Ah, Valentine’s Day, one of my favorite holidays. Crappy chocolate, endless disappointment, and all in a half-hearted attempt to receive a punch on the shoulder at the end of the night. With Valentine’s Day, we always receive a film centered about romance, so I thought I’d take a look at the best film couples of the past decade. I based this list off of some criteria, including sacrifices, spark, dialogue, and just general chemistry. That should explain the absence of Anastasia and Christian of Fifty Shades, Bella and Edward of Twilight, and Belle and Beast from Beauty and the Beast.
I also decided to limit this list a bit and not have couples which are hardly even together, so as much as it hurts to say, Simon and Blue from Love, Simon will not be featured on this list, because they were only together for about four minutes. So, let’s talk about the five couples (ordered from good to greatest), so you can convince your significant other to watch these instead of The Kissing Booth again. Continue reading
It’s February 2020 and Storm Ciara is battering the UK. Trees are down, ferries are struggling to dock at ports across the nation and hundreds of flights have been cancelled. In typical British fashion however, the biggest debate is over the pronunciation of the storm name itself rather than the path of destruction it is making all over the country. Is it “see-ara” or “kee-ara”? Who knows.
With the majority of the UK population locked indoors, it got me thinking about the best movie storms to have ever graced the silver screen. This doesn’t incorporate disaster scenes as a whole (we’ve got another top 5 for those), just those involving storms of some nature, weather (see what I did there) on land, in the air, or at sea. From terrifying tornadoes to swelling seas, here are our picks for the top 5 movie storms seen in film. Continue reading
Turning 30 is a big deal, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. With some trepidation, I entered my fourth decade on this earth in August 2019, and the lack of a world-changing event was surprising by its absence. Perhaps I had built it up to be something more than it was.
Nevertheless, I intend to spend my next decade seeing as many places as I can, trying new things and watching as many films as possible. With that in mind, I decided to get right back to where I started – way back in 1989. These are the top five movies from 1989: the year of my birth. Let me tell you, this wasn’t an easy list to make – 1989 had some cracking films released, but I’ve managed to narrow it down to just five. Without further ado, let’s take a look. Continue reading
Pride month comes to an end on June 30th here in the UK. It’s been a great opportunity to highlight the progress the country has made over the last few decades in recognising the rights of those in the LGBT community, though there is still a way to go.
Emily White shared with us her picks for the best alternative LGBT films of the last decade, and as a farewell to Pride month, I’ve picked out the five best mainstream LGBT movies ever made. In the interests of clarity, mainstream in this list is determined by box-office success, a wide theatrical release and by having well-known and recognised stars in a pivotal role within the movie.
Any of those three criteria can be met for a film to be featured in this list. So without further ado, shall we begin? Here are our picks for the five best mainstream gay-themed films ever made. Continue reading
Representation is powerful. Film is by far the easiest way we can expose ourselves to experiences and lives that differ from our own. Film creates empathy and allows us to develop an understanding of both the characters we see on screen and ourselves. For the LGBTQ+ community representation, – and by representation I mean quality representation that represents a multifaceted queer experience – has seen a marked improvement over the last decade.
Films like Tangerine (2015), Moonlight (2016) and Love is Strange (2014) have all brought much-needed representation, as well as portraying a diverse range of queer stories. Whilst we may still have a long way to go when it comes to diversity in all aspects of cinema, we’re certainly light-years away from Rupert Everett’s two dimensional ‘gay pal’ of 1997’s My Best Friends Wedding.
Here are my picks for five of the best alternative LGBTQ+ films to adorn our screens over the past ten years. Adam Brannon will be bringing you his top picks for the top 5 mainstream LQBTQ+ movies very soon. Continue reading