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Nov 2019

Gal Pals Watch Anatomy of a Love Seen

Episode 49: Anatomy of a Love Seen
This week, we're talking about a meta movie that was honestly a little too meta. This 2014 movie about trying to film a lesbian love scene is high on Gay Melodrama and low on pretty much everything else. It's not the worst thing? But it's not the best. Join us as we talk about sex scenes, adolescent behavior that honestly is disappointing, being bored, fun panels at ClexaCon, and some queer animated shorts! Enjoy!
Further reading: Anatomy of a Love Seen Wikipedia page
Oct 2019

Gal Pals Watch Heavenly Creatures

Episode 48: Heavenly Creatures


Happy Halloween, ya gays! This week, we've got a spooky little episode because it involves MURDER. But it's also true crime which makes it even scarier! We're talking about the 1994 Peter Jackson (yeah, that guy) film Heavenly Creatures, which was the first movie ever for both Melanie Lynsky and Kate Winslet! And boy howdy, it was a doozie. There's some psychological STUFF happening here that is equally disturbing and oddly beautiful. Well, until it gets out of control, then it's just disturbing. But the New Zealand accents will keep it charming. Fun fact, Sarah's mind is blown with the "where are they now" segment. Maybe yours will be too! Have fun, spooks!


Further reading:

Heavenly Creatures Wikipedia page

Sarah’s Book Corner rec: Initiated: Memoir of a Witch by Amanda Yates Garcia

Oct 2019

Gal Pals Watch The Favourite

Episode 47: The Favourite

Hey Gays! This week we're talking about the 2018 PERIOD DRAMA (get it?), The Favourite. It's about how gay Queen Anne and her handmaidens were. It's very 1700s. We think you'll like it. Get on your gay wigs and gather your gay racing ducks, and get ready for some dirty ole fun!
Further reading:
The Favourite Wikipedia page
Sarah's Book Corner rec: When Brooklyn Was Queer by Hugh Ryan
Sep 2019

Gal Pals Watch Go Fish

Episode 46- Go Fish

Dear Queers, it is time. Time to discuss Kevin Smith's friend Guinevere Turner (sorry that was mean, she is not his friend, he is her friend, see Episode 43: Chasing Amy) and her ex-partner (they broke up during filming, a true Lesbian Drama!) Rose Troche's very 1994 film Go Fish! It's like that alien movie kind of (see Episode 29: Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same), except the main character is meaner and the audio is worse. But! It was a Very Important film of its time and there are some fond feelings to be had. 90s queers, here's lookin' at you.
Oh and the laptop defaulted it's own mic instead of ours. Whoops!
Go Fish Wikipedia page
Rose Troche Wikipedia page
Best ever review of this movie from Erin @ Autostraddle
Sep 2019

Gal Pals Watch The Journey/Sancharram

Episode 45- The Journey (Sancharram)

This week, we're heading to a mansion in a beautiful Indian jungle, where a couple of young lesbians fall in love with each other amid scenes of rushing water and gorgeous verdant forest. It sounds like I'm being facetious in describing this but actually the scenery is stunningly beautiful, and this movie is really good! Except for, like, the homophobia and sexism.
The Journey Wikipedia page
Aug 2019

Gal Pals Watch My Days of Mercy

Episode 44- My Days of Mercy
Hello dear Gays, this week we're talking about that Ellen Page/Kate Mara movie you saw the trailer for and got really excited to see those two kiss, and then forgot about because it had basically no theatrical release. Which tbh is fine, because this movie isn't the best, and is very very sad, and does a solid low-medium job of discussing the death penalty in America, one of the last bastions of the death penalty. However, Ellen Page continues to be the best, even when she's mostly crying and otherwise sadly emoting with her face.
My Days of Mercy Wikipedia page
Sarah's book recommendation: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Aug 2019

Gal Pals Watch Chasing Amy

Episode 43- Chasing Amy

Well y'all, we had to do it sometime. This week, Sarah and Alicia discuss the 1997 bro movie with a lesbian character, Chasing Amy. Tune in to hear some complaints! But also some actual discussion! The main thing is that no one likes Ben Affleck, can we all agree? And even though this movie is Lesbianism for Bros 101, the character of Alyssa actually has some agency, which is cool. Enjoy, queers!
Further reading:
Chasing Amy Wikipedia page
Aug 2019

Gal Pals Watch High Art

Episode 42- High Art

Hi dear queers, this one's another downer, but please don't go away! Alicia and Sarah still have positive things to say about this lesbian classic from 1998 in which Sad Artists are Addicted to Substances. It is very somber but also has some great acting! (except for Patricia Clarkson; what are you doing Patricia??) And Sarah recommends a book about recovery that is way more nuanced than this movie! Enjoy, gays!

Further reading:

High Art Wikipedia page

Roger Ebert review (do with this what you will)

Variety review by Emanuel Levy

Jul 2019

Gal Pals Watch Desi’s Looking for a New Girl

Episode 41: Desi's Looking for a New Girl

Do you have serious 90s nostalgia and wish you could watch a movie that's a lot like Better Than Chocolate and The Watermelon Woman in its aesthetic but with no sex, no plot, and an almost entirely Latinx cast? Then this movie is for you! Alicia and Sarah discuss this kind of flat, but also in many ways kind of great, film that centers a lot of Dyke Drama and outdated relationship/gender norms but also a diverse array of Latinx queers in San Francisco. Plus, there's a bookstore involved, so you know Sarah got excited. Enjoy, friends!
Further reading:
The Wolfe On Demand link to the movie (use this service, it's awesome!)
Variety review by Dennis Harvey
Rotten Tomatoes info on the film
A blurb from the Chicago Reader
Jul 2019

Gal Pals Watch Booksmart

Episode 40: Booksmart
This week, we're delving into one of the best movies of 2019- and that's like, objectively speaking! Literally everyone loves this film, and with good reason. And one of the two main characters happens to be one of the raddest high school lesbians ever to be on screen. Join us as we dig into the funny, the problematic (there's always some problematic stuff, nbd), the emotional, the beautiful, the *journey* of this wacky gay as hell mainstream gem.