15 June 2018

some of my favourites: lgbt+ films

Hi. Haven't written in a while. Kinda had a lot going on. That being said, I finally graduated high school and university admissions are also over, meaning I'll now hopefully have a bit more time to do things I like - including, but not limited to, blogging and sleeping. And I thought I'd come back to this blog with another "favourites" post - this time about LGBT+ films. 

A few disclaimers before we start though: The 'x' in brackets next to the movie title links to the trailer. I am going to try to avoid spoilers as much as I can for those of you who haven't seen these yet. There might be some, though, so be warned. Also, if you're a homo/bi/transphobe, I would very much appreciate it if you left my blog right now. 

(Not a movie, but like... do yourself a favour and go watch Sense8.)

Love, Simon (x)
Starting with this one because I literally just saw it tonight and I loved it so much. Also you've probably already heard of it unless you've literally been living under a rock for the past year or so. It's one of the best book-to-movie adaptations I've ever watched - and it's amazing, too. The cinematography is beautiful, the soundtrack is incredible, and all of the characters are very well written. I'm still very emotional over this movie - I've only seen it once so far, but I can already tell it's gonna be one of my all-time favourites.

I Can't Think Straight (x)
If you're only gonna watch one of all of the films on this list, watch this one. Or, you know, read the book. Look, I might be biased because this is the first film about people like me that I've ever seen, but I've seen a lot more since then and this is still one of my favourites. It's absolutely beautiful.

Shelter (x)
I don't even think I have words to describe this movie. It's touching, it's beautifully shot and written, and most of all, it's not your typical love story. It's about two people who already have lives of their own - lives that couldn't be more different - and about how these lives change when they meet and fall for each other. (Also yes, I am fully aware that the trailer is shitty quality, but the movie is eleven years old, so.)

M. Butterfly (x)
Chances are most of you already know or have at least heard of this movie, but in case you haven't, go and watch it. First and foremost because it's a classic, but also because Jeremy Irons is an amazing actor and deserves so much respect for his performance in this movie. 

Carol (x)
Here's the thing: I am a lesbian and I've had a crush on Cate Blanchett since I first saw Lord of the Rings, so you know I had to include Carol. It had to happen. This movie is a work of art.

Maurice (x)
Okay, so I have a confession to make: I still haven't read the book this is based on. I'm just too scared that the book is gonna be completely different from the film and that I'm gonna be angry about it not being a good adaptation, because that's just something that I do in life, so I'd rather not read the book and live in a state of blissful ignorance, just enjoying a movie that was... very forward and scandalous for its time. It just proves to me that Hugh Grant is one of the best actors the UK has, because holy shit my dudes, his performance in this is spot on. Also the scenery is freaking gorgeous. I love England.

Christopher and His Kind (x)
Not gonna lie, the first time I watched this, I had absolutely no idea what it was about, I just really liked Matt Smith as the Doctor and wanted to watch something else he'd been in. Needless to say, not having been quite prepared for what I was about to see, I cried while watching this. I cried... quite a lot, actually. This movie started my love for Christopher Isherwood and biographic movies, so... thanks, Matt Smith. 

I'm sure I forgot a lot of really great LGBT movies and there's still lots I haven't seen - feel free to let me know what your favourites are (unless you want to say Call Me By Your Name, that movie and the author of the book can go get fucked) in the comments if you want to. For now though, I'm going to bed. See you guys later.

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