It’s cold out there in most of America right now, with record low temperatures and snowfall giving plenty of excuses for staying inside for some solid Netflix and chill time. Here are 10 movies sure to get your mind off the miserable weather.
Based on true events, King Cobra tells the tale of adult film star Brent Corrigan’s early career. Corrigan, played by Garrett Clayton, became an overnight sensation, and the attention was anything but all positive. A war over ownership of the star pits Cobra Video producer “Stephen” (Christian Slater), Bryan Kocis in real life, against upstarts Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes (Keegan Allen and James Franco). There, as you might imagine, plenty of sexy scenes, mixed in with the violence and the drama.
Gay cruise life is put under the microscope in the documentary Dream Boat. There is the expected feast for the eyes, but viewers also get a voyeuristic payoff in getting inside the minds of the men aboard the ship. While there is plenty of fun to be had, it isn’t all fun and games, as human emotion and feelings of inadequacy can only be kept at bay for so long.
The Irish drama film Handsome Devil centers around the unlikely bond between an outsider at an all boys boarding school and the new rugby star. The pair meet when they are forced to share a room, but quickly find that they have more in common than might be obvious at first blush. While they find themselves getting closer, those around them begin to work harder to break them apart. Eventually, both are tested, forced to decide if they will let others tell them who they should be, or if they will have the strength to show their true selves to the world.
Set in the early 1950s, Carol is a story of forbidden love, between an aspiring photographer (Rooney Mara) and an older woman (Cate Blanchett) going through a painful divorce. The film is a moving meditation on love, loss, bigotry, and what it means to fight for meaning and one’s own identity in a hostile world.
Room In Rome
Spanish erotic drama Room In Rome takes place in a single night in a hotel in Rome. A 30-something Spanish tourist brings a younger Russian woman to her room, and soon the two are falling for one another, even though the Russian insists she is straight. Secrets they are keeping and the secret they share collide, causing the pair to have to make a difficult choice about the future trajectory of their lives.
In another story of conflicted emotions, secrets, and difficult life choices, Lazy Eye additionally explores the topic of the one that got away. A graphic designer reconnects with an ex-lover after 15 years, and the pair spend a weekend together in a house in the desert. Together they have to decide if they have a future together or if they should once again part ways.
Blackbird is a coming-of-age story about a young African American choir singer struggling with accepting his sexual orientation in a difficult environment. Randy, played by Julian Walker, is growing up in a small Mississippi town, in a Southern Baptist community. In addition to dealing with bigotry, Randy’s mother (Mo’Nique) blames him for the disappearance of his sister. His father, played by Isaiah Washington, is more supportive, and tries to get his son to accept himself and live his life authentically.
Stranger By The Lake
A gay cruising spot by the lake is not as idyllic as it first appears. Franck (Pierre Deladonchamps) falls in love with Michel (Christophe Paou) after meeting him at the lake. But when he sees his new love interest drown a man, he finds himself keeping the secret. Stranger By The Lake won the Queer Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival, and has been acclaimed by critics and audiences alike.
A closeted Korean-American teenager takes a job at a gay spa to help support his family, as well as to satiate an interest. What he finds both scares and excites him, as he realizes that he may be in over his head.
In the Indian romantic drama Loev, tells of a hiking trip between a Wall Street big shot and his friend, who has grown unhappy with his boyfriend. When the passion and interest become too strong to ignore, lives are upended and have to be put back together again.