It’s a common belief in Hollywood that women can’t carry a comedy movie. It took Bridesmaids to change that perception, but female-led comedy buddy movies are still few and far between. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy managed to bring a lot of laughs to their cop comedy The Heat, but McCarthy and Susan Sarandon’s pairing in Tammy was a bit limp. Now we have Reese Witherspoon, an actress not known for delivering a lot of laughs, and Sofia Vergara, who can deliver comedy gold on Modern Family, pairing up as a cop and a witness about to testify against a drug lord in the buddy comedy Hot Pursuit.
There is much to admire about straight writer/director Eric Schaeffer’s new film Boy Meets Girl. First, the film’s lead character, pre-op transgender female Ricky, is portrayed by transgender actress Michelle Hendley, making her film debut. As if that wasn’t enough, Schaeffer gets one of the most riveting and unforgettable performances out of Hendley, making it a debut with promise and resonance.
I love movies. I love going to the movies and I love watching movies at home. I love writing about movies, something I’ve been doing now for 15 years. But I often feel like I’ve become jaded by seeing so many movies. It’s hard to find something that really surprises me anymore, something I desperately want to talk about with my friends after a screening. Maybe Hollywood just isn’t turning out those kinds of gems anymore, focusing more on blockbuster tent pole event movies that they can hopefully extend on for many, many sequels at the cost of doing something new and original.
Let’s face it, after stillborn live-action features such as Maleficent and Cinderella, in which Disney greedily attempted to bring classic cartoon characters such as Snow White and Cinderella to life, there’s only one that survived the transition. That would be 1996’s 101 Dalmatians, starring the versatile Glenn Close as Cruella De Vil.
Like Ira Sachs’ Love is Strange, the Brazilian film The Way He Looks (Strand), the full-length feature debut by writer/director Daniel Ribiero, wasn’t just one of the best gay movies of the 2014 LGBT film fest circuit, it’s one of the best gay movies ever. Period.
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