Monday, August 26, 2013

Penance: Here's a round-up of some good lesbian-themed movies, as an apology for last Saturday's post....

OK: I over-reacted, as I knew I was doing at the time, but my annoyance at a tiresome movie got the better of me, and my typing fingers took on a life of their own. In my post this past Saturday on the upcoming NewFest of LBGT movies, I mentioned that one of the films in this fest "would seem to prove yet again that lesbians and good movie-making seldom exist in the same frame." Of course this is not true. Puccini for Beginners (above) immediately counteracts that statement, as does Bound (below). So I went back a decade or three (one of these is now nearly 50 years old) to find a bunch of lesbian-themed films I'd enjoyed. Here's a quick list of 35 of them, each worthwhile (to some extent and/or for one reason or another), not all of them made by lesbian directors -- though that, I think should not matter so much. You'll no doubt have a bunch more of your own choices to add here, so feel free to let me know their names....

Aimee & Jaguar
All Over Me
Better than Chocolate
Les Biches
Bound 
But I'm a Cheerleader
Circumstance
Claire of the Moon
Daughters of Darkness
D.E.B.S.
Desert Hearts
Fine Dead Girls
Fingersmith (TV series)
Fire
French Twist
Go Fish
Heavenly Creatures
High Art
I've Heard the Mermaids Singing
Imagine Me & You
The Kids Are All Right
The Killing of Sister George
Kissing Jessica Stein
Lianna
Lost and Delirious
My Mother Likes Women
My Summer of Love
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (TV series)
Personal Best
Puccini for Beginners
Salmonberries
Shelter Me
Show Me Love
Water Lilies
The World Unseen

4 comments:

Patrick Murtha said...

Nice list! I checked it against my already insanely large IMDB Watchlist and added all the titles I was lacking. So you have done a public service here. It is appreciated.

James van Maanen said...

Thanks, Patrick. And it's only a beginning, I fear. I am sure to be embarrassed about the films I've left out...

I went to your blog. Nice! So diverse with an interest in just about everything. Impressive -- and fun, too.

Patrick Murtha said...

Thanks for the nice words about my blog! It has been very undernourished lately because of work commitments, but I hope to get back to it at some point.

I appreciate the way that TrustMovies keeps me alert to films that might otherwise pass by unnoticed.

James van Maanen said...

Again, thanks, as this is EXACTLY my purpose--keeping people alert to films that might otherwise pass 'em by.

I'll hope to see more of PM's Diary soon, too. But -- at least until you reach a certain age -- work must come first.