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Chiara / December 7, 2018 , Fri / queer movies i've watched recently

1. the haunting of hill house

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The Haunting of Hill House was all anyone on Twitter could talk about for a while, and I guess now everyone’s watched it so there’s no word about it. Anyway. I watched this when it released on Netflix and I devoured it. It was horror but also not, and that’s the best kind of horror, in my opinion.

The Haunting of Hill House focused entirely on one family, and one of the siblings in that family was a lesbian *cheers* It was awesome to see this show get so much hype because Theodora – the queer character – was in no way pushed aside to focus on her non-queer family members. I would have loved some more development in terms of her romance but it was still cute af and I liked it a lot.

If you haven’t watched The Haunting of Hill House yet I definitely think it’s worth the hours!

2. the haunting

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When I was Googling The Haunting of Hill House, I found out that it was based on a book and that book had previously been adapted into a movie in the 1990s. And also starred Liam Neeson, so ya girl was 100% keen. Aside from some name similarities there is almost nothing that aligns between this movie and the show, which is quite strange since they’re based on the same book. There were moments that were reminiscent of scenes in the show, but the storyline and characters were all completely different.

For example, they weren’t related! And also Theodora was bisexual in this movie, although the word was never used >.> I actually loved seeing Catherine Zeta-Jones play a gorgeous bi woman who is not afraid of her sexuality or from showing affection for another woman. It was honestly the only redeeming quality of this truly bad film.

3. the witches of east end

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Queer! Witch! Mother!

So in an episode of season two of The Witches of East End it’s revealed that the matriarch of the Beauchamp family is queer!! There’s a flashback to her dating a woman in the 70s, and then that woman comes back for a cameo appearance in the present day timeline, and they talk about their relationship. The love interest is a Black queer woman, which is just!!! I was honestly so surprised by this turn of events because season one was very non-queer. I may or may not have squealed at the reveal because as tacky as this show may be I’m addicted. And having a queer mother character makes it all the better.

4. 9-1-1

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I haven’t finished season one of 9-1-1 yet but one of the main characters is a Black lesbian (I assume, since there have only been lady lovers so far)!! Henrietta’s friendship with Athena (another Black main character, bless) is absolutely amazing. I wish I had a friendship where I could be open about everything without the risk of ever being judged for what I’ve done or the mistakes I may have made. Seeing these two characters together is one of the best parts of this show, for sure.

5. charmed

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I will fight anyone who disses this show because it is fucking magical, and in more ways than one. It calls out racism, it calls out white privilege, it talks about fetishisation, it talks about police relationships with people of colour, it talks about feminism. And also stars three! women! of! colour! One of whom is a lesbian!! This show is just so far and above its predecessor I will stink eye anyone who thinks that old white trash is better than this. Dismissed.

6. the sinner season two

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This show starred another Black lesbian! We have been blessed recently!! Even though I didn’t think that this show was really all that great, and there was the ‘tragic lesbian in love with her best friend who makes her best friend feel uncomfortable’ bullshit, it was still good to see.

6. the cured

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At first when I was watching this and one of the main characters was revealed as queer, I was excited. But it turned into bury your gays so blegh. If you ignore that, though, it was a good movie overall.

7. the flash season five

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I just watched an episode of this last night and Nora was totally being queer-coded. She was flirting with another girl! And calling her cute!! I really, really hope that they progress this further because it’s about time we had some queer rep on The Flash and it would be another Black queer woman on our TVs, which is quite frankly awesome.

Have you watched any of these? Do you want to? Have you seen any LGBTQIA+ media recently?

Chiara / October 10, 2018 , Wed / films & music

In all honesty, I love watching movies just as much as I love reading books. I have my book blog to chat about the books I read, and I wanted something similar for the movies I see. I created Movie of the Month as a way to talk about the movies I watch, especially the good ones. Maybe you’ll even find some great flicks to add to your watch list!

movie of the month

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I wanted to see Marrowbone because it looked creepy and I devour horror movies like… air, I guess. Every so often I check out what movies have just been released and ones that are coming in the future, and I write down all the horror movies that look good. And one day I found Marrowbone.

What I thought would just be a run of the mill haunted house horror movie turned into so much more. I won’t say how or why, but just know that this movie is not what you go in expecting it to be. It is so much more.

I’ve written about horror movies in the past, and how I’m not a fan of ones that are about senseless killings and meaningless jump scares. Well, Marrowbone throws both of these out the window. There is not one senseless or meaningless thing in the entire film.

I think one of the best parts of Marrowbone was the acting on behalf of all the people in this film. It’s incredible to see young people really shine, and this was no exception. I must say that the acting of George MacKay was absolutely brilliant, and he blew me away.

There was honestly no competition for my favourite movie of September 2018, even though I watched my fair share of them. Marrowbone was just a cut above the rest.

What’s a great movie you watched recently?

Chiara / August 30, 2018 , Thu / films & music, lgbtqia

It’s been a while since I shared five of my favourite LGBTQIA+ shows, and since then I’ve discovered and fallen in love with more. And also remembered some that I didn’t include in the first post. So! Here are some more queer shows I love…

1. black sails

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I only started watching Black Sails about two weeks ago, and I am Obsessed. There are four main queer characters in this badass pirate show and it makes my heart so happy!!

Black Sails makes you think that it’s a run of the mill dudebro show, and then all of a sudden it’s like: hey, my whole premise is gay. And it’s fucking brilliant. I want more shows like this, nay, need more shows like this.

I’m nearly done with the second last season and I don’t want this to end. I am pretty sure I’ll go back and rewatch it because the storylines are so complex I’m certain I missed some things along the way. And also, I would get to see my bloodthirsty sons and daughters again, yay <3

2. lost girl

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I had absolutely no idea that Lost Girl was about a bi heroine until I started watching it. So much shame on the world for not hyping up this show!! It’s a queer urban fantasy show!! And also really good!!

I read an article about Lost Girl and the fact that Bo is bi (sadly, the word is never used in the show). It was pretty good, and I liked the fact that the writer/creator (can’t remember who the interview was with, sorry) was like: we made the decision to make Bo’s two love interests (one of whom is a guy, the other a girl) equally important on the screen, in both romantic and sexual ways.

So yeah, Lost Girl is a about a succubus so there’s quite a lot of sexual content, but to be honest I never felt like it was fetishising. In all honesty, I felt like Bo and her girl’s love and relationship was more nuanced and invested in than her and her boy’s.

All in all, I really enjoyed watching Lost Girl, and I was super invested by the end. Also, there’s a bunch of side queer characters – Bo isn’t the only one!!

3. buffy

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Okay, so this is not just one of my fave queer shows, but one of my fave shows, period. And even though I was never happy with the way Willow’s sexuality was handled (let us never forget the “I’m gay now” line), and the fact that there was a tragic lesbians storyline, it still counts.

I first watched this show when I was about 15, so around the same age as Buffy is in the beginning. I thought that it was the coolest fucking thing ever, and I still kind of do. I have grown more aware of its problems since I was a teen, but I can’t erase it’s importance to me, or the fact that it was one of very few TV shows in the nineties/early noughties that featured queer characters at all.

So, problematic? Yes. But also featuring a cute as hell and Super Soft f/f couple? Yes.

4. dawson’s creek

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Okay so  am 100% not ashamed to admit that this show is my life. I was but a wee lass when it was on TV so I only remember season five and onward, but since then I have lost count of how many times I have watched Dawson’s Creek. It is my childhood, my teen years, and my adulthood. It is everything to me.

And also has a gay character in Jack, bless. There was still a bit of fumbling regarding Jack’s sexuality in the beginning, but to be honest they got to the point of it pretty quickly. And he had just as much of a romantic storyline as the rest of the characters. In fact, his romantic endgame was so strong. One of the strongest, to be honest.

5. degrassi: next class

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I love this show. I’ve loved this show in all its iterations across time, and have been mildly obsessed since I was a teeny tot watching Next Generation on ABC, with that woman warning parents about the content, hahaha. Even though when I started watching this Next Class on Netflix, I had no idea who any of the characters were or what their relationships had been, I was still hooked. The drama in this show is like nothing else and I live for it.

There was a bit of bi erasure in one episode, though, which I was not a fan of. And I can’t remember if the character was brought up on it or not… However, besides that one incident that I remember, I’ve loved all that I’ve watched of this show and I eagerly await more.

Have you watched any of these shows? Do you want to? What are some of your favourite shows with LGBTQIA+ characters?

Chiara / July 13, 2018 , Fri / food

Hello there! You may or may not know this, but I’m vegan. But that doesn’t mean that I want to spend half my life cooking. I didn’t suddenly turn into an amazing cook when I decided to go vegan, nor did it make me want to try outlandish recipes that have 67 ingredients, 42 steps, and only a three hour cooking time! I’m guessing there are other vegans out there like me, so I decided to share some actually simple vegan recipes here on my blog. Often, there will be a gluten free or super cheap option as well! Today we are cooking…

fried rice

Serves: Two massive bowls, three moderate bowls

What You’ll Need:

– 1 cup of rice (I use Jasmine because it’s yummy but you can use whatever tickles your fancy)

– 2 cups of frozen vegetables (I use onion, peas, corn, and capsicum, but again you can use whatever you want!)

– 1-2 tablespoons of soy sauce (to taste)

– 1 tablespoon of oil (I use olive, you can use whatever!)

– sprinkle of pine nuts (these are high in iron)

How You’ll Cook It:

1) Bring a pot of water to the boil and then add rice (yes, I cook my rice by boiling but you can also use the absorption method)

2) After you’ve added the rice to your pot, put your saucepan on a medium heat and add the oil. Put the two cups of frozen veggies in the microwave

3) When the veggies are cooked, toss them in the saucepan with a sprinkle of pine nuts. When the rice is cooked, add that to the pan as well

4) Stir in the soy sauce, and cook until sizzling and non-sticky

5) Serve and eat!

Gluten Free Option:

Use a gluten free soy sauce! Kikkoman does one, and I just found out that Fountain soy sauce is gluten free, as well

Under $5 Option:

Coles brand rice – $1.40

Coles brand soy sauce – $1.90

Coles brand mixed frozen vegetables (which are actually not crappy!) – $1.60

Total: AUD $4.90

(Coles brand pine nuts are only $3.80 and last for a long time cause they’re so tiny, so it you wanted to add them the meal is still under $10 :D)

So there you have it! A super simple vegan recipe for fried rice. This is absolutely one of my go-to meals cause the prep time is short, and the end result is both yummy and good for you, which is awesome. If you try this one, let me know what you think!

All my love,

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