Going to Church with the Rocky Horror Picture Show

It’s October, Halloween is quickly approaching, and though I love costume parties and free candy, my favourite way to celebrate October 31 may be a little unconventional. Every year on Halloween, my friends and I transform into our favourite characters from the 1975 cult classic, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and head to a midnight screening…

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LFF REVIEW: “A charming and witty display of affection from Dolan” – Matthias & Maxime (2019)

“Dolan’s vision of love and loss comes to life in the most earnestly heartfelt of ways.” Returning with another majestic demonstration of youthfulness, romantic pining and a journey of self-awakening, Matthias & Maxime is a charming and witty display of affection from Xavier Dolan. Childhood friends Matthias (Gabriel D’Almeida Freitas) and Maxime (Xavier Dolan) are life-long companions…

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LFF REVIEW: “A quiet, bittersweet gem” – ‘Monsoon’ (2019)

“Shy efforts to build connections with the world around him feel tender and real” Hong Khaou’s second feature opens with an overhead shot of a traffic junction in Ho Chi Minh City. Hundreds of cars, bikes and scooters approach from multiple directions, pushing forward and giving way as they negotiate the road together. It’s a…

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REVIEW: “A thought-provoking examination of toxic masculinity – ‘Hate Crime’ (2017)

“An in-depth study of toxic masculinity that misses opportunities.” What’s the worst thing that could happen to a parent? This is the central question of Hate Crime. The film follows two sets of parents, one who lost their son and the other who is about to. The cause of the tragedy is shown in the…

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Here’s the Punchline: A Queer Fan’s Hopes for the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

You know what would be Kevin Smith’s biggest power move yet? He’s made a lot in his life and career. Like, a lot. But the biggest wouldn’t be going from a no-budget, no-big-name, no-studio-support indie movie to a huge, multimillion dollar franchise studded with more stars than a smog-free night sky (but wow, what a…

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The Male Gaze and Us Poor Gays: Navigating Female Sexualisation in Film as a Queer Feminist

The Romeo and Juliet of cinema: my love for boobs versus my hate of the male gaze. For any other queer feminists out there, you may be well versed in this problem. We all know that the constant sexual depiction of women in media is a problem – it’s insulting, demeaning, and reduces the complexity…

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The Cinematic Universe of Sufjan Stevens’ Soundtracks

“Stevens’ songs are the soundtrack to falling in and out of love.” With his melodramatic tones and heartfelt lyrics, Sufjan Stevens is a master of emotional projection. With lyrics and melodies that tug at heartstrings, Stevens’ haunting sound conjures the heavenliest of songs. Perhaps in the most Sufjan Stevens move that Sufjan Stevens could have…

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INTERVIEW: A Talk With Neelu Bhuman, Directer and Writer of OUTFEST’S ‘Transfinite’

Once in a while, a film comes along that completely flips your view on the art form. Transfinite is one of those films, presenting a brand new view, execution and experience when it comes to creating and consuming films. For one, in each story Transfinite tells, trans* people of color are at the center of…

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Flipping The Script Upside Down: Women And Girls With Agency In Stranger Things Season Three

“Forget “strong female character.” Aim for: “Woman or girl with agency.” One who makes decisions, affects the story, pushes the plot.” – Chuck Wendig I came across this excellent quote from Chuck Wendig the other day, and it gave me pause due to the truth it holds when it comes to challenging our perspective on…

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Five Underappreciated LGBT Films to Watch This Summer

It’s common to scroll through the LGBT section of popular streaming sites and feel defeated about what you see. If it’s not films you’ve already seen, it’s often the same five generic-looking gay and lesbian films with sad, skinny white people standing in front of a sunset on their posters. Maybe you can just watch Carol for the twentieth time on Netflix, but wouldn’t it also be great to change it up a bit? To see a gay protagonist in a horror film or an animated movie with a queer child character at its center? For that post Pride Month itch for on-screen representation, here is a list of five of some lesser known LGBT films in a variety of genres – all conveniently under 95 minutes!

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