Thursday, February 28, 2013

Shortbus



2006 American Feature

Cast: Paul Dawson, PJ DeBoy, Sook-Yin Lee, Jay Brannan, Lindsay Beamish, Raphael Barker, Peter Stickles and Justin Bond
Writer/Director: John Cameron Mitchell

Synopsis:
A sexually diverse group of New Yorkers, each caught up in their own romantic/sexual hang ups and trying desperately to connect, converge at an underground salon infamous for its blend of art and carnality.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 66% / Audience: 74%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 64% / Audience: 7.6%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
  • Independent Spirit Award Producer Award.
  • International Cinephile Society Award for Supporting Actress (Lee).

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Rope



1948 American Feature

Cast: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Joan Chandler, Cedric Hardwicke and Douglas Dick
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Arthur Laurents, Hume Cronyn and Ben Hecht (uncredited), based on the play by Patrick Hamilton

Synopsis:
Two brilliant young men attempt to pull of the "perfect murder". After strangling their "inferior" classmate, they hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 97% / Audience: 89%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Book: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • The original play (first produced in London in 1929) was inspired by the infamous 1924 murder case of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. For the original 1929 Broadway production, the title of the play was changed to Rope's End.
  • There were two earlier screen adaptation of the play, broadcast on the BBC, in 1939 and 1947 (starring Dirk Bogarde). Subsequent television adaptations were produced in Australia (1957) and Belgium (1968, titled The Rope).
  • Casting Call: Montgomery Clift and Cary Grant.
  • Alfred Hitchcock's first color film.
  • The action in Rope famously takes place in real time; the use of long takes (up to ten minutes each) were used to make it appear as if the film consisted of one single continuous shot for its entire running time.
  • Although it was approved by the Production Code, Rope was banned in several American cities upon its initial release due to its connection to the Leopold and Loeb case.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Queen Christina



1933 American Feature

Cast: Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Ian Keith, Lewis Stone, Elizabeth Young, C. Aubrey Smith and Reginald Owen
Director: Rouben Mamoulian
Writers: H.M. Harwood and Salka Viertel, based on the original story by Viertel and Margaret P. Levino; with S.N. Behrman (dialogue) and Ben Hecht (uncredited)

Synopsis:
Queen Christina of Sweden is a popular monarch who is loyal to her country. However, when she falls in love with a Spanish envoy, she must choose between the throne and the man she loves.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 100% / Audience: 82%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • The film is loosely based on the life of Christina of Sweden. In reality, Christina's main reason for abdication was her determination not to marry.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Patrik, Age 1.5



2008 Swedish Feature
Alternate Title: Patrik 1,5

Cast: Gustaf Skarsgård, Torkel Petersson, Tom Ljungman, Amanda Davin, Annika Hallin, Jacob Ericksson, Anette Sevreus, Mats Blomgren and Malin Cederbladh
Writer/Director: Ella Lemhagen, based on the play by Michael Druker

Synopsis:
Newly approved for adoption, Goran and Sven excitedly prepare for their baby's arrival. But after a mix-up, they instead find themselves the parents of Patrik, a 15-year-old homophobe... who may have a criminal past.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 71% / Audience: 71%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 65% / Audience: 7.3%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nominee for Outstanding Film - Limited Release. 
  • Movie Dearest Award Honorable Mention for Foreign Film of the Year.
  • San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature.
  • Verzaubert International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Award for Best Feature Film.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Opposite of Sex



1998 American Feature

Cast: Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan, Lisa Kudrow, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Galecki, William Lee Scott, Megan Blake, Colin Ferguson and Ivan Sergei
Writer/Director: Don Roos

Synopsis:
Young vamp Dedee wreaks havoc when she moves in with her half-brother and seduces his boyfriend.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 80% / Audience: 55%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 70% / Audience: 8.5%
  • OMG rating: 3/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress - Comedy/Musical (Ricci).
  • Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and Best Screenplay; also nominated for Female Lead (Ricci) and Supporting Female (Kudrow).
  • National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress (Ricci) and Special Recognition.
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress (Kudrow).

Notes/Trivia:
  • Actor Dan Bucatinsky, Don Roos' husband, cameos as a waiter in the restaurant scene.
  • Not to be confused with The Opposite Sex, the 1956 musical version of The Women.

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Normal



2003 American Television Movie

Cast: Tom Wilkinson, Jessica Lange, Clancy Brown, Hayden Panettiere, Joe Sikora, Richard Bull and Mary Seibel
Writer/Director: Jane Anderson, based on her play Looking for Normal

Synopsis:
A Midwestern factory worker stuns his family by saying he wishes to undergo sex reassignment surgery and transition to living as a woman.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 100% / Audience: 73%

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Casting Society of America Award for Best Casting for TV Movie.
  • Directors Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Television Movie or Mini-Series.
  • Golden Globe nominations for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Actor (Wilkinson) and Actress (Lange).
  • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Non-Prosthetic); also nominated for Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Actor (Wilkinson), Actress (Lange), Writing and Main Title Design.
  • Producers Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television.
  • Writers Guild of America nomination for Adapted Screenplay - Long Form.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Although Normal was made for television by HBO Films, it was an official selection at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.
  • Tom Wilkinson chose not to do any research into the subject of transgenderism, as he felt that a mid-Western blue collar worker wouldn't know anything about the subject either.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Michael



1924 German Feature
Alternate Titles: Mikaël / Chained / Chained: The Story of the Third Sex / Heart's Desire

Cast: Benjamin Christensen, Walter Slezak, Nora Gregor, Robert Garrison and Max Auzinger
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Writers: Carl Theodor Dreyer and Thea von Harbou, based on the novel Mikaël by Herman Bang

Synopsis:
The romance of an aging painter and his younger lover is jeopardized by the arrival of a conniving countess.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 86% / Audience: 71%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Following the success of Carl Theodor Dreyer's masterpiece The Passion of Joan or Arc, Michael was rediscovered by critics and film historians and is now widely considered a landmark in gay cinema.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Ma Vie en Rose



1997 Belgian/French/British Feature
Alternate Title: My Life in Pink

Cast: Georges Du Fresne, Michèle Laroque, Jean-Philippe Écoffey, Hélène Vincent, Raphaelle Santini and Julien Rivière
Director: Alain Berliner
Writers: Alain Berliner and Chris Vander Stappen

Synopsis:
The story of Ludovic, a little girl born in a little boy's body.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 90% / Audience: 87%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • BAFTA Award for Best Film not in the English Language.
  • European Film Award for Best Screenwriter.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Director Alain Berliner's feature film debut.
  • In the United States the film received an R rating by the Motion Picture Association of America, an unusual decision because the film has minimal sexual content, minimal violence and mild language. Those opposed to the rating believe that the rating was the result of transphobia.
  • Belgium's entry for the Foreign Language Film Academy Award.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Loose Cannons



2010 Italian Feature
Alternate Title: Mine Vaganti

Cast: Riccardo Scamarcio, Alessandro Preziosi, Nicole Grimaudo, Lunetta Savino, Ennio Fantastichini, Ilaria Occhini and Carmine Recano
Director: Ferzan Özpetek
Writers: Ferzan Özpetek and Ivan Cotroneo

Synopsis:
Tommaso Cantone, son of a conservative Catholic family who own a pasta factory in Southern Italy, returns home with plans to come out at his family reunion.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 71% / Audience: 74%

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



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Awards:
  • David di Donatello Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Fantastichini) and Supporting Actress (Occhini).
  • Tribeca Film Festival Special Jury Prize.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman



2012 English Feature

Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Carol Cleveland, Philip Bulcock, Stephen Fry and Cameron Diaz
Directors: Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson and Ben Timlett
Writer: Graham Chapman, based on his book A Liar's Autobiography, Volume VI

Synopsis:
A "factually incorrect" biography of Graham Chapman, one of the founding members of the comedy group Monty Python.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 46% / Audience: 48%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 45%
  • Movie Dearest rating: B

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • A recording of Graham Chapman reading from his autobiography, made shortly before he died of throat cancer in 1989, is used for the film's narration.
  • Writer David Sherlock, Graham Chapman's life partner, appears as a character in the film.
  • Historical figures that appear as characters in the film include Aleister Crowley, Sigmund Freud, David Frost, Oscar Wilde and the Queen Mother.
  • Originally screened theatrically in 3D.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Keep the Lights On



2012 American Feature

Cast: Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson, Souleymane Sy Savane, Paprika Steen and Miguel del Toro
Director: Ira Sachs
Writer: Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias

Synopsis:
In 1998 Manhattan, filmmaker Erik bonds with closeted lawyer Paul after a fling. As their relationship becomes one fueled by highs, lows and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries while being true to himself.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 90% / Audience: 63%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 79% / Audience: 7.4 %
  • OMG rating: 8/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Award for Best Feature Film.
  • Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association Dorian Award for LGBT-Themed Film of the Year; also nominated for Film of the Year.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
  • Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Feature, Director, Male Lead (Lindhardt) and Screenplay.
  • Movie Dearest Award for Movie of the Year.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Based on director/co-writer Ira Sachs' own past relationship with Bill Clegg, a literary agent who published his own memoir about his struggles with addiction, Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man, in 2010.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

A Jihad for Love



2007 American Feature
Alternate Title: In the Name of Allah

Director/Writer: Parvez Sharma

Synopsis:
The struggle of gay and lesbian Muslims to reconcile their sexual orientation with their Islamic faith, which forbids homosexuality.

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Ratings:

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary.
  • Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Special Mention for Best Documentary.
  • Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Award for Best Documentary Film.

Notes/Trivia:
  • The title A Jihad for Love refers to the Islamic concept of jihad as a religious struggle.
  • Nine languages and twelve countries are represented in the film, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Egypt and Turkey.

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

In & Out



1997 American Feature

Cast: Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Tom Selleck, Matt Dillon, Debbie Reynolds, Wilford Brimley, Bob Newhart, Gregory Jbara, Shawn Hatosy, Lauren Ambrose and Kevin Chamberlin
Director: Frank Oz
Writer: Paul Rudnick

Synopsis:
The life of a popular small town high school teacher is turned upside down when a former student, now a famous movie star, publicly outs him during his Academy Award acceptance speech.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 73% / Audience: 48%
  • OMG rating: 5 /10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress (Cusack).
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress (Cusack).
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor - Comedy/Musical (Kline) and Supporting Actress (Cusack).
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress (Cusack).

Notes/Trivia:
  • Inspired by Tom Hanks's 1994 Academy Award acceptance speech, when he won Best Actor for his role in Philadelphia, in which he mentioned his high-school drama teacher, one of "the finest gay Americans... that I had the good fortune to be associated with".
  • Casting Call: Elizabeth Hurley.
  • The Oscar statuette used in the film is Kevin Kline's. He won it in 1988 for Best Supporting Actor in A Fish Called Wanda.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Heavenly Creatures



1994 New Zealand Feature

Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent, Clive Merrison, Simon O'Connor, Jed Brophy and Peter Elliott
Director: Peter Jackson
Writers: Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh

Synopsis:
Two teenage girls share an intense fantasy life and form an obsessive friendship that shocks their parents. When the adults try to separate them, the girls' act of revenge ends in a tragedy that scandalizes the whole of their native New Zealand.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 94% / Audience: 81%
  • OMG rating: 9/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
  • London Critics Circle Film Awards for Director of the Year and British Actress of the Year (Winslet).
  • Toronto International Film Festival Metro Media Award.
  • Venice Film Festival Silver Lion Award.
  • Writers Guild of America nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Based on the notorious 1954 Parker-Hulme murder case in Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • The film debuts of lead actresses Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet.
  • Director Peter Jackson makes a cameo appearance as a homeless man.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Go Fish



1994 American Feature

Cast: Guinevere Turner, V.S. Brodie, T. Wendy McMillan, Anastasia Sharp and Migdalia Melendez
Director: Rose Troche
Writers: Rose Troche and Guinevere Turner

Synopsis:
The interconnected lives and loves of a group of lesbian friends in Chicago.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 77% / Audience: 52%

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Award for Best Feature Film.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film.
  • Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female (Brodie).

Notes/Trivia:
  • Director/co-writer Rose Troche and co-writer/actor Guinevere Turner were in a relationship at the time of making of Go Fish.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Farewell My Concubine



1993 Chinese/Hong Kong Feature
Alternate Title: Ba wang bie ji

Cast: Leslie Cheung, Zhang Fengyi, Gong Li, Ge You, Lü Qi, Ying Da, Yin Zhi and Zhao Hailong
Director: Chen Kaige
Writers: Lilian Lee and Lu Wei, from the novel by Lilian Lee

Synopsis:
The lives and complicated relationship of two men, stars of the Beijing Opera, set against the backdrop of China's tumultuous history.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 88% / Audience: 91%
  • OMG rating: 7/10


Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Books: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Film and Cinematography.
  • BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language.
  • Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner.
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • London Critics Circle Film Award for Foreign Language Film of the Year.
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Film.
  • National Board of Review Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and Supporting Actress (Li).

Notes/Trivia:
  • Casting Call: Jackie Chan.
  • To date the only Chinese language film to win the Palme d'Or at Cannes.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fireworks



1947 American Short Film

Cast: Kenneth Anger, Gordon Gray and Bill Seltzer
Writer/Director: Kenneth Anger

Synopsis:
A teenage boy has a dream about sailors, sex and brutality.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 35%
  • OMG rating: 6 /10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVDs: Available


Notes/Trivia:
  • Made when he was 17 years old, Fireworks is the earliest of Kenneth Anger's films to still survive. The original negative and Anger's subsequent hand-tinted prints were lost. The current extant version is constructed from early 16mm prints and was painstakingly restored by UCLA.
  • Following the film's release, Anger was arrested on obscenity charges. The case ultimately went to the California Supreme Court, which ultimately threw the case out, declaring the film to be a work of art.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

An Early Frost



1985 American Television Movie

Cast: Aidan Quinn, Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, Sylvia Sidney, Terry O'Quinn, John Glover, Bill Paxton, D.W. Moffett and Christopher Bradley
Director: John Erman
Writer: Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman and Sherman Yellen

Synopsis:
A young lawyer returns to his family home to reveal that he is not only gay, but also has AIDS.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 70%
  • OMG rating: 9/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • American Cinema Editor Award for Best Edited Television Special.
  • Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials.
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Sidney); also nominated for Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV and Actress (Rowlands).
  • The Peabody Award.
  • Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries or Special, Cinematography, Editing and Sound Mixing; also nominated for Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special, Directing, Actor (Quinn and Gazzara ), Actress (Rowlands), Supporting Actor (Glover), Supporting Actress (Sidney), Music Composition, Art Direction and Makeup.

Notes/Trivia:
  • The first major film, made for television or theatrical release, to deal with the subject of HIV/AIDS. 
  • An Early Frost was number one in the Nielsen ratings the night it originally aired on NBC, garnering a 23.3 share and watched by 34 million people. However, the network lost $500,000 in advertisement revenue because advertisers refused to sponsor the film.

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Different from the Others



1919 German Feature
Alternate Title: Anders als die Andern

Cast: Conrad Veidt, Fritz Schulz, Reinhold Schünzel, Anita Berber, Magnus Hirschfeld and Karl Giese
Director: Richard Oswald
Writers: Richard Oswald and Magnus Hirschfeld

Synopsis:
When a violinist falls in love with one of his students, a blackmailer threatens to expose his secret.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 60%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available


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Notes/Trivia:
  • Generally regarded as one of the first sympathetic portrayals of homosexuality in film; Paul Körner, the role played by Conrad Veidt, is also generally acknowledged as the first homosexual lead film character.
  • The first film to use the word "homosexual".
  • Famed gay sexologist Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld not only co-wrote the screenplay and had a small role in it, he also partially funded the production through his Institute for Sexual Science, with the aim of presenting the story as a polemic against the then-current laws under Germany's Paragraph 175, which made homosexuality a criminal offense.
  • Censorship laws enacted in reaction to films like Different from the Others eventually restricted viewing of this movie to doctors and medical researchers, and prints of the film were among the many "decadent" works burned by the Nazis after they came to power in 1933. Only one incomplete print survived.

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Children's Hour



1961 American Feature
Alternate Title: The Loudest Whisper

Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner, Miriam Hopkins, Fay Bainter, Karen Balkin and Veronica Cartwright
Director: William Wyler
Writer: John Michael Hayes, based on the play by Lillian Hellman

Synopsis:
A private school for young girls is scandalized when one spiteful student accuses the two young women who run the school of having an intimate relationship.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 100% / Audience: 82%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Bainter), Black-and-White Cinematography, Black and White Art Direction, Black and White Costume Design and Sound.
  • Directors Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Golden Globe nominations for Best Director, Actress - Drama (MacLaine) and Supporting Actress (Bainter).

Notes/Trivia:
  • The original Broadway production of Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour opened on November 20, 1934 and ran for 691 performances. A 1952 revival, directed by Hellman, starred Kim Hunter and Patricia Neal.
  • The play was inspired by the 1809 true story of two Scottish school teachers whose lives were destroyed when one of their students accused them of engaging in a lesbian relationship. At the time of its Broadway premiere, the mention of homosexuality on stage was illegal in New York State, but authorities chose to overlook its subject matter when the production was acclaimed by the critics.
  • The original 1936 film version of the play, titled These Three, was adapted by Lillian Hellman herself. Due to film industry censorship at the time, the lie about the two school teachers being lovers was changed into a rumor that one of them had slept with the others fiancé. These Three was also directed by William Wyler and also co-starred Miriam Hopkins.
  • Casting Call: Doris Day, Katharine Hepburn and Merle Oberon.

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