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Chiara / May 4, 2018 , Fri / queer movies i've watched recently

1. the limehouse golem

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The Limehouse Golem isn’t a queer movie per se but the main character – Detective Kildare – is gay. There isn’t really any storyline regarding his sexuality, but to be honest I was just excited that I watched a movie with a surprise queer protagonist.

In general, The Limehouse Golem was pretty incredible. I was absolutely riveted from the moment it started to the moment it ended. The actors were brilliant, the storyline was incredible, and the cintematography, sets, and costumes were sublime. If you’re into period mysteries then you should definitely give this one a go.

2. love, simon

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I finally saw Love, Simon! And it was so incredibly gorgeous. I actually saw this one with the queer youth that I work with, and I think it made the experience all the more special. To see these young people see themselves on the big screen was absolutely amazing.

Love, Simon was quite different to the book, which surprised me a little. But every adaptation has its changes. And I think the changes made were the best ones to make the story fit the screen. It was honestly so incredible to see a queer rom-com for teens make it to theatres. I cannot hope enough that Hollywood realises that the time has well and truly come for movies about queer teens to hit the screen, and that non-queer teens aren’t the only ones who deserves to see themselves, who deserve love stories.

I seriously cannot wait for this movie to be released on DVD because I know I’ll be watching it again and again.

3. call me by your name

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I m so very uninterested in people trying to pit this movie and Love, Simon against each other. They are completely different stories, different genres, and also set in different times and places. So that’s that for me talking about the two together.

Call Me By Your Name was a beautiful piece of cinema. It is slow and luxurious, which is perfect because it’s set in the summer and what is summer but slow and luxurious? It was so cute, honestly, to watch Elio’s feelings for Oliver change from the beginning of the movie to the end. The arc of those emotions and the relationship between the two were hands down my favourite aspects of this movie.

There were a lot of poignant moments in the film, and I was almost in tears when Elio was talking to his father toward the end. That conversation was such a good one, and so affirming for Elio, and I adored it. I adored his relationship with his family overall, really. Another one of my favourite scenes is where they’re all on the couch together and the mother is reading to her husband and son. It was beautiful.

I loved this movie and I know I’ll be watching it again.

4. professor marston and the wonder women

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I was instantly keen to watch this movie when I found out it was about the polyamorous relationship between Professor Marston, his wife, and another woman. I’ve never seen polyam rep in a movie before so I was Excited. And it didn’t disappoint.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women was an interesting movie about the origins of Wonder Woman, and the two women that inspired her creation. There wasn’t a whole lot about the creation of Wonder Woman, apart from a few scenes, as the bulk of the movie focussed on the relationships between the Professor, his wife, Elizabeth, and their partner, Olive.

It was interesting to see how their relationship progressed because they faced a lot of hurdles. It was especially hard to see how the public’s judgement of their relationship influenced Elizabeth, but it’s okay: this queer movie has an overall happy ending. The best part of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women was seeing the three of them in a happy, loving relationship together. It was cute as hell, to be honest.

5. princess cyd

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Princess Cyd came up when I was looking through Netflix’s queer movie section. It was around an hour and a half long, and about a queer girl so I decided to give it a go. Overall, I was kind of underwhelmed.

The story follows Cyd, who stays a few weeks with her aunt, who she hasn’t seen in many years. I think I wasn’t a huge fan of Princess Cyd because of Cyd herself. She was very strange, but not in a cool way. The way she spoke to her aunt sometimes was pretty rude, especially since her aunt was at least trying to make Cyd feel welcome after her dad shipped her off. Also, I think that talking to your estranged aunt about her sex life is… weird.

The best part about this movie was the romance between Cyd and Katie. Though I really would have liked some more scenes with and about Katie because I think she was an interesting character and her potential wasn’t used to the fullest. Most of all, I would have liked to see her talk about her gender, since Cyd’s aunt and Cyd had a tiny conversation about it but it was never brought up with Katie herself.

Cyd came off as pan to me, because when there was yet another sexual conversation with strangers, Cyd answered “everything” when asked what she “liked”. I would have loved to see more conversation about that, as well. But I think Princess Cyd was less about queerness and identity than about a slice of life and summer romance.

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

Chiara / March 23, 2018 , Fri / queer movies i've watched recently

1. g.b.f.

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Ah, G.B.F. – where do I even begin? I was pretty much cringing through this entire film. Almost every scene was so non-PC that I contemplated turning it off. But I had spent my $5.58 on this movie so I was determined to finish it to the end. And I did. And I was thoroughly unimpressed.

G.B.F. definitely falls into the “outrageous comedy queer film” category. When I think about queer films in general they mostly fall into that outrageous comedy category or depressing tragedy category. This has been the way for far too long, which is one of the many reasons I’m excited for Love, Simon because it’s neither of those. It’s the run of the mill (and I say this with endearment) queer rom-com that we’ve been waiting for for so long.

But back to G.B.F. I will say that there were approximately two positive things about this movie:

1) The two main gay characters did not end up together. It was nice to see them as best friends without the need for the writers to shove them together in a romantic relationship just because they’re both into guys. There was a moment where it looked like they were going to but they didn’t.

2) It actually tackles the ridiculousness of the entire GBF (gay best friend) thing and how harmful it is to want to be someone’s friend just because of their sexuality. And how placing an expectation on them to be sassy and flamboyant because of their sexuality is bullshit.

So yeah, I did like those two things. I thought there was a third thing I liked but it is escaping me. Overall, I wasn’t a fan, though.

2. but i’m a cheerleader

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If I thought that¬†G.B.F. was bad, boy was I in for a treat when I sat down to watch But I’m a Cheerleader. This movie was also an outrageous comedy, and there was so much inherently wrong with it I don’t even know if I can express it. I can honestly say that I liked one thing about this movie and that was the fact that it was a happily ever after for the main f/f couple. That’s it. I was not here for the bi erasure, the jokes about sexual assault, the simulation of “straight” sex (again, nice bi erasure). In fact I was not here for most of the things in this movie. I really didn’t like it.

3. imagine me & you

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I was super excited to watch Imagine Me & You because a few friends had told me that it was cute and important to them as queer babies. So I bought it.

This was definitely my favourite of the three queer movies in this post because even though it was a comedy with a few over the top moments it never made it into the outrageous comedy category. I wasn’t a big fan of the cheating element, though. I would have liked the two women to come together without hurting the people around them. That would have been nice. But I guess overall the romance was pretty cute. I loved Luce, and her flower shop was so incredibly lovely. I wanted to visit it.

This was another happy ending, which was nice! I wasn’t blown away by this movie, but I definitely think it’s one I could sit down and watch again because it has that easy-to-watch feel to it where you don’t have to think too hard or get too emotionally invested, haha.

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

Chiara / January 16, 2018 , Tue / queer movies i've watched recently

1. the way he looks

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I remember hearing about this movie quite a while ago, but never being able to watch it because Australia sucks and doesn’t import a lot of foreign movies. But then I bought an all-region DVD player (honestly the best thing I have ever purchased) and as such I have gone on a buying spree of all the movies I’ve never been able to watch before. The Way He Looks was one of the movies I was the most excited about. It just looked so sweet and adorable.

Funnily enough, a few weeks before my copy arrived, I saw the original short film that the movie was based on. It was so cute, and I was interested to see how the writers would expand a story that worked so well as a short into something that was full length. Honestly, they did a fantastic job. I liked the movie better than the short because there was so much room for character development and growth, as well as relationship development and growth.

I think the thing I liked best about The Way He Looks is that it wasn’t tragic at all. There was an element of bullying that was almost in the really horrible category but never quite made it. For the most part it stayed at the level of teenagers being shitty to each other. The Way He Looks is a queer boy movie that ends happily, and I am so glad it exists.

2. those people

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I found this movie by searching “lgbt” in the Netflix searchbar, which actually brings up all their queer movies so YAY for figuring that out. I don’t really know why I picked this one out of the multitudes but I did.

Can I just say that the movie poster for this movie fucking slays me? I mean, it might not slay you unless you’ve seen it but my heart is aching because of that picture, jesus holy christ.

Those People follows this guy who is in love with his best friend – who is also gay – but starts seeing this new, older guy. Drama and angst ensues. And also a realisation on my part that I am very attracted to Jason Ralph.

I feel like Those People went for the “life isn’t always perfect” route, which I am never a particularly big fan of. I know life isn’t always perfect. THAT IS WHY I WATCH A LOT OF MOVIES. I WANT THE GAY BEST FRIENDS TO END UP TOGETHER AND LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, OKAY? I DON’T NEED ~MATURE~ REALISATIONS. EVER. But I guess these kinds of movies do serve their purpose. Even though I weep for the loss of a friends to lovers romance with a perfect ending.

3. breathe

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Bless Stan for having a dedicated “LGBT” film section so I don’t even have to use a searchbar like I do on Netflix. To be honest I chose to watch Breathe because it was quite short, the poster was pretty (it was different to the one above – more romantic), and also it was about queer girls and I feel like I haven’t watched enough queer girl movies.

Breathe was incredibly… weird. Though I feel it definitely falls into the queer film category it never explicitly feels like it does. There is one kiss shared between the two girls, but it was when they were kind of play acting with each other so its sincerity was never covert. To be honest the only real confirmation of its queerness comes at the very end.

Speaking of the end… I had no fucking clue what I had just spend an hour and a half of my life watching. Furthermore, I had no idea why I had watched it. The only thing I can say about the ending of Breathe was that it was vicious and out of the blue.

4. the handmaiden

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I can honestly say that I have never watched a movie quite like The Handmaiden. It blends elements from almost every movie genre I can think of – drama, romance, comedy, crime. With a dash of sex in there, as well.

I decided to watch The Handmaiden because I had seen it on Stan, and then a few days later I saw it on someone’s Twitter thread of f/f movies that end with happily ever after. The Handmaiden does indeed end with a happily ever after for the two women of the movie, and for that I was very glad.

The Handmaiden, while quite a journey of two and a half hours, hooked me from the very beginning – so much so that I didn’t even take into account how much time had passed. Told in three parts, the story is woven in a very interesting way. You think of the story in one way, and then it is completely turned on its head.

This is a movie I know I won’t be forgetting any time soon.

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

Chiara / May 4, 2016 , Wed / queer movies i've watched recently

I found myself having watched three LGBTQIA+ movies in the last two weeks, and I thought I would go ahead and share some short thoughts on them because they’re LGBTQIA+, which is important, and they’re also movies, which I love. (All the source links will take you to IMDb.)

1. holding the man

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Holding the Man was a movie I’d been looking forward to for ages. It’s a story about two guys who meet and fall in love in high school, and it follows them through quite a lot of years of their life. To be honest, I was expecting to like it a lot more than I ended up liking it. I thought it would be one of those movies that completely ripped me apart and left me sobbing at the end (I’m looking at you, RENT). There was a particular moment that had me in tears because it was heartbreaking, but overall, I didn’t quite feel for this story in the way I thought I would.

I still 100% recommend it, though. It’s got a tonne of lovely moments, and I feel like it was a really raw and emotional depiction of the relationship between Tim and John (who are actually real. This is based off an autobiographical book written by Tim), and how both their lives were affected by HIV/AIDS.

2. the normal heart

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The Normal Heart broke me. It was one of those moments where I could let myself spiral down into a blackhole of despair and tears. The Normal Heart follows a fictional character through the initial discovery and subsequent epidemic of HIV/AIDS. I knew things were bad for the gay community back then – I think everyone knows that. But some of the events in this movie had me completely shocked. I don’t know if this kind of shit actually happened, but I’m guessing it did since this story is a semi-autobiographical account from the man who wrote it.

The main character, Ned, is angry. He wants HIV/AIDS to be recognised, and he’s frustrated as all hell at the fact that no one was willing to do that. His friends give him a lot of flack for that, but to be honest, I couldn’t blame him. Hell, I was angry as all hell watching how HIV/AIDS was completely dismissed by everyone they spoke to.

One of the best aspects of this movie is the relationship that develops between Ned and Felix It’s absolutely gorgeous, and will leave you wrecked. I 100% recommend The Normal Heart.

3. pride

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I was recommended this movie by the lovely¬†Romi, and finally got around to watching it (she rec’d it at Christmas). It was completely different to the previous two movies I’d watched. In general, it was a lot more light-hearted. It follows the story of a group called Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM), which wanted to raise money to assist the mining communities back in the eighties. All towns except one refused their help.

Pride was, on the whole, pretty adorable. The latent homophobia expressed by some of the people in the mining town was a difficult pill to swallow sometimes, but the overall acceptance and support of LGSM was heartwarming. As with both Holding the Man and The Normal Heart, HIV/AIDS did play a role in this movie (which isn’t really surprising since they were all set in the 1980s). There were a lot of sweet moments in Pride, however, and it was incredibly enjoyable overall.

I really liked all three of these movies, but if I had to pick a favourite, it would be The Normal Heart. But seriously, all these movies were absolutely gorgeous. I really want to try and find more LGBTQIA+ movies to watch, especially ones that don’t just focus on the G, and also have some intersectional diversity in them, as well.

Have you seen any of these movies? Do you want to? Have you got an LGBTQIA+ movies you recommend?

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