Tag: StarCrossed

Ben Whishaw and James D’Arcy play star-crossed lovers in a movie unlike any other / Queerty

Ben Whishaw and James D’Arcy play star-crossed lovers in a

Welcome to Screen Gems, our weekend dive into queer and queer-adjacent titles of the past that deserve a watch or a re-watch.

The Unparalleled: Cloud Atlas

Audiences didn’t know what to think of this 2012 opus, directed by transgender auteurs Lily & Lana Wachowski, as well as their frequent collaborator Tom Tykwer (director of Run Lola Run). A movie that cast actors in multiple roles across the racial and gender spectrum? Six different stories set in six different time periods in six different genres? What kind of movie does that?

The answer is, a magnificent one. The format of Cloud Atlas makes it difficult to summarize. In the 1840s, an American doctor (Jim Sturgess) develops a relationship with an enslaved man (David Gyasi) and becomes an ardent abolitionist. In the 1930s, a gay composer (Ben Whishaw) pens a quintet as an ode to his boyfriend (James D’Arcy), only to have it stolen by another composer. In the 1970s, the composer’s lover helps an investigative reporter (Halle Berry) expose eco-terrorism. In the present, an aging author (Jim Broadbent) involuntarily committed to a nursing home plots his escape. In the distant future, an anti-totalitarian rebel (Sturgess, again) kidnaps a cloned fast-food worker (Doona Bae). In the even more distant future, a tribesman (Tom Hanks) guides a scientist (Berry, again) to an abandoned communication station in hopes of escaping a dying Earth.

You got all that?

Understanding the plot (or plots) of Cloud Atlas does very little in the way of explaining the film itself, or its deeper meaning. The film meditates on how lives interconnect over time, and posits that true love guides us toward one another in lifetime after lifetime. Some critics have charged that the film is racist, which is simply not true: the film actually argues that gender, race and sexuality have no real meaning by using its cast in multiple roles regardless of race or gender. Casting Doona Bae as a white woman, Susan Sarandon as a man, or Hugo Weaving as a woman simply underlines the point that while our souls can take many physical forms, something deeper and intangible connects us. Cloud Atlas makes the radical statement that love is love, and moreover, love will save us all in the end. It’s a film unlike any other ever made–one that explores the fluidity of sexuality and gender–and a thrilling cinematic experience.

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Pop Culture Fix: A New Star-Crossed Queer Love Vampire Show Is on the Way at Netflix

Pop Culture Fix: A New Star-Crossed Queer Love Vampire Show

Whomst among us has a recommendation for a favorite sleep mask? Your friendly neighborhood soft butch is in the market for one! She also made you this Wednesday Pop Culture Fix.

+ Netflix’s new YA vampire series, First Kill, has a tagline that looks like something out of a fanfic I would click on immediately. Sarah Catherine Hook and Imani Lewis are headlining.

In it, when it’s time for teenage vampire Juliette (Hook) to make her first kill so she can take her place among a powerful vampire family, she sets her sights on a new girl in town named Calliope (Lewis). But much to Juliette’s surprise, Calliope is a vampire hunter, from a family of celebrated slayers. Both find that the other won’t be so easy to kill and, unfortunately, way too easy to fall for…

+ Niecy Nash chatted with Ellen about her “hersband” and how her daughter helped her try to find a label to fit her.

+ Riverdale actor Lili Reinhart is challenging bisexual sterotypes with her latest tweets.

+ Ruby Rose says she’d be happy to guest star in the Arrowverse.

+ Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon includes a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it trans milestone.

+ Angela Robinson has inked a big overall deal with Warner Bros.

+ CBS has already renewed Queen Latifah’s Equalizer for a second season.

+ Chloe Bennet, Dove Cameron, and Yana Perrault are the live-action Powerpuff Girls.

+ The Prom‘s Caitlin Kinnunen and Bella Ortiz will play “millennial nun leads” in a new CW series.

+ Josie Totah says making Moxie made her feel less alone.

+ Lena Waithe partners with Def Jam to start up Hillman Grad Records.

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Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior writer who lives in New York City with her partner, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She’s a member of the Television Critics Association, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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