Queer Sh*t to Watch This Week

The pedophile priest scandal of "By the Grace of God" and a gay throuple's road trip in “Kill the Monsters.”

NewNowNext spotlights the latest (and queerest) movies, TV shows, web series, and other gay shit for your viewing pleasure in our weekly watch list. Grab your popcorn, squirrel friends!

In Theaters

The Times of Bill Cunningham

The late, great New York Times street fashion photographer—famed for popping off shots of sometimes unaware subjects before zipping away on a bicycle—was subject of a breezy 2010 documentary, Bill Cunningham: New York. When asked about his romantic relationships, replied “Do you want to know if I’m gay?” and claimed he never had any. Cunningham is no more forthcoming about his sexual orientation in director Mark Bozek’s new documentary, which features narration by Sarah Jessica Parker, a lengthy 1994 interview with Cunningham, and rare photos from his personal collection. (Now Playing, Greenwich Entertainment)
 

Top End Wedding

If you didn’t get your fill of intersectional, wedding-themed rom-coms with last week’s A Simple Wedding, here’s another from Australia. Top End Wedding, country’s second highest-grossing domestic title last year, is about an indigenous lawyer, Lauren (co-writer Miranda Tapsell), whose mother (Ursula Yovich) disappears 10 days before her marriage to a D.A., Ned (Gwilym Lee). So begins an eventful road trip to track mom down in Oz’s Northern Territories, which includes gay and trans characters, plus a cameo from queer playwright Jason de Santis. (Opens February 21, Samuel Goldwyn)

DVD and VOD

By the Grace of God

Gay French director François Ozon tackles pedophilia and the Catholic Church with his most engaging, urgent work yet. Based on the real-life case of a cardinal (played here by François Marthouret) who helped enable and cover up decades of abuse by a pedophile priest (Bernard Verley), this thinly veiled dramatization follows a group of adult victims in pursuit of justice before the 30-year statute of limitations runs out. The actual victims collaborated with Ozon on the film, and provided many of the letters and communication with the church relayed via voiceovers. (Available Now on DVD, Music Box Films)
 

Kill the Monsters

Billed as an “American allegory” that mirrors key moments in our nation’s history, writer-director Ryan Lonergan’s black-and-white, off-kilter queer comedy sees a throuple—Patrick (Lonergan), Sutton (Garrett McKechnie), and Frankie (Jack Ball)—embark on a road trip in search of a holistic treatment when Frankie falls ill. Beautiful scenery, sex, fights, and German and Russian lesbians make this a very Extra™ cinematic history lesson. (Available Now on DVD, Breaking Glass Pictures)

Courtesy of Breaking Glass Pictures

Male Shorts: International V3

Breaking Glass Pictures’ latest volume of provocative gay male shorts from around the world includes tales of a Brazilian photographer and a young would-be model (“Polaroid”), a couple that carve out a little together time daily (“5 Minutes A Day”), and a pair of young Italian siblings sharing a bedroom, one of whom craves “affection and comfort” (“My Brother”). (Available Now on DVD, Breaking Glass Pictures)
 

Teorema

Long before he made us stan over his turn as Bernadette, the jaded transgender drag performer in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, British actor Terence Stamp portrayed a bisexual stranger who seduces every member of a posh Milanese family—including the father, Paolo (Massimo Girotti), and teenage son, Pietro (Andrés José Cruz Soublette)—in this controversial 1968 classic from queer director Pier Paolo Pasolini. Pasolini faced obscenity charges over the film, which was banned after it drew the Vatican’s ire, but you can enjoy a restored and extras-loaded version at home now. (Available Now on DVD, Criterion Collection)

TV and Streaming

Hunters

This darkly comedic, Tarantino-ish 1977-set series sees a Nazi conspiracy at play on U.S. soil. Al Pacino and Logan Lerman team up as members of a Nazi-hunting vigilante group determined to stop it, while a closeted lesbian FBI agent (Jerrika Hinton) finds herself on the trail of both groups. If there were ever a time for some Nazi-hunting wish fulfillment action, now is it. (Streaming February 21, Amazon Prime)
 

The Last Thing He Wanted

Out filmmaker Dee Rees, the first African American nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar (for 2017’s Mudbound), directed and co-wrote (with Marco Villalobos) this adaptation of Joan Didion’s 1996 political thriller novel. Anne Hathaway stars as Elena McMahon, a journalist assigned to cover President Reagan’s 1984 reelection campaign, and helps her ailing gunrunner father, Richard (Willem Dafoe), make one last score. The film also co-stars Ben Affleck and Birds of Prey’s lesbian copper, Rosie Perez. (Streaming February 21, Netflix)

Lawrence is a New York-based travel and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Time Out New York and The New York Post.
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