On Sarah McBride and Tomorrow Will Be Different

Sarah-McBride-Viral
On Sarah McBride and Tomorrow Will Be Different Should trans people be visibly trans, or should they pass, and disappear into the gender binary? What about the role models, representing us in the media? Does it matter that they look so perfectly cis-gendered? These are some of my reflections as I read this week Tomorrow Will Be Different (2018), th...
Continue reading
  3845 Hits
  0 Comments
3845 Hits
0 Comments

Howl's Moving Castle

BeFunky-Collage-Howl
Howl's Moving Castle Imagine a fairy tale Europe where the world wars never happened, a steampunk Europe of pre-war Dresden, Krakow, Paris, Budapest, et al, merged into one of narrow cobbled streets and wooden-beamed buildings and courtyards of different colours; imagine Hanseatic harbours of tall gables and market stalls with azure seas. Imagine f...
Continue reading
  12248 Hits
  0 Comments
12248 Hits
0 Comments

My love for GLOW

BeFunky-Collage-GLOW
GLOW (Netflix TV show) I've seldom watched a Netflix show all the way through, season by season. Orange is the New Black, I watched into the third series before the grimness of the prison setting began to wear me down. Brit Marling's intelligent sci-fi, The OA, I did watch, and was sad it covered only one season. Sense8 I could happily watch f...
Continue reading
  1316 Hits
  0 Comments
1316 Hits
0 Comments

Ready Player One

Ready-Player-One
Ready Player One As a strapline summary of this Spielberg-directed film, it's difficult to top the 'coruscating explosion of pop-culture eye candy' as used by Variety magazine. Ready Player One, about people's virtual escape from slum-like conditions into a fantastic online world, is a visual feast and sums up so much of Spielberg's film-making: gr...
Continue reading
  981 Hits
  0 Comments
981 Hits
0 Comments

The Highs and Lows of an Intersectional Easter

GinaBusinessHolgaArt
The Highs and Lows of an Intersectional Easter For Christians there's a sense of re-birth in the air, but Easter brings its own reflections for this non-Christian trans woman. I'll be away this coming Easter holiday, to be with people still trying to come to terms with my identity. I read somewhere that to come out as trans is to take the leap of f...
Continue reading
  686 Hits
  0 Comments
686 Hits
0 Comments

Princess Mononoke

BeFunky-Collage-Princess-Mononoke-II
Princess Mononoke They're doing a Hayao Miyazaki season at the Cameo, which means lots of gentle, Japanese animé of otherworlds and ethereal environments. Yesterday I went to watch Princess Mononoke (1997), which to my mind is the darkest and most brutal of the Miyazaki offerings. Immediate questions occur in reflection, as they did before I d...
Continue reading
  2766 Hits
  0 Comments
2766 Hits
0 Comments

Unsane

Unsane-UK-Poster
Unsane A look of distress crossed a friend's face when I talked about the concept of this movie. I understand why even better now. Unsane's premise hints at a film that could go badly wrong, if exploited: of a girl locked up in a psychiatric hospital, who believes her former stalker has followed her there, in fact has found work there, to be with h...
Continue reading
  1482 Hits
  0 Comments
1482 Hits
0 Comments

Saturday Night Party at Valentina's

Valentinapartyonacid
Saturday Night Party at Valentina's How is it possible to get lost on the way to Valentina's, of which I've been to twice before? Pulling behind me a suitcase filled with gifts and alcohol, I took a long route up my favourite street, then realized it wouldn't take me to the party. A swirling blizzard soon enveloped me, and I found myself at a motor...
Continue reading
  845 Hits
  0 Comments
845 Hits
0 Comments

Mary Magdalene

mary-magdalene-1
Mary Magdalene With mainstream films about Jesus, there's usually a fault line to contend with, between faith and secular interpretations: do you treat Jesus as a secular, historical figure, or the Son of God? Do you show the miracles as real? Or go for ambiguity, showing just enough for an open interpretation to satisfy different audiences? These ...
Continue reading
  1245 Hits
  0 Comments
1245 Hits
0 Comments

What's On?

Jessica-Jones
What's On? They're still showing the Oscar-nominated best films at the Cameo and the Filmhouse. I liked all of them, but not enough to watch any of them again. Meanwhile, Lara Croft's latest iteration is on at the multiplexes. It's received poor reviews, but it's got Alicia Vikander, and a mysterious jungle. I love Alicia Vikander in spite of The D...
Continue reading
  916 Hits
  0 Comments
916 Hits
0 Comments

Red Sparrow

Red-Sparrow-II
Red Sparrow This was not the film I was expecting, but the one I deserved. I had entered the screening room guessing at a female equivalent of James Bond, with its lead Jennifer Lawrence mixing fantasy and stupid violence. Instead, what I got for my assumptions was the channelling of John le Carre's brutalist Cold War vibe, of torture, double-cross...
Continue reading
  2280 Hits
  0 Comments
2280 Hits
0 Comments

Please, I don't want to dance

a-fantastic-woman-04-768x512
After the cinema yesterday evening, I entered a gay bar with some friends. I never go to gay bars – or any bars, except in cinemas. I get anxious in crowded rooms of strangers, where alcohol is flowing and the music is slightly deafening. Like Alicia Vikander's cyborg in Ex Machina, I feel vulnerable in my artificiality. In the gay bar we were okay...
Continue reading
  684 Hits
  0 Comments
684 Hits
0 Comments

What's On?

red_sparrow-III
What's On? There's only one Oscar favourite I haven't watched so far, the based-on-true events I, Tonya. I remember the original attack on the skater Nancy Kerrigan, and how her rival Tonya Harding was later implicated in the attack (specifically, Harding was found guilty of conspiring to hinder the prosecution). I don't know what Nancy Kerrigan is...
Continue reading
  806 Hits
  0 Comments
806 Hits
0 Comments

Identity Politics

GinaWarhol
Identity Politics Sunday morning, I dropped £1 into the empty cardboard cup of a homeless person while the snow fell around us. It's the first time I've done such a thing in a while. It didn't make me feel good, it felt like a drop in the ocean. Earlier this week, the staff of my university went on strike. At one point, a picketing staff membe...
Continue reading
  768 Hits
  0 Comments
768 Hits
0 Comments

A Fantastic Woman

download
It's the most talked about trans movie since the problematic The Danish Girl (2016), but A Fantastic Woman already has superior foundations through its casting and plot. Unlike Eddie Redmayne's depiction of Lili Elbe, the predicament of trans actress Daniela Vega's three-dimensional Marina does not involve a reason or fateful spark to exp...
Continue reading
  950 Hits
  0 Comments
950 Hits
0 Comments

The Square

The_Square_2017_film_poster-2
The Square The trailer made this film fascinating; the two and a half hour cinema experience was a different, restless kettle of fish. The Square is an interesting if overly-long exploration of the managed edginess of a Copenhagen museum exhibition, and how its control – specifically the curator's control – pales to the weird fucked-upnes...
Continue reading
  893 Hits
  0 Comments
893 Hits
0 Comments

Anamorphosis

MarillionBraveII
Anamorphosis On Thursday I went to a public speaking contest where I watched my flatmate get first prize. I was late, turning up in the dinner break, with everyone milling around me, chatting excitedly about talks I hadn't witnessed. I drifted wordlessly, in a gentle trauma where I couldn't articulate anything. I found a friend I hadn't talked to i...
Continue reading
  686 Hits
  0 Comments
686 Hits
0 Comments

Lady Bird

Lady-Bird-poster
Lady Bird It covers the ground many trans women can't talk about, myself included, and I was reluctant to watch this film, and confront a past narrative that I'll sadly never share. Lady Bird is a coming-of-age movie in which Saoirse Ronan's Christine – aka self-styled Lady Bird – experiences the travails of her senior high school year, with boys a...
Continue reading
  1888 Hits
  0 Comments
1888 Hits
0 Comments

What's On?

Wesl-rugby
What's On? Wales are playing Ireland in rugby today. I know this is off script for an article that usually focuses on cinema, but occasionally my Welshness gets stirred. Rugby is not the best game in the world. If your team sucks, then there's nothing more demoralizing than watching them get physically overpowered, and as if to stem the flow, commi...
Continue reading
  815 Hits
  0 Comments
815 Hits
0 Comments

Black Panther

black-panther-quad-poster
Black Panther If Superman were black, would the narrative be different? Like President Obama trying to get things done against a hostile senate, would Superman face resistance and conspiracy theories from Donald Trump, if he were from an inner-city African-American community? Would he still be seen as protector of the people, or threat? These were ...
Continue reading
  1626 Hits
  0 Comments
1626 Hits
0 Comments