Many films have shown the world an entirely different perspective by serving as a window into the stories and lives of different kinds of people. Over the years, different subjects and issues have been used by films to deliver a message, whether it is raising awareness to a certain issue, or giving a glimpse of the culture, and perspectives that the other side of the world have.
I am a film buff, and a self-proclaimed connoisseur of films, and there is a certain subject matter that I really enjoy, and that is homosexuality. For this week’s Top List, I will be sharing my top five favorite gay themed films which I definitely think most people would relate to and enjoy.
Heartbeats is a film about three friends Francis, Marie, and Nicolas who are tangled in a love triangle. The film premiered at the Un Certain Regard of the Cannes Film Festival in 2010, and it is directed by Xavier Dolan who also starts in the film.
The film is not that deep, but has a very beautiful message about friendship. The intuitive cinematic portrayal of the feelings in the film is very raw that you as an audience would feel the emotions.
Xavier Dolan was only 21 years old when the film was released, but based on the film alone, it is quite obvious of how promising he is as a filmmaker.
4th Man Out (2016)
The only comedy film in this list, Fourth Man Out is a film about Adam who comes out as gay to his three best friends Chris, Nick, and Ortu. The film is written by Aaron Danick, and directed by Andrew Nackman. It stars Evan Todd, Parker Young, Chord Overstreet, and Jon Gabrus.
The film is very entertaining as it provides a very interesting take on the “bro” relationship, and most importantly, it is a film about coming out, and acceptance. It is funny, but at the same time, it has this very warm atmosphere in it that is very relatable to those who understand what it’s like to be in a group of friends.
The chemistry of the cast, as wells as the comedic timing is definitely on point. The film perfectly captures the acceptance aspect of any friendship. There is something about the film that makes it stand out amongst other comedic gay themed films out there.
Kill Your Darlings (2013)
A biographical drama film about some of the earliest members of the Beat Generation, Lucien Carr, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac, and the killing of David Kammerer, Kill Your Darlings premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
The film has this very exciting atmosphere about it as it perfectly captures the minds of the men who are the subject of the film. In addition to that, all of the actors gave a groundbreaking performances that definitely made the film better than it already is. Daniel Radcliffe, of course, was a standout, then there’s also Dane DeHaan and Jack Huston who gave a very sincere and heartfelt performances.
The film is also very intriguing that it’s going to make you want to read the works of the members of Beat Generation.
Kill Your Darlings is John Krokidas’s directional debut who showed a promising and ambitious idea of how biographical films should be made.
Weekend is a romantic drama film about two men, Russell and Glen, who developed a connection after spending time together on a weekend. The film, written and directed by Andrew Haigh, premiered at the SXSW festival in the United States where it won the Audience Award.
All the elements depicted are very natural that it almost makes you feel as if you’re really involved in the film. Weekend did not give away that complicated feeling that would annoy most viewers, instead, it gave a powerful sensation of intimacy, and intensity making every scene gripping and heartfelt.
Andrew Haigh’s direction is very subtle that the film showed an authentic homosexual relationship, and is not the plain, and clichéd kind of romance used in other films.
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Brokeback Mountain is an award-winning romantic drama film adapted from Annie Proulx’s short story of the same name. The film depicts the romantic relationship between Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, portrayed by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal respectively.
The film beautifully shows a captivating gay love story that eventually becomes tragically heartbreaking, and it has a very powerful message about regret. It offers a perspective on how the lives around you could change based on the decisions you make, and it gives this heavy feeling of sorrow to the viewers as the events in the story unfold.
Other than the very astounding writing, the cast’s very compelling performance, and Ang Lee’s keenness on the artistic and dramatic of the film to bring it to life made the film an extraordinary masterpiece.
What other gay themed films do you recommend? Sound in the comments below!
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