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Re: Gay themed movies etc.

Unread postby Ciniselli » 19 March 2015, 17:39

I also saw this TV-film series (3 one-hour episodes) called Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves. The title of it doesn't really tell much about it so I was a bit skeptical at first. Having watched it, it's one of the best lgbtq+ themed pieces I've ever seen, really deep and the themes in it were very moving. It revolves around the HIV epidemic in the 1980s, describing how a group of Swedish friends are affected. It was a Swedish series, although I saw it on BBC4 as they aired it last year! Would really recommend it!


I've been looking for a place to watch this with English subs for ages. Can't seem to find anywhere through my usual channels...

(Should anyone know where it is possible to find it, a PM would be appreciated!)
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Re: Gay themed movies etc.

Unread postby Tony » 19 March 2015, 18:04

Random[ness] wrote:I also saw this TV-film series (3 one-hour episodes) called Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves. The title of it doesn't really tell much about it so I was a bit skeptical at first. Having watched it, it's one of the best lgbtq+ themed pieces I've ever seen, really deep and the themes in it were very moving. It revolves around the HIV epidemic in the 1980s, describing how a group of Swedish friends are affected. It was a Swedish series, although I saw it on BBC4 as they aired it last year! Would really recommend it!


I watched Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves a few months ago, and it's a beautifully sad and a most touching TV drama! I definitely would recommend it too.

Ciniselli wrote:I've been looking for a place to watch this with English subs for ages. Can't seem to find anywhere through my usual channels...

(Should anyone know where it is possible to find it, a PM would be appreciated!)


I watched it for free on Amazon Prime instant video with my free month trial, is that something available for you?
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Re: Gay themed movies etc.

Unread postby xyz72 » 19 March 2015, 20:54

Amazon offers free Prime for one year for students, too(at least in Europe). Might be helpful for that.
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Re: Gay themed movies etc.

Unread postby rxxli » 19 March 2015, 21:35

xyz72 wrote:Amazon offers free Prime for one year for students, too(at least in Europe). Might be helpful for that.

Yeah. If you are lucky enough to live in one of those select places.

tl1992 wrote:These short films from the BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival were really good! :)

http://www.bfi.org.uk/flare/watch-films-2015-bfi-flare-london-lgbt-film-festival-online-free

I'll have a look at those. I am not really a big fan of shorts to be honest. But I might enjoy them.
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Re: Gay themed movies etc.

Unread postby Tony » 28 March 2015, 20:06

I watched Is It Just Me? on Netflix a few days ago, and I enjoyed it.
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Re: Gay themed movies etc.

Unread postby Ciniselli » 13 April 2015, 16:03

So reading through this thread from the beginning, I'm surprised to see nobody mention But I'm a Cheerleader.

It is a little bit of a trainwreck, but I have really fond memories of watching it with friends. It also has some bite to it without being outright mournful like a lot of gay movies are (there seems to be a choice between being totally innocent, completely nihilistic, or shameless tearjerking in gay cinema). The acting is also noticably better than in your average gay film.

It's a little old, though. And I'm a little bit worried it may not have aged as well as I think it has. Anyone else remember it?
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Re: Gay themed movies etc.

Unread postby Tony » 13 April 2015, 17:30

I have also seen But I'm a Cheerleader, a couple of years ago with a brunch friends. We use to watch oldish LBGT films like Torch Song Trilogy and My Beautiful Laundrette, and some of these older film were decent. :)
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Re: Gay themed movies etc.

Unread postby Ciniselli » 13 April 2015, 18:34

My Beautiful Laundrette is really boring.

(in my opinion).
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Re: Gay themed movies etc.

Unread postby xyz72 » 13 April 2015, 18:37

I remember the fact that I watched My Beautiful Laundrette.
I don't remember anything else about it.
That's a bad sign.
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Re: Gay themed movies etc.

Unread postby Tony » 13 April 2015, 19:35

Ciniselli wrote:My Beautiful Laundrette is really boring.

(in my opinion).


I agree too, and that's probably why it has not been mentioned in this thread before. :P

I can't believe it's 100% on Rotten Tomatoes :shrug:
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Re: Gay themed movies etc.

Unread postby GBR89 » 29 April 2015, 05:07

I wouldn't call it "gay themed" necessarily, but I really think highly of the Imitation Game. There's a lot besides Turing's homosexuality going on, but it's constantly there tormenting him. I'm not saying everyone will like it - it took some heat for the same reason I liked it: it's not "in your face" gay. There's no sex or kissing or anything like that, but it portrays gays in a very positive light and manages to be nonoffensive to people who are traditionally hostile to that sort of thing.
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Re: Gay themed movies etc.

Unread postby Ciniselli » 29 April 2015, 06:21

it portrays gays in a very positive light and manages to be nonoffensive to people who are traditionally hostile to that sort of thing


Is this really a good thing?

To be honest I would have been a bit more forgiving of TIG's glaring historical inaccuracies if they'd have been compensated for by something a little bit less like a slightly twee hagiography.
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Re: Gay themed movies etc.

Unread postby rxxli » 29 April 2015, 12:32

Ciniselli wrote:
it portrays gays in a very positive light and manages to be nonoffensive to people who are traditionally hostile to that sort of thing


Is this really a good thing?

To be honest I would have been a bit more forgiving of TIG's glaring historical inaccuracies if they'd have been compensated for by something a little bit less like a slightly twee hagiography.

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A film that uses "based on a true story" should not fuck up every single historical detail possible. It it had been about John Smith then it could be a fine movie. But a movie about a historical figure ignoring historical facts? Horrible.
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Re: Gay themed movies etc.

Unread postby xyz72 » 29 April 2015, 14:30

Was still a good film with incredible performances.
"Based on a true story" is a meaningless gimmick that can translate into anything from "this is an accurate retelling of events that went down exactly like we claim they did" to "one of the people may or may not have really existed in a different time period in a different country with a different name...and he was a she". And that's perfectly legitimate. If you take it too seriously going into a movie, you're making a mistake. Just being based on events or people that really happened/exist(ed) doesn't make it not fiction. It's not a documentary and doesn't claim accuracy, it's an adapted, fictionalized version of real events.

I would agree that the parts of the plot dealing with homosexuality were weak, though. I think it's a strong movie, but not a strong gay movie, if you get what I mean.
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Re: Gay themed movies etc.

Unread postby Tony » 29 April 2015, 22:33

xyz72 wrote:Was still a good film with incredible performances.

I agree ^ I really enjoyed The Imitation Game.
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Re: Gay themed movies etc.

Unread postby GBR89 » 29 April 2015, 23:11

xyz72 wrote:Was still a good film with incredible performances.
"Based on a true story" is a meaningless gimmick that can translate into anything from "this is an accurate retelling of events that went down exactly like we claim they did" to "one of the people may or may not have really existed in a different time period in a different country with a different name...and he was a she". And that's perfectly legitimate. If you take it too seriously going into a movie, you're making a mistake. Just being based on events or people that really happened/exist(ed) doesn't make it not fiction. It's not a documentary and doesn't claim accuracy, it's an adapted, fictionalized version of real events.


Pretty much. The movie's not even remotely historically accurate - but the term 'creative license' exists for a reason. Even compelling real life tales can be pretty dry without massaging the storyline.
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Re: Gay themed movies etc.

Unread postby rxxli » 2 May 2015, 01:28

GBR89 wrote:Pretty much. The movie's not even remotely historically accurate - but the term 'creative license' exists for a reason. Even compelling real life tales can be pretty dry without massaging the storyline.

Actually the reality would be better. Because the movie was still pretty dry. And I've read one of the books about bletchley park. The stories there are much more interesting than the movie. I would happily watch it if they replaced the "Based on a true story" with "Based on a true story, most of the historic facts were changed for dramatic purposes".

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Anyways... I have watched something else:
Helicopter Mom
This has to be a rare LGBT movie where no main characters are actually gay. Well sort of. This is sort of a comedy but a very balanced one. Our main character is Lloyd (played by Jason Dolley - who is fucking hot) and he has a mom that's a bit obsessive. Ok. Very obsessive. Probably because he is just about to leave for college. So she starts to believe that her son is gay - because he is a bit nerdy, shy and everything. She then wants him to admit it to her and thinks that he doesn't do that because of his father - who is some rock star. So our mother basically outs Lloyd to everyone in school by signing him up fro an LGBT scholarship. And does some other shit like trying to get him a prom date and everything. In the meantime he becomes friends with this girl and invites her to the prom. Of course his mother isn't exactly convinced by that.

Funny thing is we never actually get to know his sexuality. He always says that he doesn't know. So this becomes an LGBTQ movie suddenly - Q being there for questioning. A lot of which was brought up in a conversation with his dad. One part of that conversation was hilarious:
Dad: "What gives you a boner?"
Lloyd: "Dad, I'm 17. Everything gives me a boner. A slight change in the weather gives me a boner. Calculus gives me a boner"

I think it was a nice movie. One of the better ones probably. It's very funny but also balanced. Quite a high production value for an LGBT movie as well.

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Gay Movies? :O

Unread postby KingMata » 25 November 2015, 06:05

Hey Everyone,
I watch a lot of gay movies whenever I get bored and I was wondering what movies people have seen and which one is their favorite so far? Which ones have you not liked and why? (I don't mind spoilers but for other's sake go ahead and use the spoiler BBcode)

One of my favorite gay movies so far is "House of Boys" (psst its on Netflix!)
Without spoiling it, its about a guy who decides to leave home and ends up in a gay strip club which leads to romance, life long friendships, and tragedy.
Definitely a must see.

One of my least favorite is "Broke back Mountain" (also on Netflix, I think)
The reason for this is because I felt like the movie progressed too slowly and
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I'm not a fan of cheating. Despite their love for each other they went different paths, had children, and then decided to hook up after a long time. I felt bad for the wives! No one should ever have to be cheated on for any reason. Also around that time I was in an emotional slump so when I found out one of them died I was just angry at Hollywood for making me feel like non-heterosexual couples will never be accepted into society or that gay love would end in tragedy
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Re: Gay Movies? :O

Unread postby Jack__ » 25 November 2015, 08:34

Yeah, Brokeback Mountain is looooong. And the sex scene is rather unrealistic, haha.

My favourite one is Shelter. But I also like "Is it Just Me?", "Latter Days", "Walk on Water", and "I Do".

There are lots of bad ones, but as someone who was immensely comforted by gay cinema as a teenager, I take it that even the poorly-written, acted, and produced ones were made with good intentions. So I reserve my wrath for poor-quality straight movies, haha.
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Re: Gay Movies? :O

Unread postby xyz72 » 25 November 2015, 08:45

I used to be big into gay films around the time I was 14 or 15. But now I feel like a lot of gay themed movies feature either the exact same or very similar plot lines.
Guy that never realized he was gay/has been living in a very homophobic environment happens to come across gay person/gay event, slowly falls in love with a guy, deals with coming out to his family, they hate him at first, then may or may not accept him in the final third, the guy he falls in love with may or may not turn out to be a slut, providing another B-plot that is also overcome at the end. Alternatively it might include an AIDS scare B-plot. I can't count how many films I've seen with that plot.
There are exceptions, of course! I liked last year's Pride. Had some of the same issues but it was a fun film. I'm sure I've seen other good ones but I've just forgotten about them. I think we had other gay movie threads on this forum before maybe I'll check how I responded to those. :lol:

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