The Best Films of 1989: Top 5

the best films of 1989Turning 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

The Best Mainstream LGBT Movies: Top 5

best mainstream lgbtq+ filmsPride 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

The Best Alternative LGBTQ+ Films of the Past Decade

best alternative lgbtq+ films of the last decadeRepresentation 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

Films Set At Sea: Top 5

Films set in the oceanSaturday 8th June 2019 is World Oceans Day. On World Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honour our fabulous oceans, which connect us all. This special celebration is about getting together with your family, friends, community, and the planet to start creating a better future for us and future generations.

To celebrate, we’re looking at the top five films to be set at sea or to feature water as a prominent feature throughout the movie’s running time. Whether it’s horror, sci-fi, historical drama or bombastic disaster movie, there’s no genre we haven’t scoured to bring you these fabulous films. Shall we begin? Continue reading

Top 5: Ian McKellen Performances

Top Ian McKellen rolesHappy birthday Ian McKellen or to call him by his full title: Sir Ian McKellen. The British thespian turns 80 years’ old on May 25th 2019, and with that milestone comes a career filled with memorable performances and exceptional acting skills.

Ian McKellen is arguably one of our greatest living actors, alongside the likes of Meryl Streep, Sir Patrick Stewart and looking a little younger, Hugh Jackman. His acting career includes film, television and where he made his debut; the stage. In this article, we’ll look at Ian McKellen’s best performances from the world of film. Without further ado, let’s begin. Continue reading