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14 Films On Netflix To Watch At Your 2014 Pride Party

by Kyle Turner
June 24, 2014 8:46 PM
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Happy Pride Month! As June comes to a close, we take this time to celebrate being ourselves and the journey our forefathers took in order to express ourselves the way we please. If you’re anything like me, you will be avoiding the parties with the loud music and high risk of falling into a pool and staying indoors with your pint of ice cream watching movies. But, why not make it a party? Invite your queer friends over to watch some of the most stellar LGBT films on Netflix. Here, you’ll find that I was not allowed to list Weekend for all of the entries nor write “What do you mean you haven’t watched Heartbeats yet?” fifteen times. Enjoy, be safe, and Happy Pride, everyone!

Weekend (2011) | Directed by Andrew Haigh

The thing you want to do at your Pride party is bum everyone the Hell out. Just kidding. Andrew Haigh’s lucid Weekend is far from a bummer, instead a gorgeous, textural, and intimate examination of the moments of vulnerability that truly transcend sexuality. The ideal queer film, it remains specific in its portrayal of the queer experience and universal in its depiction of love. Truly one of the most moving films to ever grace the screen and to ever appear on Netflix.

Watch it here.

Blue is the Warmest Color

Blue is the Warmest Colour (2013) | Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche

You should make pasta for your party, and make it divine and desirous. (Yes food can be desirous, have you not seen Julie and Julia?) Though it caused a ruckus at Cannes for its explicit sex scenes, it took home the Palme d’Or for stirring the jury’s hearts and minds. Yes, it has several problems, not least its sex scenes. But Abdellatif Kechiche’s film is far more complex than it gets credit for, not only for its layered relationship, but also its look at pedagogy, desire, and class.

Watch it here.

Paris is Burning (1990) | Directed by Jennie Livingston

There will be music at your party and people will be Vogueing. Perhaps one of the most important documentaries ever made, Paris is Burning explores the New York ball culture, centering on queer people of color, often in drag, as its focus. It’s an astonishing, funny, and heartbreaking work that’s crucial to the queer narrative, particularly for its uncompromising look at a unique subset of the queer community.

Watch it here.

Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain (2005) | Directed by Ang Lee

There will probably be someone cosplaying as a gay cowboy at your party, so I’ve been told. Ang Lee’s not-Best Picture winning film is most interesting when it follows the diverging paths of ranch hands Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) after their first encounters and after they fall for one another. The impact the secrecy has on their interior selves and their families is fascinating to watch, especially when that façade crumbles at certain points in the film. Lee, who has (perhaps inadvertently) contributed to New Queer Cinema, very delicately and very honestly paints this passionate romance that, once you see it, transcends the snarky moniker of “that gay cowboy movie”.

Watch it here.

The Hours (2002) | Directed by Stephen Daldry

There will probably be discussions about Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Julianne Moore. One thing that director Stephen Daldry is not is subtle. But, while it doesn’t work for The Reader or Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, his heavy handedness, maybe ironically, works for The Hours. With its swelling Phillip Glass score and evocative imagery, the melodramatic carpe diem story needs someone as ambitious as Daldry to bring a strange heavy handedness to a film that tells its story across three somewhat interconnecting lines, strung together by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway. As separate stories, such melodrama isn’t needed, but together Daldry’s enthusiastic and emotional direction brings a peculiar weight and heft to the film.

Watch it here.

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  • Dorian Fuk | June 30, 2014 7:51 PMReply

    First of all, The Hours is The Best Film in The History of Cinema, so cheers 4 including it.

    Second of all, Derek Jarman is The Best Film Director in The History of Cinema, so cheers 4 including him, too.

    Third, and last, of all, David Bowie's alter-ego is called Ziggy Stardust, not Iggy. Which reminded me of that moment in Trainspotting:
    Diane: You can't stay in here all day dreaming about heroin and Ziggy Pop.
    Renton: It's Iggy Pop.
    Diane: Whatever. I mean, the guy's dead anyway.
    Renton: Iggy Pop's not dead. He toured last year!

    Love this blog, never change


  • foreverchanges | June 29, 2014 3:20 PMReply

    Honestly, the grammar in this article could use some work - 'reservedness' is not a word (except, possibly, in really badly written fan fiction). Also, using 'important' instead of 'importantly' is just awful.

    And, My Summer of Love is all about Natalie Press - she owns that film. Just because she isn't as well known is no excuse for practically overlooking her in favour of Emily Blunt, particularly for a site such as indiewire.

    Good selection though.

  • Perfida Limpin | June 25, 2014 11:36 AMReply

    Did you mean "Homme Fatale" in "Stranger by the Lake"?

  • Daniella Isaacs | June 25, 2014 11:15 AMReply

    "Buttlover", I have movie watching parties all the time with groups of friends and most the movies on this list are the kind of movies we watch. In fact, STRANGER BY THE LAKE was one of our most recent selections. The only one I though we'd never consider showing was BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, just because it's three hours.

  • um | June 25, 2014 7:42 AMReply

    That comment was meant for Buttlover

  • um | June 25, 2014 7:41 AMReply

    Have you seen GBF?!

  • ButtLover | June 25, 2014 2:13 AMReply

    I get and appreciate what this piece is saying, but really, none of these films are tonally appropriate to watch at a *party*. Not one "fun" gay movie among them.

  • Boo8sLover | June 25, 2014 8:15 PM

    "Tonally appropriate"? Who died and made you King of Pride? Sorry, Buttlover, but I've watched a number of these films on numerous "fun" occasions, and personally find everything from Velvet Goldmine and The Hours to My Summer of Love and Kids Are All Right to be exceptionally fun. Stop being such a buttloving Debbie Downer.

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