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deBeauxOs
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posted 16 February 2006 02:21 AM      Profile for deBeauxOs     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
or movie scene that you have ever watched, not necessarily mainstream but please consider the children before you cite your favourite "adult" or porn title that has no redeeming artistic qualities beyond the fact it made you really, really horny.

I'll start.

Dona Herlinda and Her Son was produced in 1985, in Mexico. It is a comedy about a very bourgeois, very conventional and very pragmatic woman who arranges a marriage for her son, a gay doctor because she wants a grandchild. Much drama (comic), machismo (posturing) and feminism (surprise!) follow. In the end, the careerist wife, her still-gay husband, their child and the husband's lover all live happily together ... after?

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posted 16 February 2006 11:58 AM      Profile for Crippled_Newsie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I watched the marvelous Beautiful Thing for the first time, just the other night.

Two working-class lads fall in love in a South London housing estate and try to keep their relationship a secret. And golly, nobody dies or anything.

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posted 16 February 2006 01:19 PM      Profile for deBeauxOs     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Sum of Us, a low-key Australian film with Russell Crowe in the role of young gay man trying to find a lover/partner in the gay meat market of Sidney. The focus of this sweet drama lies in the awkward expression of love between son and father, as the relationship evolves through a series of life-altering events.


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posted 16 February 2006 07:14 PM      Profile for deBeauxOs     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Wow!!! In spite of only 3 posts so far, this thread is hot!!!!

And now for a lesbian selection, Aimée & Jaguar, a bittersweet romance. In the Berlin of 1944, Felice lives a double life. Her lover is Lilly the mother of four with an husband on the battle front. Their passionate affair blossoms despite the danger of persecution (for being lesbians) and capture - Felice/Jaguar is a Jew 'hiding' in plain view and involved in the Resistance. Her friends flee, she decides to sit out the war with Lilly. One day the Gestapo shows up in Lilly's flat...


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posted 16 February 2006 07:38 PM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I love Torch Song Trilogy and thought Mambo Italiano was hilarious yet sad.

Bound was good and I really enjoyed Chutney Popcorn.


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posted 16 February 2006 08:01 PM      Profile for shaolin     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's lame - it's really lame! But I still can't help myself:

But I'm a Cheerleader!


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'lance
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posted 16 February 2006 08:03 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
And speaking of Australian movies, there's always The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
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posted 16 February 2006 08:23 PM      Profile for Raos     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The only movies that have been mentioned that I've seen are "But I'm a Cheerleader!" and "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert". Neither were really that spectacular to me. Good movies, but nothing to rave about. Some of the others look good, and I'll have to watch them at some point...
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posted 16 February 2006 10:35 PM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Did anyone like "the Crying Game"?. I thought it was good. Dil was pretty convincing to me. The last scene with Dil talking away to Fergus as he sits in prison was a bit of a laffer.
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posted 16 February 2006 11:05 PM      Profile for Screaming Lord Byron     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Obligatory reference for My Beautiful Laundrette

I love Hanif Kureishi.

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posted 16 February 2006 11:42 PM      Profile for Sifo-Dyas     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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posted 17 February 2006 12:06 AM      Profile for Yst     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I am a total sucker for Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Particularly, Tommy Gnosis' version of Wicked Little Town, sung to Hedwig, gets me all weepy

Forgive me for I did not know
'cause I was just a boy
And you were so much more

Than any god could ever plan
More than a woman or a man
And now I understand
How much I took from you
That when everything starts breaking down
You take the pieces off the ground
And show this wicked town
Something beautiful and new

etc.


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posted 17 February 2006 12:09 AM      Profile for deBeauxOs     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
posted by Stargazer: ... Bound was good and I really enjoyed Chutney Popcorn.
Oh yes, those are on my list, too!

Lovely, haunting Desert Hearts, based on the novel Desert of the Heart by the luminous Canadian writer Jane Rule. It would be great, on a double bill with BBM.


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posted 17 February 2006 01:47 AM      Profile for Pyed Typer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

The 1995 Canadian production of:
When Night Is Falling
Quand tombe la nuit

Written & Directed by Patricia Rozema

Starring:
Pascale Bussières,
Rachael Crawford,
Henry Czerny.


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posted 17 February 2006 03:12 AM      Profile for Rambler     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

Y Tu Mama Tambien
It's a great coming of age/road trip movie made and set in Mexico.

Y Tu Mama Tambien


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posted 17 February 2006 04:10 AM      Profile for Paul Gross   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Fresa y chocolate" (1995, Cuba) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106966 is great: Oscar nominated, people lined up to see it in cities around the world, the best known Cuban film ever, etc. The film inspired much discussion in Cuba and played a role in making Cuban government and society less homophobic.

(And it includes a line which went on to become the motto of Chocoholics Nonymous: "I should have known something was wrong with him, he chose strawberry when chocolate was available." Or at least it would have, if there was such an organization. And if I was in charge of motto selection. )

Interview with the filmmaker:
http://lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/StrawberryChocolate.html


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Ma vie en rose tells the story of a trans boy who affirms the right to be himself. The vivid cinematic style, in the manner of Amélie, defies categorization since the nature of his trans identity ... vestite?, gender? sexual? is left fluid. Beautiful, heartwarming and family-oriented, in a progressive way.


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"my own private idaho" and "high art" were great. the candlelit procession in "the life and times of harvey milk" affected me for a long time.


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Better Than Chocolate, a delicious Canadian production with Wendy Crewson and Ann Marie MacDonald, as well as an oldie but goldie Lianna directed by John Sayles, with Linda Griffiths.

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Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives, an NFB film.

quote:
Directed by
Aerlyn Weissman
Lynne Fernie

Produced by
Margaret Pettigrew
Ginny Stikeman

Year
1992

Running Time
84 min 35 s

Compelling, often hilarious and always rebellious, nine women paint a portrait of lesbian sexuality against a backdrop of tabloid headlines, book covers and dramatizations from lesbian pulp novels.


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Lilies by director John Greyson is probably my favourite gay film.


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An andrean sighting, an andrean sighthing! Huzzah! Calloo, callay!

quote:
Better Than Chocolate, a delicious Canadian production with Wendy Crewson and Ann Marie MacDonald...

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No slight against Ann Marie MacDonald whatsoever, but any production with Wendy Crewson is, by definition, delicious.
[/drift]


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posted 18 February 2006 04:21 PM      Profile for Diane Demorney   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My Beautiful Laundrette
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Blow Dry with Rachel Griffiths and Natasha Richardson as lesbian partners in a small English town. This is a delightful & acerbic comedy, which the Brits can do so well. Also features Allan Rickman, Bill Nighy and Josh Hartnett so I can only assume that the front and centre same-sex couplehood somehow made it challenging to market.
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I was just gonna post Shark Tale (Lenny the mafia shark really wants to be a vegetarian "dolphin", and finally his Robert De Niro father accepts him)...but The Crying Game is up there, and nobody seems to be melting.

It's one of the few movies like music. I mean I watch it like listening to music.

Don't agree? "Have you ever picked up yer teeth with broken fingers --?" Ah....


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posted 20 February 2006 11:47 PM      Profile for Mohamad Khan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
i have to put my vote in for My Beautiful Launderette along with Byron and Diane. it's the best of Kureishi's films, too, i'd say.
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Another Canadian filmmaker, Deepa Mehta, wrote and directed Fire, the story of Radhi and Sita, two sisters-in-law living under the same roof who turn to each other for comfort and passion.

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Long before he directed Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee directed and co-wrote a beautiful film called The Wedding Banquet which remains one of my all time favourite flicks. It was also nominated for an Oscar.

I'm a sucker for any film with beautiful cinematography and a poignant love story. There should be a swoon/sigh smiley for that.


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More man on man love comedies, I say! How about the inspired and colourful Mambo Italiano? What's not to like: a self-deprecating gay-in-the-wool protagonist, a studly lover (also Italian), the family drama, the music, the sly inside jokes for those intimate with particular aspects of Montréal sub-cultures. A stellar Canadian cast, too: Mary Walsh, Ginette Reno, Sophie Lorrain, Peter Miller.


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Um...

Boys Don't Cry

Explores Trans issues well. Beautiful film.

C.R.A.Z.Y.

A young man, growing up gay in small-town Quebec. Terrific characters.

Top Gun, of course

"I'll always be your wingman!"


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I thought Boys Don't Cry was great, but it's one of those movies I don't plan to watch again. Painful.

On the other hand, I could stand to see Another Country, which I liked on its release but haven't seen since.

(skdadl? You with us? It's another one with Colin Firth -- a young Colin Firth. Paging skdadl; skdadl to the drool-phone, please...).


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Jeffrey may not be the best, but the story is infused with such exuberance and goofiness that it overcomes the dangers of stereotyping the numerous primary and secondary characters; most well performed by respected actors.


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