Maleficent: the lost wings of Disney

It has been some years now since Disney has started producing new movies retelling the stories from their animated film. I have been mostly disappointed with those, but Maleficent stands proud among the others.

The idea of showing Maleficent as a hero rather than a villain is a nice one, it is nice to see the story from a completely different prospective. And Angelina Jolie’s performance was simply stunning.

Maleficent is a good fairy at the beginning, she foolishly trusts the boy she fell for and is betrayed by him. At first her crime is only defending her home, but after the horrible betrayal she seeks revenge and her magic turns dark.

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Viola di Mare: Italian LGBT movie

 

 Surprise surprise! We have an original Italian lesbian movie! Viola di mare (Purple sea) is a love story between two women in sexist times, in a land (Sicily) where is hard to be different.

 Sara and Angela are childhood friends, but it’s when Sara comes back after years away that they actually fall in love. That is when the sparkle finally gives birth to a fire and they cannot run from those feelings.

 But people don’t forgive being weird, women have to marry men and carry children, that is their worth, that is their only purpose. And so one of them has to change, one of them has to look like a man, so that they can be together.

 Angela dies, a delicate boy taking her place in Sara’s arms.

 Viola di mare is a story of no easy love, it’s a story of happiness and pain, grief and hiding. It’s the story of a lesbian couple from the south in the 19th Century.

 It’s not among my favourite LGBT movies, but it’s a nice one. There aren’t many Italian LGBT movies and this is among the good ones. 

A word about: Fanfictions

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Surely, you know what those are. Fanfictions are the best blessing fans can hope for. Whatever joy the show/movie refuses you, the fanfictions can grant.

It looks like a random topic, but I want to spare five minutes on it because a lot of people dismiss it way too quickly. Of course, a lot most of them are silly, stupid, merely for entertainment, for the sake of getting what you can’t have on the show. But sometimes you find talents hidden in some of those authors.

People don’t give fanfictions any credit because they think it’s just something one writes for fun, or to satisfy their wish that a certain thing happened on the show/movie. But fanfictions are a very good exercise for creative writing. There isn’t that much difference, really, between getting a plot you have to work on from a teacher, or getting it from the TV. It’s both easier and harder. Yes, you already have a world set out for you and the characters have a personality already so you don’t have to create it on your own, but that’s also the difficult part. You already have a story with its own life and characters with their own past, you have to manage to bring something original into that story, you have to make it yours without betraying the original story.

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The Danish Girl: A ballet of freedom

 The Danish Girl brings on screen the real story of one of the first women to undergo the gender reassignment surgery.

Lili is a beautiful woman trapped in a male body, her strenght shows as the one of a butterfly breaking the cocoon to bring colours in the world. Her strenght is elegant and shy at times, but fierce and certain.

The main actor gifts us with a breathtaking performance, he dances in Lili’s clothes offering a very good representation of transgender people.

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Mother, may I sleep with danger? – 2016 movie

Some people may recognise the title from the 1996 movie, the one I’m talking about is the 2016 remake, of course.

The original story is about a girl, Laurel, falling in love with a vampire and her mother trying to protect her from the creature. At the beginning of the movie a scene shows a teen girl being killed by her boyfriend, who she was trying to break up with, the boy is the vampire Laurel falls for. It is not a love story, but more of a thriller. The relationship soon becomes abusive and Laurel and her mother almost get killed by the vampire.

The remake is definitely different. James Franco brings on-screen a movie that takes inspiration from the 1996 one, but the story develops very differently. First of all this is a love story, the vampire is not the murderer from the first scene, but the victim – who was turned by her vampire girlfriend, who she killed in the process of trying to escape her.

Pearl is not happy to be a vampire and she tries to protect her girlfriend, Leah, from her vampire “sisters” who are pushing her to turn Leah.

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