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From Afar (2015)
I don't place this one very high, although I still approve of it enough to recommend it to others. Mainly, my disdain stems from the fact that this is one 'complicated' clusterfuck of a movie. I know from the IMDB that I'm not the only one that feels this way. What exactly the filmmaker was trying to say--especially with that messed up ending--I will quite frankly never understand.

Don't misinterpret me. I'm not saying it's a 'bad' movie. I'm simply reserving it to purgatorial limbo on my list because I can't make heads or tails of it. If anyone can help me out here, I'd be willing to take virtually anything into consideration. I can't fully say whether this one was good or bad, because the ending didn't make any goddamn sense. And it throws the entire film's events into question.

This is one of those, read-between-the-lines 'silent' indie films that leaves viewers wanting to drive a powerdrill through their skull after watching it. For either wasting valuable time, or refusing to offer conclusive resolution.

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Maybe it's just me but to me this film seems to have little to nothing to do with homosexuality and more to do with 'mental illness'. Still, it's filled to the brim with hot sweaty naked men and more commonly 'vanilla' male viewers may get squeamish at some of the film's explicit content [including unsimulated sex]. When all is said and done though it's really a rather depressing, if not 'disturbing', viewing experience to sit through. NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED!

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Weekend (2011)
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Sasha (2010)
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Unconditional (2012)
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People who added this item 69 Average listal rating (31 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
15-year-old Sieger has it all, he's the prodigy child, a gifted up-and-coming track 'n' field star, has the admiration and respect of both his peers and his father, as supposed to his screw-up older brother, Eddy, whom Sieger idolizes, and the girls all think he's handsome. Then one random afternoon during after hours practice, Sieger is flagged down and potentially flirted on by the tall, handsome, musclinely alpha Marc, out of the blue. Huh, that was weird?...

Siegler tries his best to ignore his emotions but his curiosity gets the better of him. Acting upon what I figure is no doubt puberty-driven hormonal overdrive, Siegler pursues a hidden flirtation with Marc, while physically rebuking him in public when being gay doesn't suit his personal image, or interferes with attempting to prove his manhood on girls.

It sounds like a cliched textbook movie-of-the-week scenario, and in fact... it is. But that doesn't discount the fact that young males like Siegler and Marc (like any of us) actually do go through these predicaments, and the overall handling of this film's presentation of this material, is actually pretty sharp.

This is a very 'internalized' movie, but a very 'precocious' one. With a nervous edge to it that is bound to produce butterflies to the stomach with it's viewers.

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Clandestinos (2007)
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Proteus (2003)
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It took me about 15 min. into the movie to realize the events of the story were being played out in non-linear time skips. Jumping from the present to the past, the movie is a hybrid of teenage alienation wrapped up in a murder mystery. And there's plenty of fun, kinky, erotic bisexual proclivities to keep the viewer both amused and captivated.

The movie made me feel many things, that I was surprised it had the power to do. A group of young people, their friendship imploding under the weight of a tragedy, with the fractured pieces unsuspectingly coming together as the film's close builds. All these people were monsters, and angels, all at once, I RARELY see a film do that to me. I saw that they all deserved punishment for their sins, yet felt bad for them after it was exacted?

Perhaps what makes the film so uncommonly accessible, is not the debauchery of the main characters' carnal needs, but the psychology of their internal inquirings. Pierre, the film's lead character, says his sexual liberating is a form of engaging the body to emancipate ritual imprisonment. Right on man, Wilhelm Reich would be proud of you. And even your friends too!...

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Pariah (2011)
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Test (2013)
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Denied (2004)
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Walk on Water (2004)
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Wilde (1997)
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Absent (2011)
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Nico and Dani (2000)
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The film is what you get when you cross Xavier Dolan with David Cronenberg, only, not quite as fucked-up as you might expect to see. A coming-of-age/horror tale that is saturated in 'sensuality', I almost guarantee, those of my readers whom think like me, certain scenes are liable to melt you where you sit... ;-)P

You might recognize up-and-coming star, and professional cutie-pie, Connor Jessup, from Steven Spielberg's Falling Skies, here, the young actor tests out his chops and range as the protagonist lead in this macabre indie flick from my native country of Canada. Seeing as this is Jessup's 'third' screen role as a homosexual teen, I'm not necessarily insinuating the guy might be gay IRL, but he seems to be very fluent and natural at playing such a character and certainly, I'd be more than pleased to see him play more similar roles in future projects. But all-in-all I'd just like to see Jessup get more work period! He carried this film, and was a breath of fresh air to what otherwise could have been a stale genre regurgitation. This film made me laugh, made me weep, gave me goosebumps, even made me wince a few times.

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Retake (2016)
It's for movies like this that is the reason I even started this list in the first place. Such a beautiful film, with characters that are every bit as ugly as they are redeemable. It's a date movie, a road trip flick, a coming-to-terms drama. It's mesmerizing and breathtaking, not to mention sexually invigorating. The two leads, whether they really go together or not, are smoking hot, and there's incredible electric chemistry between the two.

One thing I noticed, worthy of elevating this one above most of the other garbage that's out there--going in to it I was left with a trailer and little else. I had no idea what to expect, and to be frank, I was expecting something insidious and dirty, or perhaps a depressing noir tale of systematic immolation. It takes a very conventional premise and adds a very unique spin to it, and I happened to notice, not once throughout the film's entirety was there one single instance of the dreaded cliched homophobic hysteria, which mars so many other lgbt films.

Yes, gay bashing does exist, and it was a lot worse at a much more innocent time, what is ancient history now. How many times are gays and lesbians gonna have to be reminded of something before the need for self-reeducation is necessary. At least one director is ballsy enough to supplant the idiom: how afraid do you need to get before you realize no one's out to get you?

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FIRST OFF, I want to start this by saying this is a list I've really wanted to make but was hesitant to. Not for the reasons many of you are thinking. I'm actually quite proud to promote this kind of subject matter, certainly am not trying to hide anything ;-D

However, I just didn't wanna be accused of upstaging my good buddies Polsko and Minerva. Who's lists I grew inspiration from, and links to them can be found at the bottom of this description.

SECONDLY, I wanna state that there is an intended number going in to this thing. I was trying to put it together sooner but the task turned out to be pretty daunting, and as I am currently battling some debilitating health issues in my private life, this didn't really come as an immediate priority. However, I can't help myself, some of these titles I really wanna spread the word so this is my commentary on the most attention grabbing LGBT titles in cinema. And I will be update the number and the entries as I go along, or as I get around to reviewing them. Please stay tuned ;-D...

Best Lesbian Themed Movies
Best Gay Themed Movies
Best Bisexual Themed Movies
Best Transgender Themed Movies

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