Coming Out In the Locker Room
This is about films with LGBT content. The only problem for me is that once again it’s subtitled. I have nothing against subtitled films. It’s just that I read and write all day long and when I’m watching a movie I don’t want to read even more.
This festival darling made the rounds back in 2018, where it took us off-guard with its thoughtfulness. Mario follows its titular character, a life-long soccer player (Max Hubacher) on the brink of a high paying career in pro sports as he prepares to enter the big league.
You can read more here. It looks like a great film.
Bohemian Rhapsody Movie about Freddy Mercury
Last night I saw Bohemian Rhapsody for the first time and I guess my best reaction is that I was underwhelmed. First, the straight male actor, Rami Malek, played gay face. I think he may have even won an Oscar for playing gayface. He played Freddie Mercury. But they all do that, so it’s not like I was stunned. In this particular case it may have even worked because Mercury was NOT portrayed as a gay man. I’m no really sure what you’d call it, but he wasn’t portrayed as gay.
I came to the movie with very little knowledge of Queen and Freddie Mercury. And when it was over I learned two things. One, that Queen and Freddie Mercury were musical geniuses. And two. Freddie Mercury was just another painful closet case with a very unhappy ending. And I do understand that. Given the times and given his circumstances, he probably did the best that he could do. No one could ever fault him for that.
But all these years later the film about his life could have been done better, for fans and for Freddie Mercury.
I found an interesting review that goes a lot deeper, with regard to homophobia and straight-washing. The saddest thing of all is they continue to do this and I know they will do it again.
“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed, and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”
What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina.”
While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don’t find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don’t think it could have been done better.