No, no, NO! This cannot be happening. Why can’t they just leave The Rocky Horror Picture Show ALONE? And why in the name of all things good would they let Glee creator, Ryan Murphy get his horrible eating, praying and loving mitts on it? Lock him in a Coca Cola freezer, I say.
Oh yes. This was what cinema was all about for my generation. A snack-pack on arrival, a pre-film entertainer (balloon animals were my thing) and the latest Disney creation; who needed the summer holidays? Saturday morning was what it was all about and it came but once a week.
Gender bending is one of the lost arts. There was a period in the 90s when you couldn’t move in Hollywood for transvestism. It sort of became the default mode for any comedic scene. Chuck in a corset and a couple of fake boobs and BAM! You’ve got cinema gold. Although the subject of emotional turmoil, sexual identity and gender reassignment has been covered sensitively and dramaticly by some amazing films, you’re not going to find The Crying Game on this list. No, we’ve cobbled together our favourite horrifying gender bending scenes from film. Get out the fishnet stockings, folks!
Dear Friend. In her first leading role outside the castle walls of Hogwarts (though strangely, still in the 90s), Emma Watson turns American adolescent as she welcomes you to the island of misfit toys. If you’re still reading and not too busy cringing your face inside out, you might find a lot to like in Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
We’ve just had the hottest October on record. You know what that means, right? It means prissy little Miss November is jonesing for attention. In preparation for what will invariably be monsoon/earthquake/volcano-shorts season, the best thing to do is secure yourself a seat in the nearest filmy-box and gaze this dreadful month away…
Ah, Lady Gaga. God, I love her. It doesn’t matter where I go or whom I write for, she somehow manages to do something mad and become the ultimate hot topic for EVERYBODY. After showcasing her male alter ego, Joe Calderone, at the VMAs, it got us thinking about the topic of gender and we came to the conclusion that people’s response should be something along the lines of “gender, shmender!”. Possibly in a more eloquent fashion. To celebrate this, we’ve decided to look at our 10 favourite cross-dressing movies (basically proving that I’ll take any excuse to ogle Tim Curry in fishnets…)
As the BBFC rescues us from the horror of / robs us of the chance to see and evaluate The Human Centipede: Full Sequence (delete as appropriate), we’ve taken a moment to look back at some of the other films which have, over the years, been banned from British screens. You may be surprised at what we’ve found…