I've been sick for 2 weeks with a severe cold and bronchitis. Thankfully, I can talk again and it's all just about gone. Anywho, that's not why I'm here.
I've somehow got myself back onto a lesbian film kick. In the last 3 days I have watched the following movies:
An Unexpected Love: Actually not a bad film. I actually found Wendy Crewson attractive for the first time. The story was slightly predictable but the characters were likable, and I enjoyed the humour. The sex scene, for me, seemed a little off - there was nothing 'wrong' with it, it just seemed a little lacklustre, and was very tame. Overall though, an enjoyable watch, and I'd see it again.
Desert Hearts: A really sweet film. I loved the dynamics of the wild, openly lesbian Cay, and the straight, uptight, yet still kind of liberal Vivian. I loved the fact that the ending was hopeful instead of the usual *gay character dies or returns to being straight* storyline. The dialogue is witty and the sex scene is very tender. The cast of The L Word were made to watch this film before filming, to show them the right way to shoot a love scene. Too bad TLW cast didn't always do as good a job.
Go Fish: What to say about this one. Guinevere Turner was cute. The love interest, not so much. In fact GT is pretty much the only attractive person in the entirety of the movie. The storyline was alright, but it was a little artsy for my taste. It was all in black and white (which I don't mind, but it really does nothing for the movie) and there were many irrelevant bits and pieces that I just didn't get. Either I'm just stupid or those scenes were pointless and unnecessary.
Mango Kiss: The characters bordered on ridiculous most of the time, but the underlying message I think was very relevant. Again, not heavy on the hot, but the main couple's neighbour (a sort of 50's homemaker rip-off) was cute. Interesting at least, but kind of over the top.
The Celluloid Closet: A documentary about the history of homosexuality in film. Informative and, in places, quite moving. If you have any interest in the subject at all, I would recommend it. Also gave me more respect for Shirley Maclaine for her views on the way lesbianism was handled in The Children's Hour.
The Children's Hour: This was released in 1961. It deals with the way two women's lives are destroyed when a spiteful student at the school they run together spreads rumours that the two are lovers. A pivotal scene from this movie plays in a theatre in the beginning of another lesbian themed movie, If These Walls Could Talk 2, which is how I came to want to see it. Audrey Hepburn and Shirley Maclaine were both brilliant in this film and even though it was a saddening tale, it was well-made for that time period and definitely one I would see again.
The Sex Monster: From one extreme to another. This movie is purely for laughs. A man convinces his wife to introduce another woman into the bedroom and she ends up liking the results a little too much. Hilarity ensues. At least the first time you watch it. I saw this movie a few years ago and decided to see it again, but it was nowhere near as good the second time around. Still, if you want some lighthearted lesbianism, it's not bad.
Two Girls And A Baby: An Australian 'film', if you can call it that. It's only 23 minutes long. About a lesbian couple from Melbourne trying to have a baby together. If they fleshed the story out and made it into a feature length movie, it might actually be worth watching, but too much was missed out for my liking. You can't pack enough story into 23 minutes for this kind of subject matter. However, points for having Claudia Karvan play a lesbian.
So, uhh. I didn't actually intend to review them all, but there you go. Eight Movies, three days. I still have an entire list of movies to get through but I'm downloading as I go. The ones I already have that I'm yet to watch are: Bound (yes I know I should have seen this by now), Heavenly Creatures, Red Doors, Same Sex Parents, and Serving In Silence. Also, a couple of gay movies, Milk, and Big Eden.
If anyone has any recommendations that I should add to my list or see right away, I'd love to hear about them. Obviously these aren't the only ones I've seen, in fact I have quite the collection, but I'll eventually get around to reviewing every one I've seen.
Anyway, happy Pride month to all in Brisbane and San Fransisco, and wherever else people may happen to be celebrating Pride right now.