Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

A Few Choices Titles to Get Excited about between Now and Christmas

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

A Few Choices Titles to Get Excited about between Now and Christmas

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THE BRAVE ONE

(Warner Bros.) September 14 The Pitch: Erica Bain (Jodie Foster) is a Manhattan radio host with a glamorous life, but after a brutal attack claims the life of someone she holds dear, Erica turns vigilante. As she cuts a mysterious swath through the city, it's up to suspicious cop Mercer (Terrence Howard) to figure out what's going on.

What's Gay About It: It's directed by Neil Jordan, who helmed The Crying Game, and despite the grim subject matter, Foster has never had better hair. Seriously, it's like the 2007 version of the "Sally shag."

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

(Sony) September 14 The Pitch: A musical from director Julie Taymor (Titus, Broadway's The Lion King) featuring songs from the Beatles and trippy imagery befitting their Sgt. Pepper days. How trippy? "My first day of shooting, I was completely buck naked on a 3-by-3 platform on a lake singing 'jai guru deva,'" laughs actress T.V. Carpio, who plays the "sexually ambiguous" Prudence.

What's Gay About It: "The movie starts with me as a cheerleader, and I'm singing 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' to the head cheerleader and quarterback," says Carpio. "At first it looks like I'm singing to the quarterback, but I'm actually singing to the cheerleader."

LUST, CAUTION

(Focus) September 28 The Pitch: In World War II--era Shanghai, a young woman is assigned to spy on powerful political figure Mr. Yee. Of course, since Lee is played by the sexy Tony Leung, it doesn't take long before she falls for her target.

What's Gay About It: This is director Ang Lee's first feature since Brokeback Mountain, and it costars lesbian fave Joan Chen.

NINA'S HEAVENLY DELIGHTS

(Regent) October 5 The Pitch: When independent Nina returns to her hometown to run her late father's curry restaurant, she gets unexpected help from both childhood friend Bobbie, who's become a Bollywood drag queen, and Lisa, a sexy young woman who now owns a 50% stake in the restaurant.

What's Gay About It: The film is already a gay festival fave--especially the erotically charged scene where Nina sucks curry off Lisa's finger.

ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE

(Universal) October 12 The Pitch: If you feel Cate Blanchett was robbed of a Best Actress Oscar for 1998's Elizabeth, here's her second chance. In this sequel Elizabeth gets entangled with adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh, played by Clive Owen.

What's Gay About It: In the last scene of the first film, Elizabeth was finally dressed to the nines and ready to get fierce. Now imagine a whole movie of that! …

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