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…
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 late Robin Williams stars in this wonderfully frothy comedy with brilliant support from Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, Hank Azaria and Dianne Wiest.
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.
Genie and Timon make a wonderful couple. Val is a selfish asshole of a son for asking his dads to lie about who they are!
Everyone is talking about how progressive this film was as a portrait of a gay man struggling to connect with his child, but Robin Williams already worked this sort of premise as a transsexual in "Mrs. Doubtfire". This is actually the anti-"Mrs. Doubtfire", because Williams has to abandon his feminine ways to put up a straight front for the sake of dooping the future in-laws. Needless to say, there was a time when gay Americans weren't so cloyingly obnoxious about standing by their sexual orientation (Normalizing something by constantly calling attention to it; that's how America does it, and it's, like, "totally worked out"), even though it wasn't long after this film's release that you wouldn't catch a gay couple…
Another very funny film from my childhood. Robin Williams and Nathan Lane are excellent in this film.
Honestly wish Williams played more gay roles
Warm hearted comedy, Robin Williams had to have one of the kindest faces in cinema, while it might rely a little too much on obvious stereotypes for both families it still plays the farce card well.
OH GOD I PIERCED THE TOAST
Not entirely unfunny but it really does seem to be the Nathan Lane drag queen show, and in fairness to him he does pull it off. There wasn't really a moment that had me chuckling though. Just seems like the son in the film is just a bit of a selfish moron and I don't think anything in the film redeems that unfortunately.
That being said the last 20 minutes or so are the best bit of the film, I'm just surprised that I managed to last until then else this probably would have got a 1 and a half or a 2 star
Mike Nichols took a crack at remaking the 1979 French farce "La Cage aux Folles" and, dare I say, improved on the original.
The two films are nearly identical in plot, but the French film is far less funny. I was never sure when I was supposed to be laughing and when I wasn't. "The Birdcage," in contrast, is much broader and more slapstick to be sure, but it's also more reliable as a straight-up laugh vehicle.
Robin Williams and Nathan Lane play this version's gay lovers; it's refreshing for once to see Williams play the comic straight man, and Lane is a riot, especially when trying to learn how to walk and talk like John Wayne. Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest are the conservative parents who's daughter is marrying into this unusual family. And Hank Azaria acts up a storm as the "maid" Agador, who has a penchant for Gloria Estefan.
Good movie. Damn funny at times. Simple & sweet storyline abt family. More of a Nathan Lane showcase as e flamboyant drag queen. Actually rare for Robin Williams to be e sane comic foil in his comedies. Totally forgot Calista Flockhart & Dan Futterman were e young couple. Ah the old days of 'Ally Mcbeal' & 'Judging Amy'.
a revised list bc my previous one was from 4 years ago and i don't necessarily agree with half of…
This list is films with LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer and intersex) content that I watched or will watch