Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

31 May 2018

Cinema Q List

2018
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The Strange Ones
Love, Simon

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Disobedience
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
The Pass
Rafiki
Sauvage
Sorry Angel
A Very English Scandal


2017
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Call Me by Your Name
BPM (Beats per Minute)
Frantz
Princess Cyd
Raw
God's Own Country
Nocturama
The Untamed
The Wound
The Shape of Water
Handsome Devil
Beach Rats
The Ornithologist
Staying Vertical
I Dream in Another Language
A Quiet Passion
Thelma
A Fantastic Woman
It's Only the End of the World

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Battle of the Sexes
Center of My World
I Am Michael
My Friend Dahmer
Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo
Retake
Signature Move
Strange Weather
Tom of Finland
Women Who Kill


2016
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The Handmaiden
Moonlight
The Fits
Neon Bull
Cemetery of Splendor
Certain Women
Lazy Eye
Spa Night
Don't Call Me Son
Other People
The Club
Closet Monster
Eisenstein in Guanajuato
From Afar

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Being 17
Esteros
Henry Gamble's Birthday Party
King Cobra
Viva


2015
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Saint Laurent
Clouds of Sils Maria
Girlhood
Grandma
The Danish Girl
Carol
Sand Dollars
In the Grayscale
How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)
The 10 Year Plan
Tangerine

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Appropriate Behavior
Cupcakes
The Duke of Burgundy
Tom at the Farm



2014
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The Way He Looks
Foxcatcher
Life Partners
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
Pride
Nymphomaniac: Vol. II
Yves Saint Laurent
Nightcrawler
Nymphomaniac: Vol. I
Filth
Test
Stranger by the Lake
Love Is Strange
Space Station 76
The Circle (Der Kreis)
The Imitation Game
Lilting
Interior. Leather Bar.

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2013
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Blue Is the Warmest Color
In the House
Spring Breakers
Kill Your Darlings
Let My People Go!
I'm So Excited!
Out in the Dark
Dallas Buyers Club
Laurence Anyways

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Beyond the Hills
In the Name of...
John Apple Jack



2012
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North Sea, Texas
ParaNorman
The Deep Blue Sea
The Paperboy
Gayby
Any Day Now
The Snowtown Murders
Cloud Atlas

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Keep the Lights On


2011
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The Skin I Live In
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Pariah
Beginners

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Les Amours Imaginaires
August
Circumstance
In the Family
Tomboy



2010
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Black Swan
The Kids Are All Right
I Am Love
Eyes Wide Open
Undertow (Contracorriente)
I Love You Phillip Morris

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David's Birthday
Dorian Gray
Dream Boy
Dzi Croquettes
I Killed My Mother
La Mission
Plan B
Role/Play
Room in Rome
Soundless Wind Chime
Spring Fever
Violet Tendencies



2009
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A Single Man
The Country Teacher
Brüno
The New Twenty

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The Big Gay Musical
Little Ashes
Outrage
Redwoods


2008
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Caramel
Milk
Shelter
Love Songs
Saturn in Opposition
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Tell No One
The Witnesses
No Regret
Were the World Mine
Funny Games
Dog Tags

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Ciao


2007
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The Man of My Life
I'm Not There.
The Bubble
The Kite Runner
Hairspray
The Love of Siam

Death at a Funeral
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I Don't Want to Sleep Alone


2006
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Shortbus
Imagine Me & You
C.R.A.Z.Y.
Little Miss Sunshine
Time to Leave
Old Joy
Notes on a Scandal
Summer Storm
The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green
Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (Love of 4.6 Billion Years)
Another Gay Movie
Let's Go to Prison
Running with Scissors

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The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros
3 Needles
Two Drifters (Odete)



2005
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Brokeback Mountain
Good Night, and Good Luck.
The Family Stone
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Saving Face
My Summer of Love
Walk on Water
Mysterious Skin
The Dying Gaul
Tropical Malady
Love in Thoughts
Transamerica

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2004
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Tarnation
Bad Education
Latter Days
Good Bye Dragon Inn
Carandiru
Saved!
Alexander
A Home at the End of the World
The Dreamers

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Brother to Brother
Locked Up (Gefangen)
Los Angeles Plays Itself
The Mudge Boy
The Raspberry Reich
The 24th Day


2003
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In America
Elephant
Die Mommie Die!
Yossi & Jagger
Swimming Pool
Camp
Monster
Mambo Italiano

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Tokyo Godfathers

 
2002
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The Hours
Y Tu Mamá También
Far from Heaven
8 Women
His Secret Life (Le Fate Ignoranti)
Lan Yu
Frida
Secretary
The Rules of Attraction

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Kissing Jessica Stein


2001
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch
The Deep End
Burnt Money
All over the Guy
Lost and Delirious
Adventures of Felix
Come Undone
L.I.E.
Mulholland Dr.
Piñero

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2000
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Before Night Falls
Beau Travail
But I'm a Cheerleader
The Broken Hearts Club: a Romantic Comedy
Water Drops on Burning Rocks
Psycho Beach Party
Taboo

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Aimée & Jaguar


1999
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Magnolia
All about My Mother
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Being John Malkovich
Boy's Don't Cry
American Beauty
Flawless

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Show Me Love


1998
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Gods and Monsters
Live Flesh
Velvet Goldmine
Steam: the Turkish Bath
Bedrooms and Hallways
Relax... It's Just Sex

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High Art


1997
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Boogie Nights
Chasing Amy
My Best Friend's Wedding
Different for Girls
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Happy Together
In & Out
As Good as It Gets
Lilies

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The Delta
Fire
Ma Vie en Rose
The Watermelon Woman



1996
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La Cérémonie
Beautiful Thing
The Celluloid Closet

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Bound
Hustler White



1995
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Fresa y Chocolate
Wild Reeds
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar

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Priest
Safe



1994
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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Heavenly Creatures

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Zero Patience


1993
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The Wedding Banquet
Farewell My Concubine
Orlando
Six Degrees of Separation

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Blue
The Long Day Closes
M. Butterfly
Slight Fever of a 20-Year-Old
Wittgenstein



1992
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Basic Instinct
Edward II

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The Living End
Swoon



1991
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Fried Green Tomatoes
My Own Private Idaho

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Young Soul Rebels


1990
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Longtime Companion
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The Garden

1989
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Tongues Untied
Looking for Langston

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1987
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Maurice
Law of Desire
Mannequin

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Prick Up Your Ears

1986
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My Beautiful Laundrette
The Decline of the American Empire

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Caravaggio
Desert Hearts
Parting Glances


1985
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Colonel Redl
Beyond the Walls

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The Wounded Man (L'Homme Blessé)
The Angelic Conversation


1984
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Entre Nous
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Another Country

1983
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Querelle
Yentl
The Dresser
The Hunger

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Born in Flames
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
The Terence Davies Trilogy


1982
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Victor/Victoria
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Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
Making Love
Personal Best


1980
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Dimenticare Venezia
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Cruising
In a Year with 13 Moons
The Tempest


1979
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...And Justice for All.
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1978
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The Best Way to Walk

1977
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A Special Day
Equus
Short Eyes

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Desperate Living

1976
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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
Fox and His Friends


1975
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Dog Day Afternoon
Once Is Not Enough

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1974
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A Very Natural Thing
Je, Tu, Il, Elle


1973
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The Day of the Jackal
Ludwig

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1972
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Cabaret
Mi Querida Señorita

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Women in Revolt

1971
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Death in Venice
Fortune and Men's Eyes

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Pink Narcissus
Vampyros Lesbos


1970
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The Conformist
Fellini – Satyricon

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The Boys in the Band
Funeral Parade of Roses
Myra Breckinridge
Trash


1969
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Midnight Cowboy
The Damned

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The Gay Deceivers
Teorema


1968
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La Ragazza con la Pistola
The Fox
Rachel, Rachel

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Flesh
The Killing of Sister George
The Queen


1967
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Persona
Portrait of Jason
Reflections in a Golden Eye


1965
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Bad Girls Go to Hell
Who Killed Teddy Bear


1964
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The Night of the Iguana
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Love Meetings
The Servant


1963
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Flaming Creatures
Scorpio Rising


1962
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Lawrence of Arabia
Walk on the Wild Side

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Victim

1961
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The Children's Hour
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1958
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Mädchen in Uniform

1956
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Tea and Sympathy

1955
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Rebel without a Cause
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1954
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Johnny Guitar

1953
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Glen or Glenda

1950
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Caged
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Un Chant d'Amour

1948
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Rope
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1947
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Fireworks

1935
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Sylvia Scarlett

1933
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Queen Christina

1932
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The Blood of a Poet
Mädchen in Uniform



1930
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Morocco
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1926
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Michael (Mikaël, Chained: the Story of the Third Sex)


1919
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Different from the Others~ ~

The argument and logic behind this list can be found here.
  1. Films are listed by year and then in the order in which I recommend them.
  2. Each year also includes a list of films I haven't yet seen.
  3. The year is the film's release date in the U.S.
  4. What makes a queer film? Is queerness defined by claiming an identity? A set of practices? Erotic glances? A style of filmmaking? Openness to queer readings? (I could easily do a queer reading of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, for example, or Belladonna of Sadness. Does that make them queer films?) And yet we have a list, so:
  5. The list includes films with significant queer characters, not just films with gay themes or films about gay topics. So The Shape of Water and Mannequin with their gay male sidekicks make the list. (Both of those films wind up being topically queer as well – sex with fish, sex with thousand-year-old mummy.) I think this is necessary. We learn to be queer from all sorts of images, and queer sidekicks have had a large influence on my subjectivity.
  6. Films with only homoeroticism, such as, say, 300 or Wings, are not included unless the filmmaker is also queer (thus, Terence Davies' A Quiet Passion makes the list).
  7. Films with queer sexual violence are not included unless they have queer characters or address queer themes; thus, I left Little Children and Beasts of No Nation off the list but included Midnight Cowboy – maybe I am wrong to be making this distinction, but it's what I'm trying for the moment.
  8. I am going to include movies I think are bad as well as good, and indeed films that are hostile to queerness or represent queerness in ways I think are reprehensible. Thus, The Imitation Game with its silly version of queerness makes the list, and so does The Fox, a film that is openly hostile to queerness.
  9. Either way some of this is going to be subjective.
  10. Send me your recommendations.