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 LGBT movies 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
Okay, I’ve said this four times this year so far, but this has gotta be the worst movie of the year. First, I said it for Captive State, then I said it for Hellboy, then The Challenger Disaster, and now, we’ve wound up here at After. How exactly did this movie come to be made?
For those who don’t know, this is based off of a One Direction fan fiction created on Wattpad (Which has previously given us movies such as The Kissing Booth) which eventually spun off into a five book series including one installment called After Ever Happy. So, somehow this turned into a movie starring Selma Blair from Cruel Intentions for a whopping five minutes and that kid who played Tom Riddle in The Half Blood Prince. There is no use in prolonging this any longer, let’s get into After. Continue reading
I’m not crying, you’re crying. That’s the way it goes with Disney and Pixar movies, right? The general consensus about the Toy Story trilogy is one of unanimous praise – you only need to look at the Rotten Tomato reviews for that. Where sequels are ordinarily inferior to their predecessors, the Toy Story franchise is one that has managed to stay relevant and strikingly animated over the course of its 24-year history.
So successful it is that the planned finale, 2010’s Toy Story 3, is no longer that. Taking over $1billion worldwide, Disney decided to release another, much to the disdain of many fans and film critics like myself. Why risk ruining something that has meant so much to so many people across the world? Surely another sequel will only taint a franchise that has been practically perfection? In true Disney fashion, they pressed on regardless. But is Toy Story 4 a shameless cash-in? Continue reading
As lovely as some of the older romantic comedies may be, a lot of them are a bit out of date nowadays. From the lack of feminist perspectives, to the multitude of damsels in distress, it’s refreshing when a movie strays from the status quo. One of Netflix’s newer releases, Someone Great, takes the appeal of a rom-com, but adds a 21st-century twist.
Someone Great follows Jenny, as she navigates the collapse of her nine-year long relationship on her last night in New York. Her two friends, Blair and Erin, help her enjoy her newly single self, whilst also making everlasting memories with each other on their very last evening together. Continue reading