It seems to be en vogue to make a biopic about a rockstar struggling with identity and fame. (Even more so if the rockstar wore a lot of sequins and took a lot of drugs…but then, what rockstar in the early 70s didn’t?)

Following the success of last year’s Bohemian Rhapsody, director Dexter Fletcher (who took over the Queen biopic after Bryan Singer was fired) helms this film that is part musical, part biography, and part fantasy. It follows John from childhood until the 1980s, through some of the most turbulent moments of his life, and does not shy away from depicting the highs and lows of his career. Behind the glitter and the spectacle is a very honest approach to the storytelling.

Rocketman is more than just the story of a rockstar’s rise to fame; it’s the love story of Elton John. 


There was a time in my life when traditional rom-coms seemed empty and vapid, and I turned to indie LGBTQ+ films to fill the void. Okay, I still do. There’s just something about the earnestness and realness that comes with the subculture that appeals to me. Also, the stories always resonate with me more than traditional rom-coms, and gee, sometimes I wonder why I didn’t figure myself out sooner. Anyway this week’s pic is a cute little film called Saving Face, starring Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec, and Lynn Chen.

I experienced something while watching Love, Simon that has never before happened to me while watching a romantic comedy: the entire theater cheered during the big love confession/reunion/first kiss scene at the end of the film. Not a single person left that cinema without a smile on their face, and if that isn’t a compliment to the film, I don’t know what is. Love, Simon is, perhaps, the story of innocent young love that we so desperately need right now. 

It’s Pride month, and that means I’ve draped myself in a rainbow flag and dance around in glitter, proudly proclaiming, “Yes homo.” And when I’m not doing that, I’m probably perusing the LGBT section of Netflix, hoping desperately that they’ve uploaded something I haven’t seen. (They haven’t.)

So while Netflix doesn’t have the most wide selection of LGBT Films, here are a few that I recommend for your Pride month movie binge. Glitter and rainbow flags recommended.

G.B.F. (2014)

I love high school comedies, and I especially love ones that seem cheesy or campy but actually touch on some pretty deep themes (*cough* Mean Girls *cough*). This is one of those, as it resonates on some pretty disturbing societal trends: namely, viewing gay men as fashion accessories for straight women.

(But G.B.F. is also cute, charming, and well worth the watch.)