No question about it, 2016 offered an unprecedented bounty of good films that dealt with queer experiences. But this extraordinary turn in the history of movies and gay culture never made it to the mainstream media, which always distorts sex, politics, morality, and art.
This was also the year when mainstream media, which typically marginalizes gay movies, suddenly pretended to find a rare gem (see the last slide). Don’t believe the hype. The cultural and media elite only praise what’s hyped; their agenda is to promote films that perpetuate the status quo stereotyping of everyone. But these films don’t. The very best of them—by Techine, Davies, Thomas, Jarman, Greenaway, and Solondz—aren’t just good, they’re the best movies of the year.