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This may be the most unproblematic queer romance I’ve ever seen. High school student Paige Evans (Rowan Blanchard) teams up with fellow track teammate AJ Campos (Auli’i Cravalho) in order to apprehend the graffiti artist who threatens to get Paige expelled unless she can prove she’s not the done tagging the school.Advertisement
“(We are, both of us, probably, addicted to anguish. Perhaps this is our bonding attribute: Our penchant for anguish and longing and the solitude that is required of both.)”Introduction to Women, Elizabeth Ellen I’m hesitant to write this review. It’s not because I’m one of those readers who accused Caldwell of sexual tourism (though even…
I have come to associate Kate Winslet with tragedy. It’s kind of a chicken-and-the-egg situation: I’m not sure if my love of tragedy preceded my love for this English actress, or if my love of Winslet made me necessarily drawn to tragedies. Then I remember I discovered her smack in the middle of the biggest…
Delilah Green Doesn’t Care (2022)
This was the most refreshing read because it was the first piece of Sapphic content that I’ve ever encountered that had a happy ending without any grossly traumatic bits in between. Before I move onto the spoiler-y part of my review, I will say that you can rest assured that this is a safe read…
The World to Come (2020)
After the brutality of Tell It to the Bees, I scrambled to find a softer, lighter film. A brief review “for parents” informed me of all the same content warnings I offered you above, and although domestic assault and animal slaughter are in no way “soft” or “light,” I was intrigued by the idea of…
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (2017)
This book is deceptive–with a title like The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, one does not expect Evelyn Hugo’s true love to be a woman. In fact I didn’t pick it up for years because I assumed the titular character to be straight. And what a lovely treat this novel was once I discovered this…
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
For a film where they don’t end up together because of historical circumstance, I got an immense amount of joy from this film. It’s soft, and it’s safe, and there is absolutely no homophobia. Refreshing!
As someone who, as a rule, shies away from fantasy, I absolutely adored Undergrounder. Perhaps this is because it is a lesbian retelling of a “tale as old as time.” Perhaps it’s because of J.E. Glass’ sharp wit. Or perhaps it’s because it’s powerfully feminist—the real monsters are not the beings with fangs and claws…
Tell It to the Bees (2019)
I adored this movie’s portrayal of Sapphic love between Jean Markham (Anna Paquin) and Lydia Weekes (Holliday Grainger). I loved how innocent and easy this relationship was from the start, especially how Lydia had absolutely no qualms about her new feelings toward a woman despite the prejudice against homosexuality in post-World War II Scotland.