Yesterday Judge Vaughn R. Walker of the Northern District Court of California ruled that Proposition 8, which declares that marriage is defined as a union between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional and therefore illegal. While the ruling was immediately appealed by opponents, it's a decision sane people everywhere, even in Texas, can look to for hope. Here's five films to watch in celebration of the ruling.
5. THX 1138 What? You thought this was going to be a list of gay films? You'll have to read on to find out. George Lucas' 1971 film depicted a dystopian future in which a faceless government forces its citizens to take drugs that suppress their emotions and sexual desires. Robert Duvall plays the title character with the inventory-code name. He inadvertently goes off his meds when his female roommate quits taking hers and substitutes placebos for his. As their emotions and desires take hold, they decide to escape from the underground city.
4. Prop. 8: The Musical Sure, it's just a short little number, but the stars turned out for this 2008 sketch in which Jesus, played by Jack Black, solves the gay-marriage dispute by convincing Christians that the Bible is chock full of abominable laws, including the prohibition of shrimp cocktail. And John C. Reilly sings!
3. The Last Supper While it's almost embarrasingly liberal in its politics, and it ends on a bewhildering note, the 1995 film about five liberal, graduate-school students who go on a serial-murder spree killing right-wing extremists, has its fleeting charm. As the victims, all the conservative characatures are covered: pedophile priests, anti-environmentalists, mysogynists, censorship advocates, neo-Nazis, pro-lifers, and yes gay rights opponents. Just stop the movie when the killers start feeling guilty.
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2. Bob Roberts Perhaps no political mockumentary is as liberally smug as this 1992 film starring and directed by Tim Robbins. He plays an obviously Republican candidate (although his party affiliation is never explicitly revealed) running for the U.S. Senate, who sings conservative folk music. Brilliant.
1. The Kids Are Alright Currently in theaters, director Lisa Cholodenko's third film has already received practically universal critical acclaim. Starring Julianne Moore and Annette Bening, a lesbian couple's relationship is put to the test when their two children search for their biological father.