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Our Queer Film section includes all available GLBT genre films from the USA and the UK. There's a great range of movies from mainstream hits like Priscilla: Queen of the Desert and The Birdcage to moving drama's like Boy's Don't Cry and Philadelphia. Whether it's romance, comedy or drama you're looking for, we have queer movies here to suit all tastes.

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Queer Movie Review of Nowhere

Queer Movie Review of Nowhere

Nowhere (1997)

The conclusion of Gregg Araki's "Gen-X" trilogy stars James Duval as a "clueless" college kid trying to cope with masturbation, drugs, bisexuality, more drugs, teen suicide, kinky sex, more drugs oh, and alien abduction. One could easily be tempted to call Nowhere, Araki's angst-fest, his Pink Velvet. He captures entertainingly weird Lynch moments and an oddly fascinating outlook on '90s life. Araki regular Duval and an eclectic young cast are pessimistic high schoolers mired in pop culture hell as they ditch class and kill an afternoon with sex, deep thoughts and black forest cake while waiting for a party that evening. It's there everybody gets wasted and awaits the Apocalypse. Throbbing to a great soundtrack, Nowhere is mesmerizingly shallow, and Araki touches upon many the same themes he tackled in The Doom Generation, though with slightly less successful results. Although not fully gay, there are some great moments including Duval falling in love with the blond beauty Montgomery (Nathan Bexton). They almost get it on until Montgomery ruins it all by suddenly turning into a six foot bug!

Queer Movie Review of Orlando

Queer DVD Titles - Orlando

Orlando (1993)
Starring: Tilda Swinton, et al. Director: Sally Potter

Breathtaking and practically non-discursive, Sally Potter's audacious Orlando overcomes some dodgy performances and a narrative structure that could most generously be described as "loose" to emerge as a haunting, discussion-provoking trans-historical and transsexual drama. Commanded never to age by Queen Elizabeth (played with surprisingly little camp by legendary cross-dresser Quentin Crisp), the title character becomes immortal; we then follow Orlando through 400 years of dreamlike British history. Midway through the film, Orlando changes genders--to Potter's immense credit, the transformation is handled with little fanfare and no explanation. Tilda Swinton, in the lead role, is far more convincing as a woman than as a man, and even during the film's latter half, her impassivity and lack of expression can be annoying. Potter encourages Swinton to play to the camera, and the resulting asides and glances askance can be amusing, but often seem purposeless, or even arch. Nevertheless, the willful idiosyncrasy and understatement of the film never quite capsize the project, and once you give yourself over to the filmmaker's logic, the panoramic sweep of the cinematography (remarkable sets include an aristocratic skating party on the frozen Thames during the Great London Frost of 1603, a stunning tent-caravan in Central Asia, and countless fastidious boudoirs and interiors) will surely keep you enraptured. Orlando is no Merchant-Ivory production, no prissy, forgettable period piece; this film has teeth, and it may bite ferociously when you least expect it to. Based on, but scarcely resembling, the Virginia Woolf modernist classic of the same name. - Miles Bethany (Amazon.com)

Queer Film Review of Outrageous

Queer Film Review of Outrageous

Outrageous

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It sounds like a joke: a bashful drag queen and a young schizophrenic bring out the best in each other. Robin (Craig Russell) is a hairdresser who hasn't quite gathered the courage to get on stage and do drag. But when an old school friend named Liza (Hollis McLaren) appears at his door in a robe and nightgown, having just run away from a mental hospital where she was voluntarily committed, her manic energy gives him the strength to act on his desires. He in turn gives her a stable, loving home--until he goes to New York to audition for a drag show and his spot-on impressions of Bette, Barbra, Carol Channing, and Mae West make a splash. But as Robin's star rises, a pregnant Liza spirals into misery and madness. Outrageous may sound melodramatic, but in fact it achieves a rare realism. There's no Hollywood gloss on any aspect of their lives, from Robin's sex life to Liza's insanity, which is depicted sympathetically but not as anything easily overcome. Made in 1977, this Canadian cult film is admittedly a bit of a period piece--one look at Robin's audiences, filled with very '70s mustaches, will take more than a few gay men back to their heady, pre-AIDS-awareness days. But Outrageous remains heartfelt, and its sincere and charming performances make it worth seeing today. - Bret Fetzer (Amazon)

Queer Film Review of Parting Glances

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Parting Glances (1986)
Starring: Richard Ganoung, John Bolger, et al. Director: Bill Sherwood
 

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This wonderfully rich and seductively appealing comedy-drama is considered by many to be one of the best gay films of the 1980s. The action takes place within a 24-hour period and centers around a gay New York couple who are about to temporarily separate for job reasons. The plot is their tearful separation and a party held for them by their mostly gay friends. The party habitués are all finely drawn, creating familiar types for gays; not gay stereotypes. But it is Steve Buscemi who steals the show by giving a bravado performance as a young rock singer dying of AIDS. The film's strengths lie in its simple and honest moments -- a loving embrace, a telling confession. A joyful, knowing gay love story.

Queer Film Review of John Waters Collection

Queer DVD Titles - John Waters Collection

John Waters Collection #3: Pink Flamingos/ Female Trouble (1972)
Starring: Divine, David Lochary. Director: John Waters
 

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Pink Flamingos: The sleazo-porn-trash extravaganza that made the fabulous Divine a household word and Waters an object of fear, awe and nausea all over the world. In one of the most disgusting and perversely funny films ever made, zaftig matriarch Babs Johnson (Divine) and her family of egg-adoring Mom (Massey) and chicken-loving son (Mils) battle the repugnant Connie and Raymond Marble (Mink Stole and Lochary) for the title of "filthiest person alive." Restored version with additional footage.
Female Trouble: Follow the trials and tribulations of Dawn Davenport (Divine): from cha-cha heel obsessed teen to rape victim to murderess to electric chair victim. Waters' ode to misguided teen traumas and prison melodrama includes satirical blasts at middle-class values, performance art, and really bad makeup.

Queer Movie Review of Place Without Limits

Queer Movie Review of Place Without Limits

Place Without Limits (1977) - English Subtitles
Starring: Roberto Cobo, Fernando Soler - Director: Arturo Ripstein

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Veteran Mexican director Arturo Ripstein's (Queen of the Night) curious drama is set in a brothel owned by a drag queen, "Manuela," and his daughter, "The Japanese Girl." Father/daughter rivalry takes an unusual twist as both find themselves attracted to the same man: Pancho, the brutally macho lover of the girl. After one particularly violent episode when the drunken Pancho is especially abusive to his daughter, Manuela, though harboring a real fear of the man, nonetheless confronts him in his own way. Not all dads would step in wearing high heels and a gorgeous Flamenco dress, and they might not all perform an erotic dance to divert Pancho's attentions and offer himself rather than his daughter. A drama that exposes the conflicting fury and cowardice underlying the machismo façade. Quite intriguing. (Spanish with English subtitles)

Queer Film Review of Queer as Folk Season One

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Queer as Folk - The Complete First Season (Showtime) (2001)
Starring: Queer As Folk, Hal Sparks, et al.
 

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Queer As Folk is unquestionably the gay cultural phenomena of the new millennium. The master behind the scenes is Russell Davies, the writer who created the characters who have captivated the queer world for two years. Showtime, with incredible wisdom, produced a Queer as Folk soap opera that could conceivably run forever, with characters we can all identify with. The American Queer as Folk is set in a mythical Pittsburgh - it's not West Hollywood or the West Village - it's a blue collar city where gay people co-exist with straight - just like where most of us live. (It’s actually filmed in Toronto, Canada)
Brian (Harold) is the gay man in the cast most despised and lusted after. He's rich, arrogant, self-absorbed and a total hunk. Michael (Sparks), is his best friend. He, like all the guys, lusts after Brian. Michael is a working-class department store manager, even-tempered and loved by all. Justin (Harrison) is 17, still in high school and totally adorable (the whole cast is actually). Justin is also in love with Brian - but alas they are only "fuck buddies". Lindsay (Gill) is the mother of Brian's son (artificial insemination of course). She's a house mom who is dedicated to her baby and sometimes to her lover Melanie (Clunie). Melanie is a lawyer, she's Jewish and a very combative, soft butch. Ted (Lowell) is an accountant who in search of love has met a club boy with a crystal meth problem. Emmett (Paige) is his super fag best friend who tries to steer innocent Ted clear of trouble. Debbie (Gless) is Michael's mother and the waitress at their favorite diner. Debbie is PFLAG personified, covered in buttons - she worships her gay son and all his friends - she's the show cheerleader.
This American/British/Canadian creation is soap opera at its finest. Characters we can call our own, great drama and romance - and the cast is real easy on the eyes!
(Six DVDs or five VHS tapes in each set!)

Queer Film Review of Queer as Folk (British) Season One

Queer DVD Titles - Queer as Folk (British)

Queer as Folk (British TV Series)
Director: Charles McDougall, Sarah Harding
 

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There's never a dull moment in this lively drama following the lives of three men living it large in Manchester's gay village. Stuart Jones (Aidan Gillen) has got it all. He's rich, drop dead gorgeous and always the center of attention. He can be forgiven the arrogance because he's pretty close to perfection. His best mate Vince Tyler (Craig Kelly) is funny, adorable and definitely a babe but, unlike his friend, has zero confidence in himself. Since time began, Vince has carried a torch for Stuart but his love remains firmly unrequited. They're both 29, hitting Canal Street every night, stalwarts of the scene but just starting to wonder where else their lives may be going. Then along comes Nathan Maloney (Charlie Hunnam). Young, wild and coming out with a vengeance, he crowbars his way into their world and once he arrives, nothing is ever the same again.

Queer Film Review of The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Queer DVD Titles - Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show - The 25th Anniversary Edition (1975)
Starring: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, et al. Director: Jim Sharman
 

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"Come up to the lab, and see what's on the slab." In the cult-midnight show attraction, scientist, alien and bisexual transvestite Dr. Frank N. Furter is visited by average Americans Brad and Janet; the latter two giving themselves over to "absolute pleasure." A wacked-out, spoofy, goofy, hip and campy one-of-a-kind musical. Tim Curry is the Doc, with Susan Sarandon as Janet, Barry Bostwick as Brad, Richard O'Brien as the hunchback valet Riff-Raff, Meatloaf (again!) as rock 'n' roller Eddie, Little Nell as Columbia, and Patricia Quinn as Magenta. Based on the British stage musical, with lyrics and music by O'Brien. (Followed by Shock Treatment) -- Dammit, Janet, let's do the time warp again as the mother of all midnight movies is re-released to home video with two never-before-seen musical numbers, "Superheroes" and "Once in a While".

Queer Movie Review of Savage Nights

Queer Movie Review of Savage Nights

Savage Nights (1994)

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Possibly the most personal and controversial of all the films dealing with AIDS, Savage Nights is a startlingly knowing semiautobiographical melodrama by former rock star and writer Collard (who died from AIDS at the age of 36 in 1993 just four days before his film swept the César Awards). Collard stars as Jean, a high-living bisexual photographer who discovers he is HIV-positive. He becomes involved with both love-sick 17-year-old Laura (Romane Bohringer) and S/M obsessed, neo-Nazi soccer player Sami (Carlos Lopez). The story revolves around these two tumultuous relationships as the outwardly calm Jean tries to forget about his illness through physical and sexual comforts. With its jagged, almost documentary feel, the film effectively and unapologetically delves into the life of a non-hero and his personal response to coping with AIDS. (French with English subtitles)

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