Media For Brunch: Happy Pride Month – A Few of Our Favorite LGBT Films

In honor of LGBT Pride month and the death of DOMA, we wanted to share a few of our favorite LGBT films. Granted, this is by far not a definitive list, just the first that came to mind when we started to ponder this idea. I must admit after I got going it truly became a flood of great films (Rope, Female Trouble, Personal Best, Cabaret, etc.)  that should be on this list but I stuck to my guns and picked the ones that meant the most to me.

 – MD

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a deeply heartfelt and an oddly profoundly moving musical. Writer, director and star John Cameron Mitchell talent shines at every turn. He anchors the film with a sexy, scary, outrageous performance of a transsexual punk rock girl from East Berlin that tours the US with her rock band as she tells her life story.

Pariah (2011)

Pariah has something new to say about the struggle to be who you are versus be who others would like you to be.  Pariahis a gay coming of age story with a large dose of raw truth.

Weekend (2011)

Weekend is a lovely surprise. It is a film about two strangers that meet and change each other’s lives in a matter of days. I am certainly looking forward to more of writer-director Andrew Haighs work.

A Single Man (2009)

Tom Ford (Director/Gucci Designer) has made exquisite film debut with A Single Man. A somber study of the life of a gay man in the early ‘60s, Colin Firth gives a remarkable and subdued performance.

The Celluloid Closet (1995)

The Celluloid Closet is a winning documentary on Hollywood’s on screen treatment of homosexuality. It goes for bright, often campy commentary by gay figures (Gore Vidal), directors (Wyler) and actors (Tom Hanks, Lily Tomlin, etc) who shed light on the conditions in which these films were made and viewed. The Celluloid Closet takes the high road versus becoming an anti-Hollywood diatribe.

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