The 10 Greatest LGBTQ Romances in the Movies

In all the stories that the world of film has to offer, it is surprising how little we see in the way of LGBTQ romances. Sure, there are the obvious examples, but what exactly makes a good love story that celebrates the non-heterosexual individuals out there?

Well, with the release of 20th Century Fox’s Love, Simon (which could be a future contender on this list) it is time to take a deeper look at the most beautiful, heart pounding, and memorable silver screen romantic tales that just happen to be more LOGO TV friendly than your typical offerings. These are 10 of the greatest LGBT cinematic romances!

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How Does ‘Spice World’ Hold Up 20 Years Later?

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(Welcome to Nostalgia Bomb, a series where we take a look back on beloved childhood favorites and discern whether or not they’re actually any good. In this edition: Spice World turns 20 and we take a look back.)

When one looks over the things that share their birthday, it can be a mixed bag. For me, there’s a few standout moments that happened on the same date as my entrance into this world: the birth of Broadway legend Chita Rivera, the sad passing of Salvador Dali, Sweden becoming the first country to ban aerosol sprays, and…oh yeah, Spice World was released in the United States. And if you were a little kid in the ’90s (like yours truly), that was quite the monumental event, one filled with female empowerment from head to platform shoe.

Spice World turned 20 last month and it is indeed time to give it a proper re-examination. Did this glitter-filled bit of marketable feminism stand the test of time? Is the joke about the little Gucci dress just as funny as it was when you were 8 years old? Well, grab your Lip Smackers gloss, rainbow tank top, and inflatable chair: we have a Nostalgia Bomb case to solve.

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10 Deliciously Bad Holiday TV Specials and Movies

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With the sleigh bells ringing, the snow falling, and the shoppers out in full force…guess what? It is Holiday Movie Season, everybody! And though that is the signal for classics like It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street and every single version of A Christmas Carol to flood your TV schedules and streaming networksI tend to notice a whole other crop of entertainment pop up – and they’re delightfully terrible, in every way you can imagine.

Let’s put the classics in perspective. Here are a list of Holiday specials and low budget movies that will make you think twice about making fun of your family for loving A Christmas Story (or any seasonal flick you tend to find supremely cheesy or overrated). These selections are sure to turn your head in directions it never would have before and make your eyes roll all the way to the North Pole and back. These are the best of the worst that the Holiday’s have to offer. So grab your favorite ugly sweater, and a cup of hot cocoa and let’s see what piles of misfortune we have to unwrap!

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We all have a movie that we consider to be “ours.” Whether it be the one that our family showed us as kids, the one we saw on a dark stormy night at a sleepover, or one we just discovered on TV, everyone eventually finds a movie that is as much a part of them as their own vital organs. This seems especially true if that beloved movie of yours maybe isn’t exactly loved by everyone else in the world.

This is where the term of “cult” comes into play. By definition, a “cult following” signifies a group of individuals with an incredible amount of passion for a specific aspect of culture. And with so many books, TV series, Broadway shows and movies that never really got the kind of respect their fandom thinks they deserved, the amount of titles that fall into “cult” category is becoming more and more frequent these days. The internet has only helped build cult followings all the faster.

How do we fall in love with a movie like this? Does the cult film choose us or was it destined for us in the stars long ago? Does it involve how our parents raised us and what fundamentally makes us the individuals we become?  I will now ask you to take a deep breath and travel with me to a slightly embarrassing time and place, the time when I (covered in raccoon eye liner) discovered the movie that changed me: Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise.

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Stranger Things 2 Defense

(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or show or sets their sights on something seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: an argument that Stranger Things season 2 is a vast improvement over season 1.)

To say Netflix’s Stranger Things has become the love of my TV life might be the understatement of the decade. Featuring every bit of the ’80s that made my childhood magical, and one heck of an amazing cast, it fulfilled that hole in my TV life that no other new show could. But ever since I finished my first viewing of season 1, there has been one question that has plagued me  – could the Duffer Brothers deliver a “sequel” that was just as good as the first installment of their story?

While the rest of the /Film crew found themselves disappointed with the new season, I was definitely won over. In fact, I’m a proud believer that Stranger Things 2 is better than its predecessor for a multitude of reasons.

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A Guide to Cinema’s 10 Greatest Spooky Romances

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When people are looking for movies to watch during the Halloween season, their eyes are often turned to the Horror genre. But what about the other emotional aspects of what many (including yours truly) considers “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”? And more importantly, what about…love?

That’s right, All Hallow’s Eve can be quite the time for some romance to be in the air! From doomed couples to those who found love because of their quirks and oddities, this holiday of monsters and ghouls can be a great time to explore some of cinema’s greatest (and spookiest) romances.

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(Welcome to Nostalgia Bomb, a series where we take a look back on beloved childhood favorites and discern whether or not they’re actually any good. In this edition: we revisit the films of Amblimation, the short-lived animation arm of Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Entertainment.)

When you stroll down your personal movie memory lane, certain titles bring you back to a specific place and time. For me, I always travel back to my grandmother’s living room carpet. I can still feel the dusty fibers between my tiny fingers – this was my movie zone. And in that space, my most vivid memories revolve around the creations of a specific studio: Amblimation. Despite only making three movies, they captured my heart and imagination.

So in this edition of Nostalgia Bomb, let’s go on a journey to explore this short-lived animation studio. A journey that involves a mouse, a group of dinosaurs, and a heroic wolf/dog. There will be laughs, tears, and James Horner. But this is also the story of the struggles of ’90s animation. Because even though it may look pretty, and have Steven Spielberg involved, there are definitely bumps on the cinematic road to glory.

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Being a kid of the ’90s, I discovered Ducktales near the end of its popularity. Though my Disney Afternoon interest leaned more towards Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers or Gargoyles, it was always obvious that there was something special about Ducktales. With Indiana Jones style adventure and the humor of the McDuck crew, Scrooge and his family never lost their sparkle.

But since I didn’t really get to experience Ducktales in its heyday, I was excited to check out the new reboot on Disney XD. And with a promising cast (including Doctor Who‘s David Tennant as our favorite billionaire duck) and some very interesting character designs, this seemed like one very promising project.

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War for the Planet of the Apes beach

Back in the ’90s, my dad would take me on a frequent trip to Blockbuster Video (may it rest in peace). There, I became educated on one of his favorite franchises franchises, Planet of the Apeswhich in turn became one of my favorite film franchises. Over the years of watching and rewatching these classic movies, certain scenes stand out above the others, the moments that help define my love of the entire Apes series.

And with War for the Planet of the Apes arriving this week, this is a great opportunity to talk about them. From the scenes that helped make the series the success it is today to the more recent highlights, let’s take a look the best of the best, and maybe you’ll get why moviegoers have always gone “ape” for these movies (I’m so sorry).

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Examining 10 Great Motion Capture Characters

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Motion capture is quite the filmmaking tool these days. It takes us to new and extraordinary worlds of fantasy and adventure, introducing us to characters we thought the world of movies could never allow us to meet. So in celebration of War for the Planet of the Apeslet’s explore some incredible protagonists and antagonists who proved how amazing mo-cap can be. From beasts to aliens to even regular humans, this tech allows actors to become just about anything.

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