I‘m obsessed with films, all of them. Even the bad ones. From them, I learn bad acting, clumsy storytelling, or poor casting. Mainly, I enjoy deconstructing the story. So, I often find myself watching a never ending stream of trailers, mostly because I enjoy the range of feelings they evoke.
Off the 7 Emmy wins for Transparent, and with “I Am Cate,” transgender-themed films are on the rise. In watching my trailers recently, I’ve added these films to my see-list:
Carol: Set in 1950s New York, a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman. (Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett) In theaters Nov 20.
The Danish Girl: Based on the book by David Ebershoff, The Danish Girl is the remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. (Yes, that’s a photo of Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything) In theaters Nov 27.
Transgender films on my #streamteam Netflix list:
52 Tuesdays: 16 year old Billie’s reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons.
Tomboy: A 10-year old transgender boy moves to a new neighborhood with his family. He introduces himself as a boy for the first time to new friends.
Laurence Anyways: High school teacher Laurence decides to live as a woman, overcoming resistance from his fiancee. A drama that charts ten years in the relationship of a male-to-female transsexual’s relationship with her lover.
Back in April, I listed “movies to see in 2015,” including this film Boy Meets Girl, a ground-breaking coming-of-age romantic comedy, the film explores how falling in love transcends gender and how important it is to live a courageous life without fear standing in the way of your dreams. I forced my sister to watch this, despite her insistence that it wasn’t her thing. When we finished viewing the film, both of us in tears, she said, “That was so worth it. I’m so glad you made me watch that.”
Albert Nobbs (2011), Transamerica (2005), Boys Don’t Cry (1999)