Tag Archives: Gay/Transgender

A Very English Scandal

In 1961, Liberal MP Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) has a romantic affair with a troubled young man, Norman (Ben Whishaw); as Thorpe’s political career takes off, Norman gets back in touch… The 1970s sex scandal and conspiracy-to-murder trial that ended the career of the Liberal Party leader at the time gets a very, very enjoyable … Continue reading A Very English Scandal

Boy Erased

THE TRUTH CANNOT BE CONVERTED. An adaptation of Garrard Conley’s memoir that changes names and circumstances for dramatic purposes, but retains the book’s invaluable peek inside the gay-conversion therapy movement that can easily be labeled child abuse. We follow an 18-year-old in Arkansas who realizes that he might be gay, wants to change and subjects … Continue reading Boy Erased

Bohemian Rhapsody

THE ONLY THING MORE EXTRAORDINARY THAN THEIR MUSIC IS HIS STORY. This biopic of the legendary rock band Queen and its singer Freddie Mercury was long in the making and suffered from a troubled production. The final results aren’t exactly bad, but certainly unremarkable. Engagingly told, the film ends with a carefully recreated 1985 Live … Continue reading Bohemian Rhapsody

Show Me Love: Ending Boredom

TWO GIRLS. ONE LOVE.  The Russian artist Lena Katina once said in an interview that her controversial pop duo t.A.T.u. was originally inspired by this film. She and her fellow teenage performer Julia Volkova posed as lesbians, which caused quite a stir in a country that is hopelessly socially conservative. When t.A.T.u. fans learned that … Continue reading Show Me Love: Ending Boredom

Whitney: Family = Enemy

In the past, director Kevin Macdonald has chronicled major artists like Mick Jagger and Bob Marley. His documentary about the life of Whitney Houston gained attention at the Cannes festival this year, and no wonder. It’s a powerful film and it did present some news – Whitney’s brother Gary and her longtime assistant Mary Jones … Continue reading Whitney: Family = Enemy

Angels in America: Love and Suffering

THE MESSENGER HAS ARRIVED. In the early 2000s, the AIDS epidemic had not been portrayed on TV and in movies in a fully satisfying way. There were respectable attempts, such as Philadelphia (1993) and the TV movie And the Band Played On (1993), but they also faced criticism for various reasons. It seemed as if … Continue reading Angels in America: Love and Suffering

When We Rise

The Milk (2008) writer’s ambitious odyssey through 45 years of fighting for LGBT rights in America starts with gays finding their voice in San Francisco in spite of persistent police brutality and ends with the Supreme Court paving the way for same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Focus lies on several real-life characters that we … Continue reading When We Rise

A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge

THE FIRST NAME IN TERROR RETURNS… Teenager Jesse Walsh (Mark Patton) has strange dreams about a monstrous man and can feel how he’s falling under the man’s spell. This sequel imitates the original in many ways, but what makes it stand apart is its (sometimes less than) subtle gay subtext. There’s even a visit to … Continue reading A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge

Call Me by Your Name: Torn Between Desires

Published in 2007, André Aciman’s novel also began its journey to the big screen the same year. After securing the rights, producers Peter Spears and Howard Rosenman asked their friend James Ivory if he would be interested in executive producing the adaptation. He would, but the project stalled as the search for a suitable writer … Continue reading Call Me by Your Name: Torn Between Desires

Battle of the Sexes

HE MADE A BET. SHE MADE HISTORY. In the early 1970s, retired tennis pro Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) wants to get back into the limelight and proposes a challenge match against the number one female player, Billie Jean King (Emma Stone). The Little Miss Sunshine (2006) directors got back together with Carell for this reality-based … Continue reading Battle of the Sexes