Everyone knows that exams are the worst, so when it’s finals week life can be such a drag. You study hard and get all hopped up on Adderall, and half the time your “high” is completely wasted on Facebook.
However, when all is said and done it’s important to find ways to blow off steam that don’t involve stress eating and/or chain smoking outside of Bobst. So to help you out and to celebrate finals nearly coming to a close, this week NYU Local is bringing you all of the fiercest and realest drag-related films and shows that Netflix Instant Watch has to offer. So gentleman start your engines—take a breather and relax for a minute— and may the best woman win.
With Tyra Banks’ looks and Tim Gunn’s personality, RuPaul hosts this hilarious reality TV show where 13 fierce drag queens from across the country compete to be America’s next drag superstar. While RuPaul’s Drag Race is comparable to shows like America’s Next Top Model, something it frequently parodies, the most unique thing about the former is the relationship between the contestants. There’s always an overwhelming amount of shade, reading, and kiki realness, but at the end of the day the girls recognize that they are a family. While the 4th season of the show ended earlier this year, unfortunately only seasons 2 and 3 are available on Netflix Instant Watch.
This 1990 documentary provides an in depth look at the ballroom culture that existed in New York during the mid-late 1980s. The title itself comes from a 1986 ball hosted by Paris DuPree, and the film consists of clips of Ball competitions interspersed with interviews from key queens such as Pepper LaBeija and Angie Xtravaganza. The film deals with the difficulties members of the ballroom scene face when it comes to racism, homophobia, and AIDS, while also having incredible moments of humor where drag-lingo and voguing are explained. The film tends to be more serious than some other drag-related flicks, but Paris is Burning is an extremely unique look into an extremely unique culture.
This movie is a hilarious 90-minute film that is exactly what it sounds like. When a throng of beautiful drag queens (one of which might actually be a woman) recovers from being beaten by a group of straight men, they rally together with the help of a mentor and set out to seek vengeance on their attackers — with knives. While the overall themes may seem dark, believe it or not the film is intentionally funny.
An old classic we all know and love! However, just because the themes of the film are family-oriented, lighthearted, and platonic does not change the fact that Robin Williams is in drag for ~90% of the film.