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Queer Film Review of The Crying Game 

Queer DVD Titles - The Crying Game

The Crying Game (1992)
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Stephen Rea. Director: Neil Jordan
 

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The Crying Game offers a rare and precious movie experience. The film is an unclassifiable original that surprises, intrigues, confounds, and delights you with its freshness, humor, and honesty from beginning to end. It starts as a psychological thriller, as IRA foot soldier Fergus (the incomparable Stephen Rea) kidnaps a British soldier (Forest Whitaker) and waits for the news that will determine whether he executes his victim or sets him free. As the night wears on, a peculiar bond begins to form between the two men. Later, the movie shifts tone and morphs into something of a romantic comedy as Fergus unexpectedly becomes involved with the soldier's girlfriend Dil (Jaye Davidson) and discovers more about himself, and human nature in general, than he ever dreamed possible. Like Spielberg's E.T., The Crying Game was supposed to be director Neil Jordan's "little, personal movie," the one he just had to make, even though no studio was willing to give him money because the story was so unusual. Instead, it became a surprise popular sensation, thanks in part to Miramax's cleverly provocative campaign playing up the hush-hush nature of the movie's big secret. The performances (including Miranda Richardson as one of Fergus's IRA colleagues) are subtly shaded, and the writing and direction are tantalizingly rich and suggestive; you're always trying to figure out the characters' true motives and feelings--even when they themselves are fully aware of their own motives and feelings. The Crying Game is a wise, witty, wondrous treasure of a movie.

Queer Film Review of Different for Girls

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Different For Girls (1997)
Starring: Steven Mackintosh, Rupert Graves, et al. Director: Richard Spence
 

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A demure transsexual who writes greeting card verses takes up with a rowdy biker--the same long-ago schoolmate who protected her against adolescent persecutors before the operation that changed her life. Definitely one of the more distinctive odd-couple romantic comedies of our time..

Queer Movie Review of Dona Herlinda and Her Son

Queer Movie Review of Dona Herlinda and Her Son

Dona Herlinda and Her Son (1986) - Dubbed in Spanish - English subtitles

Doña Herlinda is a delightfully singular movie character, a doting widow who wants it all--a happy son, grandchildren, and the respect of her neighbor--and quietly, lovingly manipulates the world around her to get it. Her devoted son, Rodolfo, is gay, but that's no problem: she practically adopts Ramon, his young lover, and even moves him into their house ("Rodolfo's bedroom is big," she smiles with convincing innocence) while simultaneously arranging for Ramon's marriage. Writer-director Jaime Humberto Hermosillo has nothing but respect for his characters, especially Guadalupe Del Toro's sweet and sly Doña Herlinda, a woman who projects naïve innocence while determinedly stage-managing her unconventional family unit. In other hands this might be a recipe for tragedy, but Hermosillo spins it into a lovingly subversive comedy of tolerance, acceptance, and keeping up appearances. - Sean Axmaker (Amazon.com)

Queer Movie Review of Flawless

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Flawless (1999)
Starring: Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, et al. Director: Joel Schumacher
 

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Flawless might be better titled Shameless for its story rip-offs from Outrageous! and The Queen. Director Schumacher takes a true incident that happened to a friend of his and turns it into a second-rate melodrama, complete with stereotypes and ridiculous subplot. De Niro is Walt, a retired security guard living in the same run-down East Village building as Rusty, a flamboyant (are there any other kind?) drag queen. When Walt suffers a stroke which partially paralyzes his speech, he takes singing lessons from Rusty to strengthen his vocal cords. As expertly played by Hoffman, Rusty is a larger-than-life, cliché-quoting, all-out drag queen who doesn't seem to stop "being on" for a minute. He's surrounded by an entourage of drags, though all of them stand up for themselves against anyone and everyone. Walt is a homophobe who slowly befriends Rusty and his friends. The only other gay characters are a group of gay Republicans with whom they come in conflict, and some butch lesbians who act as peacekeepers.

Queer Movie Review of Flirt

Queer Movie Review of Flirt

Flirt (1996)

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Quirky three-part film in which the same mini-drama is told three different ways: Flirt leaves lover to head off on a job, but the lover demands a commitment before the departure. The stories are set in N.Y.C., Berlin (with the characters gay), and Tokyo (with the male-female roles reversed). The point: male, female, gay, straight, and across the globe, people experience the same feelings and romantic crises.

Queer Movie Review of French Twist

Queer Movie Review of French Twist

French Twist (1996)

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This whimsical French farce with a lesbian twist nicely blends all the outrageousness of its genre with some finely drawn subtleties to create a highly amusing divertimento that is peppered throughout with touching moments. Victoria Abril is Loli, the dutiful (and evidently happily housebound) Spanish wife of a boorish French real estate broker (Alain Chabat) who prides himself on his profusion of extramarital affairs. Marijo (Josiane Balasko), a bohemian, cigar-smoking dyke from Paris, lands on their doorstep in the South of France with a broken-down VW minivan and, after a bit of small talk, makes a pass at Loli. Starved for the attentions of her philandering husband, Loli responds warmly to these advances, much to his outrage. But when his indiscretions come to light the whole situation really blows up and Loli retaliates in a most unusual way. Filled with the standard burlesque guffaws, French Twist is most impressive for its even-handed treatment of its characters. Balasko is quite fetching as a boyishly macho lesbian, Abril's range of emotion is sensational and her radiance is enough to capture the heart of any sexual persuasion. Even Chabat is given a fair shake as he struggles to reconcile his sexual urges with his emotional desires. (French with English subtitles)

Queer Movie Review of Gay Purr-ee

Gay Purr-ee

Gay Purr-ee (1962)
Not A Gay Film - But Purely for Camp Value! LOL
Starring The Voices of: Judy Garland, Robert Goulet
 

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This little gem has the pedigree of a purebred Persian: it features voices of no less than Judy Garland and Robert Goulet, the original songs of Wizard of Oz composers Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, and the writing talents of animation giant Chuck Jones. Garland gives life to our young heroine, Mewsette, a naive country kitty who runs off to seek the bright lights of Gay '90s Paris; Goulet is her devoted country bumpkin beau, Jaune-Tom, who sets off to find her (accompanied by the scrappy kitten Robespierre). While in Paris, Mewsette falls prey to the dastardly yellow-eyed Meowrice, and his compatriot, Madame Rubens-Chatte (played with hilarious swagger by Hermione Gingold), who runs a cathouse of ill repute off the Champs Élysées. The story is slim, itself a bit of an homage to Oz: country girl longs to spread her wings, leaves home, and has many adventures, only to discover that there's no place like home. But the stylized look of the film is breathtaking--the French countryside looks like miles and miles of Vincent Van Gogh's sensual Arles--and Garland and Goulet are in fine voice. If you love surreal animation, Judy Garland, cats, or Paris--or any combination thereof--this film will have you purring. - Anne Hurley (AMZN)

Queer Movie Review of Glen or Glenda

Queer Movie Review of Glen or Glenda

Glen or Glenda? (1953) 
Director: Edward D. Wood Jr. Format: Black & White, HiFi Sound, NTSC

Often mentioned as a contender for the title of Worst Movie Ever Made, Glen or Glenda? (a.k.a. I Changed My Sex, a.k.a. I Led Two Lives, a.k.a. He or She) remains Ed Wood's weirdest film--and, for the director of Plan 9 from Outer Space, that's saying something. Yet Glen or Glenda? goes way beyond camp, into some unique zone of demented personal expression, an essay/collage/autobiography that is no less fascinating just because it comes from a second-rate mind. Wood himself, under the pseudonym Daniel Davis, plays a transvestite struggling to reveal his tendencies to his wife (the toneless Dolores Fuller, Wood's missus in real life). Mixed in with this exploitation story is a ton of irrelevant stock footage, as well as disconnected glimpses of Béla Lugosi bellowing at the audience; Lugosi's dialogue is a tapestry of non sequiturs and portentous warnings. The behind-the-scenes creation of Glen or Glenda? forms part of the action of Ed Wood, Tim Burton's affectionate tribute to the B-movie master. Wood himself was a transvestite, which accounts for the cracked sincerity of Glen or Glenda?; the passion for angora sweaters is real, not a fluffy plot device. Truly a flabbergasting 68 minutes in film history. - Robert Horton (Amazon)

Queer Film Review of Gods and Monsters

Queer DVD Titles - Gods and Monsters

Gods and Monsters - Special Edition (1998)
Starring: Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, et al. Director: Bill Condon
 

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In a performance that is nothing short of brilliant, McKellen hypnotizes as gay film director James Whale in this moving, poetic adaptation of Christopher Bram's novel "Father of Frankenstein." The story ostensibly follows the friendship between Whale -- now in his early 60s and suffering the effects of a stroke -- and his handsome straight gardener (Fraser); but at the core of this lyrical tale is a study of desire and self-determination. In the 1930s, Whale made a handful of Hollywood classics (including Frankenstein); it's now 1957, and he is no longer able to live his life on his terms. Knowing that Whale was found dead in his swimming pool, the filmmakers have concocted a probable scenario which ends in a cynical pièce de résistance. Bringing compassion and elegance to Whale, McKellen's portrayal is so rich in nuance and shading that he makes you forget it's acting. Fraser is excellent as the ex-Marine who captures Whale's heart and, in turn, respect. Their bond is poignantly resilient. It is what gives Condon's film its power, its grace and its heart.

Queer Movie Review of Grief

Queer Movie Review of Grief

Grief (1994)

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With the same quirky, endearing qualities which distinguished producer Yoram Mandel's first film Parting Glances, writer-director Glatzer has taken his personal experiences as a writer for TV's "Divorce Court" and fashioned an engaging and funny comedy-drama about friendship, love, bereavement and trash TV. Set during an eventful workweek, the film follows the misadventures of Mark (Craig Chester), a writer for a daytime TV show, as he comes to grips with his co-workers, office politics, an office crush, homophobia and the loss of his lover. Jackie Beat (in a "Divine" bit of casting) plays the show's overbearing but maternal producer. Alexis Arquette also stars as a bisexual employee involved in a secret office romance. Highlighting the film are campy renditions of the TV soap opera, which includes everything from lesbian circus performers to schizophrenic divas.

Queer Movie Review of Hearing Voices

Queer Movie Review of Hearing Voices

Hearing Voices (1990)
 

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Numbed into quiet boredom by the shallow, manipulative world of fashion modeling, and physically scarred after reconstructive surgery, Erika floats aimlessly through her successful but empty life. She is saved emotionally after meeting Lee (sort of a Pauly Shore on Prozac), the gay lover of her doctor. Their relationship (sexual?) is an unusual love, which while not altogether fulfilling, and ultimately doomed, does help in their respective healing processes. This story, of a "romance" between a gay man and a straight woman, provides a great premise; but the film, hampered by languid pacing and stilted acting is reduced to an earnest but lifeless viewing experience.

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