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People who added this item 26 Average listal rating (19 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 0
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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People who added this item 28 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 0
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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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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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Tattoo (2013)
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Test (2013)
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Walk on Water (2004)
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Shelter (2007)
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People who added this item 32 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 0
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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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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The Wedding Banquet is what you get when you essentially take the plot to The Birdcage and film it using the characters from Tokyo Story. Except the humor in this one, whether intentional or not, is slightly uncomfortable, because the drama seems much more authentic to life.

The Wedding Banquet was one of the more original films I've ever sat through, it's charming, compassionate, and at times, can be downright cheeky. It's such a shame it's one of Ang Lee's more earlier efforts, that so unfairly often gets overlooked or snubbed. I found the premise, and the sequence of events to actually be quite highly plausible, and clearly, anyone who doesn't, has little knowledge or respect for the traditions of family, whether one's own or adopted.

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People who added this item 140 Average listal rating (42 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 0
This film has as much to do with coming-of-age/coming-out-of-the-closet issues as it does document a very precise historical period, an epoch in the recent annals of the country of Denmark, this intimate, yet tenderly sweet film was filmed, and released during a period where the country was considerably more progressively liberal minded. That alone makes it a MUST SEE viewing--in-spite of the fact the characters in it are somewhat younger than what most people are used to. The nature of the film, however, is indisputably harmless.

This one was a hard one to get my hands on back when I was obsessing over watching it. But, I eventually did see it, thanks to the advent of the internet age. And considering I place this organically sweet tale of early pubescent puppy love this high on my list, should tell everyone something about how pleased I was when I finally saw it.

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People who added this item 235 Average listal rating (112 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 0
It's a samurai film about a young man who uses sex as a 'tool', to exact vengeance upon men who use it as a weapon upon him. I think?

Such a mysterious film, that's self-aware of it's own shadowy nature. It's a film about love, death, masculinity and betrayal, among other things, and acts as a prime example of how most have argued, there are the manipulative soap-dramas of American movies, as well as the art-house features of the European market to new queer cinema, then there are the Asian movies, which seem to exist inside of their own world altogether.

Gohatto is hardly a queer interest movie, in fact, I'm more than certain it was the least priority on Oshima's mind when making this feature. Despite that though, aside from being one of the premiere examples of Bushido cinema's calculated discipline, the film does contain hot, steamy, sweaty amorous action. Viewer discretion and damp towels are advised.

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This was an 'unsuspecting' one, the lgbt angle came out of left field and without the skilled writing of Frank Pierson, probably would have convoluted the story. But, as it would happen, not only did it fit, but it made Dog Day Afternoon probably one of the most revolutionary pictures of the entire '70s decade.

Adding to the scenario that Sonny had a lover who was... well, I won't dish any spoilers, actually seemed to add further structure to the film's narrative. It also made Sonny a bold and passionate man.

Sonny's relationship to Leon is actually more complex and deeper than most seem to comprehend. He has mad--albeit, nobody is quite aware exactly 'how' mad, until the film's plot is already well underway--MAD burning desire for his partner, so much so that he's merely looking out for his best interest, and doesn't want to see him hurt. Then, when it seems as though his partner requires something that is deathly important to him, Sonny is willing to go to the lengths of the earth to do what's necessary!!!

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Right out of the gate this film was plagued with an immediate Scarlet Letter by the MPAA dubbing it a ludicrous NC-17 stamping. Yet, oddly enough the film contains no sex, no nudity, not even any real explicit violence??? The MPAA's condemning of this movie more seems to stem from it's controversial subject matter, as well as it's poor timing to be released, on the day of the Twin Tower attacks.

But it helped me a lot as I happen to be the same age as the young actor in the movie, and the film helped me deal with a lot of personal fucked up shit I was going through at the time.

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Strapped (2010)
THE BIGGEST surprise from 2010 I could have possibly stumbled upon, this film shocked me so much with it's subtle yet unique creativity, Joseph Graham is one to keep one's eye on as he is proving to be the next breakthrough up-and-coming queer filmmaker of the next gen., with each passing unorthodox picture that he releases. Here, Graham's mad genius fires on all cylinders, by flipping the tired, worn-thin street hustler cliche in queer film on it's head, and totally inside out!!

Much like a premise straight out of Buñuel, a young man finds himself unable to leave a shady apartment complex, while there on business to see a john, and ends up being forced to entertain an odd assortment of sexually disgruntled strangers who all find him attractive, but all require selectively different needs from him. What's unique about this picture that puts it a grade above the typical street hustler generic picture, is what it has to offer allegorically, as supposed to what's on the surface.

Ultimately, the film has less to do with depicting actual authenticity of the male hustler lifestyle, and more to do with shedding light on what occurs beneath the surface of someone, trapped in this unfulfilling endless cycle. Each new stranger the young man entertains he seems to almost take on a completely different persona, and acts as if he knows them intimately, while all the while treating the job as if it's a profession but each sexual liaison seems to cost the young man something unseen but important. This is not a film about critique or condemnation of the sex trade epidemic, instead, it's a demonstration of the psychology behind hustlers and the process by which prostitution fractures the human soul, in particular for those who fail to comprehend successful escape, by understanding that the only way 'out' is in...

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CAPTIVATING and EXOTIC! Over 20 years old, since this film's release, and André Téchiné is still 'the man' when it comes to coming out/coming of age stories. Needless to say, it's hard to disagree that this 1994 classic was the film that set the bar, and brothas' and sistas', it set the bar pretty damn high.

On one level, Les roseaux sauvages is just plain 'beautiful' to look at. On another, it's got a poetic and unorthodox plot with mult-layers to it. A setting that is key to driving home some of the film's more broad-minded themes, such as family bonds, national pride, self-awakening, and bits of paranoia and brooding introversion. Set to the height of the Algerian war in a remote French country village as the backdrop, as well as unfolding over the eve of the '60s love revolution--what's remarkable about the movie's timeless reputation is infact the timing of it's release. The '90s being a much more 'closeted' generation than most people realize.

The Wild Reeds was the recipient of countless awards during the original circuit of it's run, but it holds a much more prestigious title than that as helping to fan the flames, and circum-navigate the misguided, through a decade of young people, geared toward the brink of self-destruction and anarchy!

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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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