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Happy Pride Month: Here's 43 Great LGBT Films To Help You Celebrate

By Austin Dale, Devin Lee Fuller, Peter Knegt, Bryce J. Renninger and Nigel M. Smith | Indiewire June 5, 2012 at 1:22PM

This June marks the 43rd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the iconic New York City uprising that played a considerable role in the pioneering years of the gay and lesbian rights movement. Mass LGBT pride celebrations will be happening all over as a result, but you can also go no further than your living room to partake in your own little way.
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"Velvet Goldmine"
"Velvet Goldmine" is a lot of things at once: A remake of "Citizen Kane," a Ken Russell-inspired rock musical, David Bowie fan fiction. It's also an erotic gay love story in which the sexually liberation of glam rock fuels both a collaboration and a consummation. Brian Slade and Curt Wild are stand-ins for David Bowie and Iggy Pop, respectively, and played by Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Ewan McGregor, they ooze sex appeal despite evading gendered labels. Todd Haynes' vision of the glam-rock 70's is a sensory-overloaded oasis where nothing is off limits. [Austin Dale]


“Weekend”
Andrew Haigh’s second feature follows a one-night stand that develops into something more over the course of one weekend. Russell (Tom Cullen), a gay man who spends most of his time trying to fit in with his straight friends, meets Glen (Chris New), an out-and-proud gay man who doesn’t see any reason to fit in. They discuss their conflicting ideas about gay men in a straight world over the course of three days, occasionally having sex and taking drugs. The film is at times painfully true to the queer experience, but it is also relatable to anyone who has developed a strong emotional connection in a short period of time. Haigh cements himself as a director to watch. [Devin Lee Fuller]

"Wilde"
As anyone who's seen "Wilde" knows, Stephen Fry was born to play Oscar Wilde. The English actor not only bears an eery resemblance to the legendary poet, he's also a published playwright himself; has several novels under his belt; considers himself a poet; and is an out and proud homosexual. "Wilde" is by no means the perfect on-screen account of Wilde's life -- it's a tad unwieldy and is not all that emotionally involving -- but Fry's wry turn makes it well worth catching, as does the exemplary supporting cast that includes a young (and very naked) Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave, Jennifer Ehle and Michael Sheen. [Nigel M. Smith]

"Wildness"
Wu Tsang has taken the art world by storm, and his new film, about the party, Wildness, he used to host with friends and the bar it took place in, The Silver Platter, is a queer classic even before it's been officially released.  When I first saw the film at MoMA's Doc Fortnight, I rushed home to write my heart out.  "Wildness" is a beyond excellent film showing a contemporary queer sensibility that usually sticks to literature, photography and performance art, rarely making its way to film.  Luckily Tsang took his story to the big screen. [Bryce J. Renninger]


"Zero Patience"
Set against the backdrop of the 1980s AIDS crisis, "Zero Patience" was released to considerable controversy (and the tagline "a John Greyson Movie Musical") back in 1993. Debunkng the myth of "Patient Zero" - the Quebecois flight attendant infamously blamed for bringing AIDS to North America in Randy Shilts' book "And The Band Played On" --  the multi-layered and post-modernist film blends remarkably catchy musical numbers (!) and unexpected comic relief with substantial political and social commentary. [Peter Knegt]
 

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