Released in 1995 Unzipped is a smart, balanced and light-hearted look into the designer world of 90s’ America, not concerned with judging the lifestyle but also refrained from romanticizing it. Directed by Douglas Keeve the documentary features Isaac Mizrahi, Roseanne Barr and Sandra Bernhard.
There are many icons of haute couture, but only one that can leave such a piercing mark on your psyche and wittingly convince you that you have intimately witnessed the work of a master. Valentino: The Last Emperor is not a hyperbolic, overrated or tacky documentary of passing trends like many others, but rather a unique, abiding and eye-opening glance at the boisterous life of a legendary fashion designer who vehemently seeks pleasure only to be disappointed by its fleeting and faulty nature.
The performances from the entire ensemble cast are what help elevate director Jalil Lespert’s biopic Yves Saint Laurent; Lespert aims to document the highs and lows of the fashion designer’s personal and professional lives between the late fifties and mid-seventies, and its the strengths of the performances that make covering such a sizeable time period feel palatable.
On the surface, Just Charlie is a sensitive and tenderly told story of a transgender girl coming out. Yet the film’s strength doesn’t lie solely within this central character struggle – instead, director Rebekah Fortune’s film draws its power from attempting to empathise with the confusion of Charlie’s family as much as Charlie’s own confused gender identity.
Gay cinema has had its fair share of coming-out films. But Didier Bivel’s motion picture proves that there is much more left to explore when it comes to generic LGBT themes and that there is room for unique and brilliant storytelling in each of these common queer tropes. Hidden Kisses takes the viewer into a world monopolized by homophobic people whose vitriol and downplayed hatred might not seem representative of today’s society.
Ulysses is a quiet and infinitely shy teenager, a sensitive soul who doesn’t fit in with his peers, and feels increasingly like an outcast as he progresses through his formative high school years. Due to being born with effeminate features, he’s the subject of casual bullying without even opening his mouth, as well as being treated with suspicion by members of his own, deeply religious family.