The People’s Joker

The People’s Joker feels as if it comes from the nichiest corners: an autobiographical mixed media art piece, based on the filmmaker’s own trans coming-of-age, that reclaims pop culture as a way to personally convey and connect the past to the present. But as specific as The People’s Joker may sound on paper and as polarizing as it appears on screen, this wickedly transgressive tragicomedy is one of the most accessible films ever contributed to…


Golden Delicious

Golden Delicious is melodramatic molasses.  Each emotional beat, as sincere as they may be, can be seen coming from a mile away as they slowly roll their way towards the screen.  Personal epiphanies from the characters feel like déjà vu to movie goers who may be more than familiar with coming-of-age stories involving closeted teens becoming more in touch with who they are.

Festival Coverage

TIFF 2023: ‘Summer Qamp’

By: Jolie Featherstone Jen Markowitz’s documentary Summer Qamp follows several teens as they attend Camp fYrefly – a camp in rural Alberta where queer, non-binary, and trans teens get to be themselves, surrounded by peers and counsellors who can relate to their experience.  From the moment the campers arrive, the camp implements a framework of care.  Whether it’s coming out as trans or climbing a rock wall, the campers are supported.



Passages has a great introduction.  Film director Tomas (Franz Rogowski) orders actors around and painstakingly focuses on someone’s inability to walk down a flight of stairs.  As Tomas shows the actor how to walk down the stairs, it becomes very obvious that Tomas wants to be idolized.  He does this by being intimidating to get what he wants.


Blue Jean

The growing tension in Blue Jean is unmatched;  clouding the titular character’s life until they feel they have no choice but to act rashly to protect themselves, and underestimating the fallout.


Summoning Sylvia

Does outrageous entertainment made by the LGBTQ community always have to be “campy”?  That’s a question that I asked myself between laughs during Summoning Sylvia, a wacky horror-comedy that serves as a directorial debut for Broadway actors Wesley Taylor and Alex Wyse.



By: Trevor Chartrand Soft (which was featured in TIFF’s Discovery program last year) is a coming-of-age drama that, while captivating, can be difficult to watch – largely due to its meandering nature.


Erin’s Guide to Kissing Girls

I wish I had a movie like Erin’s Guide to Kissing Girls as a kid in elementary school.  Aside from its terrific LGBTQ-friendly presence, it sports such self-confidence and reassurance in its characters;  all wholesomely written and directed by Julianna Notten making her feature-length debut as a filmmaker.  Making as big of a splash is Elliot Stocking, who plays the titular Erin.  Stocking, in a breakout acting debut, hits a sweet spot with their co-stars…



The marketing campaign for Bros was based around its groundbreaking elements, reminding viewers that the LGBTQ+ cast on screen were out and proud and that everyone involved was working on telling an honest romance from the queer perspective.  It’s also, reportedly, the first widely released rom-com of its ilk.  That’s great and I’m elated for the production but, at the end of the day, what’s the word on the movie itself?