Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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.
Even though Nathan Lane's got the showier role, it is actually Robin Williams that really delivers the best performance in this broad comedy, and Gene Hackman is pretty funny as well.
I have some friends who get worked up about this film as being a parade of offensive gay stereotypes. Which it is, sort of, but for me Lane and Williams bring so much life to their characters that I just don't give a shit. What's more, I adore the originals, so it twists my brain to see French comedy (which just freakin' DOES NOT TRANSLATE) adapted and impregnated with jokes that work for a U.S. viewer. I think this is a brilliant comedy, and as far as I'm concerned all its haters can FUCK OFF.
all i have to say is nathan lane steals the show
emmanuel lubezki... from shooting gene hackman in drag to leonardo dicaprio getting fucked by a bear... what a career
When the schnecken beckons
The Hollywood version of the La Cage aux Folles is very similar to the original--perhaps too much so--, but I liked the songs better in it! The soundtrack is stereotypical gay, which is fun. A lot of the humor is also based on stereotypes, some of which looks dated now and really should have been problematic even in the 90s. However, it is a bit sweeter than the original in places, especially in a scene with the two main characters on a bench talking. Just like in the original film, a great third farcical act really elevates the film as a comedy. That's where most of the smiles and laughs came for me.
While I do think this is a bit too political in places for the light comedy that it really is, The Birdcage is a fun little movie that breezes along nicely. Some may find it annoying, but I found it very enjoyable.
Val is a terrible person.
Tremendously entertaining farce (and a remake of the classic La Cage Aux Folles), with Williams, Lane, Azaria and Hackman on top form. Fast-paced, funny as fuck, and with bags of charm.
LGBTQ movies are riddled with caricatures and disappointing representations, but some get it right and when they do, an angel…
This list is films with LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer and intersex) content that I watched or will watch