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  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Advocate Books (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555838669
  • ASIN: B0091JHU86
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 4.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,458,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alonso Duralde is the deputy arts and entertainment editor for The Advocate, the national gay and lesbian newsmagazine.

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I'm a lifelong movie nerd who managed to stay out of theaters and away from the DVD player long enough to write two books about film: Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas (Limelight Editions) and 101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men (Advocate Books, 2005).

You can read my reviews of current movies at TheWrap.com and watch me talk about new films with other critics on the YouTube series WHAT THE FLICK?! With my talented husband Dave White, author of EXILE IN GUYVILE, I host a weekly podcast called Linoleum Knife about current movies. I also work with several film festivals, including Sundance and Outfest. My previous gigs include "The Rotten Tomatoes Show" on Current, Arts & Entertainment Editor at The Advocate, Artistic Director of the USA Film Festival/Dallas, and, back in high school, every possible gig at a suburban movie theater in College Park, Ga., from tearing tickets to running the projector. I'm lucky enough to be partnered with the very funny Dave White, whose book EXILE IN GUYVILLE you should absolutely read.



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Fun enough for a light read, but deep enough to get the mind working too.
John W. Ashfield
It's fun to read, fun to learn about movies you haven't seen, fun to see how Duralde's opinion of the films you have seen match your own.
Katherine Connella
He writes in a very distinctive voice, as if your best friend was telling you why to see a particular film.
Charlotte Del Rose

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Donovan Whitehurst on November 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
Whether or not you agree with all of Duralde's choices, he has created a funny and informed guide with "101" that will give any gay man (or any film fan for that matter, gay or straight) a wide variety of choices of films to seek out, and others to revisit. His selections range from the international (All About My Mother, Cachorro), camp classics you've probably never heard of (The Apple, Boom!), to more obvious gay classics (Auntie Mame, All About Eve) and less obviously gay films (Fight Club, Jackass: The Movie), revealing trivia and famous quotes from each film as he goes along.

The book's main strength comes from the narrator's voice: a self-described film "nerd", Duralde reads less like a stodgy, know-it-all critic, than a friendly, knowledgeable, and passionate fan. He's not afraid to trash a film either (I won't reveal which one of the 101 films he lists as a red herring for the hilariously scathing review he gives it).

Lightweight in size but heavy in content, this is a perfect holiday gift for friends, film fans, and of course, that "funny uncle". Bring on the sequel!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Del Rose on November 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a female movie lover, I was drawn to buy this book. I have seen many films listed within it, but still found many fresh insights into familiar movies. He writes in a very distinctive voice, as if your best friend was telling you why to see a particular film. However, this voice is very literary and knowledgeable. Informative, witty, funny and interesting any movie lover will be want to own this book. It is concise and succinct with clever symbols to help describe the film. It will help greatly with trips to the video store and Netflix lists of films to rent.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Bell on May 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men is a seminal tome in more ways than one. Well, actually, only one. It hasn't got any of the good pictures in it. But it does have 101 movies that are essential to a broad range of the gay aesthetic. It's got movies for drama queens, diva queens, show tune queens, bears, disco queens, grunge queens and size queens. The only gay subgenre it's lacking is the queer sports movie, and I'm sure once Duralde has seen Summer Storm and Guys and Balls he'll add something appropriate to Bride of 101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men he keeps promising (unless that what he's titling the lesbian companion piece he keeps promising as well, in which case he'll have to include Bend it Like Beckham or, better yet, Personal Best).

When I came out, I was told I couldn't get my queer card until I'd seen Torch Song Trilogy and Murder by Death. Both are missing from 101. I'm not going to fight too hard for Murder by Death which is simply a very good example of camp and not particularly queerly significant beyond that, but I will say that I can't imagine a list of queer movies complete that doesn't include Torchsong.

But what is in the book is delightful and insightful. I knew Fight Club is about the slashiest thing every made, but it didn't occur to me to put it in a list of must-see movies for the queer cognoscenti. But even the obvious choices - Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, Sunset Boulevard, Valley of the Dolls, Sunday, Bloody Sunday and many more - are given new life and new perspective with plot synopsis, evaluation of what's important to the queer viewer, quotes from the movie and an interesting visual classification system.

Duralde examines these movies with wit and sensitivity.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Connella on December 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
That said, I normally wouldn't have thought, judging from its title, that this book would appeal to me. But appeal it does! Alonso Duralde has an inimitable style of writing that seems to urge me relentlessly from the page I was on to the page that followed. I read this book in one day. Two days later, I turned around and opened it up to page one and began to read it all over again.

Anyone who appreciates film or film criticism should thoroughly enjoy this book. Even if (like me or some of the other reviewers) you're not a gay male, there's plenty to entertain you within the covers of this book. Duralde has a singular talent for discussing his topics without weighing down the reader with a lot of jargon, opinion or rhetoric. I completely absorbed his thoughts without having to analyse his statements. By incorporating his critique into discussion of each film, I could understand his point of view without having it get in the way of his hip, stylish method of writing.

All in all, this book boils down to one word -- FUN. It's fun to read, fun to learn about movies you haven't seen, fun to see how Duralde's opinion of the films you have seen match your own. Good God! What else could you want?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Palmer on April 25, 2006
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I just finished this book and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The films listed within are all films that either are gay films or simply films that cater to a gay man's sensibilities in one way or another.

I liked how he organizes the book so that you get a concise synopsis of the film, his thoughts, insights and in some cases, productions notes and/or memorable quotes and some other film suggestions that relate to the film being discussed.

His reviews are witty but never pandering nor slamming the film in question, but rather he finds a middle ground to his reviews. He has the facts to backup his thoughts on why a certain film works, does not work. A lot of reviewers don't even bother.

After having read this book, I now have a list of films I'll rent and/or purchase over the next few months.

Definately one to keep handy when renting and/or viewing a film.
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