Four Gay Movies You Could Have Seen This Year

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Of course, the filmmakers will say, "They're not gay movies; they're actually about the human experience," blah blah.

Yeah, well, anyway, the four gay movies are:


Pariah (above)

Sort of a lesbian Precious, with a Fort Greene girl gradually emerging into her lesbianhood, despite a gal pal who won't commit and a mother who even goes beyond Mo'Nique when it comes to scary non-supportiveness. A sassy and sweet film by Dee Rees, this just opened in theaters.


Gun Hill Road

Similar to Pariah in that it centers on a young person going through a transition as a parent intolerably disapproves. In this case, Bronx kid Michael (the haunting Harmony Santana) is becoming more comfortable as Vanessa, but Dad (Esai Morales), an ex-con who's come home after three years in prison, isn't having it. A strong drama about the testing of familial ties directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green, and one of the year's most memorable LGBT-themed films.


Circumstance

Life in Iran, complete with porn dubbing, druggie parties, morality police, and lots of sapphism. I found this film by Maryam Keshavarz original and brimming with truths, but it seemed to fall through the art-house cracks. Give it some life, people.


Weekend

A nice little British film by Andrew Haigh about two guys who share a few days together and mumble a lot and get to know each other and ultimately have to end it all, bittersweetly enough. Nothing momentous -- except that it actually portrays gays as people who are sexual and human and neither victims nor villains. And for that reason alone, you should have seen it!


Oh, well. Try to catch this queer-druple bill in 2012, please.

Do it for mama.


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could be bud (SF)
could be bud (SF)

Michael, for me the best gay film this year was TOMBOY, a French film about a 10 year old girl, but relevant to us all.

Drew
Drew

Butch Dyke film of the year..."The Iron Lady" (hehehe)

Bless!

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

"Making the Boys"  -- about the making of Mart Crowley's play and movie "The Boys in the Band" is terrif. I gave it out as Christmas presents to special friends.

"The Collected Plays of Mart Crowley" includes the moving and beautifully written coming-of-age play, "A Breeze from the Gulf," "For Reasons That Remain Unclear," wherein an adult meets a childhood priest, with a masterful twist and the "Boys" sequel, "The Men from the Boys," which is one of the most mature plays on the gay generation gap I've ever read.

egoiste
egoiste

Weekend is now available on Netflix streaming. I make a joke out of it. All the slightly self-loathing gays I know loved it for its atypical presentation of gays. I keep asking them how two gays hooking up in a bar and f**cking and droing drugs all weekend is not a stereotype =]

Parka
Parka

Well, I don't really think black lesbians have it all that easy.

David Ehrenstein
David Ehrenstein

"Pariah" has been getting tons more attention that "Weekend' cause it's a  lot easier to get breeders to see films about black lesbians than ones about gay men regardless of race. They would rather swallow poison. (But of coruse would never admit that very simple fact.)

Melinda9
Melinda9

Thanks for these suggestions - I had wanted to see Pariah and Weekend, but hadn't heard of the other two.

Musto
Musto

And let's not forget "Making The Boys," the documentary about the landmark play "Boys in the Band." I'm in the doc, which is now out on DVD.

mattsy
mattsy

I thought Weekend was really boring

Jessica
Jessica

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Bill
Bill

Weekend was one of those movies I struggled to get into, then fell for by the end, then could not dislodge from my brain pain for weeks.

Almay
Almay

I walked out on weekend, but I liked Gun Hill Road. God you really see everything!!

Inkwell
Inkwell

If you say so, I will do it! Pariah is still out, so I'll start with that.

VonD
VonD

It's so tiresome. What about the rest of gay, bisexual, and transgender experience? What about older gays? What about gays who aren't white? What about gays in the United States who aren't rich and male and white and upper middle class and don't hire hustlers and don't live in big cities? None of this is represented in Hollywood films. Pariah is a refreshing change, and so is Gun Hill Road, even though it isn't that good a film. Harmony Santana is extraordinary, though.

CMG
CMG

Really?  The only other film besides Pariah that fits that mold that I can think of is that one from the 90s with Queen Latifah.

The ultra-heteronormative couple is where it is at for breeders on both the big and small screen.  

Fairenstein
Fairenstein

GAG, thing, are you insane? There are tons of films about "gay men," mostly white. TONS. TONS. Just go year by year. Now tell us how many films about black lesbians are out there? That's usually all "gay" films are about, WHITE GAY UPPER MIDDLE CLASS MEN.

Get a life and grow up, thing!

Gigi
Gigi

This is possibly the most absurd thing I have ever read. How many films about black lesbians even exist???

egoiste
egoiste

I think Christopher Plummer in Beginners well represented older gays and perhaps it should be on this list. I don't disagree with your points.

CMG
CMG

Yeah, it is a shame Mike Mills got too in love with the wish-fulfillment aspect of Ewan McGregor essentially playing him and obsessing too much about an over-long graffiti sub-plot to not delve more into Plummer's story or character.  I especially wanted to know more about the mother-father dynamics in the flashbacks.  Plummer was great, regardless, and his character reminded me a lot of a closeted family member I have. 

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