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Other gay films that I've watched recently:

- Lilting: In the UK, a man copes with the loss of his boyfriend of four years. He tries to make reparations with his boyfriend's mother, who only speaks Cantonese, but her son wasn't even out to her. It shows how the mother and the man cope with the loss of their dearly departed in unique ways. I couldn't say that I'd watch it again, but I would tentatively recommend it if you'd like sad films.

- Weekend: I feel like this one is more well-known, but in the UK again, Russell meets Glen at a bar and they hook up, but it turns out that Glen is leaving for Oregon and not coming back for at least two years on Monday. They have a weekend together that changes Russ' perspective on how gays are treated and perceived in the UK. There is no fairy tale ending here; Glen still leaves for America, with Russell having only the memories of an unforgettable weekend. It has that kind of bitter, melancholy feeling at the end that I normally love, but this time, I really didn't. Maybe because the source material is too close to home.

- Paris is Burning: A documentary over the course of about five years, about being gay and trans and poor in 1985 to 1990 New York City, and how they cope in the vogue houses. It also talks about many fundamentals of gay culture in anglophone cultures, such as reading and shade.

- The Out List: Documentary. A bunch of LGBT+ celebrities and A-list names talk about what it was like to grow up knowing they were gay or trans, and how the culture is today. It was alright, really low-budget. Most of the money was probably spent on flying everyone in, to be blunt...

- We Were There: A horrifying, realistic documentary about the AIDS epidemic in the 1980's. It really humbled me and sparked my previous post (http://ethnicroadkill.dreamwidth.org/45345.html) on what it was like to live in such a time. It talks about people who grew up in that kind of situation.

- Limited Partnership: Documentary. Heartbreaking film about two men who marry in 1970's America to try and keep one half of the couple, who originals from Australia, here in America. Long story short, his husband stays undocumented for nearly 30 years, the American man dies of lung cancer, and now the Australian is seeking a Green Card as a widower. I wonder how that ended up for him? It's been a few years since this documentary.

- Vito: A documentary on activist Vito Russo's life and accomplishments, namely having written a little book called The Celluloid Closet. I have deep respect for him; that's all I really have to say.

- Bridegroom: Most recently watched just tonight, tells of Thomas Lee's life until his death from his still-surviving other half Shane Crone; Tom's parents forbade Shane from being able to go to his funeral. Their love was something so beautiful and pure and it just wasn't fair that it had to end the way it did. This documentary told me that whenever I find the man I want to spend the rest of my life with, I'm going to be sure to treasure him just as much as Shane and Tom loved each other, and nothing less.

I'm pretty sure that I've exhausted every last non-mediocre and non-horrible gay film and documentary on Netflix, so that's it for me. Ever since I had to sit through the bullshit that was Bear City, I just kind of book it out of a film if it looks like it's shaping up to be shitty.

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