Sunday, June 30, 2013

You and I



2011 Russian/American Feature
Alternate Title: Finding t.A.T.u.

Cast: Mischa Barton, Shantel VanSanten, Anton Yelchin, Yulia Volkova and Lena Katina
Director: Roland Joffé
Writers: Aleksey Mitrofanov, Shawn Schepps and Luke Goltz, based on the novel t.A.T.u. Come Back by Aleksey Mitrofanov

Synopsis:
Two teenage girls, American Janie and Russian Lana, fall in love after meeting at a t.A.T.u. concert and are swept into a dangerous world of obsession, drug abuse and murder.

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Notes/Trivia:
  • Yulia Volkova and Lena Katina, better known as the controversial Russian pop duo t.A.T.u., appear as themselves.

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Female Trouble



1974 American Feature

Cast: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, Cookie Mueller, Susan Walsh, Michael Potter and Elizabeth Coffey
Writer/Director: John Waters

Synopsis:
Dawn Davenport, a spoiled schoolgirl, runs away from home, gets pregnant while hitchhiking, and becomes a fashion model for a pair of beauticians who like to photograph women committing crimes.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.8 /10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 79% / Audience: 83%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Female Trouble is dedicated to Manson Family member Charles "Tex" Watson. John Waters' prison visits to Watson inspired the "crime is beauty" theme of the film and in the film's opening credits, Waters includes a wooden toy helicopter that Watson made for him.
  • The lyrics to the title song, sung by Divine, were written by John Waters and set to a pre-existing piece of music.
  • Divine played both Dawn Davenport and Earl Peterson, the man who impregnates her.
  • David Lochary's final film.
  • John Waters still has the film's electric' chair and keeps it in his Baltimore home.

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Before Stonewall



1984 American Feature
Alternate Title: Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community

Cast: Rita Mae Brown, Ann Bannon, Lisa Ben, Gladys Bentley, Ivy Bottini, John Burnside, Martin Duberman, Allen Ginsberg, Barbara Gittings, Barbara Grier, Mabel Hampton, Harry Hay, Evelyn Hooker, Frank Kameny, Jim Kepner, Audre Lorde and Richard Bruce Nugent
Directors: Greta Schiller and Robert Rosenberg

Synopsis:
The history of the gay and lesbian community prior to the 1969 Stonewall riots.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 80% / Audience: 70 %
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • News & Documentary Emmy Awards for Outstanding Informational Cultural or Historical Programming and Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Research.
  • Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Festival Plate Award.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Trick



1999 American Feature

Cast: Christian Campbell, John Paul Pitoc, Tori Spelling, Brad Beyer, Lorri Bagley, Steve Hayes, Kevin Chamberlin and Coco Peru
Director: Jim Fall
Writer: Jason Schafer

Synopsis:
The misadventures of two young gay men — Gabriel, an aspiring Broadway composer, and Mark, a sexy go-go boy — as they spend one night trying to find somewhere to be alone in Manhattan.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 78% / Audience: 79%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

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  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



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Awards:
  • Berlin International Film Festival Jury Award.
  • L.A. Outfest Award for Outstanding Emerging Talent (Fall).

Notes/Trivia:
  • Director Jim Fall announced in 2012 that he is working on a sequel.

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Sagat



2011 French Short Film
Alternate Titles: Sagat: The Documentary / Sagat - Uncut

Cast: François Sagat, Christophe Honoré, Wilfried Knight, Bruce LaBruce, Chi Chi LaRue and Dean Monroe
Directors: Pascal Roche and Jérome M. Oliveira
Writer: Marc Hernández

Synopsis:
Profile of François Sagat, actor, artist, model, sex symbol and gay porn superstar.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 4.5/10
  • OMG rating: 7/10
  • Movie Dearest rating: B-

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  • DVD: Available


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Notes/Trivia:
  • In interviews included in the film, pornographic movie director Chi Chi LaRue compares François Sagat to pop diva Madonna, while underground film director Bruce LaBruce calls Sagat "the Marilyn Monroe of gay porn. Marilyn had her breasts, François has the ass". 

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Spartacus



1960 American Feature

Cast: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, Tony Curtis, John Gavin, John Dall, Nina Foch, John Ireland, Herbert Lom and Woody Strode
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writer: Dalton Trumbo, based on the novel by Howard Fast

Synopsis:
The rebellious Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to a gladiator trainer. After weeks of being trained to kill for the arena, Spartacus turns on his owners and leads the other slaves in rebellion against the Roman Republic.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 96% / Audience: 79%
  • OMG rating: 9/10

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



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Awards:
  • Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Ustinov), Color Cinematography, Color Art Direction and Color Costume Design; also nominated for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture and Film Editing.
  • BAFTA Award nomination for Best Film from Any Source.
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama; also nominated for Director, Actor - Drama (Olivier), Supporting Actor (Strode and Ustinov) and Original Score.
  • Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing - Feature Film.
  • Writers Guild of America nomination for Best Written American Drama.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Howard Fast's historical novel Spartacus was first published in 1951. It was also adapted as a television mini-series for the USA Network in 2004; Goran Visnjic starred  as the title character with Alan Bates as Antonius.
  • The development of Spartacus was partly instigated by Kirk Douglas's failure to win the title role in William Wyler's Ben-Hur.
  • Potential Directors: David Lean and Laurence Olivier.
  • Stanley Kubrick was brought in as director after Kirk Douglas had a major falling out with the original director, Anthony Mann. According to Peter Ustinov, the salt mines sequence was the only footage shot by Mann.
  • Casting Call: Ingrid Bergman, Jeanne Moreau and Orson Welles.
  • During the long, arduous shoot, Tony Curtis allegedly asked Jean Simmons, "Who do I have to screw to get off this film?" Some versions of the interaction include Simmons replying, "When you find out, let me know."
  • George Kennedy made his uncredited screen debut playing one of the soldiers in the famous "I am Spartacus!" scene. 
  • Spartacus is one of only three films to win Best Picture - Drama at the Golden Globes and not receive a Best Picture nomination from the Academy Awards. (The other two are East of Eden and The Cardinal.) 
  • Spartacus was the biggest moneymaker in Universal Studios' history, an honor it held for a decade until it was surpassed by Airport in 1970.
  • Spartacus was re-released in 1991 with 14 minutes of footage that had been cut from the film before its original release. This addition includes several violent battle sequences, as well as the infamous "bath scene" in which Laurence Olivier's Crassus attempts to seduce his slave Antoninus (Tony Curtis), speaking about the analogy of "eating oysters" and "eating snails" to express his opinion that sexual preference is a matter of taste rather than morality. The Production Code Administration and the Legion of Decency both objected to the scene, and one of the censors actually suggested it would help if the reference to oysters and snails was changed to truffles and artichokes. When the film was restored (two years after Olivier's death), the original dialogue recording of this scene was missing, and thus had to be re-dubbed. Curtis was able to re-record his part, but Crassus' voice was, at the suggestion of Olivier's widow Joan Plowright, provided by Anthony Hopkins. A talented mimic, he had been a protégé of Olivier during his days as the National Theatre's Artistic Director and knew his voice well.
  • In 2001, Spartacus was ranked #62 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Thrills" list. 
  • Spartacus was released on DVD as part of The Criterion Collection in 2001.
  • In 2003, Spartacus was ranked the #22 Hero on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Heroes & Villains" list.
  • In 2006, Spartacus was ranked #44 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Cheers" list.
  • In 2007, Spartacus was ranked #81 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition" list.
  • In 2008, Spartacus was ranked the #5 Epic on the American Film Institute's "10 Top 10" list.
  • In 2010, Starz premiered a television series based on the historical figure of Spartacus that upped the homoerotic content considerably, including full frontal nudity and gay sex scenes.

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Show Me Love



1998 Swedish Feature
Alternate Title: Fucking Åmål

Cast: Rebecka Liljeberg, Alexandra Dahlström, Erica Carlson, Mathias Rust, Josefine Nyberg, Ralph Carlsson and Maria Hedborg
Writer/Director: Lukas Moodysson

Synopsis:
In the small Swedish town of Åmål, friendless teenager Agnes is secretly in love with the popular Elin.

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Awards:
  • Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Award for Best Feature Film.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
  • Guldbagge Awards for Best Film, Direction, Actress (Dahlström and Liljeberg) and Screenplay.
  • Verzaubert International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Rosebud Award for Best Film.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Writer/director Lukas Moodysson's feature film debut.
  • The original title of the film, Fucking Åmål, refers to the girls' feelings about their smalltown home. In a key scene one of the girls shouts in desperation "varför måste vi bo i fucking jävla kuk-Åmål?" (which roughly translates to "why do we have to live in fucking bloody cock-Åmål?"). However, the title caused problems in other countries, and so alternative, neutral names were chosen by local distributors. For English-speaking countries, the new title was taken from the song at the end of the film, titled "Show Me Love".
  • Sweden's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy



2000 American Feature

Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Dean Cain, Ben Weber, Zach Braff, Matt McGrath, Billy Porter, Andrew Keegan, Nia Long, Mary McCormack, Justin Theroux and John Mahoney
Writer/Director: Greg Berlanti

Synopsis:
The lives of a group of gay friends in West Hollywood, centered around a restaurant owned by the fatherly Jack and the softball team he sponsors. The friends rely on each other for friendship and support as they search for love, deal with loss and discover themselves.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.6 /10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 63% / Audience: 69%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 51% / Audience: 7.6%
  • OMG rating: 7 /10

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  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Greg Berlanti's feature film debut as writer and director. His script was semi-autobiographical; he based it on his own circle of friends, and the Howie/Marshall storyline was based on a relationship Berlanti once had.
  • Working Titles: The Broken Hearts League and 8x10s (a term Greg Berlanti's sister used to describe the men he dated).
  • Kerr Smith, who played gay student Jack McPhee on Dawson Creek (which Greg Berlanti was a writer and producer of) has a cameo appearance in the film.
  • The film's soundtrack includes two classic songs by The Carpenters, "(They Long to Be) Close to You" and "We've Only Just Begun", covered by Mary Beth Maziarz.

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Kinky Boots



2005 British/American Feature

Cast: Joel Edgerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sarah-Jane Potts, Nick Frost, Linda Bassett, Jemima Rooper and Robert Pugh
Director: Julian Jarrold
Writers: Geoff Deane and Tim Firth

Synopsis:
After a drag queen rescues a man from a mugger, the two team up to save his family business, a shoe factory, from closure.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 57% / Audience: 63 %
  • Metacritic - Critics: 57% / Audience: 7.3%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

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  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



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Awards:
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (Ejiofor).

Notes/Trivia:
  • Inspired by a 1999 episode of the BBC2 documentary series Trouble at the Top, which followed Northamptonshire shoe factory owner Steve Pateman, who was struggling to save his family-run W.J. Brooks Ltd from closure. His solution was to cater to the fetish footwear market for men, trading as "Divine".
  • A stage musical adaptation of Kinky Boots debuted on Broadway in 2013, with a score by Cyndi Lauper and book by Harvey Fierstein. Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, it won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Actor (Billy Porter as Lola).

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Gia



1998 Television Movie

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Faye Dunaway, Mercedes Ruehl, Elizabeth Mitchell and Mila Kunis
Director: Michael Cristofer
Writers: Jay McInerney and Michael Cristofer

Synopsis:
The life of top fashion model Gia Carangi, from 17-year old rebel to her death at age 26 from AIDS. In between, she followed a downward spiral of drug abuse and failed relationships.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 92% / Audience: 80%

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  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available



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Awards:
  • American Cinema Editors Eddy Award for Best Edited Two-Hour Movie for Non-Commercial Television.
  • Casting Society of America Award for Best Casting for TV Movie.
  • Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding TV Movie or TV Mini-Series.
  • Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV (Jolie) and Supporting Actress (Dunaway); also nominated for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV.
  • L.A. Outfest Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film (Jolie).
  • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or a Movie; also nominated for Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Lead Actress (Jolie), Writing, Costume Design and Casting.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries (Jolie).
  • Writers Guild of America nomination for Original Script, Long Form Television.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Gia Carangi died in 1986 and is believed to be one of the first famous women to die of AIDS.
  • Originally broadcast on the American premium cable network HBO.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Johnny Guitar



1954 American Feature

Cast: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady and Ward Bond
Director: Nicholas Ray
Writer: Ben Maddow (credited to Philip Yordan), based on the novel by Roy Chanslor

Synopsis:
Fiery saloon owner Vienna, aided by ex-gunslinger Johnny Guitar, squares off against her archenemy Emma Small, a repressed rancher who wants to bring her down at any cost.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 96% / Audience: 84%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Author Roy Chanslor dedicated his novel Johnny Guitar to Joan Crawford, who then purchased the film rights.
  • Casting Call: Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck and Claire Trevor.
  • During production of the movie, Joan Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge reportedly had a bitter feud. Director Nicholas Ray (who was having an affair with Crawford at the time) felt it added greatly to the dramatic conflict between their two characters. 
  • Johnny Guitar was adapted into a stage musical, which debuted Off-Broadway in 2004.
  • In 2008, Johnny Guitar was inducted into the National Film Registry.

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Wizard of Oz



1939 American Feature

Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin and Clara Blandick
Directors: Victor Fleming and (uncredited) George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, Richard Thorpe and King Vidor
Writers: Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allan Woolf and (uncredited) Irving Brecher, William H. Cannon, Herbert Fields, Arthur Freed, E.Y. Harburg, Samuel Hoffenstein, John Lee Mahin, Herman J. Mankiewicz, Jack Mintz, Ogden Nash, Robert Pirosh, George Seaton and Sid Silvers, based on the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Songs: E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen

Synopsis:
Kansas farm girl Dorothy Gale is swept away by a tornado to the magical land of Oz and embarks on a journey to see the Wizard who can help her return home.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 99% / Audience: 83%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 100% / Audience: 8.1%
  • OMG rating: 10/10

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



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Awards:
  • Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Original Song ("Over the Rainbow"); also nominated for Best Picture, Color Cinematography, Art Direction and Special Effects.

Notes/Trivia:
  • L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was originally published in 1900. It has since been reprinted numerous times, usually under the title The Wizard of Oz due to the popularity of the movie.
  • Casting Call: Fanny Brice, Eddie Cantor, Buddy Ebsen, Deanna Durbin, W.C. Fields, Beatrice Lillie, Edna May Oliver, Gale Sondergaard, Shirley Temple, Ed Wynn and the MGM Lion.
  • Judy Garland received a Special Academy Award (her only Oscar) for "her outstanding performance as a screen juvenile during the past year". The award was a "miniature statuette" that she would later refer to as her "Munchkin Award".
  • There have been three official stage adaptations based directly on the movie, in 1942 (commissioned by the St. Louis Municipal Opera), 1987 (adapted by the Royal Shakespeare Company) and 2011 (with additional songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice).
  • Attributed as the most watched movie in film history, largely due to the number of annual television screenings, which began in 1956 on CBS. 
  • The Wizard of Oz has been identified as being of importance to the GLBT community, in part due to Judy Garland's starring role. Several theories have been expressed about the cause of this, such as "the dreary reality of Kansas implies the presence of homophobia and is contrasted with the colorful and accepting land of Oz" and the "parallels between GLBT people and characters in the film, specifically pointing to the characters' double lives and Dorothy's longing for a world in which her inner desires can be expressed freely and fully".
  • In gay slang, a "friend of Dorothy" (occasionally abbreviated FOD) is a term for a gay man. The phrase dates back to at least World War II, when homosexual acts were illegal in the United States. Stating that, or asking if, someone was a "friend of Dorothy" was a euphemism used for discussing sexual orientation without others knowing its meaning. The precise origin of the term is unknown and there are various theories. Most commonly, it is stated that "friend of Dorothy" refers to the film The Wizard of Oz because Judy Garland, who starred as the main character Dorothy, is a gay icon. In the film, Dorothy is accepting of those who are different. For example the "gentle lion" living a lie who sings "I'm afraid there's no denyin', I'm just a dandy lion".
  • Judy Garland's daughter Liza Minnelli voiced Dorothy and Margaret Hamilton voiced Auntie Em in the 1974 animated movie Journey Back to Oz.
  • In 1989, The Wizard of Oz was inducted into the National Film Registry, one of the first 25 films to be so honored.
  • In 1998, The Wizard of Oz was ranked #6 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies" list.
  • In 2001, The Wizard of Oz was ranked #43 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Thrills" list.
  • In 2003, the Wicked Witch of the West was ranked as #4 villain on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Heroes & Villains" list.
  • In 2004, "Over the Rainbow" was ranked #1 and "Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead" was ranked #82 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Songs" list.
  • In 2005, "Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore" was ranked #4, "There's no place like home" was ranked #23 and "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!" was ranked #99 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movie Quotes" list.
  • In 2006, The Wizard of Oz was ranked #26 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Cheers" list.
  • In 2006, The Wizard of Oz was ranked #3 on the American Film Institute's "Greatest Movie Musicals" list.
  • In 2007, The Wizard of Oz was ranked #10 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies - 10th Anniversary Edition" list.
  • In 2008, The Wizard of Oz was ranked the #1 Fantasy on the American Film Institute's "10 Top 10" list.

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof



1958 American Feature

Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives, Judith Anderson, Jack Carson and Madeleine Sherwood
Director: Richard Brooks
Writers: Richard Brooks and James Poe, based on the play by Tennessee Williams

Synopsis:
Alcoholic ex-football player Brick drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife Maggie. His reunion with his father jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 97% / Audience: 90%
  • OMG rating: 7 /10

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  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Actor (Newman), Actress (Taylor), Director, Adapted Screenplay and Color Cinematography.
  • BAFTA Award nominations for Best Film from Any Source, Foreign Actor (Newman) and Foreign Actress (Taylor).
  • Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Motion Picture - Drama and Director.
  • Writers Guild of America nomination for Best Written American Drama.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof premiered on Broadway in 1955. Directed by Elia Kazan, the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Play. Ben Gazzara and Barbara Bel Geddes starred as Brick and Maggie; original Broadway cast members Burl Ives and Madeleine Sherwood reprised their roles for this film version.
  • The references to homosexuality in the original play were removed from the screenplay to comply with the Hollywood Production Code. Because of this, George Cukor turned down MGM's offer to direct the film. Paul Newman, who had agreed to play the role of Brick under the impression the film would be a direct adaptation of the original play, expressed his disappointment when the screenplay, over Tennessee Williams' objections, deviated wildly from the stage text. Williams (who has said Cat was his personal favorite of all his plays) so disliked this film adaptation that he told people waiting in line at the movie theater, "This movie will set the industry back 50 years. Go home!". Despite the author's misgivings, the film was one of the top ten box office hits of 1958.
  • Casting Call: Montgomery Clift, Grace Kelly, Ben Gazzara, Robert Mitchum, Don Murray, Elvis Presley and Lana Turner.
  • The play has been revived a total of five times on Broadway since its original production: in 1974 (starring Elizabeth Ashley, Keir Dullea and Fred Gwynne), in 1990 (starring Kathleen Turner, Charles Durning and Polly Holiday), in 2003 (starring Ashley Judd, Jason Patric and Ned Beatty), in 2008 (directed by Debbie Allen and starring Terrence Howard, James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad) and in 2012 (starring Scarlett Johansson). For the first revival, Tennesse Williams made substantial alterations to the play; this has been the version used for most subsequent revivals.
  • In 1976, a television version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was produced and aired on NBC, starring Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner, Laurence Olivier and Maureen Stapleton. PBS' 1984 American Playhouse adaptation, starring Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones, Rip Torn and Kim Stanley, revived the sexual themes which had been muted in the 1958 film.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Vito



2011 American Feature

Cast: Richard Berkowitz, Jay Blotcher, Malcolm Boyd, David Ehrenstein, Rob Epstein, Arthur Evans, Jim Fouratt, Jeffrey Friedman, Karla Jay, Arnie Kantrowitz, Larry Kramer, Eric Marcus, Armistead Maupin, Jenni Olson, Felice Picano, Howard Rosenman, Gabriel Rotello, Michelangelo Signorile, Sean Strub, Lily Tomlin and Bruce Vilanch
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz

Synopsis:
The life of Vito Russo, gay liberation pioneer, author of The Celluloid Closet and heroic AIDS activist.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.1 /10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 96%
  • OMG rating: 9 /10
  • Movie Dearest rating: A

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • Fort Worth Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival Award for Best Documentary.
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Award nomination for LGBT-Themed Documentary of the Year.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary.
  • Movie Dearest Award for DVD of the Year.
  • News and Documentary Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Historical Programming - Long Form and Outstanding Research.
  • Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Audience Award for Favorite Documentary.
  • Toronto Inside Out Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival Special Jury Award.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Actors who appear in archival footage include Bette Davis, Doris Day, Marlene Dietrich, Albert Finney, Greta Garbo, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn, Rock Hudson, Shirley MacLaine, Bette Midler, Don Murray and Barbra Streisand.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Maurice



1987 British Feature

Cast: James Wilby, Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves, Denholm Elliott, Simon Callow, Mark Tandy, Phoebe Nicholls, Billie Whitelaw and Ben Kingsley
Director: James Ivory
Writer: Kit-Hesketh-Harvey and James Ivory, based on the novel by E.M. Forster

Synopsis:
The young Maurice Hall meets Clive Durham at Cambridge University and the two fall in love, yet the oppressiveness of Edwardian society forces them apart. While Clive hides in marriage, Maurice struggles to come to terms with his sexuality.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 90% / Audience: 82%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 74% / Audience: 8.8 %
  • OMG rating: 9 /10

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



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Awards:
  • Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design.
  • Venice Film Festival Silver Lion Award, Volpi Cup Award for Best Actor (Wilby and Grant) and Golden Osella Award for Best Score.

Notes/Trivia:
  • The title is pronounced "Morris", the English pronunciation.
  • E.M. Forster wrote Maurice from 1913 onwards, yet resisted its publication during his lifetime because of public and legal attitudes to homosexuality; a note found on the manuscript read: "Publishable, but worth it?". It was only published in 1971, a year after Forster's death.
  • Casting Call: John Malkovich and Julian Sands.
  • Helena Bonham Carter, star of Merchant Ivory's previous E.M. Forster adaptation A Room with a View, makes an uncredited cameo appearance in the cricket match scene.
  • A stage adaptation of the novel, written by Roger Parsley and Andy Graham, was first produced in the UK in 1998.
  • A Los Angeles queer punk rock, film and performance art festival called Scutterfest was named after Scudder, Rupert Graves' character in this film.
  • Twenty years after the release of Maurice, James Wilby and Rupert Graves again co-starred as gay characters in another movie, Clapham Junction.

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