Perhaps the best praise I can give Carol is that ten minutes into it, I forgot it was my job to be a critic. Twenty minutes in, I forgot I was watching a movie at all.
“When did I become so silly! Look at me, riding horses and driving backwards on the highway! Who knew girls were so much like drugs or like aerial gymnastics?”
Wife/wife documentary duo Michelle Boyaner and Barbara Green have been working together for decades — their latest project, It’s Not A Burden, gets real about the heartbreak and humor of caring for elderly parents.
We watched seven films screening at NewFest this weekend to see which ones — if any — had a happy ending.
“Nothing provides plausible deniability like the supernatural, and so classic Hollywood horror films were practically primed for representations of homoeroticism and heterosexual anxieties about queer life, which was already horrifying to the mainstream.”
“Freeheld” is a beautiful movie that puts lesbians front and center. Bring Kleenex.
“Stonewall couldn’t be more whitewashed than if it was doused in Clorox Bleach and thrown into the laundry three times over.”
“A murder, Fred Armisen, a bar mitzvah and Molly Shannon.”
“Why is it that trans women of color have to experience so much violence to remember that they have each other’s back?”
Dellal talks about Ray as if he is a girl, and she talks about transitioning as if it’s a costume or an on/off switch. She even uses “she/her” pronouns to talk about Ray and frequently misgenders him.
Yup, we found 100 films for lesbian, bisexual and queer women that are good enough for one of our most epic lists of all time.
“These people need to be acknowledged for the role they played. And that they existed! It’s so important that they at least realized that Marsha and Sylvia existed and that they did so much to help the community.”
The Same Difference takes the lid off of the many boxes that we as a community put ourselves into in respect to gender.
“As a trans woman, I’m pretty willing to watch most movies about or featuring trans women, and I’ve been waiting to fall in love with one of them for a long, long time. I came close when I saw Gun Hill Road, but in the end, I was really just enamored with Harmony Santana’s performance. It wasn’t until I saw Tangerine that I really felt butterflies.”
“Gabby, I wish this movie was about Bette Midler.”
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“I know that our story is the story of so many others, and I want those people to know that they’re not alone, and that they do have the right to fight back.”
Jurassic World is already one of my favorite movies and I haven’t even seen it yet.
In preparing for this, my first A-Camp, I’ve turned to movies and TV to give me inspiration and calm my nerves. Hopefully I made the right choices, but if not, at least I had some entertainment while I packed.
Go see Mad Max Fury Road. Go with your fists raised high and salute big, stupid, glorious, Hollywood blockbusters and go see what it looks like when we’re driving the smoking tractor-trailers into the unknown and fighting for our sisters to live free.