"Wongky". Love it! I'd thoroughly recommend Chungking Express, with is one of my favourite films of all time.
I also had the fortune to see the premiere of Fallen Angels, the very loose sequel, at a Chinese film festival. I was the only caucasian guy there, surrounded by young, cool cats and their hip, bored looking, leather-jacket-wearing girlfriends. Was like something from the movie itself. Definitely one of my favourite cinema experiences.
My Own Private Idaho - Absolute favorite -- River Phoenix is great, Van Sant really needs return to his early style.
L.I.E. - Good film. I love fearless filmmakers.
Totally Fucked Up, The Doom Generation, Mysterious Skin - Araki does his thing. I enjoyed the ride.
Shank - Surprising liked this one, nothing too special though kinda like C.R.A.Z.Y. Good luck finding good queer cinema featuring men of color (which, for the record, I'm sure you don't give a fuck). Six Degrees of Seperation comes to mind as a good one.
Streamers - Not specifically queer cinema, but deals with homosexuality in the military during Vietnam, among many other things. Classic film by the great Robert Altman + the cast is good.
Salo, or the 120 days in Sodom - Not queer cinema, but strong gay and bisexual themes. Definitely not for everyone, arguably the most infamous movie ever made -- and for good reason. Rape, torture, sadism, fascism, mutilation -- its a good bit o' fun.
Quite the contrary, Pasolini wasnt crazy, in fact, he is at the top of game in Salo. It should also be mentioned that Salo is based on the novel The 120 Days of Sodom by the Marquis de Sade. And for all the atrocities in Salo it doesnt hold a candle of de Sade's work.
Tomboy XXY Boys Don't Cry Patrik, Age 1.5- I only watched the first few minutes of it and quit because I was multi-tasking and couldn't handle subtitles at the time, but from the description it sounds like it might be more comedy than drama.
Victor Victoria- for a movie about transvestism, homosexuality, and sexual identity, it's really lighthearted and funny. I mean, how awesome is Julie Andrews as a drag queen? There's also a 1930s German version, and Connie and Carla, which is basically Victor Victoria crossed with Some Like it Hot.
i've seen the rest, and maybe you can clear something that's been a mystery to me for very long. in XXY does the actress way of talking (inés efrón) sounds annoying? it does to me, and it almost ruins the film for me, but i speak the same kind of spanish she does. so the question is more like does her annoying way of talking is noticeable from a foreign perspective?
Well, I don't really notice her way of talking being any different, except maybe she gets kind of croaky every so often. Then again, I'm paying attention to the subtitles and trying to catch the bits of Spanish I understand.
Some of these I haven't watched, but anyway: Mädchen in Uniform - 2 versions - apparently the original is better of the two. Glue - This directed by Alexis Dos Santos. It's about a boy and his family and a relationship he has with a boy and a girl. It's modeled off of Gummo by Harmony Korine. L.I.E. - This would be my favourite of them mentioned films. Tropical Malady - Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. This, Syndromes and Uncle Boonmee have all been received well critically but if Uncle Boonmee is anything to go by I'm guess they'd also bore head in with a drill. Mullholland Drive - Good film. I like Lost Highway the most out of David Lynch's catalogue. Ma vie en rose - seems interesting Fucking Amal Irreversible - It has a Gay Bar in it, but it's a revenge flick with a happy, I guess you might call it bittersweet ending. Weekend - It seems to be pretty well liked and is compared to Lost in Translation and the Before Sunrise\Sunset films. Breakfast on Pluto The Naked Civil Servant/An Englishman in New York - watched 2nd part. Before Night Falls Suddenly, Last Summer - A lot like Long Day's Journey Into Night. Velvet Goldmine - Quite fun. Summer Storm - Coming of age tale. Cracks - Maurice
The films of Derek Jarman - I recently got a box set of his films. I haven't watched any yet but they seem interesting
Oh and apparently there's a gay relationship in Consent and Advise. It's a really fun film, good acting, very breezy. I don't remember much of the plot.
mädchen in uniform looks great! i need to see this film right now.
glue is a nice film, i like alexis dos santos other film too, unmade beds.
for some reason i always thought l.i.e. was directed by larry clark (whom i hate), and was avoiding it. i should give it a try.
mulholland drive is good, all i've seen from david lynch is quite good. lost highway is my second favourite from him, the first is blue velvet.
what i like most about fucking amal is that it felt very real, it's weird how life can be so alike in the other side of the world.
i wouldn't call irreversible a queer film (i would call it a film i don't want to see ever again). how is the end happy? he kills one bloke who had nothing to do. unless you mean the end as in the beginning of the story, which to me, it was very disturbing, knowing all it would happen.
weekend does have that lost in translation feel, i liked it.
breakfast on pluto, seen it, liked it.
how's that film maurice? i've seen it named around a lot, but for some reason i always stop myself from seeing it.
i watched the tempest, by derek jarman, it's really good. i need to see his other films.
thanks for the recommendations, i'll investigate the ones i didn't know.
i think both glue and unmade beds have many scenes that could be cut, but they're very well made for being the first two of the director. i think xavier dolans (j'ai tué ma mère, les amour imaginaires) has the same problem with length.
Could be because gay-oriented movies aren't exactly the top priority of many directors who really know what they're doing. I don't bother watching any since they all seem to have that "Straight to DVD" aura to them Not to mention, as you said - many seem to center around some sappy romance story, which is hard to appreciate for the forever alone, straight or gay
that seems to be the problem. at least there's some good directors out there who made a whole career around queer cinema (almodovar, araki, dolans, etc), you know you'll get something memorable out of any of their films. sadly, you can count 'em with your fingers.
i sort of do the same as you, don't watch nothing most of the time, but then i find a recommendation list or a documentary and i give it a chance, only to regret it 4 films later. it's terrible, each time i end up feeling i could write it, direct it and even act it much better.
that's an interesting idea, that we don't like romance crap for our forever alone status. it should be polled or something.
LudwigvanKickass2Featured By OwnerFeb 7, 2013Professional Traditional Artist
I was under the impression that Almodovar was a total womanizer, and that the predominant themes of his films revolve around women (or in the case of The Skin I Live In, a man who was forcibly turned into a woman by a doctor [whose daughter the man raped]).
Shelter, seems to feature pretty highly, an all around good film. Mysterious Skin, another of my favourites, and features Joseph Gordon-Levitt for added bonus. On a side note, an interesting film I would very much like to see but have not found yet is C.R.A.Z.Y. I've read plenty about it and seen some clips, but have yet to actually see it sold anywhere, not sure if it has anything to do with it being a French Canadian film, but meh.
i've had my doubts about shelter, the poster and description do sound bad. mysterious skin is one of my favourites too, all gregg araki films are really great. i saw c.r.a.z.y. in a film fest a few years ago. it's a good film, nothing spectacular, but good. er, i'm sure you can easily get it with a torrent.