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These films were added on Starz streaming to celebrate pride month:

THE BIRDCAGE (1996)
A wildly gay Miami couple play it straight for their son's prospective in-laws.

TO WONG FOO THANKS FOR EVERYTHING JULIE NEWMAR (1995)
Three drag queens on their way to Hollywood from New York find themselves stranded in Nebraska.

FLAWLESS (1999)
He's a straight-arrow middle-aged security guard requiring rehab after a stroke. She's a flamboyant drag queen whose singing lessons offer him hope of recovery.

LITTLE RICHARD (2000)
From his poor Southern upbringing to his experiences as a singer in the 50s.

LOST AND DELIRIOUS (2001)
Three roommates find their friendship tested at an all-girls boarding school, especially when two of them turn out to be lovers.

I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS (2010)
A man breaks out of prison as many times as it takes to be with the one he loves.

CHASING AMY (1997)
A male comic book artist falls in love with a sexy lesbian writer.

THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT (1994)
A road movie about a broken down bus three Australian drag queens use to get to a remote outback casino.

CONNIE AND CARLA (2004)
Two female lounge singers witness a mob hit and go on the run; in order to conceal their identities they end up posing as male drag queens.

BEGINNERS (2011)
A man must come to terms with his dying father who comes out of the closet.

C.O.G. (2013)
TopBilled's note-- this one looks the most interesting to me. Has anyone seen it?
A college dropout suppresses his homosexuality and goes to Oregon where he finds religion and a job picking apples.

WOMAN ON FIRE (2016)
A documentary on Brooke Guinan the first openly transgender firefighter in NYC.

WISH ME AWAY (2012)
About country singer Chely Wright who shattered cultural stereotypes in Nashville when she came out as lesbian.

CALL ME KUCHU (2013)
The story of a gay Ugandan man who tried to combat persecution but was beaten to death.

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9 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

These films were added on Starz streaming to celebrate pride month:

THE BIRDCAGE (1996)
A wildly gay Miami couple play it straight for their son's prospective in-laws.

TO WONG FOO THANKS FOR EVERYTHING JULIE NEWMAR (1995)
Three drag queens on their way to Hollywood from New York find themselves stranded in Nebraska.

FLAWLESS (1999)
He's a straight-arrow middle-aged security guard requiring rehab after a stroke. She's a flamboyant drag queen whose singing lessons offer hope of recovery.

LITTLE RICHARD (2000)
From his poor Southern upbringing to his experiences as a black singer in the 50s.

LOST AND DELIRIOUS (2001)
Three roommates find their friendship tested at an all-girls boarding school, especially when two of them turn out to be lovers.

I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS (2010)
A man breaks out of prison as many times as it takes to be with the one he loves.

CHASING AMY (1997)
A male comic book artist falls in love with a sexy lesbian writer.

THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT (1994)
A road movie about a broken down bus three Australian drag queens use to get to a remote outback casino.

CONNIE AND CARLA (2004)
Two female lounge singers witness a mob hit and go on the run; in order to conceal their identities they end up posing as male drag queens.

BEGINNERS (2011)
A man must come to terms with his dying father who comes out of the closet.

C.O.G. (2013)
A college dropout suppresses his homosexuality and goes to Oregon where he finds religion and a job picking apples.

WOMAN ON FIRE (2016)
About Brooke Guinan the first openly transgender firefighter in NYC.

WISH ME AWAY (2012)
About country singer Chely Wright who shattered cultural stereotypes in Nashville when she came out as lesbian.

CALL ME KUCHU (2013)
The story of a gay Ugandan man who tried to combat persecution but was beaten to death.

The MGM channel (which is 633 here in the tri-state area) had a gay film festival all day yesterday - the one that blew me away was "The Trials of Oscar Wilde" with Peter Finch, Yvonne Mitchell and John Fraser.  

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"Connie and Carla" is really bad.   "The Birdcage" is very well done-but the son really comes across as an ****

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33 minutes ago, jaragon said:

"Connie and Carla" is really bad.   "The Birdcage" is very well done-but the son really comes across as an ****

Why is CONNIE AND CARLA so bad? The writing, the acting, the production values..?

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11 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Why is CONNIE AND CARLA so bad? The writing, the acting, the production values..?

My memory of Connie and Carla is that it was a broadly done and fairly lame rip-off of Some Like it Hot, with drag queens substituting for the all-girl band. I may check it out again, though.

Beginners, for anyone who hasn't seen it, is the film for which Christopher Plummer won his Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Ewan McGregor, an extremely gay-friendly actor, plays his son. He's also in I Love You, Phillip Morris with Jim Carrey. Both do a very straight-forward job with gay roles, but it was a little quirky for my taste.

I think I'll watch Little Richard. He was so on again/off again about his homosexuality over the years that it could be interesting.

A note about Dan Futterman, who played Robin Williams' son in The Birdcage. He wore a number of hats over the years, including writer and producer, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay for Capote (2005). And please, nobody stay away from The Birdgage if you haven't seen it but weren't a fan of the French originals. It's a dream cast, directed by Mike Nichols from a script by the divine Elaine May; in their day they were one of the great comedy teams of all time, so it's a big deal that they reteamed for this. One of the funniest scenes I've ever seen is when Robin Williams is trying to teach Nathan Lane to walk like John Wayne. Robin does a good approximation, followed by Nathan's studied, loosey-goosey attempt. Nathan senses Robin's reservations and asks: "No good?" Robin thinks about it and says that, actually, it was really good; he just never realized John Wayne walked that way.

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11 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Why is CONNIE AND CARLA so bad? The writing, the acting, the production values..?

"Connie and Carla" written by Nia Vandarlos is basically a ripoff of "Some Like It Hot" but instead of men pretending to be women- it's women pretending to be men and performing in female drag- oh wait it's "Victor / Victoria" with out the class.  The film can be enjoyed as camp- I mean it's not horrible just not very good. This was Vandarlos follow up to "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and it was not a hit.

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Yes, John Wayne did not have a masculine stride.

But, when he walked across a screen, I could not have been more attentive.

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3 minutes ago, DougieB said:

My memory of Connie and Carla is that it was a broadly done and fairly lame rip-off of Some Like it Hot, with drag queens substituting for the all-girl band. I may check it out again, though.

Beginners, for anyone who hasn't seen it, is the film for which Christopher Plummer won his Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Ewan McGregor, an extremely gay-friendly actor, plays his son. He's also in I Love You, Phillip Morris with Jim Carrey. Both do a very straight-forward job with gay roles, but it was a little quirky for my taste.

I think I'll watch Little Richard. He was so on again/off again about his homosexuality over the years that it could be interesting.

A note about Dan Futterman, who played Robin Williams' son in The Birdcage. He wore a number of hats over the years, including writer and producer, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay for Capote (2005). And please, nobody stay away from The Birdgage if you haven't seen it but weren't a fan of the French originals. It's a dream cast, directed by Mike Nichols from a script by the divine Elaine May; in their day they were one of the great comedy teams of all time, so it's a big deal that they reteamed for this. One of the funniest scenes I've ever seen is when Robin Williams is trying to teach Nathan Lane to walk like John Wayne. Robin does a good approximation, followed by Nathan's studied, loosey-goosey attempt. Nathan senses Robin's reservations and asks: "No Good?" Robin thinks about it and says that, actually, it was really good; he just never realized John Wayne walked that way.

I agree with you about " The Birdcage" is a very well crafted comedy- I love the scene in which Nathan Lane is trying to rehearse with the dumb hunk and William goes into an explanation of the history of dance

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Thanks Dougie and jaragon for your notes on the Nia Vandarlos film. I guess you could call it high concept.

Nobody's commented on C.O.G., which stands for Child of God. This one is based on a short story in David Sedaris' autobiographical tome Naked. Some IMDb reviewers are calling C.O.G. "Steinbeckian." I presume that's because the main character goes west to work on a farm.

FLAWLESS doesn't seem to have been a hit but is notable for being the last major film MGM released in the 20th century. For anyone who cares about such trivia. The casting of Robert DeNiro and Philip Seymour Hoffman makes it interesting, especially as a character study.

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9 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Thanks Dougie and jaragon for your notes on the Nia Vandarlos film. I guess you could call it high concept.

Nobody's commented on C.O.G., which stands for Child of God. This one is based on a short story in David Sedaris' autobiographical tome Naked. Some IMDb reviewers are calling C.O.G. "Steinbeckian." I presume that's because the main character goes west to work on a farm.

FLAWLESS doesn't seem to have been a hit but is notable for being the last major film MGM released in the 20th century. For anyone who cares about such trivia. The casting of Robert DeNiro and Philip Seymour Hoffman makes it interesting, especially as a character study.

"C.O.G." looks amusing

 

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I just finished watching C.O.G. I am giving it an 8 on the IMDb. Pluses: the editing is perfect-- it knows when to cut to the next scene and when to slow down and let us linger a bit on the characters; and I'd say the performances are a plus-- even the child actors stay in character and seem genuine. Minus: the scriptwriter keeps reminding us how smart the main character is to set him apart from the others, meaning the others are stereotyped as hicks.

Plus or minus: There's no sex in it. A near rape scene but nothing is shown and it's over quickly.

The relationships he has with the people he meets are very interesting. Quirky. Often sincere. Sometimes filled with anger. There's definitely a touch of Steinbeck felt throughout the narrative. The Grapes of Wrath (the novel) is mentioned as the reason he went out west; and the first third of the movie which takes place on an apple farm is a bit like Of Mice and Men, with the men in the bunkhouse. 

The movie has no real ending; it's brilliant in that regard; since he's left to journey on to the next place with the next set of situations. There should be a sequel, with more stories from the original source material. Jonathan Groff, the guy who plays David/Samuel the lead character is quite good.

The scene in the church where he becomes a Christian is beautifully and poignantly played. I like how the film shows the contradictions in Christianity and the contradictions in the gay subculture. On that level it's remarkably authentic and bold.

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