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Five Gay-Positive Portrayals in Canadian Film

by on 2012/12/01

There’s little I can offer here which I haven’t already before, when I wrote my piece about It Gets Better, Love Pixar.

For this December we’re not exactly donning our gay apparel, but we will be casting an interested glance in that direction.

Still, it’s not like we haven’t already featured great picks in this area. Here’s a selected subset, where CanCon, positivity, and geekiness overlap.

No ineffectual psychos (The Maltese Falcon) need apply.

C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005) on 2011/07/10

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“Experiences like C.R.A.Z.Y. keep me watching and writing reviews. It’s an unconventional epic, but an epic nonetheless, the portrait of an outsider in the pre-It-Gets-Better days. Everybody’s Fine remixed by The Buddha of Suburbia.”

The Decline of the American Empire (1986) on 2012/07/25

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The Decline of the American Empire was a bit of a culture shock, an odd blending of both coarse and pretentious. I wasn’t wild about it at first but, eventually, I was won over. There’s something here for most outlooks, with many represented, even if yours is ‘less talk and more action’.”

Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter (2001) on 2012/10/06
Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter (2001) on 2010/08/25

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“Vampires plague the City of Ottawa, more specifically its ‘Ladies of Sappho’. The more forward-thinking faithful wonder how to protect their lesbians, especially since their attackers have developed a resistance to crosses and daylight. It’s decided to consult with Jesus Christ.”

Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996) on 2011/07/09

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Brain Candy isn’t hilarious stuff, but it is amusing, varied, ages well enough, and doesn’t overstay its welcome. The best excuse to watch it at all is to revisit the Kids in the Hall.”


Scott Pilgrim vs the World (2010) on 2010/11/21
Scott Pilgrim vs the World (2010) on 2010/11/14

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“I’d like to take this opportunity to use the word ‘dazzling’ without irony. With an incredible cast, a great soundtrack, and psychedelic effects, it’s a great distillation of geek culture.”

As Grushenka noted, “I lesbians this movie.”

Honourable Mentions
The Barbarian Invasions (2003) on 2012/11/26.
Exotica (1994) on 2011/07/12
Naked Lunch (1991) on 2012/08/19

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