Movies That Made Me Gay

Team Angelica. Oct. 2023. 396p. ISBN 9781739773915. $21.99. FILM
Novelist Duplechan (Got ’Til Its Gone) shares his love of films with essays on those that particularly had a lasting impact on his life and personality. Growing up as a self-described skinny gay Black kid with a high voice, he found that the classic films he loved watching helped him develop a sense of humor he could emulate and provided a coping mechanism against the bullying he encountered at school. Starting with an introduction of his all-time favorites (including Wizard of Oz, Cabaret, and Valley of the Dolls), subsequent chapters are arranged by seasonal holidays, including Black History Month, Easter, the Fourth of July, Pride Month, Halloween, and Christmas. His taste is wide-ranging and eclectic. He writes with fervor and wit and clearly loves movies. He isn’t afraid of stating his opinions. For example, he likes Gone with the Wind and thinks Moonlight was underwhelming. His astute observations on films dealing with various issues (religious, racial, and more) are thought-provoking and entertaining. He also interweaves personal anecdotes about his parents, brother, and husband into the mix.
VERDICT Immensely readable and entertaining, this is a treat for movie lovers. It will hopefully also bring some forgotten films to light.
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