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Best LGBT Movie Characters of 2013

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If BEHIND THE CANDELABRA can't even find a distributor...

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

Have you properly reflected on the year that was as we switch numbers? I tend to make a whole month of it and haven't quite done the difficult work of trimming down my favorite 17 or so movies into that small "top ten list" box yet, so let's concentrate on movie characters for our annual tradition:

TEN BEST LGBT MOVIE CHARACTERS OF THE YEAR
*this list contains some spoilers*

Previous Years: 20122011, 2010

Queer cinema is having a rough where-to-now period. After Brokeback Mountain, an inarguable hit with nearly $200 million in worldwide box office eight long years ago, we had reason to hope that we were entering a new golden age of LGBT awareness, a true place at the table. And we were, of course -- gay marriage in Utah? Wow! -- just not onscreen. When Oscar famously denied Brokeback its rightful win who knew that it would prove such an ill omen for queer movies? Almost immediately afterwards, gay mainstream filmmaking fell into swift decline. The contributing factors are complicated and well-theorized about but it's led to a dearth of gay films in movie theaters -- you know you're in trouble when no one wants to distribute Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic BEHIND THE CANDELABRA (reviewed) which came with easy marketing hooks and major stars.

Screen shot 2013-12-31 at 6.01.16 PMWhile complex gay characters get good play on TV, mainstream movies are a weirder place for gays. Consider Catherine Zeta Jones's evil lesbian psychiatrist in Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects, who would have provided a juicy clip for The Celluloid Closet (1995) had she appeared in an older movie, or disposable characters like the butler The Wolf of Wall Street whose purpose in the movie seems to be... what exactly? The (comic) gaybashing adds nothing to the film.

Special Mention: I'm dedicating this list to two movies I missed that friends have sworn by. The acclaimed Cuban feature UNA NOCHE, currently available for instant streaming on Netflix, has a gay subplot I've only heard good things about and my friend Glenn swears by Xavier Dolan's LAURENCE ANYWAYS, a three hour epic about a transgendered woman born "Laurence" (delicious Frenchman Melvil Poupaud) and her girlfriend "Fred" (Suzanne Clement). My apologies also to sadfaced YOSSI (Ohad Knoller) but the Yossi & Jagger (2002) magic just wasn't there in his titular sequel.

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New Clip of Daniel Radcliffe as Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg in 'Kill Your Darlings' - VIDEO

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In a newly released clip for John Krokidas's Kill Your Darlings, beat poet Allen Ginsberg (played by Daniel Radcliffe) and Lucien Carr (played by Dane DeHaan) meet for what appears to be the first time. Still no word on when a clip of Radcliffe's much-talked-about gay sex scene will surface though.

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The film is scheduled to release on October 18 and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall, and Elizabeth Olsen.

Check out the full trailer HERE.

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Daniel Radcliffe as Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg in 'Kill Your Darlings': TRAILER

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The full trailer for John Krokidas's Kill Your Darlings starring Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall, and Elizabeth Olsen has hit the web and finally we're given a real feeling about the film, which looks in turn suspenseful, sexy, creepy, violent, and emotional, offering a take on the beat poet Allen Ginsberg's young life.

The graphic sex scene that Radcliffe has spoken about? We'll have to wait for that.

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Daniel Radcliffe Enjoys Dane DeHaan's Lamp Crotch Antics in 'Kill Your Darlings' Clip: VIDEO

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Young beat poet Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) is enamored by Lucien Carr's (Dane DeHaan) library antics as Carr stands on a table, recites a filthy Henry Miller quote, and rams a lamp up his crotch, in a new clip from the forthcoming flick Kill Your Darlings.

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The film has an October 18 release date.

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