In case you don’t have plans for the Superbowl this weekend, Netflix has got you covered. The streaming service just added a whole bunch of LGBTQ-friendly movies to their catalog, for your viewing pleasure.
1. Paris Is Burning
Do you consider words like “shade” and “read” to be essential to your vocabulary? It’s time you sit down for some history on where those terms came from; Paris Is Burning is a damn classic, and explores the 1980’s New York ball scene that laid the groundwork for what many of us would define as queer culture today. If you consider yourself apart of the LGBTQ community, it’s your duty to sit down and watch this film.
2. Magic Mike
Loosely based on Channing Tatum’s own experiences, Magic Mike was one of the biggest surprises, and best times, at the movies when it arrived in theaters back in 2012. Featuring a sexy, all star cast consisting of Tatum, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer and Joe Manganiello, this one is must see if you still somehow haven’t caught up with it. Make sure you catch up with the sequel, Magic Mike XXL, which is just as enjoyable as its name suggests.
You’ll never listen to “Pony” by Ginuwine the same way again, we guarantee.
3. I Love You Phillip Morris
Another “based on a scandalously gay, true story,” I Love You Phillip Morris focuses on the life of con artist Steven Jay Russell (Jim Carrey) who fell in love with a fellow inmate (Ewan McGregor) and escaped prison multiple times. Carrey, known for his comedic turns, gives one of the most diabolical and deranged performances of his career; it’s one that has to be seen to be believed.
4. From This Day Forward
If you enjoy Transparent, you’ll love this documentary about a transgender woman and her family learning to understand one another.
5. King Cobra
The film based on the “we can’t believe this actually happened” murder loosely involving porn star Brent Corrigan made headlines with it’s splashy and scandalous trailer, launching star Garrett Clayton into the spotlight. Christian Slater, James Franco, Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald co-star in this campy, sexy delight that will certainly have your jaw dropping by the end.
You’ll have to wait until Valentine’s Day to stream though; Netflix will officially add it to their catalog on February 14.
The film that won Sean Penn his second Oscar saw him portraying real life gay rights activist Harvey Milk. Directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Dustin Lance Black (who won an Oscar for his screenplay), Penn doesn’t so much morph into Milk so much as he literally becomes him. Co-starring James Franco, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna and Josh Brolin, Milk isn’t your average biopic. It’s stunning, emotional and powerful.
You can stream Milk starting on February 16.