By Austin Dale, Devin Lee Fuller, Peter Knegt, Bryce J. Renninger and Nigel M. Smith | Indiewire June 5, 2012 at 1:22PM
"But I'm a Cheerleader"
Using stereotypes to fuel its absurd satire of gay rehabilitation clinics, "But I'm a Cheerleader" also pushes camp to the limits, with RuPaul giving a top-notch comedic performance as a curer-of-the-gay. There's also appearances by Michelle Williams, hunk Eddie Cibrian and "Night Court" actor Richard Moll. Oh...right, and the woman who needs to be cured of her lesbianism is NATASHA LYONNE. This one shares a director and producer with "The Itty Bitty Titty Committee," and it's absolutely pure fun. [Bryce J. Renninger]
A massive hit in its native Quebec where it went on to win a slew of Genie Awards (Canada's answer to the Oscars), "C.R.A.Z.Y." centers on the coming-of-age and coming out of Zac Beaulieu (played by Marc-Andre Grondin in his teenage and young adult years). Spanning a hefty 20 years in his life (from 1960 through 1980), filmmaker Jean-Marc Valee ("The Young Victoria") spans a lot of time in "C.R.A.Z.Y.," but keeps the tale remarkably contained on Beaulieu's journey and on his turbulent relationship to his father (Michel Cote). Boasting a soundtrack that includes its fair share of David Bowie and a fantastic ensemble cast, "C.R.A.Z.Y." is crowd pleasing without ever being cloying. [Nigel M. Smith]
"Death in Venice"
Visconti's "Death In Venice" is a profoundly sad film, and, surprisingly, not a creepy one. Gay actor Dirk Bogarde plays Gustav von Ascherbach, an aging composer who vacations in Venice for his health, but never returns. In between his arrival and his deeply cinematic death, he encounters, falls in love with and then becomes utterly obsessed with a Polish boy named Tadzio. He is beautiful, mysterious, and possibly imaginery, and his sadistic romantic gazes at Gustav cause the man's demise. It's not a film about pedophilia, because the romance involved isn't exactly sexual. It's about a small kind of liberation. "Death In Venice" depicts a man looking through the keyhole of the Closet. (And there is also a wonderful supporting performance from gay icon Marisa Berenson.) [Austin Dale]
"Eddie Murphy: Delirious"
Okay, so this movie is a little different from everything else on the list. "Eddie Murphy Raw" is a live comedy film that isn't really known for the jokes as much as Murphy's ecstatically-received homophobic rant that begins with "Faggots aren't allowed to look at my ass when I'm on stage!" But after all, with all this new research coming out about the direct connection between homophobia and suppressed homosexuality, this could also just be a very gay movie about a very gay comedian. Look no further Murphy's wardrobe; nothing says "I am heterosexual" like a tight red leather pantsuit, unzipped to the navel. [Austin Dale]