A curious alien lands in the London suburb of Croydon as punk is sweeping Britain in this sci-fi rom-com based on a short story by Neil Gaiman and directed by John Cameron Mitchell. ‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’ hits theatres this spring.
It’s 1977 and Enn (Alex Sharp) and his friends John (Ethan Lawrence) and Vic (Abraham Lewis) are young punks looking for anarchy in suburban London and to meet some girls.
Alex Sharp and Elle Fanning in in ‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’
The best queer movies of all time.
Hollywood is an important factor in helping the world to understand and accept the varied identities and relationships within the LGBT community. Whether they do it with comedy or shocking drama, it makes an impact on the world and helps diversify cinema on large scale.
Here are just ten of our favourite LGBT movies:
John Cameron Mitchell - Media day for Taye Diggs in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' held at The Lamb's Club in New York City at The Lamb's Club, - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 30th June 2015
Andrew Rannells, John Cameron Mitchell, Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Hall and Michael C. Hall - Lena Hall's final performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch with special guests at the Belasco Theatre - Curtain Call at Belasco Theatre, - New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 5th April 2015
John Cameron Mitchell - Snaps of the stars as they arrived at the opening night party for 'It's Only A Play' held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York, New York, United States - Thursday 9th October 2014
Lena Hall, Stephen Trask, John Cameron Mitchell and Neil Patrick Harris - Opening night curtain call for Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Belasco Theatre. - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 22nd April 2014
Becca And Howie Corbett have a perfect life, they live in a nice house with their son Danny and their dog. When Danny runs out of the garden and is hit by a car their existence is thrown into turmoil. Struggling to deal with the loss, the couple find very different ways of dealing with their pain.
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By Don Willmott
John Cameron Mitchell 's thesis in Shortbus harkens back to E.M. Forster's classic exhortation: "Only connect." In Mitchell's world, however, a big part of connection is sexual connection, and a big part of sexual connection is the ability to give and enjoy earth-shattering orgasms. Mitchell's characters are in search of sexual connection, and it's a shocking, hardcore search that brings intensely graphic (and real) sex to mainstream cinema for the first time. To put it another way: Oh. My. God.But Shortbus is not porn. The sex serves the story, and as was the case with Mitchell's other brilliant film, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the somewhat hard and threatening exterior hides a soft, sweet, and highly sentimental center. Shortbus is definitely about sex, but it's more about love and relationships and the joy one finds in truly connecting with someone else.We begin in the office of Sophia (Sook-Yin Lee), a young sex therapist. Her clients are depressed former hustler James (the very brave Paul Dawson) and his adoring boyfriend Jamie (PJ DeBoy). After five years, they fear they've lost the spark, and they're considering opening up their relationship, sexually speaking. Sophia is distracted by her own problems. We've already seen that she's capable of astonishingly acrobatic and energetic sex with her husband, but she admits she's never had an orgasm.James and Jamie invite her to visit Shortbus, a regular party/performance space/orgy lorded over by transvestite singing talent Justin Bond (playing a version of himself). With trepidation Sophia enters and encounters every kind of polymorphous perversion imaginable. It's an eyeful. (The jaded Bond describes it as "Just like the '60s, only with less hope.") The only friend she makes is Severin (Lindsay Beamish), a sad-eyed dominatrix with a heart of gold, who offers to help her find her orgasm. Over on another couch, James and Jamie have attracted the virginal Ceth (Paul Brannan), whom they take home. The hardcore gay three-way that ensues features a creative performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" involving bodily orifices that's so obscene it will probably get the film banned in 31 states. And yet the scene is as funny and sweet as it is dirty. That's Mitchell's magic.With a rich cast of supporting characters keeping things lively and interesting -- at one point an elderly gay former mayor of New York shows up at Shortbus and has a truly gripping conversation with Ceth -- the movie is never dull. Sophia's frustration grows, and the James/Jamie situation gets more and more tense, especially when James's depression gets dangerous and he simultaneously discovers he has a stalker. It's summer in the city, and frequent brownouts are threatening a blackout to come. It will take a lot of sexual energy and perhaps a rousing song from Bond to get the lights back on. These people may scare you, but you'll probably wish you could hang out with them.If Shortbus has any flaw it's that it seems to have trouble wrapping up. Mitchell has many lovely images up his sleeve, and he keeps dealing them out one by one until the movie has more than done its job. Of course, an excess of good ideas is a nice problem for a director to have. Despite his post-9/11 cynicism, Mitchell delivers a happy ending, so to speak. In fact, it's more than happy. It's positively orgasmic.
One of the last teen comedies of the raunch era -- before 10 Things I Hate About You and its ilk tried to appeal to a younger crowd -- Book of Love (based on the book Jack in the Box) is a capable, if far from classic, reminder of our Porky's past.Chris Young (that guy from PCU) and a whole host of now-obscure young stars (Keith Coogan was the kid in Adventures in Babysitting) make up the cast. Their story is awfully familiar: Senior year, bullies, unattainable chick, prom night. Various misadventures fill the 85 minutes before we get to the "will he lose his virginity" moment, most of them involving lightly scandalous "sexual conduct and language," as the MPAA notes. (Fair warning: Book of Love was originally released as a PG-13 movie; the new DVD cuts in more profanity and one breast shot, earning the film an R.)
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Following the success of Hedwig and the Angry Inch Off-Broadway and in other major cities comes this colorfully energetic filmed adaptation. Written, directed by, and starring the original, ever-talented John Cameron Mitchell, Hedwig delivers the guilty pleasure of entertainment through another's pain.
The brassy title derives from the fact that Hedwig, born Hansel, underwent an unsuccessful sex change operation when marrying an officer to flee an oppressive, still-halved Berlin. His childhood isn't a pretty picture, so it's easy enough to imagine the desperation strong enough to drive him towards accepting the drastic change. Hansel wouldn't have had a problem adapting to womanhood as he considered himself a "girly boy" anyway, but with a one-inch penis and no breasts, his difficulties increase.
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While watching "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," all kinds of poster-quote comparisons popped into my head to describe this weird and wry, sardonic and ironic concoction of transsexual punk rock melancholy-mirth.
It has the cult potential (and off-Broadway origins) of a "Rocky Horror," but while it is similarly a low-budget, tongue-in-cheek musical centered around gender confusion, it's far more sagacious and polished.
I toyed with calling it the anti-"Josie and the Pussycats," since it's the polar opposite of that recent flop's backhanded endorsement of rock'n'roll commercialism and capricious pop pap. But "Hedwig" is such a uniquely entertaining and original work of musical-dramedy invention, it deserves better than to be compared to anything that has come before it.
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