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There is so much more high-quality LGBTQ+ focused entertainment than there used to be. Nothing proves this more that streaming service Revry, the world’s first global queer TV streaming network. The network has even launched their own award show for LGBTQ+ content. This makes finding the best LGBTQ+ movies on Revry right now a bit of a challenge, since its all queer content all the time! Even narrowing it down to a short thematic list, like this list of the best love stories, can be a challenge!

While queer content is everywhere these days, the site explains that “unlike many mainstream networks that may feature queer characters but are otherwise made for mainstream audiences, Revry is–unapologetically–queer and made for the queer community.” But here are a few favorites that help demonstrate what a storehouse of queer goodness Revry really is.

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Parting Glances

Young man in red tank faces young man in green sweater, with the words Parting Glances centered across the bottom. Robert and Michael at the opening of Parting Glances. From Parting Glances

Some of the best LGBTQ+ movies on Revry are classics that might be hard to find on other platforms. Parting Glances is a prime example of a true LGBTQ+ classics on the platform. The film is a 1986 American drama that offers a realistic look at gay life in New York during the height of the AIDS crisis by focusing on a 24-hour period in the life of a gay male couple, Robert and Michael. Robert is about to be sent to Africa for a two-year gig at work, leaving Michael in New York, where he cares for his ex, Nick (notably a breakout role for actor Steve Buscemi), who is dying of AIDS. The film has been critically acclaimed for providing sensitive insight into gay life in the midst of the AIDS crisis. The movie's director, Bill Sherwood, himself died of complications from AIDS in 1990, leaving Parting Glances as his only feature film.

Presque Rien (English release as Come Undone)

Two fit young men lying shirtless on the beach Mathieu and C\u00e9dric on the beach in\u00a0Presque Rien / Come Undone From Presque Rien

International films comprise some of the absolute best LGBTQ+ movies on Revry. And if you enjoy a little bit of steamy romance and a lot of teen angst, Come Undone might be right up your alley! Come Undone is a 2000 French-Belgian romantic drama film (originally released as Presque Rien which literally means Almost Nothing). The film was directed by Sebastien Lifshitz.

Set in Brittany, Come Undone revolves around the developing romance between two 18-year-olds, Mathieu and Cédric. Mathieu is vacationing in Brittany before going off to college in the fall, under the shadow of the death of his brother. While there he meets the attractive and on-the-prowl Cédric. The relationship barrels toward a dramatic conclusion, though the film does end with a hint of optimism.

Howl

James Franco as Allen Ginsberg sitting back-to-back with Aaron Tveit as Peter Orlovsky From Howl

​Art films have long been the refuge of LGBTQ+ stories, but in the last couple of decades, more and more art films have featured professional budgets and big-name cast members attached to their projects. Some of the best LGBTQ+ movies on Revry, be they feature-length or shorts, fall into this category.

Howl, the 2010 American film written and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, stars James Franco as 20th-century American poet Allen Ginsberg. The film details Ginsberg's 1955 Six Gallery debut and the 1957 obscenity trial that followed. While Franco received critical notice for his acting—though others are critical of having a straight male actor playing an LGBT lead role—the film itself was neither a critical nor commercial hit. The cinematic techniques used in the film—which isn't chronological and also involve intermittent use of animation—may have contributed to the mixed critical reception.

Meth Head

Lukas Haas with two other men in Meth Head

Lukas Hass, Meth Head

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A lot of cinema that tells LGBTQ+ stories can offer presentations that are shallow or paper over some of the uglier sides of life. They are full of pretty people and focus on the things done to us. But some of the best LGBTQ+ drama gets real and holds focus, presenting the dark sides of our own experience unflinchingly.

Jane Clark's film Meth Head focuses on the way methamphetamine can ravage a life by specifically focusing on how it effects on Kyle, a gay man played by Lukas Haas, and those nearest him. Lavender Magazine wrote of Haas' role in this film: "Haas is shattering in a portrayal of self-destruction that gets specific in its emotion so that there is no track of generalized emotion that becomes parody. Every single moment he is on screen is real. He bravely reveals the deterioration of an addict. He is Oscar Nomination-worthy and it’s among the best addiction performances ever put to film, whether mainstream or GLBT-indie." For this high praise along, Meth Head ranks as one of the best LGBTQ+ movies on Revry

Tooth 4 Tooth

3 men and a woman walk out of a pink mist

Tooth 4 Tooth

There are a LOT of LGBTQ+ horror fans out there, and there's not a whole lot of LGBTQ+ representation in horror. Sure there are exceptions, like You're Killing Me (2015) and low budget specialties like Kissing Darkness. Then there are mainstream horror films that reference the LGBTQ+ community, like the heavy gay overtones or A Nightmare on Elm Street 2.

Revry is building a collection of LGBTQ+ horror, but it's small so far. One of the best LGBTQ+ movies on Revry though is a horror short called Tooth 4 Tooth! In this creative attempt to tell a new kind of vampire story with LGBTQ+ characters and themes, we find a drag performer and an activist investigating the murder of a friend who find themselves caught in an old battle between those who feed on the blood of the fearful and those who feed on the blood of the hateful.

These are just a small representation of the best LGBTQ+ movies on Revry—there are a ton of others, and you truly can't go wrong. In addition to these films and many more, there are documentaries and shorts, as well as Revry original programs, LGBTQ+ themed series and local programming from around the world.

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Maria Conchita Alonso is a Renaissance Woman as she has done it all and is on the prime of her career. She has starred in films with Robin Williams, Michael Keaton, Ted Danson, Arnold Schwartezeneger and Sean Penn, just to name a few. Her television credits are countless, both in the USA and Latin America. She has starred on Broadway in Kiss of the Spider Woman and her singing career has earned her a Grammy Award nomination and made her an international star. She stars in the new film, ¡He Matado a mi Marido! (I Killed my Husband!) premiering next month. Maria and I had a long chat about a variety of topics, from her illustrious career to politics, activism and her favorite charities.

Congratulations on the upcoming release for your film, ¡He Matado a mi Marido! (I Killed my Husband!). How was it to work on this comedy with the writer and director Francisco Lupini Basagoiti?

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Since 2011, Old Dogs & New Tricks has been one of the web’s more popular gay offerings. The “dramedy” follows the mad adventures of four gay men living in the enclave of West Hollywood California.

The series has amassed quite a following throughout its first two seasons, and for season 3, the guys all turned 50 in a town where 30 is considered over the hill. Undaunted, they continued to look for love in all the wrong places, just like their younger counterparts.

Celebrate their 10th anniversary with this behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Old Dogs & New Tricks' Pilot, with series creator/star Leon Acord and exec-producer/director Arvin Bautista! Buy or rent Old Dogs & New Tricks on digital from Amazon Prime Video:


Old Dogs & New Trick 10th Anniversary Special! youtu.be

As a result, Old Dogs earned overwhelmingly positive, especially among many older gay men who say the show speaks to them. And, as the acclaim spread to mainstream Hollywood circles, the series attracted a star-studded list of celebrity guest cameos, including Kathryn Leigh Scott who is best known for her role as Maggie Evans on the classic TV series Dark Shadows.

“Kathryn Leigh Scott appears in our season 3 finale,” Acord said. “She was such a pleasure to work with. She is so down to earth and a total pro. Her performance is amazing, so true and moving. I can’t wait for folks to see it.”

Scott plays Lily Anne, mom to Al “Muscles” Carter (Jeffrey Patrick Olson), who needs some motherly advice while going through a personal crisis. As a Dark Shadows fan, Olson said working with Scott was a delight.

“The scenes with her were so real and tangible and show how we all turn back into little boys and girls, falling into family patterns once that threshold is crossed,” Olson said. “I can’t wait to see them.”

This wasn’t the first time the two actors met. “We actually have a mutual friend and after the casting announcement we all went out on a double date in Beverly Hills for happy hour,” Olson said. “She is elegant, poised and considerate. We formed a fast comfortability with each other which of course helped our onscreen relationship with each other as mother [and] son.”

Other season 3 guest stars included Rutanya Alda, beloved by gay audiences for her role as Carol Ann in Mommie Dearest.

“I loved working on the set because everyone was so friendly and supportive,” Alda said. “They were well organized and the crew had all worked together before so they were all in sync. Leon wears many hats, as writer, actor and producer. He is supportive and happy to have people there — he was lovely to work with.”

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“Rutanya is amazing,” Acord said. “Not only did she fly herself out and put herself up to do our show, but apparently she put a lot of work into her character before she even arrived. I think her fans will love seeing her in such a change-of-pace role.”

Acord promised the third season, which also features comedy icon Mo Gaffney, will delight viewers. “If season two was a soufflé, season 3 is a rich, sweet pound cake,” he said. “Episodes run a little longer. The season is very story driven, and delves into the guy’s professional lives as well as their love lives.”

Plot twists, including a sex tape scandal, a gay divorce, a surprisingly new partnership, a professional comeback and a financial crisis, will keep viewers coming back for more.

“I hate to use the word blessed, because it’s used way too much,” Acord said. “But that’s exactly how I feel.”Get the winning gay sitcom here.

Old Dogs & New Tricks Reunion! youtu.be

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