Typical '100 favorite films' lists aren't cutting it anymore. It feels too narrow, too uptight. Here's a new list, in…
Come as you are.
A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancé's right-wing moralistic parents.
The heart-warming tale of a lovely gay couple who must overcome having an asshole straight son. This could have been cringe-inducing but it's a winner.
In these days of legalised same sex marriage, it's easy to forget how progressive a film like The Birdcage was in the mid-90's, certainly when it came to Hollywood. Remaking the celebrated 70's French farce La Cage aux Folles, itself adapted from an earlier play, Mike Nichols pushes out more overt elements of farce to rather tell a fairly gentle character comedy about the more flamboyant kind of homosexuals and the politics of repression that comes with traditional morality. One suspects it may now be seen as rather dated, and as a heterosexual it would be interesting to know how the gay community might view it today, but Nichols manages to steer the piece out of being offensively made of…
I tend to severely dislike those Hollywood remakes of foreign comedies (and by foreign I mean anything not American). The humour usually falls flat and a lot seems to get lost in translation. This is one of the few examples where it worked rather well.
La Cage aux folles is a delightful comedy and quintessentially French. This remake somehow managed to capture that really well, but still managed to make it a successful transition to American culture. It is essentially still the same story, so all opportunities for strong situational comedy remain, yet it is within the performances this film excels.
Nathan Lane is scrumptiously gorgeous here. His performance is not only unbelievably…
The late Robin Williams stars in this wonderfully frothy comedy with brilliant support from Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, Hank Azaria and Dianne Wiest.
We lost two giants in our industry this past year. Mike Nichols and Robin Williams. They have each made indelible pieces of work over the years.
"The Birdcage" may not be the first film that comes to mind when you think of Williams and Nichols, but I think it's quite high up there.
I absolutely adore this movie. Watching Williams play a "straight" man to Nathan Lane's flamboyant caberet singer is a sight to behold. Robin Williams playing funny is one of life's sweet pleasures but he plays serious here more than you may remember. He carries the plot's weight squarely on his shoulders. His son Val's marriage is in jeooardy. His husband Albert's disappointment in life reigns supreme. His…
The only thing I really wish for it is that it didn't take itself so seriously at times. Other than that, its a riot of situation comedy with some grand performances. Williams' gurning takes a back seat in a relatively "straight" role, while Lane tears the scenery to shreds in an utterly dedicated, hilarious and heartfelt performance. Hackman fulfills the role with enough bewildered comedy and the couple to be are both capable. If only Wiest were given more to do beyond a few bright moments. Brilliantly scripted and run by its great and diverse characters.
I've not seen the original French version, but the Birdcage manages to be comic while also pointing out the absurdity of hiding differences.
It might be the one time Robin Williams has ever been outshines, and that's by co-star Nathan Lane. Lane's portrayal of the very feminine Albert Goldman is truly one of the greatest comedic performances of all time. Sprinkle in dazzling costumes, some unexpected cinematography from Emmaneul Lubezki before he was a household name and great performances across the board, The Birdcage offers gut-busting laughs with some deeper musing on gender and sexuality that remain just as relevant today as they were in 1993.
A comedy that finds humor in people trying to be what they are not. Great performances from Williams, Lane and Azaria.
Nathan Lane and Robin Williams turn in iconic comedic performances.
i only saw the last half of this on tv but it cleared my skin, watered my crops and cured my depression + i would kill for that straight looking shirt
One of my favorite comedies. Nathan Lane and Gene Hackman steal the show time after time. Comedy bliss.
The son in this is probably the most loathsome villain in the whole of cinema.
Haven't seen this in ages, but it still holds up.
Literally god's gift to cinema
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
I don't usually post others' best-of/essential film compilations, since there are too many of them to keep track of, but…