Happy Pride Month!
Figured this would be a good time to finally put together a list of my topo, início 5 lgbt movies. It's not an incredibly balanced list - leans pretty heavily towards the L. I'm hoping to expand this once I finally get my shit together and get to the tons of other lgbt filmes that have been on my watch list forever. (Why must you be so rare and expensive, all the DVDs I want?)
Honorable Mention: But I'm A Cheerleader Year Released:
Natasha Lyonne, Clea Duvall, Melanie Lynskey, Cathy Moriarty, RuPaul Tagline:
A Comedy Of Sexual Disorientation One-Sentence Summary:
A cheerleader suspected of being a lesbian gets sent to a ridiculously rosa, -de-rosa conversion camp, where she learns a lot about life and falls for a fellow female camper. Happy Ending?:
This movie is ridiculous...ly funny. Great cast, big gay crushes, lots of laughs, awkward heterosexual relations simulation, happy ending. What mais could you want?
Bonus: You can totally pretend The Intervention is a sequel. Clea & Natasha are together again. Melanie's there, too. Plus, it's just a good movie. #5 - My Own Private Idaho Year Released:
River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, William Richert Tagline:
It's not where you go, it's how you get there. One-Sentence Summary:
Keanu Reeves is trying the homeless thing to piss off daddy, and actual homeless River Phoenix falls in amor with him. Happy Ending?:
Depends on how you look at it.
My Own Private Idaho feels so raw, and so real, that it's not exactly an easy movie to watch. There's a little fun and lightheartedness to it at some parts, but MOPI leaves a hell of an impression. Like an open wound, perhaps. Good luck not staring into o espaço and thinking about this for the seguinte few days. #4 - Bound Year Released:
Gina Gershon, Jennifer Tilly, Joe Pantoliano Tagline:
tolet, violet and Corky are making laundry dia a very big deal. One-Sentence Summary:
Gina Gershon is a handyman ex-con, Jennifer Tilly is the temptress seguinte door, they hook up and rob the mob together. Happy Ending?:
This movie would've been pretty forgettable, had the studio gotten their way. The studio wanted to make Corky's character a man, but the Wachowskis fought them, and now it's a classic. (You owe the Wachowskis a huge thank-you, MGM.)
Bound stars Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly. Two pretty popular Hollywood leading ladies. Hooking up on camera. In 1996. That's pretty notable in and of itself, but their chemistry is off the charts and their characters' wit, intelligence, and dedication to each other make for a great relationship and a great heist movie. #3 - Von Madchen und Pferden (Of Girls and Horses) Year Released:
Ceci Chuh, Alissa Wilms, Vanida Karun Tagline:
none One-Sentence Summary:
Teenage screw-up gets sent to be an intern on a German horse farm, becomes very close with a rich boarder. Happy Ending?:
It had me at the title. I found this one randomly surfing Netflix. It's a calm, quiet German movie with lots of beautiful scenery, horses, and as the título indicates, girls. Much lighter than most of the others on this list - no lingering emotional trauma from Of Girls and Horses. #2 - Fried Green Tomatoes Year Released:
Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker Tagline:
The secret of life? The secret's in the sauce. One-Sentence Summary:
Two women connected por tragedy amor and protect each other, as told por an elderly woman to a new friend in a nursing home. Happy Ending?:
Yes and No
*insert tear-filled explanation of how much I amor everything about this movie* #1 - La vie d'Adele / Blue Is the Warmest Color Year Released:
Lea Seydoux, adele Exarchopoulos Tagline:
none One-Sentence Summary: Happy Ending?:
Come for the gratuitous lesbian sex scenes, stay for the emotional torture. (Good luck taking those scenes seriously once you hear Lea & Adele's behind the scenes stories. link
On a mais serious note, adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux are incredible actresses. This is an emotional and exhausting movie. I get so wrapped up in it and identify so strongly with Adele's character, I feel what she feels. And she feels a lot. It's a three-hour emotional roller coaster, but it's absolutely worth the ride.
I had quite an inner battle once upon a time, deciding whether I could consider this a favorito or not. The director put adele and Lea through months of absolute hell to make this. Was loving this movie saying that I'm okay with what they went through? I've come to the conclusion that not
loving it just because of him would undermine all their hard work and their amazing performances. Their suffering would have been for nothing. So yes, I amor La vie d'Adele, because adele and Lea are amazing atrizes and this beautiful, heartbreaking movie would have been nothing without them.