Out.com has published a list of what they are referring to as “the best gay films of 2017“. The article suggests that gay film making no longer has to “go mainstream” because, of late, the best new films have been gay movies. I don’t quite share the writer’s optimism of either gay films being mainstream or all the best films having gay themes. However, my biggest issue with their list is that it doesn’t include the 2017 Oscar nominated, Call Me By Your Name.
Out Magazine’s List of 12 Best Gay Films of 2017
A Quiet Passion is Terence Davies’ biography of poet Emily Dickinson
Paris: 05:59: Theo & Hugo is the love story of the year for its PREP-era consciousness and focus on emotional intimacy
Four Days in France turns a romantic break-up into a rediscovery of personal, national, cultural unity
Staying Vertical is Alain Guiraudie’s challenge to the hypocrisy of a society unprepared for a gay man who wants to be a parent
My Life as a Zucchini is the year’s best animated film (I wonder if the X-rated version of this is an eggplant)
Frantz is Francois Ozon’s adaptation of Ernst Lubitsch’s The Man I Killed, turning a World War I memorial into powerful fraternal passion
The Assignment is Walter Hill’s transgender crime movie in which mad scientist Sigourney Weaver turns a hit man into Michelle Rodriguez
BPM is Robin Campillo’s epic parade of AIDS activism in ‘80s Paris. Its array of emotions, personalities and politics is tragic and euphoric
NOTE: This is playing at the Wicked Queer Film Festival for free on April 5th
Tom of Finland is Dome Karukoski’s instant-classic bio-pic about the icon of gay erotica
The Ornithologist is Joao Pedro Rodrigues’ exploration of gay spirituality as erotically embodied by Paul Hamy, a scientist on a surreal journey through metaphorical wilderness to religious revelation
God’s Own Country is Francis Lee’s star-crossed romance between a Yorkshire shepherd and a Romanian immigrant
Dream Boat by Tristan Ferland Milewski turns a documentary about a gay pleasure cruise into something much more
Are there any movies you think should’ve been on this list? If so, share your thoughts in the comments section.