Welcome to Queer Fudanshi. Let’s Talk. Today is Monday and that means it’s time for another Devin inspired topic. Today, we’re doing a sort of mix between a ramble time and a Story Time. Today’s topic is my top ten LGBT movies and series. Specifically, I’ll be talking about my first experiences with these film/shows (while in the Youtube video I’ll explain their premises).
New to Monday Posts? Every Monday I pick a random topic to share and talk to you guys about. In addition, each topic can have a varying category.
There’s Story Times which are more personal anecdotes about my life such as my trip to New York City to see a Got7 concert or my cruise to Bermuda. There are Ramble times like this where I discuss topics in a more casual fashion such as Why #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyFriend is Plausible, but not Possible, or How Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (AKA The Scorbus Play) Failed the LGBT Community. Lastly, there are Character Studies such as the ones I did for The Mindy Project and Ugly Betty where I discuss Queer characters from media with detail. Are they great representation? Are they not? And why.
So Let’s Get Talking
Again, in the Youtube video I share the premise of each episode. In this blog post I share my first experience with the movie/series and/or why I love it.
Were the World Mine
I first found this movie when I was in high school. This was around the time that I discovered Netflix and more importantly, the gay/lesbian section of that streaming site. It was like coming home. I watched countless gay themed movies and tv shows (some of which are on this list). Were the World Mine was one of those movies.
This movie was just so campy and fun. I loved it. I loved the songs, I loved the hecticness of the story with characters falling in love and making out all over the place… (maybe I should watch this movie again). It got to the point that I tried to learn some of the songs so I could sing along with them. In addition, I had the dream to make this movie into a Broadway musical. When I told my friend this she was like, “But it’s already a musical?” and I was like, “But it’s not the same!”
Will and Grace
I discovered Will & Grace when I was in college. I had just moved in as a freshman and I didn’t know anyone. I didn’t make my group of friends till the middle of orientation, so the first few days were pretty lonely. To combat that, I watched tv. Luckily, my dorm room was right next to the tv room in my building. I went there often.
It was during this time that I came across Will and Grace and finally gave it a chance. I guess that really says something about the show that it ended more than a decade ago and it’s still being played on multiple tv stations to this day.
I can’t tell you how much I laughed and how much I connected with the characters during those days. It got to the point that I later bought the dvds to some of the seasons. In addition, I’m now remembering that my first date at college ended up being me watching Will & Grace (at his request). Clearly, I’m not the only fan.
Queer as Folk/The L Word/Noah’s Arc
These three shows are actually not my favorite, but I felt I had to include them because of my experiences with them and because of their significance to the LGBT community in American and in the western world.
As I said, during my time in high school I got more connected with LGBT movies and tv shows through netflix. In addition, this was the time when I discovered the Logo channel. If you guys don’t know, the Logo channel is the prominent gay tv channel. Sadly, right now the show is basically the RuPaul’s Drag Race channel, but with some (failed) attempts and new programming.
I discovered this shows on Logo and really took to the races with watching them. I absorbed them like I was at a hot dog eating contest. Each one was stuffed down into my core and became a solid part of my being. These shows will always have a special part in my heart because of that, favorites or not.
Heroin/Addicted the Web Series
It kind of amazes me that this series was only released earlier this year, because I feel like I’ve known it for ages. It feels like it belongs wonderfully with other Devin favorites within this list.
I discovered this series somewhere in the middle of its run. I was watching before the show got banned, but sometime after the first few episodes aired. I loved it with all my heart. The show was engaging and fun. I remember watching it in my dorm room and making a big scene in front of my roommates when the (spoilers) confession/kidnapping scene happened. I remember finishing it during my spring break. I laid on my bed just feeling so full of emotions such as love and devastation since I knew there wouldn’t be any more. I knew that this series was something special in my heart (still is). Who knows if that’ll ever change.
Across the Universe
This film was pretty trippy. I watched it first at the end of middle school. Perhaps in the summer between middle school and high school even. I watched it and at first hated it. It was so weird! The trippy ’60s feel left me disinterested in the movie.
Funny thing is, I couldn’t get the songs out of my head. They were addicting! Since I couldn’t get the songs out of my head I went back and watched the rest of the movie. Within an hour I knew I made the right decision.
In addition, there’s Prudence. Beautiful beautiful Prudence who sang “I Want You” and “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” with such raw substance and meaning that they still strike a cord with me today. Guys, all we wanna do is hold someone’s hand. Prudence gets it.
Patrik, Age 1.5
This is another movie that I discovered on Netflix in college. This film was so engaging to me because I had never imaged getting that far. I never imagined getting older and having a family. I never thought about it until this film.
In addition, I loved the relationship between one of the fathers and the boy. Seeing them stick it out and become a real family was tear jerking. The ending with the three of them running in the field with matching clothes and a dog running behind them was too much! I was overjoyed to see their happiness.
Reaching for the Moon
This is a recent movie that I have reviewed on this channel. I remember watching it and loving the main character Elizabeth. She was one of those characters that I wish I knew in real life. She was everything, from an award winning author to an alcoholic, and everything in between.
In addition, I found the polyamorous relationship between the three women so interesting. It was so new to me that I was awed by it. That truly made this film noteworthy in my opinion.
The Curiosity of Chance
This film is another that I found on Netflix in high school. This film spoke to me because it was about a gay boy coming to terms with being openly gay. The film was exciting and fun and the main character was relateable as ever. I do want to note though that I watched the film later in college and realized that it’s pretty weird,… but whatever, who cares. I still love it anyway. In fact, I wore my version of Chance’s outfit as my Halloween costume during my senior year of high school.
To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything Julie Newmar
This is a film I found on the Logo channel during high school. I thought it was so fun and so fascinating. I had never really watched anything with drag queens in it before, besides Rent. This film had three wonderful queer characters who were just as much human as they were caricatures.
I watched this movie several times after watching. It’s the type that just slowly seeps into your heart because it is so sweet and happy. I made the same friend who watched Were the World Mine watch this movie (and my mother). In addition, it introduced me to the wonders of Mel Carter. Now that I’m writing about this film, I feel like it’s time for me to watch it again…
I could literally write a 50,000 word essay on RENT alone. I LOVE THIS MOVIE. I love this movie and the musical that it originates from. I discovered it in middle school around the age of 12 or so. I was on Youtube and found a video of the song “Take Me or Leave Me.” I was like, “What? What is this?” I then asked my parents for the dvd and was thrilled when they got it for me.
I have since loved that movie and musical for almost a decade and I have NO DOUBT that I will love it for the rest of my life. I have researched info about the cast and creator. I even listened to the full movie with commentary from the director talking over it. I know almost every song by heart. I am a major Renthead.
That is it for my top ten LGBT movies and series. What is your top ten list (BL included) and why? Let me know down in the comments below and let’s get talking.