If there’s one thing I Love more than finding a good movie or great music, it’s sharing the feeling with other people. I can never get over the power of art to be able to tell a story, to speak volumes about a situation or a feeling, and to allow an understanding and appreciation of life in a way that nothing else can. Which is why I think some sharing is in order.
Weekend is a British, late 2011 film about a one-night stand that turns out to be something much more. The fact that the two main characters are gay is only one aspect of the film, but what this movie really gives you is a glimpse into the lives of two people who find what they were looking for but who just might not be ready for it yet. Possibly one of the most genuinely intelligently romantic movies I’ve seen in a while, with completely heart-rendering acting and has one of the rarest instances of a non-dudebro male friendship I’ve seen in a movie or on television. (Thanks to our reader Donna for a heads-up on this movie too!)
Tomboy is a French movie also released in 2011 about a 10-year old whose recent move to a new neighbourhood over the summer enables them to develop a new identity as a boy to all the local children, and a young romance (and complications to boot) that develops therein. The child actors in this movie are all brilliant, and I felt it was able to beautifully capture not only what it’s like to be a kid, wiling away the summer days in a daze of play, boredom and young Love, but also trying to fit in, both with a new unknown group of peers, as well as with ideas of your own identity. Watch this movie now!
MEN is JD Samson’s (of Le Tigre fame) band/performance art collective whose electropop/dance music I’ve very recently been checking out. It’s pretty catchy if you’re into that sort of thing, plus she’s right up there as an aesthetic/artistic/activist inspiration.
Do you have a movie/band/play/performance art, or any other kind of expression of art that has recently tickled your fancy and would recommend? What about it spoke to you?
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Image from Hold Up films.