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Top 100 Greatest Gay Movies

11 September 2012 7:58 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Brace yourselves. This list of the Top 100 Greatest Gay Movies is probably going to generate some howls of protest thanks to a rather major upset in the rankings. Frankly, one that surprised the hell out of us here at AfterElton.

But before we get to that, an introduction. A few weeks ago we asked AfterElton readers to submit up to ten of their favorite films by write-in vote. We conducted a similar poll several years ago, but a lot has happened culturally since then, and a number of worthy movies of gay interest have been released. We wanted to see how your list of favorites had changed.

We also wanted to expand our list to 100 from the top 50 we had done previously. We figured there were finally enough quality gay films to justify the expansion. And we wanted to break out gay documentaries onto their own list (You'll find the »

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[Now Streaming] Your ‘Men in Black 3,’ ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ and ‘The Intouchables’ Alternatives

23 May 2012 11:05 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to Men in Black 3, Moonrise Kingdom and The Intouchables.

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones reprise their roles as agent J and agent K in the time-traveling tale that features Josh Brolin as 1960- era K. Jemaine Clement co-stars; Barry Sonnenfeld directs.

Like your sci-fi funny?

Futurama (1999) The Simpsons creator Matt Groening took his observational and absurd humor into space for this witty and wacky cartoon series. 21st century pizza boy Philip J. Fry stumbles into a cryogenic tube and wakes up 1000 years later, where he discovers a world peopled with jaded robots, noble mutants, and bizarre aliens. Each week offers a new misadventure and plenty of jokes that reward re-watching. Billy West and Katey Sagal co-star. Seasons 1-6 now streaming. »

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Come Have Coffee with Us (1970)

10 February 2012 12:21 PM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Director Alberto Lattuada’s keenly observed erotic comedy Come Have Coffee with Us is most definitely a product of its time (and patriarchal culture). Produced in Italy in 1970, this vibrantly shot film walks a fine line between sexism and the burgeoning feminist movement of the ‘60’s. Paronzini (played with much charm by La Cage aux FollesUgo Tognazzi), a middle-aged tax inspector in a small Italian city, decides it’s time to leave his comfortable bachelor existence for a wealthy wife. He sets his sights on three single middle-aged sisters whose father (a wealthy taxidermist) recently passed away. The three women live a happy yet modest and cloistered life on an expansive estate. Fortunata (Angela Goodwin), the oldest sister, is the most prudish of the trio. Tarsilla (Francesca Romana Coluzzi) is the more adventurous middle child. Camilla (Milena Vukotic), the youngest, is naïve and childlike.

After seeking Paronzini’s advice on some tax matters, »

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Come Have Coffee with Us

23 January 2012 9:17 PM, PST | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Another in a series of remasters of the lesser-known Italian auteur Alberto Lattuada, Come Have Coffee with Us is a distinctly Mediterranean take on what in any other hands would be a sex farce. Fastidious, handsome war veteran Emerenziano Paronzini (Ugo Tognazzi, La Cage aux Folles) relocates to a small Lombardy town and sets his sights on the wealthy Tarsilla sisters, whose father and benefactor has recently died. Though not as "ugly" as the subtitles would have us believe, the sisters are certainly not conventionally beautiful, and certainly not young. The oldest is a stuffy, middle-aged virgin. The middle one is a childlike harpist, given to shrieks and giggles. And the youngest is a giantess and librarian, who is also being pursued by a young, poor Romeo for trysts at the local church.



- David M. DeLeon

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