BY JOSH MIDDLETON
I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for all the best new gay movies on Netflix streaming, and I’ve come up with a pretty good list. Notables? Capote, starring the recently deceased Phillip Seymour Hoffman; Looking‘s Jonathan Groff stars in C.O.G., a film based on a short story by gay humorist David Sedaris; and the critically acclaimed Blue is the Warmest Color. Check out the full list below, with trailers, links to streaming pages, and descriptions.
- Beyond the Walls: "Smitten with each other at first sight, pianist Paulo and bass player Ilir move in together -- but their passionate relationship soon devolves into a tempestuous ride of crime, addiction and betrayal in this powerful drama."
- Blue is the Warmest Color: "Determined to fall in love, 15-year-old Adele is focused on boys. But it's a blue-haired girl she meets on the street who really piques her interest. Soon, Adele is exploring her desire for girls as she negotiates her way to becoming a woman."
- Call Me Kuchu: "This powerful film follows David Kato, the first openly homosexual man in Uganda, as he fights the nation's looming anti-gay laws. When he's murdered soon after a major victory, it leaves those who looked to him for inspiration searching for answers."
- Capote: "The toast of New York City society after penning Breakfast at Tiffany's, flamboyant writer Truman Capote finds himself in a dance with the devil while researching the Clutter family murders for his masterwork In Cold Blood.
- Christopher and His Kind: "This intimate adaptation of acclaimed novelist Christopher Isherwood's memoir conjures the young explorer's 1931 arrival, with poet W.H. Auden, on Berlin's decadent cabaret scene, along with the hearts he gained and lost in that anything-goes era."
- C.O.G: "Based on a short story by David Sedaris, this comedy follows the brash young author as he travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm. The journey exposes him to all sorts of culture clashes, but what awaits him at the farm is far worse."
- Concussion: "When a blow to the head with a baseball prompts lesbian housewife Abby to shake up her suburban life — and her dull marriage — she buys a fixer-upper in Manhattan and seeks excitement by becoming a prostitute."
- Eyes Wide Open: "Married Jerusalem butcher Aaron takes pity on homeless student Ezri and hires him to work in his shop. But when romantic sparks fly between the unlikely pair, Aaron's wife, Rivkeh, becomes increasingly suspicious. The stern Orthodox community disapproves, and a menacing group of "modesty guards" monitors Aaron's every move in this tragic drama, an official selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival."
- Four: "As a middle-aged black man goes on a date with a young white man he met on the Internet, his teen daughter spends an evening with an ex-basketball star. But their attempts to make intimate connections are hindered by the secrets each holds."
- The Four-Faced Liar: "Four twentysomethings struggling to find direction and meaning in their lives meet by chance in a New York City Irish tavern. After bonding over drinks, they proceed to put each other through an emotional wringer."
- Going Down in La-La Land: "Hunky actor Adam arrives in Los Angeles from New York, brimming with hope for a career in the movie business. His good looks draw the attention of agents and studio execs, and almost instantly, he begins to climb the ladder of fame — or so it seems."
- Petunia: "Charlie Petunia hails from a family of neurotic New Yorkers and has sworn off sex. When he meets George, Charlie thinks he's finally found a guy worth breaking that pledge — but their relationship hits a snag when Charlie learns George has a wife."
- Pit Stop: "In this lyrical drama that explores the sometimes isolated lives of gay men in small towns, construction contractor Gabe and forklift operator Ernesto experience love and loss as they search for meaning and romance."
- Rent: "Chris Columbus's faithful adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical set in New York's East Village boasts a slew of stars from the show's original Broadway cast, including Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp, Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs and Jesse L. Martin. Based on Puccini's opera La Boheme, the story follows a group of scrappy bohemians who face true love, broken hearts, drug addiction and AIDS — and paying rent to high-powered oppressors."
A movie that inspired a Broadway musical