When I was younger and even admittedly sometimes now, I excused the lack of representation on the screen. Last weekend I attended the Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest and got to spend the entire time looking at fully realized, multiple versions of myself on my television. You can do that too, this weekend!
Portrait of a Lady on Fire is only the third film in the Criterion Collection to feature queer women that’s actually directed by a queer woman.
“You can’t have a rulebook or a playbook for how to connect. When you’re queer, it’s about negotiating your own way, when the blueprint doesn’t work for you.” Fatimah Asghar discusses queerness, intimacy and her new short film Got Game, that you can watch exclusively on Autostraddle.
When I watch these movies, I find myself writing fan fictions in my head: What details would I change, to make this piece of art truly for me, and for the community that I love? Maybe it’s simply that the sex workers on film would just be a lot more… regular.
The fact is most of the films about us — and especially the films by us — do not get the attention they deserve. But nobody is better equipped to tell our stories than we are.
Listening to a song your crush recommends is a low-stakes window into their identity. It’s a way to get closer to someone, away from them. And isn’t that what a crush is all about? A solitary experience that has everything to do with the other person and at the same time nothing at all?
For a documentary about a circus cat show, the film is about so much more about the human relationships that shape us. It’s about how us strays and weirdos put the glitter eyeshadow on because we know we’re actually superstars in waiting. Also, it’s about the world’s only all-cat rock band.
I thought Proud Mary was going to be Taraji P. Henson’s Atomic Blonde moment, but the movie never lets her reach that action star potential, throttling her with a weakass story that she nonetheless sells the hell out of because she’s Taraji P. Henson.
Besides the fact that Moonlight is 200% the movie La La Land could ever be, on a petty note, seeing something undeserved snatched out of white hands felt SO. GOOD. It was the vindication I will never get in my real life. It was #BlackExcellence at its finest.
Drink every time the camera cuts to Jennifer Lawrence and she’s not drinking directly out of the table’s Moet bottle.
When you’re stargazing, remember Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson’s work. Tell their stories over and over. They’ve been silenced for so long; now it’s our turn to keep them alive.
I Still Know What You Did in Waterloo
Here are your classic Christmas movie favorites, slightly tarnished like your childhood memories always will be. SORRY.
Miss Major has always been a badass, and in this three minute long animated video, she’s no different. With all the spirit in the world in her voice, she explains how we can each use our own personal acts to make political change.
A point by point breakdown comparing plots, outfits, closing credits and everything in between.
This isn’t a May-December lesbian romance. Janney and Page revive and expand upon the chemistry they shared as step-mother and daughter in Juno. But it is a movie about women — about women who have been abandoned, who find each other, who hurt each other deeply.
“The entire ‘Ghostbusters’ legacy is what’s at stake here.”
One lesbian movie to rule them all.
The more I look at film trends over these past social media-soaked years, the more I see the same pattern emerging. The films that end up doing well and making an impact are those that treat their characters with enough care to make them complex, treat their audience with enough respect to make the story engaging and compelling. Ellen Page’s new film Tallulah is one of these films.
“The Satanic Temple has fully endorsed this movie, so this isn’t a date movie per se but it’s also not not a date movie.”