101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men

101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men

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by Alonso Duralde
     
 

In this comprehensive must-have guide to queer film, Advocate deputy arts and entertainment editor Alonso Duralde presents 101 films that will resonate soundly with gay audiences for reasons good, better, and outrageous!

Whether it’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (for redefining the idea of a movie hero), Mommie Dearest (for making Joan

Overview

In this comprehensive must-have guide to queer film, Advocate deputy arts and entertainment editor Alonso Duralde presents 101 films that will resonate soundly with gay audiences for reasons good, better, and outrageous!

Whether it’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (for redefining the idea of a movie hero), Mommie Dearest (for making Joan Crawford campier than she already was), or Two for the Road (because some-times you have to glean insights about gay relationships from straight movies with great banter), Duralde brings a quick wit, a gift for analysis, and a lifelong love affair with the -movies to each film recommendation. Along the way, he even outs Casablanca as a gay love story!

In addition to analysis as to why these films matter, each capsule review also contains production notes, cast and crew credits, and DVD/VHS availability.

Alonso Duralde has been the deputy arts and entertainment editor for The Advocate, the national gay and lesbian news-magazine since 2000. Prior to that he was the artistic director of the USA Film Festival in Dallas. He has been an arts columnist for the Dallas Observer, Movieline and Detour. He lives in Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555838669
Publisher:
Alyson Books
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Alonso Duralde is the deputy arts and entertainment editor for The Advocate, the national gay and lesbian newsmagazine.

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101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very exclusionary list.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men is a seminal tome in more ways than one. Well, actually, only one. It hasn't got any of the good pictures in it. But it does have 101 movies that are essential to a broad range of the gay aesthetic. It's got movies for drama queens, diva queens, show tune queens, bears, disco queens, grunge queens and size queens. The only gay subgenre it's lacking is the queer sports movie, and I'm sure once Duralde has seen Summer Storm and Guys and Balls he'll add something appropriate to Bride of 101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men he keeps promising (unless that what he's titling the lesbian companion piece he keeps promising as well, in which case he'll have to include Bend it Like Beckham or, better yet, Personal Best). When I came out, I was told I couldn't get my queer card until I'd seen Torch Song Trilogy and Murder by Death. Both are missing from 101. I'm not going to fight too hard for Murder by Death which is simply a very good example of camp and not particularly queerly significant beyond that, but I will say that I can't imagine a list of queer movies complete that doesn't include Torchsong. But what is in the book is delightful and insightful. I knew Fight Club is about the slashiest thing every made, but it didn¿t occur to me to put it in a list of must-see movies for the queer cognoscenti. But even the obvious choices - Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, Sunset Boulevard, Valley of the Dolls, Sunday, Bloody Sunday and many more - are given new life and new perspective with plot synopsis, evaluation of what's important to the queer viewer, quotes from the movie and an interesting visual classification system. Duralde examines these movies with wit and sensitivity. He makes you want to expand your DVD library, and in some cases your VHS library, not only with the movies he lists, but with the movies he mentions in passing discussion about other movies. And, for the record, I've seen The Broken Hearts Club and it isn't nearly as awful as Duralde makes it out to be, but it is awful. I cannot remember the title or anyone who was in it, but it you're looking for a movie emblematic of what bad queer cinema is, the one with the fireman who begs his girlfriend for a threesome without specifying the gender of the third participant and then is horrified when she brings some guy from the neighborhood who's been crushing on him for years into the bedroom is the one to choose.
Guest More than 1 year ago
`101 Must See Movies for Gay Men¿ by Alonso Duralde is a must have quick reference guide for anyone who has a penchent for all things celluloid. From movies that are so bad that they¿re good to the kind that make you want to thank the creator for bringing to your life a newfound joy, this book has them all. Written in an easy, approachable style, this no-nonsense guide lets the reader know what movies to watch and all the reasons why, without sounding hoity-toity or pretentious. Complete with memorable movie quotes, a fun rating system and inciteful analysis, this book needs to be within easy reach every time you think about buying or renting a movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great, informative book that takes a thoughtful, layered look at cinema. Duralde is a captivating writer who avoids the pitfall of obvious films marketed to the community (ie, 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert') and instead looks at a wide range of movies, spanning from high art to lowbrow camp, from Almodovar to John Waters and 99 other films in between. Duralde is clear and concise about why we should (or shouldn't) see a film many films are not filled with expressly gay content, but strike a chord that gay men can identify with. Owners of this book will have dog-eared copies from taking it to the video store, or using it as a guide to rent or purchase their next DVD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first glance this doesn't look like a book that you're supposed to read straight through because it's a 'reference book', to be consulted when you're in the mood for a movie and don't know what to watch. Wrong! I ended up reading it cover to cover, because it's that easy to get hooked. The 101 films are well-chosen, and discussed in bite-sized chunks that still manage to be comprehensive, enthusiastic and enlightening. And did I mention that it's funny? Well, it is. Mr. Duralde obviously loves movies, and his book is all about sharing the love. So you need to love it too. Right now.