Mischa Kamp’s coming-of-age Dutch film, Boys, is quickly becoming a gay-film classic.
Here, our recurring round up the newest and best gay movies to hit Netflix instant streaming in the last month. Because it’s always steered me in the right direction in the past, I’ve narrowed down the selections according to Rotten Tomatoes scores, nixing ones that dropped below 50 percent.
There are some pretty solid options this month, like the intriguing documentary Before You Know It, which follows three gay gents as they navigate life post-60; Mischa Kamp’s coming-of-ager Boys is quickly on its way to becoming a modern gay-film classic; and porn star-turned-auteur Michael Lucas’s moving exposé Campaign of Hate concerns queer folks living in anti-gay Russia.
We rounded up some of our favorite lesbian movies on Netflix Instant Streaming, adding in each of their Rotten Tomatoes scores to back up our claims. We’ve included some well-known films, like the much-talked-about Blue is the Warmest Color and the Meryl Streep-starring The Hours to some under-the-radar picks that we think you might enjoy. Lesbian aliens, anyone?
A Marine Story: “A decorated Marine officer unexpectedly returns home from the war and is quickly recruited to help a troubled teen prepare for boot camp.” While working with the teenager, the Marine officer struggles with accepting herself.” Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%
We round up the newest and best gay movies to hit Netflix instant streaming since the last time we did this, in January. We narrowed down the selections according to Rotten Tomatoes scores, nixing ones that got one of those green-spooge ratings. This does not apply to Sordid Lives, however, which is an amazingly hilarious film—a gay classic!—which only pulled in a critic rating of 37 percent. Blasphemy!
Check out the full list below. Hopefully it’ll keep you entertained as we eek through these last few weeks of winter.
Pop open that bottle of wine, put the popcorn in the microwave, and get on your favorite PJs: It’s a snow day and a perfect chance to cuddle down to binge watch your favorite movies and television series on Netflix. We sought recommendations from some of our favorite local gays as to what they love to screen during a blizzard (ahem, even if this one was a bust) from the comfort of their own homes and came up with this fabulous list of both gay and “straight” films/shows for your viewing pleasure. They are all available via Netflix streaming or, in one case, via iTunes rental.
From Netflix: "Set in 1950s New Zealand, this chilling true-life drama chronicles an obsessive friendship between two teenage girls that ultimately begets blood." (Recommended by G Philly editor Josh Middleton)
From Netflix: "A woman and her daughter are caught in a game of cat-and-mouse with three burglars in their New York City home and are forced to retreat inside a vault. As the intruders try to breach the room's security, the embattled duo must stay one step ahead." (Recommended by Brett Kali)
From iTunes: "Pride is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all…" (Recommended by Stephen Westover and Pete Haas)
From Netflix: "This Emmy-winning original thriller series stars Golden Globe winner Kevin Spacey as ruthless, cunning Congressman Francis Underwood, who will stop at nothing to conquer the halls of power in Washington D.C. His secret weapon: his gorgeous, ambitious, and equally conniving wife Claire, Golden Globe winner Robin Wright." (Recommended by Roy Hage)
From Netflix: "An unapologetically sexy and vulgar romantic comedy based on the best-selling novel by Charlotte Roche. When an embarrassing shaving accident lands rebellious teen Helen (Carla Juri) in the hospital, she develops an unlikely bond with her male nurse (Christoph Letkowski) who she seduces with stories of her sexual adventures while using her illness to reunite her divorced parents." (Recommended by G Philly contributor Justin Nordell)
From Netflix: "Set in 1965, 'Burnt Money' (released in Argentina as 'Plata Quemada') tells the true story of Angel and Sam, gay lovers who turn to crime, bank robbery and murder, holding Argentina and Uruguay in suspense as they lead the authorities on a two-month-long manhunt. Delicately balanced between gripping action and tender romance, director Marcelo Piñeyro's film premiered at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival." (Recommended by Patrick Hagerty)
From Netflix: "The lives and loves of five gay men living in Pittsburgh provide the drama in this American edition of the acclaimed British series. Amid the usual ups and downs of relationships, the friends grapple with everything from health issues to politics." (Recommended by Hugh E Dillon)
From Netlifx: "Caleb has the hots for Gwen, who relates better to gay men than to straight ones. To help his pal attract Gwen's attention, Caleb's roommate persuades him to pretend he's gay. But the plan backfires when Gwen's gay roommate falls for the imposter." (Recommended by Dan Schwartz)
From Netflix: "Determined to fall in love, 15-year-old Adele is focused on boys. But it's a blue-haired girl she meets on the street who really piques her interest. Soon, Adele is exploring her desire for girls as she negotiates her way to becoming a woman." (Recommended by G Philly intern Mel Stevens)
From Netflix: "Still refreshingly caustic at 87, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch looks back on her life and career in this feature-length portrait composed of candid reflections, rare archival footage and testimonials from her dearest friends." (Recommended by the author)
Netflix’s LGBT instant streaming queue continues to grow, with this list of 21 new queer-centric flicks to hit the streaming service over the past couple of months. The timing’s just right, too, considering we’re approaching that time of year when snuggling up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn, a warm body, and a good gay flick is all you wanna do. No matter what your persuasion, you’ll find a handful of things on this list to keep you nice and toasty over these next few chilly months.
With the approach of fall it’s time to make like a squirrel and start stockpiling an arsenal of entertainment to keep us satiated during what everyone is saying is going to be a long, brutal winter. On the gay-movie front there’s a handful of great new additions on Netflix instant streaming. I’ve rounded up some of the best that have popped up lately, including Tom Ford’s sensational A Single Man, the sexy
In April word got around that QFest—Philly’s only LGBT film festival—would be cancelled this year, but organizers hinted that something new may be coming our way in the fall. Today I’m getting word on just what that something new will be.
In a video released today, QFest head Thom Cardwell announced that he is launching qFLIX Philadelphia, a weeklong festival that will focus not on traditional film, but on new media. More from the group’s mission statement:
Our vision is to preserve the tradition of the exhibition of American and international lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer independent film in the Philadelphia region. qFLIX Philadelphia presents this film festival for, by, and about our community. We produce this festival for the education, entertainment, and enjoyment of past, present and future generations. …
Film as an international language allows qFLIX Philadelphia to foster, support, and give access to independent filmmakers and to encourage and nurture younger ones in the art of filmmaking. Queer film inspires the imagination and encourages the journey of discovery and acceptance by both the ever-growing region’s LGBTQ and the mainstream communities.
Cardwell is getting help from Michael Busza, writer and producer of the Emmy-winning local gay web series One of the Guys. In the video, Busza explains the kinds of things you can expect to see at the festival. “New media is a new form of entertainment that is web-based. We’re talking about webisodes, web cam series. things posted directly to YouTube, things that are posted on Facebook. Anything that isn’t traditional television or traditional film.”
The complete schedule hasn’t launched yet, but Busza says they will be premiering new episodes of One of the Guys (finally!), and a brand new show called Tainted Dreams—“things that haven’t been accessible online yet.” True to QFest form, there will also be panels with new media filmmakers.
The festival is scheduled to take place at the Kimmel Center September 18-22. To get folks interested, organizers have released the below video starring drag queen Brittany Lynn, who will also serve as qFLIX’s events coordinator. It features the leggy queen strolling around the Gayborhood, dancing with locals in bars and on the streets. (She even runs into G Philly at U Bar!) The video also serves as a means to crowdsource extra funding for the festival. To donate, you can go here. And for more information on the festival: here.
Apparently Olympic skater—and Quarryville, Pennsylvania native—Johnny Weir was doing more than moderating for NBC (and Instagramming his outlandish outfits) at this year’s Sochi Winter Olympics. Amid all the flack he took for being there in the first place, Weir was covertly working with a film crew to document what it was like being gay at the games.