Tell It To the Bees

Adding this to my list of movies to see: Tell It to the Bees is based on the book by the same name written by Fiona Shaw. Starring Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger and directed by Annabel Jankel.

The book is a compelling story of love’s endurance set to the backdrop of the 1950s. Two women unexpectedly fall in love with one another at a time when it was dangerous and considered a mental illness.  Adapted for screenplay by Henrietta and Jessica Ashworth.

From the official synopsis:

“A single mother Lydia (Holliday Grainger) who is abandoned by her husband, meets the small village’s Doctor Jean Markham (Anna Paquin) who has recently returned to her hometown when Lydia’s son Charlie is taken under the doctor after being bullied in school. When Lydia and Charlie are unhoused because of Lydia’s earnings from her work are not adequate to pay the rent, Jean invites them to stay in her home and she and Lydia soon develop a friendship and maybe something more.”

US Release May 3, 2019

Wild Nights with Emily

This truly does look like a wild ride, super queer, and fresh perspective on Emily Dickinson based on her letters.  Led by Molly Shannon and directed by Madeleine Olnek.  Limited release on April 12, 2019.

Brief synopsis:

“In the mid-19th century, Emily Dickinson is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread, and enjoying a passionate, lifelong affair with her friend and sister-in-law Susan…yes this is the iconic American poet, popularly thought to have been a reclusive spinster. Beloved comic Molly Shannon leads in this humorous yet bold reappraisal of Dickinson, informed by her private letters. While seeking publication of some of the 1,775 poems written during her lifetime, Emily (Shannon) finds herself facing a troupe of male literary gatekeepers too confused by her genius to take her work seriously. Instead her work attracts the attention of an ambitious woman editor, who also sees Emily as a convenient cover for her own role in buttoned-up Amherst’s most bizarre love triangle. A timely critique of how women’s history is rewritten, WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY remains vibrant, irreverent and tender–a perhaps closer depiction of Emily Dickinson’s real life than anything seen before.”

Captain Marvel, Elsa, and Visibility

The world has been more than ready for female superhero movies and Captain Marvel is proof. With its crushing box office opening weekend, (read about it in New York Times) Here’s to the start of many more amazing women, gender non-conforming, and people from all backgrounds to have their superhero moment.

Visibility is and always has been important because when people see affirmations of their own identity in the media or elsewhere, it can help give validation to that identity. This could be why, at the hint of any queer content, people start petitions to make the content more explicitly so. A great example of this is the #GiveElsaAGirlfriend campaign that amplified at the release of the official Trailer for Frozen 2. Many view her song “Let It Go” as a coming out anthem proving Elsa is not afraid to be who she is. This would be a truly iconic moment if Disney were brave enough to make their first ever lesbian princess. (If this doesn’t happen, I am in process of making my own…updates on that to come.)

Many people have also been reading queer overtones into Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) and her relationship with Maria Rambeau. Danvers helped Rambeau raise her daughter and it is clear that they treat one other as chosen family. See: Autostraddle “Captain Marvel is more kickass and queer than my wildest dreams”

The best part of Captain Marvel? The fact that Carol Danvers has nothing to prove to any man.