Skip to comments.Behind the Candelabra Proves It: Our Greatest Romances Are Gay
Posted on 05/24/2013 10:47:47 AM PDT by nickcarraway
As Soderbergh's Liberace biopic hits our screens, why is it that homosexual love stories now work so much better than hetero?
I know where I'll be Sunday night. The reviews coming out of Cannes for Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra, which airs on HBO on Sunday night, have turned it into must-see TV.
We might have been able to guess that Soderbergh's take on the kitsch-addicted superstar would turn out to be "mesmeric, riskily incorrect, outrageously watchable and simply outrageous" (The Guardian). Or that Michael Douglas would be "shrewd, rude, wickedly funny" (Indiewire) in the central role. What is interesting is that the film, which was made for HBO because it was "too gay" for mainstream cinematic release, has turned out to be "both hilarious and heartrending" (The Playlist), an "intimate love story" (Thompson on Hollywood) and Soderbergh's "most emotional and touching work" to date (Hollywood Elsewhere). This is interesting but not surprising, for it only confirms my suspicion that the best love stories, these days the most wrenching, plangent and affecting are gay.
Put it this way: what was the last great straight love story you saw? There are many who swear by The Notebook (2004), although as Hollywood continues to drive the Nicholas Sparks bandwagon into the ground, even Rachel McAdams poked some sly fun in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, where she questioned the sacred Sparksian connection between romance and rain: "What's wonderful about getting wet?" What heresy! Off with her head!
(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...
An old man screwing a teenager is a great romance?
I guess Jerry Sandusky’s escapades will one day be referred to with the same fondness as Romeo & Juliet.
Oh, it’s the Guardian. Never mind.
Please. You have a bunch of PC Lib critics who are just dying to praise a show about two gay lovers. Some people will tune in because the story line is interesting. But a big chunk of the country either won’t care or will not want to watch to gay men running around kissing each other and in bed together.
Having said that, I’ll probably watch it because I’ve always thought Liberace’s life — especially this period — could be an interesting storyline.
Meh, I dunno. I gave up on the lavender screen long ago.
Can we also get a barf alert on this one.
Unfortunately I saw a promo running on some website off to the side while I was reading something. Disgusting to say the least. Way to go there michelle douglas and matty damon. We also cancelled HBO (but not until after The Sopranos was concluded which was the only reason we got it in the first place) and don’t miss it one bit. Supposedly the matty damon guy is in jail near Reno at this time.
The pictures of Michael Douglas in the trash mags is just plain ghastly. He looks like a corpse. There ain’t no way I’d see that film.
Matt Damon is on a poop strike.
Bono, Olivia Wilde and Richard Branson join Matt Damon’s “toilet strike”
The rumor is that Liberace paid for his young lover to have plastic surgery so that his lover would look exactly like a young Liberace. If you see their pictures, there may be something to the rumor.
Technically, if anyone ever told Liberace to “Go F yourself!”, Liberace could respond, “Thank you, I do.”
Homosexual romance is much like people obsessed with defecation. “Look at my waste! It is lovely waste! See how I squish it in between my fingers!”
“If you do not admire my feces like I do, then you are evil!”
I will confess however, that the demographics of whoever watches a TV production about Liberace’s sex life should be entertaining. I’m thinking a tiny number of homos, a small group of homo critics, and blue haired older women who think that homosexuals are glamorous.”
There is a reason that the TV networks have canceled so many homo shows this season. Ratings. They have none.
Flop coming soon
Some people are going to get the shock of their lives on HBO Sunday night at 9:00 pm eastern time. They will be looking for Game of Thrones and will be treated to this monstrous bastardization of love instead.
‘That old man?...’
Boy, I'm afraid so. If anyone has seen the prelim photos of Michael Douglas and thought of anything other than a mortician, then good luck. Liberace was fat-faced, and Douglas just looks like some mortician should be sued.
I sure hope it becomes a huge turkey.
This upcoming HBO film about the flamboyant homosexual Liberace, who's act was accepted by most people in his day even though homosexuality wasn't, is just another way to convince normal, heterosexual Americans that being 'gay' is no big deal and should be accepted as 'normal' with any criticism seen as akin to racial hatred.
That why the 'gay' advocates coined the word 'homophobe', to diminish any perfectly normal aversion to homosexual behavior and make it seem as if those who reject homosexuality are somehow the odd ones. This film just reenforces that lie.
Well, when they’re ready to let go I’m sure sheryl crow will be right there to make sure they only use one sheet per. After all, they are all really full of it already. As for bonohead, he can keep his sorry political useless butt in Ireland. And “the edge” as well. What morons. But they’re rich morons.
Liberace is a sad story that should never see the light of day. The man was talented, no question, but his excesses overshadowed the accomplished pianist he was. I don’t understand why anyone would want to glorify his behavior. It’s not admirable and never was
But I’m sure there will be hordes who will tune in to this garbage. I won’t be one of them.
A male trying to mate with another male by sticking his penis into the other male’s anal canal, is insane.
What does “work” mean?
“Make money?” I doubt it.
“Big audiences?” I doubt it.
“Gets an award?” Probably, but who cares, the faggots awarding themselves faggot awards for faggotry.
I wasn’t aware that there were any great gay romance stories, much less that they so vastly outnumber straight ones these days as the author claims. He’s living in a whole different universe, apparently.
I prefer the original Korean version. I hate American remakes.
“Homophobe” is half slang. But the actual meanings of “homos” (same) and “phobos” (fear), produce a word which literally means “someone with an irrational fear of those whose characteristics are similar to one’s own”.
Me, I’m not afraid of other straight heterosexual God-fearing conservative gun owners.
Liberace had talent but was a real flamer.
Liberace was a great piano player but he sucked on the organ.
Who cares? This idea is just plain silly!
Ha ha, That’s got to be the funniest Liberace outfit ever—all those fur XXXXX-es dangling down!
“I guess Jerry Sanduskys escapades will one day be referred to with the same fondness as Romeo & Juliet.”
Jerry Sandusky will indeed one day be celebrated as a martyr by the very same people that tell us “gay marriage” won’t lead to anything worse. Sandusky will be the patron saint of the future “Greek Mentor” movement.
Farther than you'll ever know. Blame it on weird interaction between humans and monkeys.
Is that Tony Stewart? Lol
>> Jerry Sandusky will indeed one day be celebrated as a martyr by the very same people that tell us gay marriage wont lead to anything worse. Sandusky will be the patron saint of the future Greek Mentor movement.
Recall that a congressman (don't recall if it was House or Senate) got busted in the 1970s having sex with his male aide and he defiantly held his ground.
He died while the media and DNC were rumormongering in the 2006 election "scandal" where the Republican congressman was caught engaging in sexually provocative texts when a male aide.
The media called the deceased congressman a hero.
The media claimed the Republican case was worse because "the GOP knew and did nothing". It was "evidence of a vast culture of corruption.
Except the media and DNC both knew more, sooner, and decided to sit on what they knew to save it for political opportunity as an October Surprise (one of 2 gay Republican outings that cost the GOP the House and Senate).
The story goes that, as he lay dying of AIDS, he asked to have his wig put on him. He was bald due to losing all his hair from disease.
This is just effete “porn”.