The biggie on this month’s list of new films to appear on Netflix Instant is the much-much-recommended Bridegroom, an emotional documentary that tells the story of a gay couple whose time together was cut short by tragedy. It’s an eye-opening must-watch for anyone — gay or straight — but it will speak loudest to those LGBTers dealing with intolerant families. (Quick tip: View with a full box of Kleenex.)
Another tear-jerker, Any Day Now, starring the marvelous Alan Cumming, also made its way from DVD to instant streaming. For those who don’t mind waiting, I’ve also included a list of DVD-only rentals Behind the Candelabra and Petunia, and some that should be coming down the pipe any day now. Check below for more info and trailers.
NETFLIX INSTANT STREAMING
Any Day Now: "Rudy and Paul take in their neighbor's teenage son Marco, who has Down syndrome, when his neglectful mother throws him out of her apartment. Their attempt to legally adopt Marco sparks a court battle over gay rights in this powerful true story."
Bridegroom: "Helmed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, this illuminating documentary chronicles the story of Shane Bitney Crone, who finds himself shut out and deprived of the legal protections of marriage after his same-sex partner dies in a tragic accident."
Joan Rivers: Don't Start With Me: "Joan Rivers has proven over and over again to be one of the hardest-working women in show business. At 78, she is funnier than ever and has no interest in slowing down. No one's immune from her caustic barbs in this stand-up special."
NEW LGBT FILMS AVAILABLE ON NETFLIX DVD RENTAL ONLY
Behind the Candelabra: "Michael Douglas stars as flamboyant entertainer Liberace in this sequin-studded drama that chronicles the legendary pianist's roller-coaster relationship with his young lover, Scott Thorson -- from their passionate liaison to their stormy battles."
Petunia: "Charlie Petunia hails from a family of neurotic New Yorkers and has sworn off sex. When he meets George, Charlie thinks he's finally found a guy worth breaking that pledge -- but their relationship hits a snag when Charlie learns George has a wife."
NOT ON NETFLIX YET, BUT AVAILABLE ON DVD (aka GREAT GIFT IDEAS!)
The Falls: Testament of Love: "Five years after the doomed romance between Mormon missionaries RJ Smith and Chris Merrill, a mutual friend's death reunites the two men, who have taken radically different paths. As their old feelings resurface, they're forced to make tough choices."
Longing Nights: "From Aitana, a girl trapped in a man's body, to Jorge, who is trapped in a doomed relationship, four individuals of varied sexual persuasions escape the loneliness of being a 20-something in Madrid by experimenting with promiscuity and drugs."
The Perfect Wedding: "While spending Christmas with his parents, recovering alcoholic Paul falls for handsome houseguest Gavin, who's pretending to be in a relationship with Paul's ex, Roy. But the equally smitten Gavin suspects Roy still pines for his former lover."
Peyote: "After shy Pablo meets Marco, the two take an impromptu road trip to the desert as they document their budding friendship and acute sexual tension. The experience turns Pablo's life around as the pair struggle to ascertain their destiny."
Undressing Israel: Gay Men in the Promised Land: "Undressing Israel examines Israel's thriving gay community and features interviews with a diverse range of local men, including a gay member of Israel's parliament, a young Arab-Israeli journalist and a pair of dads raising their kids."