9 Great Gay Alternatives for This Year's Best Picture Oscar Nominees
BY Kevin OKeeffe
February 26 2014 5:00 AM ET
People who watched The Wolf of Wall Street should also watch Keep the Lights On
For critics of Martin Scorsese’s Jordan Belfort biopic, one of the biggest problems was the not-wholly-negative light in which Scorsese depicted its characters’ rampant sex and drug abuse. A much quieter yet equally intense take can be found in Ira Sachs’s Keep the Lights On, a grim portrait of a love affair between Erik, a 30-something Danish filmmaker, and his younger, drug-addled lover Paul. Watching Erik and Paul struggle with the third entity in their relationship — Paul’s addiction — is heart-wrenching and suffocating. It’s not a jolly good time like Wolf, but it’s deeply rooted in the all-too-sad reality of Sachs’s own life.
People who watched Gravity should also watch Far From Heaven
Sandra Bullock and Julianne Moore may not have much in common as actresses, but they’ve both played women becoming increasingly disconnected from their worlds — in Bullock’s case, quite literally. Moore’s Oscar-nominated work is on a much smaller scale; she’s in a Douglas Sirk movie, not outer space. But unlike Gravity, a virtual one-woman show, Todd Haynes’ tribute to Sirk features so much more than Moore’s sensational performance as a woman tentatively exploring the world outside her boundaries. The ensemble is uniformly excellent, including a pre-fame Viola Davis and the should-have-been-nominated Dennis Quaid as Moore’s closeted husband. Heaven is a reminder that drama doesn’t have to play out on an epic scale. Often, it never leaves our backyard.
People who watched Captain Phillips should also watch Hedwig and the Angry Inch
OK, go with us on this one: A high-octane thrill ride that features a dynamic lead performance, a culture clash, and an edge-of-your-seat ending. Phillips and Hedwig have more in common than you’d think. And with Neil Patrick Harris set to take the lead role in the musical revival later this year, there’s no better time to see the cult film. It wasn’t quite as financially successful as the Tom Hanks-starrer, but it’s definitely much wilder.