If you need a break from holiday parties, shopping, tree trimming and family, several gay-friendly films that are currently playing, and some that are now on DVD, may be just what you’re looking for.
I Love You Phillip Morris is the unbelievable but true story of con artist Steven Russell (a wild and crazy Jim Carrey) and the object of his affection Phillip Morris (a sweetly naïve Ewan McGregor). The two men meet and fall in love in prison and Russell embarks on increasingly outrageous cons to support the man he loves. The film works best as a comic vehicle for Carrey, but McGregor’s utterly endearing performance provides its heart.
Black Swan is the psycho-sexual lesbian ballet thriller that your friends and the critics have been raving about. Natalie Portman finally gets the chance to give the tour-de-force performance that we always knew was in her; Mila Kunis has a star-making turn as her devious rival; and Barbara Hershey makes a welcome return to the screen as a stage mother from hell.
Rabbit Hole directed by John Cameron Mitchell (of Hedwig and the Angry Inch fame) is based on David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize winning play. Nicole Kidman gives her best performance in years as a mother coping with the death of her four-year old son and Aaron Eckhart is wonderful as her husband. Despite its potentially depressing subject, the film is warm, compassionate, and beautifully human.
Stocking stuffers: Buy, rent or Netflix these gems that are now available on DVD.
The Kids Are All Right starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as lesbian moms is one of the most critically praised films of the year and an early Oscar front-runner. The comedy-drama about the kids finding their sperm donor father (Mark Ruffalo) has already racked up three Golden Globe and four Independent Spirit Award nominations.
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is the highly insightful and very funny documentary about the comedy legend. While she’s currently dishing the divas on the E! Channel’s Fashion Police, this film deftly reveals what drives Rivers – and makes her tick.
A Single Man is last year’s adaptation of Christopher Isherwood’s novel starring Colin Firth as a middle-aged gay man in the 1960’s dealing with the death of his young partner (Matthew Goode). Directed by fashion designer Tom Ford, the film stresses cologne ad imagery over emotional resonance, but Firth’s performance is well worth watching.