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 LGBT movies 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

Alex Strangelove Review “Cringeworthy in a good way”

Alex Strangelove posterJune can mean many things to many people. It’s the start of summer, the middle of the year and has the longest day of the year. However, for the LGBTQ+ community, it signals the start of Pride month. In keeping with this occasion, Netflix has released Alex Strangelove: an ode to the confusion that comes with being a teenager, especially if you’re gay. However, was it a home run, or did Netflix drop the ball on this one?

Alex Strangelove follows Alex as he navigates his heterosexual relationship, as well as the possibility of a gay one, all whilst finishing his senior year of high school. It tackles the issue of sexuality, taking on stereotypes and harmful stigmas in this 100-minutes of educative entertainment. With laughs, cringe-worthy moments and an honesty that breathes a new lease of life into gay rom-coms, Alex Strangelove is set up to be a winner all around. Continue reading