Friday, March 29, 2013

The Hours



2002 American/British Feature

Cast: Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Toni Collette, Claire Danes, Jeff Daniels, Stephen Dillane, Allison Janney, John C. Reilly and Miranda Richardson
Director: Stephen Daldry
Writer: David Hare, based on the novel by Michael Cunningham

Synopsis:
The lives of three women of different generations are interconnected by the novel Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 81% / Audience: 82%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 81% / Audience: 8.6%
  • OMG rating: 5/10

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



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Awards:
  • AFI Award for Movies of the Year.
  • Academy Award for Best Actress (Kidman); also nominated for Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Harris), Supporting Actress (Moore), Adapted Screenplay, Costume Design, Original Score and Film Editing.
  • BAFTA Awards for Best Actress (Kidman) and Film Music; also nominated for Best Film, British Film, Director, Actress (Streep), Supporting Actor (Harris), Supporting Actress (Moore), Adapted Screenplay, Editing and Makeup & Hair.
  • Berlin International Film Festival Silver Berlin Bear Award for Best Actress (Kidman, Moore and Streep) and Jury Award.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nominations for Best Picture, Actress (Kidman), Acting Ensemble and Composer.
  • Casting Society of America Award for Best Casting for Feature Film, Drama.
  • Directors Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture - Drama and Best Actress - Drama (Kidman); also nominated for Director, Actress - Drama (Streep), Supporting Actor (Harris), Screenplay and Original Score.
  • L.A. Outfest Award for Best Actress (Streep).
  • London Critics Circle Film Award for British Screenwriter of the Year.
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award Award for Best Actress (Moore).
  • National Board of Review Award for Best Film.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Actress (Kidman), Supporting Actor (Harris), Supporting Actress (Moore) and Cast.
  • USC Scripter Award.
  • Writers Guild of America for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Notes/Trivia:
  • The Hours was Virginia Woolf's original title for Mrs Dalloway.
  • Michael Cunningham's novel The Hours won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Cunningham has a cameo in the film as a man outside the flower shop. Meryl Streep is actually mentioned in the novel.
  • Casting Call: Betsy Blair, Zeljko Ivanek, Gwyneth Paltrow and Emily Watson.
  • To make her look like Virginia Woolf, Nicole Kidman wore a prosthetic nose. The Academy's Makeup branch disqualified the film from the Oscar because digital touch-ups were done on close-ups of Kidman. At the 2003 Academy Awards ceremony, Denzel Washington said as he announced the winner for Best Actress, "... and the winner, by a nose, is Nicole Kidman".

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  • Mrs Dalloway was adapted for the screen in 1997 and starred Vanessa Redgrave in the title role. Actress Eileen Atkins, who played Barbara in The Hours, wrote the screenplay.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

J. Edgar



2011 American Feature

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Josh Lucas, Judi Dench, Ed Westwick, Ken Howard, Stephen Root, Denis O'Hare and Lea Thompson
Director: Clint Eastwood
Writer: Dustin Lance Black

Synopsis:
The life and career of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, including an examination of his private life as a closeted gay man and his relationship with his protégé Clyde Tolson.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 43% / Audience: 45%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 59% / Audience: 6.4%
  • OMG rating: 5/10

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



Trailer:


Awards:
  • AFI Award for Movies of the Year.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nominations for Best Actor (DiCaprio) and Makeup.
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association Dorian Award nomination for Best Actor (DiCaprio).
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor (DiCaprio).
  • Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Actor (DiCaprio) and Supporting Actor (Hammer).

Notes/Trivia:
  • Some scholars dismiss rumors about J. Edgar Hoover's sexuality, and his relationship with Clyde Tolson in particular, as unlikely, while others have described them as probable or even confirmed lovers.
  • Casting Call: Amy Adams, Claire Danes, Joaquin Phoenix and Charlize Theron.
  • J. Edgar Hoover is also the subject of the previous theatrical biopics The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (1977, starring Broderick Crawford, with Dan Dailey as Clyde Tolson) and Hoover (2000 starring Ernest Borgnine), as well as the made for TV movies J. Edgar Hoover (1987, starring Treat Williams, with Robert Harper as Tolson), Hoover vs. the Kennedys: The Second Civil War (1987, starring Jack Warden) and The Curse of Edgar (2013, starring Brian Cox, with Anthony Higgins as Tolson).

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Tongues Untied



1989 American Feature

Cast: Marlon Riggs, Essex Hemphill, Brian Freeman and Willi Ninja
Director: Marlon Riggs

Synopsis:
Blends documentary footage with personal accounts, poetry and fiction in an attempt to depict the specificity of black gay identity.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 69%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Award for Best Documentary Film.
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Independent/Experimental Film.
  • San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Audience Award for Best Video.

Notes/Trivia:
  • At the time of its release, Tongues Untied was considered controversial because of its frank portrayal of gay sexuality.
  • Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan cited the film as an example of how President George H.W. Bush was using taxpayer's money to fund "pornographic art".

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Zerophilia



2005 American Feature

Cast: Taylor Handley, Dustin Seavey, Gina Bellman, Rebecca Mozo, Alison Folland, Kyle Schmid and Kelly LeBrock
Writer/Director: Martin Curland

Synopsis:
A young man discovers that he has a genetic condition which will cause a change of gender following each orgasm.

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  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • "Zerophilia" is a fictional condition that "affects an unknown number of people with an extra Z chromosome. Following their first full sexual experience, zerophiliacs begin to change gender after experiencing an orgasm."

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Dog Day Afternoon



1975 American Feature

Cast: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon, James Broderick, Carol Kane and Lance Henriksen
Director: Sidney Lumet
Writer: Frank Pierson, inspired by the article "The Boys in the Bank" by P.F. Kluge and Thomas Moore

Synopsis:
First-time crook Sonny Wortzik leads a daring daytime bank robbery that goes quickly awry and turns into a hostage situation and media circus.

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

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay; also nominated for Best Picture, Director, Actor (Pacino), Supporting Actor (Sarandon) and Film Editing.
  • BAFTA Awards for Best Actor (Pacino) and Film Editing; nominated for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and Soundtrack.
  • David di Donatello Special Award.
  • Directors Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Director, Actor - Drama (Pacino), Supporting Actor (Cazale and Durning), Screenplay and Acting Debut (Sarandon).
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards for Best Picture, Director and Actor (Pacino).
  • National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor (Durning).
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Notes/Trivia:
  • "The Boys in the Bank", the article that inspired Dog Day Afternoon, was originally published in Life Magazine's September 22, 1972 issue. It tells the true story of the robbery of a Brooklyn bank by John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturile on August 22, 1972.
  • Casting Call: Dustin Hoffman.
  • Actor Chris Sarandon's film debut. His character, Leon Shermer, was based on Wojtowicz's transgender boyfriend Ernest Aron, later known as Elizabeth Eden.
  • A young Harvey Fierstein appears (uncredited) as one of the gay demonstrators.
  • In 2001, Dog Day Afternoon was ranked #70 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Thrills" list.
  • In 2005, "Attica! Attica!" was ranked #86 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movie Quotes" list.
  • In 2009, Dog Day Afternoon was inducted into the National Film Registry.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

All About Eve



1950 American Feature

Cast: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe, Thelma Ritter and Marilyn Monroe
Director/Writer: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, based on the short story The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr

Synopsis:
A young ingenue insinuates herself in to the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 100% / Audience: 94% 
  • OMG rating: 9/10

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



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Awards:
  • Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Sanders), Screenplay, Black and White Costume Design and Sound Recording; also nominated for Best Actress (Davis and Baxter), Supporting Actress (Holm and Ritter), Black and White Cinematography, Black and White Art Direction, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture and Film Editing.
  • BAFTA Award for Best Film from Any Source.
  • Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress (Davis) and Special Jury Prize.
  • Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay; also nominated for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Director, Actress - Drama (Davis), Supporting Actor (Sanders) and Supporting Actress (Ritter).
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Film, Director and Actress (Davis).
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Comedy; also nominated for Best Written American Drama.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Working Title: Best Performance.
  • Casting Call: Tallulah Bankhead, Ingrid Bergman, Claudette Colbert, Jeanne Crain, Joan Crawford, Nancy Davis, Marlene Dietrich, José Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor, John Garfield, Susan Hayward, Angela Lansbury, Gertrude Lawrence, Ronald Reagan, Donna Reed and Barbara Stanwyck.
  • According to Joseph L. Mankiewicz's biography, the character of Eve Harrington was originally conceived as a lesbian. Hints of this remain in the final film, most notably the scene with Eve and her female neighbor.
  • With 14 nominations, All About Eve held the record for the most Academy Award nominated movie until 1997, when Titanic matched it. All About Eve also holds the record for the film with the greatest number of female acting Oscar nominations (although none of the actresses won) and was the first film to have two actresses nominated for Best Actress.
  • In 1970 All About Eve was adapted into the Broadway musical Applause, which won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Actress for Lauren Bacall, who played Margo Channing. When Bacall left the show, Anne Baxter, who had played Eve in the film, took over as Margo. Thelma Ritter's character Birdie, Margo's dresser in the film, was changed to Duane, a gay hairdresser, in the musical. Played by Lee Roy Reams, Duane is largely recognized as the first "likable" openly gay character in a Broadway production. In 1973, Applause was adapted for television.
  • The 1972 film All About Alice spoofed All About Eve with an all male cast.
  • 33 years after All About Eve, life imitated art when Anne Baxter stepped into Bette Davis' shoes to replace her on the TV series Hotel after she fell ill. Davis never returned to the show.
  • In 1990, All About Eve was inducted into the National Film Registry.
  • In 1998, All About Eve was ranked #16 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies" list.
  • In 2003, Eve Harrington was ranked the #23 villain on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Heroes & Villains" list.
  • In 2005, "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night!" was ranked #9 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movie Quotes" list.
  • In 2007, All About Eve was ranked #28 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition" list.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Unzipped



1995 American Feature

Cast: Isaac Mizrahi, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford ant Kate Moss
Director: Douglas Keeve

Synopsis:
A behind-the-scenes look at the creative side of fashion as popular designer Isaac Mizrahi plans his Fall 1994 collection.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 79% / Audience: 69%

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • American Cinema Editors Eddie Award for Best Edited Documentary.
  • Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for Documentary.

Notes/Trivia:
  • At the time of filming, director Douglas Keeve was Isaac Mizrahi's boyfriend. The film put such a rift in their relationship over the onscreen depiction of Mizrahi that the two broke up over it.
  • Celebrities that appear uncredited in Unzipped include Roseanne Barr, Sandra Bernhard, Faye Dunaway, Richard Gere, Eartha Kitt and Liza Minnelli.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Albert Nobbs



2011 Irish Feature

Cast: Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Janet McTeer, Aaron Johnson, Pauline Collins, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Brendan Gleeson and Maria Doyle Kennedy
Director: Rodrigo García
Writers: Glenn Close and John Banville, based on the novella The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs by George Moore

Synopsis:
Albert Nobbs is a hotel waiter in 19th-century Ireland with dreams of owning his own tobacco shop. He is also a woman who has lived as a man for the past thirty years.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 56% / Audience: 48%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 57% / Audience: 6.1%
  • OMG rating: 8/10
  • Movie Dearest rating: B

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



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Award nominations for Best Actress (Close), Supporting Actress (McTeer) and Makeup.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nomination for Best Makeup.
  • Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association Dorian Award nominations for Film Performance of the Year (McTeer) and LGBT-Themed Film of the Year.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress - Drama (Close), Supporting Actress (McTeer) and Original Song ("Lay Your Head Down").
  • Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress (McTeer).
  • Movie Dearest Award for Women of the Year (Close & McTeer).
  • Online Film Critics Society Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress (McTeer).
  • Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Actress (Close) and Supporting Actress (McTeer).
  • World Soundtrack Awards for Best Original Song ("Lay Your Head Down") and Discovery of the Year (Composer Brian Byrne).

Notes/Trivia:
  • The original novella The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs had been previously adapted for the stage. Glenn Close starred in its Off-Broadway production and won the Obie Award for her performance.
  • Casting Call: Orlando Bloom and Amanda Seyfried.
  • In addition to starring in and co-writing Albert Nobbs, Glenn Close also co-produced the film and co-wrote the end title song "Lay Your Head Down".

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Eating Out



2004 American Feature

Cast: Scott Lunsford, Ryan Carnes, Jim Verraros, Emily Stiles, Natalie Burge and Rebekah Kochan
Writer/Director: Q. Allan Brocka

Synopsis:
Two roommates, one straight and one gay, hatch a scheme to get closer to their objects of affection.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 16% / Audience: 59%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 28% / Audience: 2.9%
  • OMG rating: 4/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Dallas Out Takes Audience Award.
  • Phoenix Out Far! Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature Film.
  • San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival for Best First Feature.

Notes/Trivia:
  • There are two versions of the sex scene on home video, one with and one without full frontal nudity.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Wilde



1997 British Feature

Cast: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Tom Wilkinson, Vanessa Redgrave, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Sheen, Gemma Jones, Zoë Wanamaker and Ioan Gruffudd
Director: Brian Gilbert
Writer: Julian Mitchell, based on the book Oscar Wilde by Richard Ellmann

Synopsis:
The life of legendary wit Oscar Wilde, including his literary and theatrical triumphs, his love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas, and his infamous trial for "gross indecency".

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 71% / Audience: 69%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

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



Trailer:


Awards:
  • BAFTA Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Ehle and Wanamaker).
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor - Drama (Fry).

Notes/Trivia:
  • Richard Ellmann's 1987 biography Oscar Wilde, on which this film is based, won the Pulitzer Prize.
  • Casting Call: Sting and Theresa Russell.
  • Film debuts of actors Orlando Bloom and James D'Arcy.
  • The openly gay Stephen Fry has said that he was nervous about the love scenes with his heterosexual co-stars, but states that Jude Law, Michael Sheen and Ioan Gruffudd were quick to put him at ease.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Paris is Burning



1990 American Feature

Cast: Dorian Corey, Pepper LaBeija, Willi Ninja, Octavia St. Laurent, Angie Xtravaganza and Venus Xtravaganza
Director: Jennie Livingston

Synopsis:
A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its vitality.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 100% / Audience: 85%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

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



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Award for Best Documentary Film.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary.
  • International Documentary Association Award.
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Documentary.
  • National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Documentary.
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Documentary.
  • San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary.
  • Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Documentary.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Generally considered by the ball culture community to be an invaluable record of the end of the "Golden Age" of New York City drag balls.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Fried Green Tomatoes



1991 American Feature

Cast: Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker, Cicely Tyson, Chris O'Donnell, Stan Shaw, Gailard Sartain and Timothy Scott
Director: Jon Avnet
Writer: Fannie Flagg, Carol Sobieski and Jon Avnet (uncredited), based on Flagg's novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Synopsis:
A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old woman in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 83% / Audience: 87%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

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



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Tandy) and Adapted Screenplay.
  • BAFTA Award nominations for Best Actress (Tandy) and Supporting Actress (Bates).
  • Casting Society of America Award for Best Casting for Feature Film, Drama.
  • Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture - Comedy/Musical, Actress - Comedy/Musical (Bates) and Supporting Actress (Tandy).
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film.
  • USC Scripter Award.
  • Writers Guild of America nomination for Adapted Screenplay.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Fannie Flagg, author of the original novel and co-writer of the screen adaptation, cameos in the film as a teacher.
  • Unlike in the book, the film adaptation does not explicitly present the lesbian romance between the two central characters, instead making the relationship between Idgie and Ruth ambiguous.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Some Like It Hot



1959 American Feature

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Pat O'Brien, Joe E. Brown and Nehemiah Persoff
Director: Billy Wilder
Writers: Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond, suggested by a story by Robert Thoeren and Michael Logan

Synopsis:
After a pair of down-on-their-luck musicians accidentally witness a mob hit, they go on the lam by joining an all-female band disguised as women.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 98% / Audience: 93%
  • OMG rating: 10/10

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



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Award for Best Black and White Costume Design; also nominated for Best Director, Actor (Lemmon), Adapted Screenplay, Black and White Cinematogray and Black and White Art Direction.
  • BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor (Lemmon); also nominated for Best Film from Any Source.
  • Directors Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture - Comedy, Actor - Comedy (Lemmon) and Actress - Comedy (Monroe).
  • Grammy Award nomination for Best Soundtrack Album.
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Comedy.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Remake of the 1935 French film Fanfare of Love (Fanfare d'Amour), which was also remade as the 1951 German film Fanfaren der Liebe.
  • Working Titles: Fanfares of Love and Not Tonight, Josephine.
  • Casting Call: Mitzi Gaynor, Bob Hope, Danny Kaye, Jerry Lewis, Anthony Perkins, Edward G. Robinson and Frank Sinatra.
  • Filmed in black and white because the drag makeup worn by Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis gave their faces a green tinge.
  • When Lemmon and Curtis first put on the female make-up and costumes, they walked around the Goldwyn Studios lot to see if they could "pass" as women. When they entered public ladies rooms and used the mirrors to fix their makeup, none of the women complained. That is when they knew they could be convincing as women.
  • One of a few American movies ever given a "Condemned" rating from the Catholic Legion of Decency. Some Like It Hot, along with Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) and several other films, contributed to the end of the Production Code in the mid-1960s. It was released by United Artists without the MPAA logo in the credits or title sequence, since the film did not receive Production Code approval.
  • Upon its original release, Kansas banned the film, explaining that cross-dressing was "too disturbing for Kansans".
  • An unsold television pilot was filmed in 1961 starring Vic Damone and Tina Louise.
  • Adapted into the 1972 Broadway musical Sugar, which was directed and choreographed by Gower Champion, featured music by Jule Styne and starred Robert Morse and Tony Roberts. It was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
  • A Bollywood remake of Some Like It Hot titled Rafoo Chakkar was a hit in India in 1975.
  • In 1989, Some Like It Hot was inducted into the National Film Registry, one of the first 25 films to be so honored (along with another Billy Wilder movie, Sunset Boulevard).
  • In 1998, Some Like It Hot was ranked #14 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies" list.
  • In 2000, Some Like It Hot was ranked #1 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Laughs" list.
  • In 2005, "Well, nobody's perfect" was ranked #27 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movie Quotes" list.
  • In 2007, Some Like It Hot was ranked #22 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition" list.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Zus & Zo



2001 Dutch Feature

Cast: Monic Hendrickx, Anneke Blok, Sylvia Poorta, Jacob Derwig and Halina Reijn
Writer/Director: Paula van der Oest

Synopsis:
Three sisters are willing to do anything to stop their gay brother from marrying in order to inherit their beloved childhood summer retreat on the coast of Portugal.

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Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Yossi



2012 Israeli Feature
Alternate Title: Ha-Sippur shel Yossi

Cast: Ohad Knoller, Oz Zehavi, Lior Ashkenazi, Orly Silbersatz, Ola Schur-Selektar, Meir Golan, Shlomi Ben Attar and Amir Jerassi
Director: Eytan Fox
Writer: Itay Segal

Synopsis:
Yossi, a closeted gay cardiologist, struggles to find meaning in his life while overcoming the loss of his lover and reconciling his past with his future.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 88% / Audience: 68%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 66% / Audience: 6.8 %
  • OMG rating: 7/10
  • Movie Dearest rating: B+

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
  • Movie Dearest Award for Foreign Film of the Year.
  • Paris Lesbian Film Festival Award for Best Performance (Knoller).

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Were the World Mine



2008 American Feature

Cast: Tanner Cohen, Wendy Robie, Judy McLane, Zelda Williams, Nathaniel David Becker and Jill Larson
Director: Tom Gustafson
Writers: Tom Gustafson and Cory James Krueckeberg
Songs: Jessica Fogle

Synopsis:
Inspired by his role as Puck in his private boy's school production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, bullied student Timothy uses the play's magical flower to make his homophobic town take a "walk in his shoes".

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 68% / Audience: 73%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

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



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Fort Worth Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival Q Award for Best Overall Film.
  • Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival Award for Best of the Festival.
  • L.A. Outfest Grand Jury Award for Outstanding U.S. Dramatic Feature.
  • Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Special Award for First Time Director.
  • Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Jury Award for Best New Director.
  • Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Audience Awards for Best Actor (Cohen), Actress (Robie), Screenplay and Men's Favorite Feature.
  • Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Audience Award for Feature Film.
  • Toronto Inside Out Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival Audience Award for Best Feature Film.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Remake of director Tom Gustafson's 2003 short film Fairies, which also starred Wendy Robie.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

The Wedding Banquet



1993 Taiwanese/American Feature
Alternate Title: Xi yan

Cast: Winston Chao, Mitchell Lichtenstein, May Chin, Ah Lei Gua and Sihung Lung
Director: Ang Lee
Writers: Ang Lee, Neil Peng and James Schamus

Synopsis:
A gay Taiwanese immigrant marries a mainland Chinese woman to placate his parents and get her a green card. His plan backfires when his parents arrive in the United States to plan his wedding banquet.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 96% / Audience: 85%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

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



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • Berlin International Film Festival Golden Berlin Bear Award.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Independent Film.
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • Golden Horse Film Festival Awards for Best Film, Director, Supporting Actor (Lung), Supporting Actress (Gua) and Original Screenplay.
  • Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Feature, Director, Male Lead (Lichtenstein), Female Lead (Chin), Supporting Female (Gua) and Screenplay.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Director Ang Lee makes a cameo appearance during the the wedding banquet scene.
  • Together with his films Pushing Hands and Eat Drink Man Woman (all made in Taiwan, all showing the Confucian family at risk, and all starring the Taiwanese actor Sihung Lung) The Wedding Banquet forms what has been called Ang Lee's "Father Knows Best" trilogy.
  • In 2003, a stage musical adaptation of The Wedding Banquet (with book and lyrics by Next to Normal Tony Award winner Brian Yorkey) had its world premiere at the Village Theatre in Issaquah, Washington.

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