Thursday, November 17, 2011

Recommended Retro 80s Gay Movies

Netflix boasts several LGBT titles in its streaming catalog. Two selections that stand out are both coming-of-age retro-80s movies. Written by gay GenXers, these movies capture autobiographical experiences from what is now informed adult perspectives:

Each coming out story has its angsty moments, but nothing that will have you wanting to drive off a cliff. Both also capture what the 80s was all about (particularly Edge of Seventeen, which includes those finer, oft-forgotten details of the decade). It doesn't hurt that the lead characters in each are New Wavers and look like the kind of guys I stalked in the high school hallway.

The Curiosity of Chance is a bit campier and touches somewhat on Chance's discovery of drag. It doesn't include any sexually explicit content, so might be a good intro to these themes for a younger person. Edge of Seventeen is a bit more serious, and includes light drug use and sexual situations. Eric's gradual transformation from wanna-be into all-out New Waver is amazing, realistic, and something I could relate to. (Not to mention H-O-T!) I totally recommend both movies. Totally!


K. Z. Snow said...

Thank you! I'm always looking for good m/m movies. Haven't heard of these.

Katrina Strauss said...

K.Z. ~ You're welcome! Netflix has its issues regarding recent business decisions and a clunky layout, but I applaud them for having the most varied LGBT movie selections I've found anywhere!

Pia Veleno said...

Thanks Kat! I've been meaning to explore the Netflix GLBT offerings.

VJ Summers said...

Thanks for the awesome (yep, liked 'em both) and *timely* suggestions!

Happy Weekend!

Katrina Strauss said...

Pia ~ They have some great offerings. It's refreshing and awesome to see so many gay titles, and openly listed as such!

Katrina Strauss said...

VJ ~ Glad to hear you enjoyed them! I must say, Edge of Seventeen is the first "80s flashback" movie I've watched that truly took me back to the decade. (Dare I say more so than a John Hughes movie from the actual 80s!)

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