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.
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.
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…
This movie was pretty funny for it's edginess at the time.
Ugh, it has been so long. It's like I have been in a desert for a long time, and I finally get refreshment, and that refreshment is called The Birdcage. Its energy is unparalleled, demonstrated through its vibrancy, and spot-on comedic timing. This is what comedies need; a great cast, a great filmmaker, and a great creative team. We need films like these to create a balance between the more serious films out there.
Couldn't stop kissin'
Loved the characters really made me laugh
‘The Birdcage’ is progressive, open-minded and celebratory in its social politics and outlook even if it is at times a bit predictable and baggy and this is all very positive to see, but above and beyond this it’s funny and that’s the most important thing. It’s not just a well-meaning liberal cheer, but actually has the bedrock of very funny jokes to base that on. Robin Williams and Nathan Lane are great, too. There’s not very much else to say about it really, other than that it’s quite simply a blast.
Favourite quote: ‘The senator’s last words, "your money’s on the dresser, chocolate", were considered offensive’.
1996 Movielog #24, 27
Hilarious comedy that plays like a stage play, led by the powerhouse combo of Williams and Lane as the couple expecting Hackman and West, soon to be their son's in-laws. Flockhart and Futterman play the straight (no pun intended) characters to the moments of lunacy around them, with Hank Azaria stealing scenes as the maid. Nichols gets some great performances from all involved, and his smart approach is to just sit the camera back and let the magic unfold.
"Bob Dole is gorgeous!"
It took a while to get going and win me over, but once the majority of the cast wound up in the same room, things got pretty absurd. It was much funnier than I ever thought it could be.
This list is films with LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer and intersex) content that I watched or will watch
Every film voted for in BFI's poll for the Best LGBT Films of All Time. Pretty much a broad, largely…