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
Directed by Robert Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Starring James Franco, Jon Hamm, David Strathairn, Bob Balaban, Jeff Daniels, Todd Rotondi, Mary-Louise Parker
UK Release date: February 25, 2011
16:10pm Screen 3 in the basement of the Cornerhouse, the missus and I alone in the dark, a screen no bigger than 15x10 feet, making this feel like a slideshow presentation and the film starts in greyscale, in a smoky basement cafe in 1955 San Fransisco...
In 1955, a 29-year-old unpublished poet realised the American Dream in a four-part poem called Howl, a poem that would become an obscene ode to the struggle of his displaced lost generation, post WWII when the creation of 'teenager' also created a whole slew of new problems for the new transition between child and man.
"What would my father think of Howl?" Ginsberg wondered, a typical notion of self examination and the constant need to prove to parents that, yes,
Typical: you wait a lifetime for a big-screen beat generation movie and then three roll off the rank at once. Hard on the heels of last year's Howl and Walter Salles's yet-to-be-released On the Road comes Big Sur, an adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel by writer-director Michael Polish.
The independent production will star the French-American actor Jean-Marc Barr as Kerouac's thinly veiled alter ego Jack Duluoz, while Josh Lucas co-stars as Cody Pomeray, a substitute for regular Keroauc muse Neal Cassady. The cast also includes Kate Bosworth, Radha Mitchell and Anthony Edwards.
Published in 1962, the autobiographical Big Sur charts the meltdown of a feted young author, who flees his native New York to hole up in a cabin on the coast of California. It was based on Kerouac's own experiences at Big Sur,
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