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The Official Big Fat Gay DVD Thread
#1
Continuing the 2007 (!) thread from the old place.


Recommend a good gay film to watch.

We're talking 'Beautiful Thing', "Behind the Candelabra", "Presque Rien" here.  Not "Denzil Does Dallas"



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I watched I Am Jonas a couple of weeks back. It’s about a gay guy who is troubled in the present day and has flashbacks to his youth when he falls in love for the first time - as the flashbacks progress it builds the background for his life today and the reasons for his troubles.

It’s in French with English subtitles but not a long film so well worth a watch.

On Netflix by the way.
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#3
I found a few good ones on Amazon prime
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#4
Give us a clue then
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#5
Buffering is a good one. if you like comedy and drama all in the same place. Also liked one called Latter Days.

Both worth a watch :-)
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#6
"Beautiful Thing" - you're showing your age there!  Tongue


Call Me By Your Name (2017)

"It is the summer of 1983. Elio, a 17-yo, lives with his parents in rural Northern Italy. Elio's father, a professor of archaeology, invites a 24-yo graduate student, Oliver, to live with the family over the summer and help with his academic paperwork......"
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If you don't want to watch guys being porked by other guys then go watch "Love, Simon", it stars Nick Robinson who is reason enough to watch it alone... not sure how he managed to find the time around his political journalism to make a film though. Huh 

Alternatively, and a film I watch at least once a year, The Muppet Christmas Carol! The sexual tension between Beaker and Rizzo is subtle but reminds me of my teenage years of repressed sexuality and unfulfilled dreams. It's all good though and shows even gingers get to feel love! *spoiler alert* When Kermit comes out and tells Miss Piggy he gave her herpes is both truly heartbreaking and uplifting! Heart
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Beautiful Thing 10 out of 10, the one all others have to measure up to
A tender love story set during a hot summer on a South-East London housing estate. Jamie, a relatively unpopular lad who bunks off school to avoid football, lives next door to Ste, a more popular athletic lad but who is frequently beaten up by his father and older brother. Such an episode of violence brings Jamie and Ste together: Sandra (Jamie's mum) offers refugee to Ste, who has to 'top-and-tail' with Jamie. Hence, the story tells of their growing attraction for one another, from initial lingering glances to their irrefutable love, which so magnificently illustrated at the end of the film. In deals with the tribulations of coming to terms with their sexuality and of others finding out, in light of Sandra's unwavering loyalty and defence of Jamie and the fear of repercussion should Ste's family find out. The plot is set against sub-texts of Sandra's desire to manage her own pub, and thus escape the estate, and of her new relationship with her hippy boyfriend Tony; and of Leah, the brassy girl next door who has been expelled from school and spends her time listening to Mama Cass records and tripping on a variety of drugs.



Summer Storm 9 out of 10 a close second
Tobi and Achim have been best mates for years. As cox and oarsman, they have lead their rowing club to win several rowing cups in the past and are now looking forward to win a big regatta in the countryside of Germany. But this trip isn't your usual summer camp experience and problems soon arise. As Achim's relationship with his girlfriend Sandra, who's also on the team, grows more and more serious, Tobi starts to realize that his feelings for Achim run much deeper than he's willing to admit to himself. He feels confused, unsure of himself and increasingly left out by his friend Alex and the team. When Sandra's best friend Anke shows her interest in him, his anxiety starts to grow. When it turns out that the much-anticipated Berlin girls' team has been replaced by a team of athletic, cliché-bursting young gay men, Tobi and his teammates are suddenly forced to grapple with their prejudices, their fears, and, perhaps, their hidden longings. As the tension grows, Tobi, Achim and the others head towards a confrontation as fierce and liberating as the summer storm that's gathering over the lake. And Tobi realizes he has to start facing some facts about himself he didn't dare to face before.



Get Real 8 out of 10 sweet and uplifting story
This tenderly romantic film tells the story of Steve, a young man in a British prep school, as he struggles with coming out and falling in love with the class jock, John... who, amazingly, falls in love with him as well.


Latter Days excellent, sweet, funny and Steve Sandvoss
Aaron Davis (Steve Sandvoss) and Christian Markelli (Wes Ramsey) are the two most opposite people in the world. Aaron is a young Elder (or a Mormon missionary) who wants to do his family proud and is quite passionate about his religion and film. Christian is a shallow WeHo waiter/party boy who only looks forward to bedding a new guy every night. After Aaron and three other missionaries move into the apartment across from Christian, his friends bet him $50 that he can't get one of them to jump into the sack, so he instantly latches onto Aaron. There are two problems, though - Christian is falling in love with Aaron and the Mormons are not the biggest fans of the homosexual community. Once Aaron is discovered, the two have to go through trials of regret, loss, perseverance, and forgiveness if they both want to get to the thing that matters to them most: each other.



In and out 8 out of 10 Hilarious
Howard Brackett (Kevin Kline) is a high school teacher in a small town in Indiana with everything going for him; a nice job, an attractive fiancé named Emily (Joan Cusack) and respect from everyone. Everything changes in one night when a former high school student of his, named Cameron Drake (Matt Dillon), now a famous actor living in Hollywood, makes an acceptance speech after receiving an Academy Award for his portrayal of a homosexual army soldier and 'outs' Howard Brackett as his inspiration for his role. The media circus immediately begins as Howard desperately tries keep his life from falling apart by protesting that he is not gay and that the whole thing with Cameron's speech is a simple misunderstanding. While most of the townspeople want to believe Howard, Peter Malloy (Tom Selleck), an openly gay TV reporter who arrives in town to cover the story, suspects that the teacher is in denial.

Third Man Out and Shock to the System 7.5 out of 10
Something different, these are not love stories but detective stories with a gay detective (with a boyfriend) as the main character.
In this first movie, the detective, Donald Strachey (played by openly gay actor Chad Allen) is hired to find who has been been threatening a notorious member of the gay community noted for outing people.
The second one focuses less on the crime solving (though there is still a lot of this) but seems to want to make a statement. The story revolves around finding a missing person who was involved in a Gay-to-Straight conversion programme.


Trick 7 out of 10 with Tory Spelling (who's excellent in it  :blimey  )
Gabriel, an aspiring writer of Broadway musicals, meets Mark, a muscled stripper, who picks him up on the subway. They spend the night trying to find somewhere to be alone... forced to contend with Gabriel's selfish roommate, his irritating best friend, and a vicious, jealous drag queen in a gay dance club. The sun rises on a promising new relationship.


Broken Hearts Club 7 out of 10 (Dean Cain, Timothy Olyphant and Andrew Keegan)
In the palm-shaded oasis of West Hollywood, we meet Dennis, a promising photographer. As he prepares to celebrate his twenty-eighth birthday, he laments, ' I can't decide if my friends are the best or worse thing that ever happened to me.' The gang includes Benji, the punkish innocent with a penchant for gym bodies; Howie, the psychology grad student who thinks too much and lives too little; Cole, the charismatic actor who accidentally keeps stealing everybody's guy; Patrick, the cynical quipster, and Taylor, resident drama queen, who, until recently, prided himself on his long-term relationship. Providing sage advice and steady work is Jack, the beloved patriarch whose restaurant is a haven for them all. When tragedy strikes the group, the friendships are put to the test.

Object of my Affection 8 out of 10 featuring the gay Nigel Hawthorne  :bow
George and Nina seem like the perfect couple. They share a cozy Brooklyn apartment, a taste for tuna casserole dinners, and a devotion to ballroom dancing. They love each other. There's only one hitch: George is gay. And when Nina announces she's pregnant, things get especially complicated. Vince - Nina's overbearing boyfriend and the baby's father-wants marriage. Nina wants independence. George will do anything for a little unqualified affection, but is he ready to become an unwed surrogate dad?


Defying Gravity 6 out of 10
Griff, a popular fraternity brother, is the only witness to a brutal gay-bashing incident. In the wake of this violent event, Griff must struggle with a life-defining decision: is he willing to come out in order to come forward in the name of justice?


Relax, it's just sex 6 out of 10
A mixed group of individuals - lesbian, gays, and heterosexuals who all frequent a local bar struggle to accept each others lifestyles. However when the two gays (Mitchell Anderson, Eddie Garcia) are attacked and fight back and ultimately rape one of their attackers, the group becomes strongly divided on their actions. Jennifer Tilly is the mother hen of the group who tries to hold everyone together. The lesbian lovers (Serena Scott Thomas, Cynda Williams) break up when one admits to having an affair with a man (Billy Wirth).


Hedwig and the angry Inch 7 out of 10 definitely the most artsy movie of the lot
Hedwig, born a boy named Hansel in East Berlin, fell in love with an American G.I. and underwent a sex-change operation in order to marry him and flee to the West. Unfortunately, nothing worked out quite as it was supposed to - years later, Hedwig is leading her rock band on a tour of the U.S., telling her life story through a series of concerts at Bilgewater Inn seafood restaurants. Her tour dates coincide with those of arena-rock star Tommy Gnosis, a wide-eyed boy who once loved Hedwig... but then left with all her songs


I think I do 6 out of 10
Screwball comedy with a modern twist; instead of Kate Hepburn and Cary Grant, it's Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart. Two college roommates (victims of a mutually unrequited love) meet up again five years after school at their housemate's wedding. With the introduction of a Bellamy-esque soap star, the sparks, sexual and verbal, start to fly, as the ex-roommates try to navigate their new romance.


The Trip 6 out of 10
When 19 year old Tommy, a gay rights activist and 24 year old Alan first meet in 1973, they find themselves on the opposite sides of the political coin. Despite their many differences, they form a loving, long term relationship. In 1977, during Anita Bryant's crusade, an anti-gay book Alan wrote years before gets published without his consent. Tommy, who is now a well known activist, has his credibility destroyed by the book which causes their breakup. Seven years later, Alan is given a second chance, a reunion with Tommy and the opportunity to set things right.
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#9
I haven't seen Beautiful Thing for years

Worried it will seem very naff now.
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(08-08-2020, 01:06 PM)ladsnet Wrote: I haven't seen Beautiful Thing for years

Worried it will seem very naff now.

Everything before everyone had a mobile phone seems old now. Lots of film or book plots make no sense these days when help is only a phone call away and that phone is never far away Wink
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(08-08-2020, 01:14 PM)Tiuri Wrote: Everything before everyone had a mobile phone seems old now. Lots of film or book plots make no sense these days when help is only a phone call away and that phone is never far away Wink

"OMG he deleted his Grindr" just doesn't have the same ring?
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(08-08-2020, 11:30 AM)veeeight Wrote: "Beautiful Thing" - you're showing your age there!  Tongue


Call Me By Your Name (2017)

"It is the summer of 1983. Elio, a 17-yo, lives with his parents in rural Northern Italy. Elio's father, a professor of archaeology, invites a 24-yo graduate student, Oliver, to live with the family over the summer and help with his academic paperwork......"

One of my fave films is Call Me By Your Name. Was recently on Film 4. 

God's Own Country is also good 2017

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#13
Two great gay series on Netflix are Special and Bonding.

Quirky, funny and touching.
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(09-08-2020, 12:38 PM)romeolover Wrote: God's Own Country is also good 2017

I have a straight friend from Yorkshire with whom I often have dinner.
After seeing God's Own Country I told him about the film and told him that everyone in the film is grousy.  So I asked him if everyone in Yorkshire is like that.  He said: "Yeah" LOL
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(09-08-2020, 11:56 PM)Parsifal Wrote:
(09-08-2020, 12:38 PM)romeolover Wrote: God's Own Country is also good 2017

I have a straight friend from Yorkshire with whom I often have dinner.
After seeing God's Own Country I told him about the film and told him that everyone in the film is grousy.  So I asked him if everyone in Yorkshire is like that.  He said: "Yeah" LOL

Huh  I'm from Yorkshire, and definitely not grousy!! LOL 

The main actor was very miserable!
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#16
Yorkshire.

Like Lancashire. But shit.


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#17
Dream Boat is a half decent documentary on Netflix. There are the seeds of some really interesting and layered stories that a better director could have got more from, but it's still good Smile
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#18
I've watched loads of films because of recommendations on the old board. Sexual Chronicles of a French Family, Concrete Night, Drown, Call Me By Your Name. Last week I watched Peter Greenaway's film "Eisenstein In Guanajuato" (2015), a highly sensual account of the Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein's filming expedition to Mexico in the early 1930s. Rumoured to have been gay and still a virgin in his early 30s, the Russian auteur is introduced to sex by his local guide, a married man. The two male leads are often naked and there's a great sex scene. It's typical Greenaway - with lots of classical music (especially Prokofiev) and tons of nudity, but it has a great heart and humour to it. I laughed a lot, especially at the scenes of Eisenstein talking to his cock!

Trailer here:

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From those tons of gay movies I've watched in the past... let's say five years... only a few stuck with me. Several of those have been mentioned before (modern gay classics like "CMBYN" or "God's Own Country"). The most recent one I really, really, really enjoyed was "The Shiny Shrimps". A near-perfect French comedy.
Apart from that I can recommend the "Boys on Film" series with international gay shorts (always a mixed bag, but there's never been an installment of which I'd say it was a total letdown). "120 BPM" is also great - another Frenchie.
The Dutch are also really good when it comes to young, fresh queer cinema. Here, I recommend "Just Friends" and "Jongens - Boys". The Italian teen movie "Un Bacio" is wonderful - with a total shocker you don't see coming that rips your guts out. A little more mainstream are of course the movies of Pedro Almodóvar. They always come with a queer perspective to the story.
In general: The heart of queer cinema beats in Europe, I would say. There are some gems from South America, but when it comes to Hollywood my experience is that they either don't invest enough money in good actors and writers in the independent film sector or they come as clichéed and stereotypical once there is enough money involved (that is: major studio productions). "Call me by your name" is a stellar exception here.
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"God's Own Country is also good 2017"

Heart God's Own Country - have it on DVD and its nice that the lead actors are great friends in real life.  Smile
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