Many of us have seen the movies about transsexuals. They are usually sad, boring or outlandishly stereotypical. Not this one. Beautiful Boxer is about a boy who has to fight like a man to become a woman. What makes this movie even more exciting is that it’s the true story of celebrated Muay Thai kick boxer, Nong Thoom. The film opens with a reporter looking for the mysterious Nong on the streets of Bangkok. One shot is of a sexy lady standing in a doorway, wearing a t-shirt that says, “Self Made Woman.” I fell in love right then and there. Then the action starts. This ain’t no Starbooty. This movie is more Karate Kid than The Crying Game. Asanee Suwan is AWESOME as young Thoom. He is respectful and doesn’t make his character a caricature. I loved watching the transition from soft young boy to fierce femme fighter. Suwan is a professional Muay Thai fighter in his own right and the fight scenes in this movie rival some of my favorite mainstream movies like Ong Bak and The Protector with Tony Jaa. Love. Love. Love. If you like action, see this movie. If you like sexy lady-boys, see this movie. If you like sexy lady boys who whoop major ass, see this movie. No, really, see this movie! Beautiful Boxer is a breath of fresh, Bangkok air. Glad I found it! Now…since we’re all preoccupied with finding out who’s gonna win RuPaul’s Drag Race, next week’s review is all about Starbooty! A different kind of drag superhero…Yum!
I’m starting to really like mainstream lesbian movies. I know, right? Crazy.
My cable provider was kind enough to add a Gay and Lesbian category to their lineup. Naturally I was delighted! Their line up is pretty awesome, too. I was scrolling through and came across quite a few old favorites. This girl wanted some new stimuli so, an unseen flick was in order. The Kids Are Alright stars Julianne Moore and Annette Benning as a married lesbian couple with two children who want to meet their sperm donor.…that’s gay enough to spark my interest.
This movie is funny, endearing, realistic and beautiful. Most times I avoid the word beautiful when referring to movies. It’s grates the nerves kinda like when chefs describe their food as sexy. What’s that all about…lol. This time though, beautiful is appropriate.
Mark Ruffalo is perfect as the seemingly cool donor dad. He shines like John Travolta’s fresh suit in Saturday Night Fever. He even has a hot girlfriend, remember Ya Ya from America’s Top Model? Yep. They have sexy little love scene. I loved it. Can you see my naughty grin?
Lisa Cholodenko is an amazing director. I was happy to see her name pop up on screen. She directed High Art back in the day and I still love that movie.
The lesbian social calendar in Miami is kicking into high gear, and we are already pooped. After having an amazing time with the folks of the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce (aside from the hospital visit that is) for Her Winter Party 2013, we ready for more! We can do it!
*cue Rocky theme music*
In the next two months there will be a lesbian overload on the beach so we will be forced to post more event recaps and pictures.
Awww Poor us.
Next up is Miami Beach Gay Pride. Lezzie powerhouses icandee and Pandora events are teaming up again to give the ladies 3 hot events. We will definitely be in the building, so if you see us say hi and smile for the camera. Check below for the details.
Itty Bitty Titty Committee is AWESOME. Jamie Babbit has done it again. Not only does she have an openly lesbian Latina with a supportive family as the lead character but, the movie manages to transcend ‘gayness’ to be a perfectly delightful coming of age story.
Anna has been dumped by her girlfriend, rejected by the college she applied to attend and her perfect sister’s marrying the perfect guy. Everything Sucks! As she’s leaving work one night, Anna catches a woman spray painting the window. It’s love at first sight…sort of. Enter Sadie. Sadie introduces Anna to the world of guerilla feminism by way of her organization, C (I) A, Clits in Action.
Melonie Diaz is perfect as Anna. She goes from a boring wallflower to a full-fledged extremist with such ease. I love that this movie isn’t Anna’s coming out story. We’ve seen that a million times. What happens after coming out? Is there another hurdle? For Anna, she grows from a shy young girl into a firebrand femi-nazi…and we love watching the journey.
Many of the characters are played by lesbian icons like supermodel Jenny Shimizu (swoon!) and Daniela Sea of The L Word. Clea DuVall and Melanie Lynsky from Babbit’s fun filled hit “But I’m a Cheerleader” also make appearances. Jamie Babbit ROCKS. So does the soundtrack for Itty Bitty Titty Committee. Chick Punk and Lots of subversive rock liven up the scene, providing a perfect backdrop for Anna’s teen angst.
SEE THIS MOVIE! I love it. I love Jamie Babbit. This one gets Two Snaps and a Bucket of Spicy Tofu.
Happy humpday! I have kinda been sucking on my SLSL posts as of late. This is mostly because my Mac is one step from the Apple graveyard and it aggravates me to no end. I’m going to do better *big smile*.
To be honest it wasn’t until I was watching Mother O‘s “Where Are They Now?” that I was inspired (and reminded that I was past due on a post).
Our newest indoctorate to the League of Extraordinary Lesbians is actually a pretty new member of the League of Any Kind of Lesbian, BUT THAT’S WHY WE LOVE HER. She is another shining example that goldstars are only important on preschool bulletin boards. Yes we are talking about the fabulous Jenna Lyons (of whom I have intense ocular envy).
Jenna Lyons has been a fashion icon since joining J. Crew over 20 years ago. In a world of super models and super egos, Jenna’s charm and charisma has made her a leader of the pack. She has definitely elevated J. Crew to a power fashion house as its President and Executive Director. How high you ask? All the way to the top, as FLOTUS Michelle Obama is one of the brand’s biggest fans.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you know where you were with the lezzie proclamation heard round the fashion world was made… Okay maybe I am exaggerating a smidge but I was going for flare. After 9 years of being married to ex husband Vincent, Lyons publicly acknowledged her relationship with Courtney Crangi (yep Philip Crangi‘s sister) at Glamour’s 2012 Women of the Year Awards.
The thing that I love most about Jenna is her style, her self assurance, and her ability to make it look effortless. She doesn’t try to explain herself or her relationship.
“When I was young and people judged me for things I had no control over, that was really hard, so I’m incredibly open to people doing whatever works for them,” she said. “It’s just as surprising to me as it probably is to everyone else. It certainly is strange to wake up, at 44, and look at the person next to you and think: ‘Oh! This wasn’t what I expected.’ But I don’t think love works that way, and I am O.K. with that.” Snagged from the NYT
Jenna, you might not be a super lesbian but you are definitely something like it… thank you for keeping us fabulous.
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