I watch a lot of movies. I like to make lists; sometimes I make so many lists, my friends get annoyed. It seems these two are perfect together. In honor of Pride Month, dear unicorns, here is a list, in no particular order, of my favorite LGBT movies.
But I’m a Cheerleader is probably my favorite lesbian movie out there and in my top 5 favorite romantic comedies as well. Natasha Lyonne is ridiculously good in this movie, which makes her career downfall so much sadder. Her and Clea Duvall’s chemistry is fantastic. This movie gets bonus points for out of drag RuPaul; Dante Basco, better known as RUUFFFIIOOO, playing Dolph, Homosexual Varsity Wrestler; and Bull from Night Court. I mean the cast for such a small indie flick is kind of outstanding. Even Michelle Williams makes an appearance in this movie! I think I also love it given my dream of always wanting to be a high school cheerleader.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch combines two things I love: rock musicals and offbeat romances. John Cameron Mitchell wrote a great show that really speaks to love and what it means to feel whole. My whole life I have struggled to feel whole until two things happened, I met my partner, and I started transitioning. Weirdly, its not Hedwig who I empathize with in that movie but Yitzhak, Hedwig’s right hand man. The last scene of him getting Hedwig’s wig just gets me every time.
Ever want to see a gay movie with Zach Braff, Timothy Olyphant, Dean Cain, and John Mahoney? I know you do. The Broken Hearts Club offers those actors and more. Apparently I am a sucker for romantic comedies. This one follows the lives of friends in West Hollywood, CA and their interwoven tales. John Mahoney steals the show in this movie. What I appreciated most is this is one of the first gay films I saw that didn’t involve HIV/AIDS or coming out as the plot device. Instead, it focused on love, family and friends. It is a very homonormative film.
For mainstream movies, my favorites are tied between A Single Man and Milk because their tragedies really speak to my emotions. Harvey Milk always inspired me as a political pioneer. Sean Penn deserved the Oscar for that role for sure. The supporting cast really made the whole movie amazing. I used to cry every time I heard the my name is Harvey Milk and I am here to recruit you line.
Colin’s best role is probably in A Single Man and he was robbed so badly of the Oscar they had to give him one for The King’s Speech. This is one of the most beautifully filmed movies ever. The colors alone are worth the price of admission. Bonus points for Nicholas Hoult appearing.
I am not the biggest David Bowie fan, but I definitely appreciate his music and what he has meant to the industry. It is no wonder I love Velvet Goldmine so much. Well, it helps that Ewan McGregor is in it and engages in sexual acts with Christian Bale. How often do you get to see Obi Wan Kenobi fuck Batman? Velvet is the fictionalized tale of a David Bowie circa Ziggy Stardust type rock star played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Ewan sings in the movie, which should be enough of a selling point.
My most controversial pick is X-Men: First Class. Charles and Eric are totally in love in that movie. Even the actors agree they were playing it as a gay couple. I am a comic nerd and I always did think that Magneto and Professor X had something going on so to see it on the big screen was awesome. Plus, this cleanses the palette of that third X-Men movie that didn’t exist save for Ellen Page being awesome.
So Persphoneers, what are your favorite LGBT-themed movies? I know I left some good ones out, like The Rocky Horror Picture Show.