs. Wolfe has newer titles but only a select few.
And no, Netflix USED to have a huge selection of gay films but ever since the famous price hike/f#ck you to users, they have cut back significantly on what they carry, especially foreign and less-mainstream gay films. The "Save" function is pretty much useless because most smaller films will not get enough clicks to hit the threshold.
I couldn't find this Brotherhood in streaming Netflix. There was one but it was about an American fraternity. The String isn't there either. I couldn't find the Wise Kids.
"Toast" it's just wonderful. It's British and a period piece coming-of-age with a wonderful cast. It's free on YouTube,if you can't hookup you smart tv or watch on you laptop,I would highly recommend.
Boy Culture and Open Cam are both terrific!
I watched "Gayby" the other day and found it to be not as bad as I thought it would be. Enough cute guys and funny moments to make it enjoyable. But the lead actress under-eye bags were so distracting!
Shelter is one of the best gay movies I've ever seen. I didn't really expect to like it much due to the age difference between the actors, but it's a very nice feel good movie.
Going Down in Lala Land is pretty decent. Has some weird parts where the director or producer inserted himself into the film(don't they all?) but other than that it was entertaining.
North Sea Texas is a really good one I loved it so much!!
Open Cam was one of the worst movies I've ever seen.
I'll take GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS for the seventh time over most tedious "serious" gay movies with the usual angst and social difficulties (and gauzy sex scenes with perfect bodies).
Not Another Gay Movie.
It's a spoof on American Pie. If you want cheap, juvenile humor, it delivers.
It's actually Another Gay Movie and it apparently was removed from streaming recently because I streamed it not that long ago.
Have no idea what is or is not available on Netflix, but here are five that I really liked -
Plan B (Argentina)
Mixed Kebab (Turkey/Belgium, I think)
Guys and Balls (Germany)
9 Dead Gay Guys (UK)
These are "watch instantly"
Eyes Wide Open
Yossi & Jagger
Edie & Thea.. Excellent documentary
Eating Out Movies have lots of good one liners for laughs
Poor dear R10, was it the lack of chase scenes or the fact that there was no campy dialogue while shopping? WEEKEND was a fucking masterpiece, but it did require a little intelligence and maturity.
I've probably watched a few hundred gay movies.. most of them were crap, but there was definitely some gems too.
East Side Story
A Single Man
Touch Of Pink
Is It Just Me
The Curiosity Of Chance
Movies I'm looking forward to: Five Dances, Geography Club, GBF.
R35 tells us:
"If you're up for being depressed, rent Weekend, Undertow or Keep the Lights On. They all had good reviews but make you feel like crap afterwards."
No, dear, they make YOU fell like crap. Don't tell us how to feel afterwards.
I agree about BROTHERHOOD, and it stars the same great Dane who's in KEEP THE LIGHTS ON.
"Edge of Seventeen" is a gay coming of age film with a superb l80's soundtrack. The male lead goes through the classic rites such as getting up the courage to actually enter the gay bar that he's driven by so many times. It covers his first relationship and gradual acceptance of who he is.
Gawd, I thought GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS was AWFUL!
This Yahoo group is still active and the owner, BigBearPHX, offers pretty good reviews of current DVD releases.
I'm partial to South American gay movies:
Still two of my faves.
"Walk on Water" is about a lotta things, but many gay characters. Quite nice.
Sort of a cult classic, r64. And I recently recognized the lesbian from the film in "Orange Is the New Black".
If it hasn't been mentioned, it would be criminal to leave off "Get Real". You can watch the film on YouTube, I'm linking to it. One of the leads is hotter than Henry Cavill.
R64, Edge of Seventeen is a good movie. I also forgot to mention I Do. It's a fairly new movie, and it's definitely worth the watch.
I saw a pretty good one last night.
It's called "Morgan" and it's about a newly disabled guy in a wheelchair that falls in love again. It's definitely not the most professional or even technically proficient production I've ever seen, and there are a few cliches (sassy fat black girl as best friend) but for me it worked because it makes you really feel something for the two characters, the leads are appealing and attractive and not in a cliched gay movie pretty boy way, and the gay angle is almost secondary to the story about a young guy who's paralyzed and trying to get his life back.
This is something you've never seen before in gay film, I thought it was a very special movie and I highly recommend it.
The lesbian movie Perfect Endings was good....
I thought 'Morgan' was wonderful for the first 45 minutes. Great characterization and honest performances.
Then it got real weird, the tone changed and it was all about the bratty drama and the character I adored became unattractive (and disingenuously portrayed). Great acting then horrible acting. Great screenplay then horrible screenplay.
But that's just my opinion.
I saw on Amazon prime, perhaps it is on Netflix
an Israeli film with sub titles. Nice bits of bits.
Fair enough, r74. I thought the end when Morgan spazzed out and became unlikeable it was an interesting choice because it kept him from being a "noble cripple." It seemed real. Sometimes we're all bratty and childish and selfish and lash out at those who love us. I think it was truthful because it was indicative of the pressure he was putting on himself to become the "old him" again. It worked for me.
Not to be mean, but where on EARTH did they find that gargoyle who played his mother? THAT was the best they could do? That actress had to have been calling in a favor, or pitched in $$.
In The Family. It is an hour too long, but very well done.
Urbania. Wet Hot American Summer. Edge of Seventeen. Before Night Falls.
I was surprised they have Taxi Zum Klo, complete with cumshots, rimming and golden showers.
Sebastiane is tedious, but it has a really hot scene with two Italian looking guys frolicking in the ocean.
House Boys isn't great, but has its moments.
I'll have to check out Taxi Zum Klo. I'm going watch Head On later tonight.
If you want to cry your eyes out, then watch the new Australian movie Monster Pies. Such a good movie, made on an obvious small budget. It was soooo good though. One of the best gay movies I've watched in years. It does NOT have a happy ending, but the movie is still so beautiful and real and just overall incredible. Some raw emotions there. I'd definitely recommend it. It's not on Netflix, but it is out on DVD. Please check it out. I swear, you won't regret it.
I really enjoyed CHRISTOPHER AND HIS KIND on NetFlix. Captivating background to Isherwood's creation of CABARET and lots of eye candy in the form of sexy boys in the Berlin of the 1930s.
Why would you want to restrict your viewing to just gay flicks?
C.R.A.Z.Y. French Canadian movie
R88, who says the people on this thread ONLY watch gay movies? I don't. I watch a wide variety of movies, with both straight and gay themes. It's just nice to watch movies once in a while that we can relate to, that's all.
It's been a while since I've seen it, but I remember really liking this movie "Lillies."
'Keep the Lights On' was beautiful. Someone said it was just decent? That's not the truth.
In case some people would like to watch NEW gay themed movies, here's a short list of some movies that came out this year:
Freier Fall (Free Fall)
Out In The Dark
Yossi & Jagger was also great. Haven't seen Yossi yet. You can't go wrong with 'Get Real' and especially 'Beautiful Thing'. I haven't watched 'Weekend' yet. These are all world class movies, btw. Not good for gay movies, good movies...
I've seen so many of these movies over the years and what I want now is a list of movies with GUARANTEED HAPPY ENDINGS. Yes! I want the boys to meet, fall in love, have problems, kiss and then live happily ever after. No. I'm not fricking shallow I've just had it with all the torture and doom and gloom. That's what real life is for! And god knows I have the antidepressants to prove it. Give me escapism. Please. Even Maurice - one of the very best if not THE best - has a supposedly happy ending but that last shot of Maurice's face as he holds a swooning Alec is all "Oh shit. What did I just do!"
That being said I LOVE Bent which I don't think has been mentioned. You can't get more brutal than a Nazi camp but the story is so moving and so beautifully acted that the inevitable end is a kind of happy release despite the tears.
r95, I read a recent interview with the Danish filmmaker behind a new gay film called "North Sea, Texas," and he had the exact same complaint about gay films you do!
I haven't seen it yet but apparently it's his 'response' to that void. (though the preview doesn't look it! hmmm)
Keep the Lights On is fucking ghastly. Some of the most navel gazing, repulsive garbage from two of the most narcissistic, unattractive assholes to show their nasty asses on the NY scene.
R95, out of the new movies I listed only ONE has a happy ending, it's Five Dances. I've seen it. It's a fairly good movie, with great dancing. It's a bit slow and "boring" at times though. Not much dialog at all. The cinematography is beautiful though, and the boys have chemistry. It was a nice enough movie.
There's many older movies that have happy endings too, like Beautiful Thing, Touch Of Pink, Make The Yuletide Gay, Just A Question Of Love, Breakfast With Scot, Straight Jacket, Shelter, Latter Days, East Side Story, Maurice, Wilde, Longhorns, Boy Culture, Noah's ARK: Jumping The Broom, Mambo Italiano, The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green, The Curiosity of Chance, All Over The Guy, Trick, Guys & Balls.
You also have silly movies that are cute, romantic and funny, although of not high quality, like Is It Just Me, eCupid, Another Gay Movie.
R96, that movie does indeed have a happy ending! I've seen it. It's a bit depressing at times, but cute and romantic too. I liked it. It's not one of my favorites movies, but it was good.
Oh, and I liked "Gayby".
I can't believe no one has mentioned my absolute favorite "Parting Glances". I also loved "Fifth of July"--especially Swoosie Kurtz's character.
I Killed My Mother, from Xavier Dolan (who also directed Heartbeats). Loved it. It's hard to believe that he is still in his early 20s and is already a triple threat (acting, directing & writing). He's quite a talent, and easy on the eyes to boot. Has anyone seen his latest film Tom at the Farm?
Another vote for Head On. Powerful and realistic descent into drugs and alcohol, and plenty of hot sex scenes with a variety of characters. Hopeful ending, as I recall.
[quote] I read a recent interview with the Danish filmmaker behind a new gay film called "North Sea, Texas," and he had the exact same complaint about gay films you do!
"North Sea, Texas" is actually Belgian (Flemish). I enjoyed it.
German film, "Summer Storm."
I was amazed at the quality of STRANGERS IN US and NATE AND MARGARET.
I think I watched them for free on Logo's site, however.
"Gone, but not Forgotten" was good. But stay away from "Phoenix" and other movies from the same people.
Christopher and His Kind - based on the memoirs of Christopher Isherwood. Really well done
There a great South African movie called Beauty. A new father -in -law becomes obsessed with his son-in-law. Some great scenes.
Die Hard. Obviously, that's for the morgue to determine for certain, but an inspiring film and a worthy goal nonetheless. The sequel, Die Harder, really stretches the possiblity of stiffness after death to its limits. Fingers crossed.
Try the thriller "House of Adam" -- like nothing else you've ever seen.
r97, that's what made Keep The Lights On such a powerful film, for me. Thore Lindhardt was brilliant and, in a just world, would've received a Best Actor Oscar nod.
I recently watched Loose Cannons, the most recent effort from Turkish-Italian filmmaker Ferzan Ozpetek; like so many of his previous films (Steam: The Turkish Bath; His Secret Life; Facing Windows), it's filled with beautiful men and broad characterizations -- in this case, an Italian family whose fortune is based on the production of pasta; a son comes home to reveal he's gay, only to have his brother come out first -- but, for some reason, I didn't find it as satisfactory as his earlier films. Still, much better than most American indie gay films.
East Side Story
both have have that dreamy gay Steve Calahan in them.
(Role/Play has the sweet David Pevsner in it as well)