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When You Cannot Stream or Buy – Ethical Issues Within Queer Cinema

  While supporting queer writers, actors, artists, etc are fundamental to continue creating new queer content – what happens when you cannot actually FIND a queer film? Older films, and most foreign queer films, don’t often have the same distribution as mainstream studio releases. Independent films, TV Movies, or even films by smaller studios that aren’t released in cinemas are often left out scrambling on their own to reach an audience. So, if you want

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Queer Mystery Films

Murders, detective, and … Bears? Oh my!   This month’s list of queer mystery films was rather fun to research sift though, partly because most folks don’t think about mysteries when thinking of LGBTQ and Queer films. While the tides are slowly turning, the Queer film oeuvre is better known for coming out stories, HIV/AIDS related storylines, and similar. There’s actually a decent amount of queer mystery films; these are simply some of my favourites.

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Queer Sport Films

Ah, Sports. A form of entertainment & exercise that has long had issues with the queer community due to the masculine-driven, homophobic nature of team sports. In fact, that’s something that four of this month’s films specifically address. There’s a delicate balance, almost a juxtaposition, because team sports, the locker rooms situation, and of course, group showers, that fuel both our sports-related fantasies yet equally creates a hostile, unwelcoming environment. Many queer youth often struggle

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Queer War Films

While last month’s “5 Queer RomCom’s For Valentine’s Day” was focused on the lovey-dovey romances, things get a bit darker this month. War is never a happy subject, often more tragic than not. These “5 Queer War Films” stunningly capture queer stories during wartime.   An interesting thing to note – all of these queer war films other than “Bent” are foreign! Part of this is natural, given that Europe was the battleground for WWII

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Queer RomComs For Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day! A day where half the world looks at their partner with love and endearing tenderness – and the other half are still looking for their partner! (OK, add in a cluster of partners who can’t stand to look at their partner… but this post isn’t for them!)   For those of you looking for cute Queer or LGBT RomComs to watch with your special someone – or for those of you, like

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Christmas Films that are Kinda Queer

While there are a handful of Holiday & Christmas films that feature queer lead characters or storylines, there are even more that continue to use the “gay” character as the sidekick/best friend/brother/et al trope. They’re only “kinda queer”.   There’s a handful of reasons for this: Some are older films and harken back to the days where a gay or queer lead character or main plot was not welcome by major motion picture studios. But,

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Queer Christmas Film Reviews for 2020

Ho! Ho! Ho! And Merry Queermas!   Oh, it’s “Christmas?” Pssh!   Whether you want to call this time of year the Christmas season, the Holiday season, or something else entirely – there’s one thing that can never go amiss: Christmas films! While I shared my Top 5 Favourite Queer Christmas Films last year, there are plenty more to fill out this specific niche within the queer film oeuvre. (And there’s even MORE premiering this

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Queer Christmas Shorts for 2020

Welcome to the kickoff of my NEW weekly Queer Shorts reviews!   And what better way to start off this Christmas present, but with Queer CHRISTMAS short films!   Excited? I hope so – because now I have even more work to do. Kidding! I enjoy watching films, especially the queer ones. While I feel I am still developing my voice as a reviewer, I find joy bringing these queer films to your attention. While

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An Early Christmas Present!

Because Queer Film Reviews has been steadily increasing in popularity since launching last year, it’s time to expand a bit further! (OK… it *might* have something to do with the TONS of Queer films out there – and the many more that keep premiering each year. But let’s pretend my reviews are becoming more popular!)   It’s time to “unwrap” your present…

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Queer Christmas Films To Look Out For!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! (Yes… I KNOW it’s only November… but the first film/series premieres tonight!)   While this year hasn’t given us too much look forward to, there’s something special about the Christmas holidays. I will freely admit that since moving to New Zealand, I truly miss the cold weather, the snow, and everything else that you think of to bring you into that special holiday spirit. But the one

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Poster showing all 5 queer sport film posters on the bottom, white background on top with title "5 Queer Mystery Films " with green grey detective silhouette on the upper left

Queer Mystery Films

Murders, detective, and … Bears? Oh my!   This month’s list of queer mystery films was rather fun to research sift though, partly because most folks don’t think about mysteries when thinking of LGBTQ and Queer films. While the tides are slowly turning, the Queer film oeuvre is better known

Read More »
Poster showing all 5 queer sport film posters on the top, white background on bottom with title "5 Queer Sport Films " with soccer ball on the lower right

Queer Sport Films

Ah, Sports. A form of entertainment & exercise that has long had issues with the queer community due to the masculine-driven, homophobic nature of team sports. In fact, that’s something that four of this month’s films specifically address. There’s a delicate balance, almost a juxtaposition, because team sports, the locker

Read More »
Poster showing all 5 queer sport film posters on the top, white background on bottom with title "5 Queer War Films " with green army man on the lower right

Queer War Films

While last month’s “5 Queer RomCom’s For Valentine’s Day” was focused on the lovey-dovey romances, things get a bit darker this month. War is never a happy subject, often more tragic than not. These “5 Queer War Films” stunningly capture queer stories during wartime.   An interesting thing to note

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Poster showing all 5 queer romcoms film posters on the top, white background on bottom with title "5 RomComs For Valentine's Day" with pink heart

Queer RomComs For Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day! A day where half the world looks at their partner with love and endearing tenderness – and the other half are still looking for their partner! (OK, add in a cluster of partners who can’t stand to look at their partner… but this post isn’t for them!)

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Poster with text "5 Kinda Queer Holiday Films" on dark background, top & bottom banner of garland with ornaments and snow

Christmas Films that are Kinda Queer

While there are a handful of Holiday & Christmas films that feature queer lead characters or storylines, there are even more that continue to use the “gay” character as the sidekick/best friend/brother/et al trope. They’re only “kinda queer”.   There’s a handful of reasons for this: Some are older films

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Queer Christmas Film Reviews for 2020

Ho! Ho! Ho! And Merry Queermas!   Oh, it’s “Christmas?” Pssh!   Whether you want to call this time of year the Christmas season, the Holiday season, or something else entirely – there’s one thing that can never go amiss: Christmas films! While I shared my Top 5 Favourite Queer

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Queer Christmas Shorts poster, with rainbow striped boxer shorts

Queer Christmas Shorts for 2020

Welcome to the kickoff of my NEW weekly Queer Shorts reviews!   And what better way to start off this Christmas present, but with Queer CHRISTMAS short films!   Excited? I hope so – because now I have even more work to do. Kidding! I enjoy watching films, especially the

Read More »
Blue Christmas Present with Red Bow, Tag that says "NEW for Christmas"

An Early Christmas Present!

Because Queer Film Reviews has been steadily increasing in popularity since launching last year, it’s time to expand a bit further! (OK… it *might* have something to do with the TONS of Queer films out there – and the many more that keep premiering each year. But let’s pretend my

Read More »
Banner with "NEW Queer Holiday Films To Look Out For" title, banner on the top & bottom garland banners with red ornaments and candy canes

Queer Christmas Films To Look Out For!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! (Yes… I KNOW it’s only November… but the first film/series premieres tonight!)   While this year hasn’t given us too much look forward to, there’s something special about the Christmas holidays. I will freely admit that since moving to New Zealand, I

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