Love, Simon – The Oral Tradition #8

Love, Simon is a 2018 romantic dramedy directed by Greg Berlanti (based on the book by Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the first major Hollywood film focusing on a gay teenage romance, and was a runaway hit upon release.

The film has very positive intentions, and we don’t intend to take away from anyone’s admiration of it. However, in this episode we discuss a few of Love, Simon‘s fumbles. Namely its conservatism, confusing characters, and muddy sense of drama.

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The “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” scene from Love, Simon
Yoko Ono
500 Days of Summer (2009)
Eighth Grade (2018)
Mean Girls (2006)
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
You’ve Got Mail (1998)

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Grey Gardens – The Oral Tradition #7

Grey Gardens is a 1975 documentary by Albert and David Maysles. The subjects of the doc are a reclusive mother and daughter: “Big Edith” Bouvier Beale and “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale, two distant relatives of Jacqueline Onassis (AKA Jackie Kennedy, widow of JFK).

Despite having no explicitly queer content, Grey Gardens has picked up a sizable appreciation from the gay and queer+ communities. The duo’s poeticism and biting sense of humor, Little Edie’s iconic style, the starkness of two women seeming lost to time, and the imperfect-yet-indomitable love between them must be seen to be believed. Today, Grey Gardens remains an entertaining and poignant illustration of both the healing effects of nostalgia, and the cost of staying stuck in the past.

Sharon Needles impression of Little Edie
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane
Aretha Franklin NYT Obituary

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Kiki – The Oral Tradition #6

Kiki is a 2016 documentary by Sara Jordenö and Twiggy Pucci Garçon. The film covers the drag/vogueing ball culture in New York City at the time of filming, and focuses on the lives of LGBT+ youth of color.

Overall the film is very grounded and allows its subjects to speak for themselves. In this episode we spend most of our time talking about the progressive activist themes at the center of the current Kiki scene.

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Angels in America – The Oral Tradition #4

If you haven’t seen it, remedy that immediately.
0:00 Intro
1:30 When Jordy Saw Angels
5:44 Admiration of the play
11:35 Evolution of perception
16:55 Community in the play
22:25 Agoraphobia
24:33 ‘Night Flight To San Francisco’

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