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Jun 2019

Gal Pals Watch Boys Don’t Cry

Episode 38: Boys Don't Cry
CW: Literally everything horrible you could think of
Hi y'all. As you likely know, this movie is really tough to watch and to talk about. It's based on the true story of a young trans man named Brandon Teena who lived in Nebraska in the early 90s, in the days leading up to his brutal murder. There's a lot to unpack re: the queer/trans tragedy trope, who gets to tell queer and trans stories, and how those stories get told. Alicia and Sarah try their best in this episode. Not much snark this week folks! Take care of yourselves and know that we love you!
Further reading: Boys Don't Cry Wikipedia page
History vs Hollywood article that mentions Phillip DeVine (warning, it misgenders Brandon Teena throughout)
IndieWire article about Hilary Swank by Jude Dry
May 2019

Gal Pals Watch Antonia’s Line

Episode 37: Antonia's Line
[CW for rape, suicide, and ableism] Did you like Chocolat but wish it had less Johnny Depp and more women's empowerment? Well, Antonia's Line definitely does not have Johnny Depp and does have slightly more women's empowerment, so it might be up your alley! This 1995 Dutch movie about 4 generations of women who don't need men at all (one of whom is so gay!!) won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and was described as a 'feminist fairy tale,' which is more or less accurate. Join Alicia and Sarah as they discuss this cool multigenerational family saga that takes place in a quirky European village, and how artichokes are gay!
Further reading: Antonia's Line Wikipedia page
May 2019

Gal Pals Watch Summertime/La Belle Saison

Episode 36: Summertime/La Belle Saison
 This week we're continuing our little European tour with a French movie that has much gay! We're not going to lie, this is one of the whitest movies we've seen, which is saying something. But it also has a lot of Lesbian Drama TM, some very great sex and kissing scenes if you're int that, some #Cophine vibes, very pretty landscapes, second-wave feminism (we said it was white), French, and most importantly, Sarah's favorite trope: farm dykes! Join Alicia and Sarah as they dig into this 2015 film.
 Further reading:
Summertime/La Belle Saison Wikipedia page
Catherine Corsini Wikipedia page
Apr 2019

Gal Pals Watch The Night Watch

Episode 35: The Night Watch

Are you a Classic(s) Lesbian? If so, and even if not, you might be familiar with Lesbian Literary Icon Sarah Waters. Today Alicia and Sarah talk about the 2011 BBC movie adaptation of one of her beloved novels. It's got intrigue, it's got romance, it's got a cute soft butch in oversize clothes, it's got English accents, and it has a lot of gays! This one's for you, historical fiction fans.

Further reading: 

The Night Watch Wikipedia page
Guardian review by Wollaston
Apr 2019

Gal Pals Watch A Perfect Ending

Episode 34: A Perfect Ending
Hello, Gays, and we're sorry. This movie is problematic af and also terrible. But you can hear Alicia and Sarah talk about it anyway! And draw all the parallels between this 2012 trainwreck and previously-talked-about Elena Undone! Which was made by the same director, surprise! Plus Sarah is not done talking about her Very Gay AWP experience, so tune in for some literary story time.
Further reading:
Apr 2019

Gal Pals Watch The Watermelon Woman

Episode 33: The Watermelon Woman

Welcome, Queers of the World, to the pinnacle of Lesbian Filmmaking! Have you already had the pleasure of seeing Watermelon Woman? Have you heard of it but didn't really get the synopsis you skimmed that time six years ago? Are you out of the loop on this 1996 stunner of a Film? Please enjoy some minutes of gushing and discussion from Sarah and Alicia, who would both rank this Cheryl Dunye classic among their top 3 movies, if they had a list. And more importantly, watch this engaging, layered, funny, serious, got-it-all piece of art. Plus, Sarah makes some fun Dyke Culture connections at AWP!
Further reading:
New Republic article by Moira Donegan
IndieWire article by Jude Dry
Mar 2019

Gal Pals Watch Bound

Episode 32: Bound 


This week we're talking about Lesbian Classic Bound, which is a Wachowski film with a lot of Lesbian Sex and also so much violence that Sarah actually had to stop watching it and put her head between her knees! But we get into it anyway, and we hope you enjoy this *crisp* convo.
Further reading:
Mar 2019

Gal Pals Watch Anchor and Hope

Episode 31: Anchor and Hope

Hey gays, we're back! Due to many weird circumstances, we went on a little forced hiatus, but we're back and literally better than ever because we have a new mic y'all! This week we have a recent release in which Tonks, who shoulda been gay, is actually gay! Except in this movie Natalia Tena plays Kat, a soft butch who lives on a houseboat with her gal pal who desperately wants to have a baby. Spoiler alert: Tonks I mean Kat doesn't! This some real slow dyke drama so get on in here!
Further reading:
Feb 2019

Gal Pals Watch A Marine Story

Episode 30: Marine Story

Do you have really complicated and/or negative feelings about the military? So do we! But we watched this installment of Dreya Weber and Husband Make Movies With Gay or Bisexual Women anyway! It is a real journey of a movie, but the best surprise is out lesbian actor Paris Pickard, whose cool level Sarah cannot get over. (Maybe it's the KStew vibes?) Join Alicia and Sarah as they discuss this 2010 movie that involves maybe too many things!
Things mentioned: 
Wikipedia page
Paris Pickard interview in Go Magazine
Feb 2019

Gal Pals Watch Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same

Episode 29: Codependent Lesbian Alien Seeks Same

Y'all, this black and white film from 2012 is WEIRD. But it's weird in gayest way! Do yourself a favor and grab all of your queer friends, make a *lot* of popcorn (you'll want it while watching the Jiffy Pop space ship fly around), and laugh your cute gay butts off. Then listen to Alicia and Sarah talk about it! Underrated, for sure!
Things mentioned:
Wikipedia page
Official website