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Re: Gay Movies? :O

Unread postby KingMata » 25 November 2015, 09:20

Jack__ wrote: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.


Ah I totally forgot about Shelter! That was a very good movie. I'd probably watch it again now that you mentioned it hahaha. As for the other movies, I've seen some of them on Netflix but never got around to watching them. Ill definitely put it on my to bucket list. :thumbsup:

lol I see your point and I totally understand :) let us all call join together and destroy poor quality straight movies with our wrath! :lol:

xyz72 wrote: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:

We have an alternate way of using spoilers on this forum that's pretty awesome, btw! Rather than using the spoiler box that can be opened up, you can black out text which can be revealed by clicking on it. It's the [spoiler*]hidden text[/spoiler*] tag, without the * of course.


That is so accurate and I agree a lot of gay films do follow a cliche however so do heterosexual love stories. I can't say for sure but I would have to guess these cliche are caused by a lack of funding. Without financial backing I'm pretty sure most writers are forced to make something that would sell or something that will get an award.
I await the day when a gay action movie with awesome digital effects is produced. I can imagine it now... *enters imagination*

Gun shots in the distance followed by the screeching of tires as the main actor frantically races to his gay lover who is bound by chains surrounded by TNT while at the same time the main actor tries to out run a gang, who happens to control the whole city. The main actor then says out loud to himself "fucking shit I just wanted some directions to Eurmons (your mom's) street! *cuts away to movie title* Raymon's Gay Adventure (Movie 1 out of 9)

Awesome good to know I have options for making spoiler comments :D :applause:
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Re: Gay Movies? :O

Unread postby IkBenBowTie » 25 November 2015, 16:50

I don't really like gay movies as a whole as I tend to find most of them really depressing. Saying that though, one of my favourite gay movies is Lilting and that's depressing from near enough the start tbh. I liked beautiful thing loads when I was younger, that one always made me feel happy even though it is kinda cheesy, and GBF was an alright film.
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Re: Gay Themed Films & Movies

Unread postby rxxli » 25 November 2015, 22:50

Finally someone decided to revive this thread.

I've pretty much seen almost all LGBT movies out there :lol: . I have certainly written at least a 100 short reviews (they are back on the teen version of this site).

There are so many different stories out there. So many choices.

The recent ones that I loved were Lilting, Eastern Boys and Helicopter Mom. But one of my favourites certainly has to be Boys.

If you want something that is actually kind of sci-fi I suggest Judas Kiss. It's not your typical sci-fi but it isn't your typical romance gay movie either.
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Re: Gay Themed Films & Movies

Unread postby Tony » 26 November 2015, 00:15

Forgot to mention that I merged the two threads together.

Recent gay themed films I watched and enjoyed were Any day now, Boys and Eat with me.
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Re: Gay Themed Films & Movies

Unread postby MisterTinkles » 14 December 2015, 04:25

I have to say I despise most gay movies, because they are horrendously stereotyped!

Where are the movies of the average, regular gay people? It is rare that I've seen any of those.

Brokeback Mountain was an abomination of stereotypical gay crap. Although I did like the actors, I hate the movie.

Gone But Not Forgotten is one of the very few movies I actually liked.

It is slightly on the stereotypical side, but not enough for me not to like the movie.
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Of course, it doesn't matter if they are comedies, as I do like some of the gay comedy movies.
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Re: Gay Themed Films & Movies

Unread postby illuminate. » 14 December 2015, 07:19

I quite recently watched The Way He Looks - and maaaaan. that movie really got to me. I don't know why but I absolutely fell in love with it - and I don't even understand the language! Had to use subtitles the whole time and I've never appreciated movies like that before. But yeah. Is there any other good movies with that same sort of vibe?
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Re: Gay Themed Films & Movies

Unread postby yagyug » 14 December 2015, 15:34

There's plenty with a similar vibe to The Way He Looks. I loved "Beautiful Thing", a similar coming of age style story, "Juste une question d'amour" is quite endearing and Patrick age 1.5 is charming, if not a little more aimed at the older gay market. Sommerstrum has a less positive vibe to it, but is fairly engaging too (although that may have had a lot to do with the fairly graphic sex scene), and 'Were the World Mine' is a really enjoyable highschool crush style film, despite being a musical.

That being said though, if you watch the same style of gay film too many times it can get a bit stale. Pride, Milk, A Single Man, Prayers For Bobby (prepare to cry), and History Boys all have fairly compelling storylines where the gay love story takes a backseat to a bigger picture.
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Re: Gay Themed Films & Movies

Unread postby rxxli » 14 December 2015, 16:12

illuminate. wrote:I quite recently watched The Way He Looks - and maaaaan. that movie really got to me. I don't know why but I absolutely fell in love with it - and I don't even understand the language! Had to use subtitles the whole time and I've never appreciated movies like that before. But yeah. Is there any other good movies with that same sort of vibe?

Boys has a pretty similar vibe.
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Re: Gay Themed Films & Movies

Unread postby ophelia » 14 December 2015, 18:31

Favorite is forever Private Romeo. It's set in an all-boys Military Academy, and the protagonists are reading Romeo and Juliet in class, and the text forms most of the script, using Shakespeare as a metaphor for Don't Ask Don't Tell (the film is from 2011, for context). However, as it's more of a vehicle for the message, the text isn't strictly adhered to, so the trainwreck that would be a gay double-suicide tragedy is actually averted, and no one dies the entire film. Also the actors are such gems, honestly. Ridiculous talent out of all the actors in everything I've ever seen them in, and this isn't any exception. A very emotional film, and it gives a lot of new context and nuance to over-familiar R&J quotes.
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Re: Gay Themed Films & Movies

Unread postby yagyug » 15 December 2015, 11:52

ophelia wrote:so the trainwreck that would be a gay double-suicide tragedy is actually averted, and no one dies the entire film.


Thank Christ for that. :lol: Having watched just about every gay film/shortfilm made up until 2012, I can categorically say the theme of "gay guy dies" is waaaaay overdone.

It was definitely an important theme when gay suicides were at epipemic levels (in fact it's probably still a big issue today), but seriously 90's gay films were just a neverending series of snuff films.
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Re: Gay Themed Films & Movies

Unread postby ophelia » 15 December 2015, 14:58

yagyug wrote:
ophelia wrote:so the trainwreck that would be a gay double-suicide tragedy is actually averted, and no one dies the entire film.


Thank Christ for that. :lol: Having watched just about every gay film/shortfilm made up until 2012, I can categorically say the theme of "gay guy dies" is waaaaay overdone.

It was definitely an important theme when gay suicides were at epipemic levels (in fact it's probably still a big issue today), but seriously 90's gay films were just a neverending series of snuff films.

Precisely. And there's not a problem in representing a very real issue in and of itself, of course, but when that becomes the only thing, it starts to seem like there's not much else that filmmakers know what to do with gay characters, ugh.
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Re: Gay Themed Films & Movies

Unread postby xyz72 » 15 December 2015, 15:29

ophelia wrote:Precisely. And there's not a problem in representing a very real issue in and of itself, of course, but when that becomes the only thing, it starts to seem like there's not much else that filmmakers know what to do with gay characters, ugh.

It's similar to how many TV shows are treating female characters lately: you'll find barely any female lead roles that don't have a history of abuse or rape. Real issue that should be addressed? Yes. But watching TV you'd think a) almost every woman has been raped and b) it's the single defining moment of their lives. Don't know what to do with the character? Write a rape into their backstory or have her raped on screen for little to no reason! (Surprisingly, female writers seem just as guilty of this as male ones!)

There always seem to be a couple extremely dramatic plot point that are overused to the point where it would become a drinking game if it wasn't so...tragic. For gay characters it's suicides, extreme bullying and getting kicked out by your unsupportive family - often all in one movie. All real issues - none of them experiences that all or even most gay people share.
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Re: Gay Themed Films & Movies

Unread postby Derek » 15 December 2015, 15:49

yagyug wrote:
ophelia wrote:so the trainwreck that would be a gay double-suicide tragedy is actually averted, and no one dies the entire film.


Thank Christ for that. :lol: Having watched just about every gay film/shortfilm made up until 2012, I can categorically say the theme of "gay guy dies" is waaaaay overdone.

It was definitely an important theme when gay suicides were at epipemic levels (in fact it's probably still a big issue today), but seriously 90's gay films were just a neverending series of snuff films.

Were gay suicides ever at epidemic levels or is that something the media just sort of cooked up?
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Re: Gay Themed Films & Movies

Unread postby xyz72 » 15 December 2015, 15:56

Derek wrote:Were gay suicides ever at epidemic levels or is that something the media just sort of cooked up?

Suicide rates amongst gay teens were quite a bit higher than amongst straight ones and still are, but "epidemic" seems like a bit of an overstatement.
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Re: Gay Themed Films & Movies

Unread postby yagyug » 16 December 2015, 05:24

xyz72 wrote:
Derek wrote:Were gay suicides ever at epidemic levels or is that something the media just sort of cooked up?

Suicide rates amongst gay teens were quite a bit higher than amongst straight ones and still are, but "epidemic" seems like a bit of an overstatement.


I dunno about the US, but Australia has had a massive suicide problem for a long time (it's the leading cause of death for people 15-44). When a study was conducted into this in the 90's roughly 1 in 3 youth suicides were found to involve LGB youth. Which meant that during the 90's roughly 1-2 young people who identify as gay committed suicide every three days in Australia. Given that a rough estimate would put the LGBT population of 15-25 year olds in 1995 at around 200,000, I'd say that 1 in ever thousand of these people killing themselves would definitely fall under the definition of an epidemic, had it not been an ongoing problem for years before the media finally noticed.

xyz72 wrote:It's similar to how many TV shows are treating female characters lately: you'll find barely any female lead roles that don't have a history of abuse or rape.


SPOLIER ALERT FOR HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER SEASON TWO:
How to Get Away With Murder Season Two is a standout example of this. The lead character, the lead character's mother, the second female lead. All revealed to have been raped.

AND they took what looked like a modern gay storyline and just went *BAM* AIDS. Why in gods name they chose the gay character out of all the other choices is beyond me. It's so cliche, and they had every opportunity to use another character to show that it's not just 'the gays' who can catch STDs. Ugh :facepalm2:
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Re: Gay Themed Films & Movies

Unread postby ophelia » 17 December 2015, 02:26

yagyug wrote:SPOLIER ALERT FOR HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER SEASON TWO:
How to Get Away With Murder Season Two is a standout example of this. The lead character, the lead character's mother, the second female lead. All revealed to have been raped.

AND they took what looked like a modern gay storyline and just went *BAM* AIDS. Why in gods name they chose the gay character out of all the other choices is beyond me. It's so cliche, and they had every opportunity to use another character to show that it's not just 'the gays' who can catch STDs. Ugh :facepalm2:


Ah, god, this for real. Even though I'm still an avid watcher--stupid thing has me hooked--they're falling into so many tropes for shock value and drama in s2, which was severely a let down! Especially since they had to make it so that Bonnie LIED about one of her assaults, the common 'women always lie about their rape for selfish reasons' trope, mixed with the Connor/Oliver HIV plotline kicking in the instance they got a healthy relationship going and weren't dramatic on their own anymore. And its like, will I watch s3? yes. Am I irked? Also yes.
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Re: Gay Themed Films & Movies

Unread postby yagyug » 18 December 2015, 14:24

^ 100% agreed. Still love the show but they are trying very hard to make you facepalm sometimes.

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Re: Gay Themed Films & Movies

Unread postby xyz72 » 18 December 2015, 16:55

ophelia wrote:
yagyug wrote:SPOLIER ALERT FOR HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER SEASON TWO:
How to Get Away With Murder Season Two is a standout example of this. The lead character, the lead character's mother, the second female lead. All revealed to have been raped.

AND they took what looked like a modern gay storyline and just went *BAM* AIDS. Why in gods name they chose the gay character out of all the other choices is beyond me. It's so cliche, and they had every opportunity to use another character to show that it's not just 'the gays' who can catch STDs. Ugh :facepalm2:


Ah, god, this for real. Even though I'm still an avid watcher--stupid thing has me hooked--they're falling into so many tropes for shock value and drama in s2, which was severely a let down! Especially since they had to make it so that Bonnie LIED about one of her assaults, the common 'women always lie about their rape for selfish reasons' trope, mixed with the Connor/Oliver HIV plotline kicking in the instance they got a healthy relationship going and weren't dramatic on their own anymore. And its like, will I watch s3? yes. Am I irked? Also yes.


Some shows you watch because they're good, some you watch because they're just so, so terrible, and then there's shows you watch even though they're terrible: meet HTGAWY. All of Shonda Rhimes' shows are soap operas pretending to be something else...and in soap operas whatever bad can happen to a character, will happen to that character. No character is allowed to be happy for more than a few minutes and everybody is plotting and keeping secrets at all times. (Her shows also tend to have a good season 1 and then drop in quality rapidly...)
But what can I say...I hate it but can't stop watching either. :lol:
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LGBT movie suggestion

Unread postby Martian » 10 August 2016, 19:53

Good evening,

i think such a topic would be needed :) So here is my suggestion; A single man

btw, the funny thing about the movie is that while the man was having a heart attack, he holds his right chest (enough spoiler) lol.
I also wait for other suggestions to watch.
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Re: LGBT movie suggestion

Unread postby Marmaduke » 10 August 2016, 20:20

Why is that funny?
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