I watched Brokeback Mountain for the first time since it was in theaters last night. I didn’t like it much when I was in high school, but I figured that since I was older now I might be able to identify a little more strongly with the story.
Oh. My. God.
That movie ripped my soul to pieces, it…
Really good gay kinda-romance movies:
Totally Fucked Up (1993)
Not always a romance film (it’s got a lot of characters, so a lot happens, but for its central character, it is a romance), but it’s a really good, really frank gay movie about a group of teenage/20-something industrial-punk-ish kind of people and their various foibles. Something of a serious comedy, I suppose?
I Want Your Love (2012)
Also not necessarily a romance film, but deals a lot in romance/attraction, but it’s a really good movie about a dude living in San Fransisco who has to move back to his hometown in Ohio. It’s also about his group of friends, all taking place the day before he leaves. Thematically the movie is about the ways that people vie for eachothers’ affection and the different kinds of affection people give… It’s also a full-on porno-film. (There’s also a short film prequel of sorts to it with the same title— and it is just some buddies having a night together, also good)
Damned If You Don’t (1987)
A weird mixture of documentary and fanciful romance. It’s the story of several things. 1: About a nun falling in love with a woman. 2: About the 17th century abbess Benedetta Carlini, who was a mystic that spoke to Jesus, and evidently Jesus told her to fuck her nuns. 3: About the Catholic school experiences, and catholic school crushes, of the narrator (the filmmaker’s girlfriend). It blends them all together really touchingly.
A very early gay portrayal in cinema— A great big Romantic unrequited love story about an artist who loves his younger protege, and the journalist who loves the artist.
Fox And His Friends/Fistfight For Freedom (1975)
About a gay guy who wins the lottery and tries desperately to get ahead in life and make an honest connection with people— and the other gays who take advantage of him to try to desperately get ahead in life.