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Re: Your favorite trans themed movie?
« Reply #60 on: January 22, 2019, 10:15:42 pm »
I will second  Sense8.

I don't think this movie was mentioned but it was important in my childhood, Good Bye Charlie. Debbie Reynolds starts as a guy (a womanizer) who gets bumped off, but comes back and washes ashore as a female. His mind is in her body, but through the movie starts to enjoy being a girl. I so wanted to be her.  Makes me want to watch it again. I think Tony Curtis was in it as well.
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I won't leave you hanging out by yourself Moni LOL.  Goodbye Charlie was just a 'B' comedy movie with no substance but it had a big impact on me.  I think I watched it around age 12.  I so wanted that to happen to me.  It really stuck with me over the years.  One of the those things from my childhood that told me I was trans - before that was a word.

Then of course when I was married I dragged my ex to see 'Switch' - Ellen Barkin and 'Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde". 
All of the above were stupid movies but I was fantasizing.  Way before I ever thought I would transition someday.
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Re: Your favorite trans themed movie?
« Reply #61 on: February 02, 2019, 05:22:49 am »
The Real Thing

Neverending Story - Sebastian's fantasy world becomes real and is threatened by their lack of belief in themselves. You are led to believe that Atreyu is the character who Sebastian identifies with but in reality, their fantasy world is only threatened when the Princess is threatened. The heart of Sebastian is the Princess. She is what creates Sebastian's fantasy world. Atreyu is merely his masculinity fighting for understanding but Atreyu is eventually defeated through Sebastian's denial of themselves... and Atreyu leads Sebastian to their true self, the princess. Plus, the film starts with Sebastian fitting into some stereotypical transgender themes... bullied for being effeminate, drawing unicorns, day dreaming a lot, finding it difficult to relate to the masculinity of his father and the death of the femininity of his mother, and finding escape from masculine reality in books.   
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Re: Your favorite trans themed movie?
« Reply #62 on: February 02, 2019, 05:33:07 am »
Oh man... none of you have mentioned SAM. Sam is amazing. Like everything I wanted Switch with Ellen Barkin and Jimmy Smits to be (they have very similar plots but without the murder y stuff and much sweeter). It’s not the most professional production but it gets so much of the emotional journey of blossoming womanhood right. I don’t want to spoil it but it even nails the ending.

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Re: Your favorite trans themed movie?
« Reply #63 on: February 02, 2019, 05:40:15 am »
Also the first season of Ranma 1/2 (a Japanese anime TV show about a boy martial artist who turns into a girl when splashed with water) that has a lot of fun with the concept and is also CRAZY.

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Re: Your favorite trans themed movie?
« Reply #64 on: February 02, 2019, 12:39:08 pm »
The Real Thing

Neverending Story - Sebastian's fantasy world becomes real and is threatened by their lack of belief in themselves. You are led to believe that Atreyu is the character who Sebastian identifies with but in reality, their fantasy world is only threatened when the Princess is threatened. The heart of Sebastian is the Princess. She is what creates Sebastian's fantasy world. Atreyu is merely his masculinity fighting for understanding but Atreyu is eventually defeated through Sebastian's denial of themselves... and Atreyu leads Sebastian to their true self, the princess. Plus, the film starts with Sebastian fitting into some stereotypical transgender themes... bullied for being effeminate, drawing unicorns, day dreaming a lot, finding it difficult to relate to the masculinity of his father and the death of the femininity of his mother, and finding escape from masculine reality in books.   

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Re: Your favorite trans themed movie?
« Reply #65 on: February 02, 2019, 01:36:56 pm »
Well I have already said my favorite trans themed movie, Boy Meets Girl. Movie about a trans girl, played by a trans girl and it is a love story. Movies are about personal preference though aren’t they. It is not even close to the trans themed movie that most influenced my life, maybe even the one movie period that influenced my life.

1983-84 was just a never ending repetition of “you are a boy, you will never be a girl”, an endless stream of psychiatrists to tell me how wrong it was and going to church after church to have them try to get rid of the sickness and evil that caused me to believe I was a girl. It was kind of winding down, they had run out of people to try and fix me, when I watched the movie Sleepaway Camp with the neighbors. It destroyed me completely, I don’t think I spoke for two weeks, I know that I didn’t go to school for a few days and didn’t work at either of my jobs. I wanted it so bad but how could I want to be a monster like that? Am I sick like everyone is saying? Anyway, self hatred set in and I gave up. I know, kind of pathetic right?

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Re: Your favorite trans themed movie?
« Reply #66 on: February 05, 2019, 11:20:54 am »
Sam looks like a fun fantasy based on the trailers I've watched but is seems more of a cisgender movie than a transgender movie. That was my impression of What Women Want starring Mel Gibson as well.

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Re: Your favorite trans themed movie?
« Reply #67 on: February 08, 2019, 12:10:32 pm »
Everyone have come up with great movies so far.  As mentioned earlier I enjoyed recent the movies "Sam" and "Boy Meets Girl" as well.

Like Kim I loved the ones where the guy is transformed into a girl.  There was a Twilight Zone episode "Number 12 Looks Just Like You" were everyone is surgically transformed at age 16 to whatever model body they wanted.  Of course I wanted to be transformed into the girl...surprise!

I also loved "Some Like It Hot".  I loved the last scene when Jack Lemon reveals that he's a guy and Joe E Brown says "no body is perfect".

Recently I enjoyed a BBC series "Boy Meets Girl" that actually stars a trans actress Rebecca Root as a trans woman who develops a normal. honest relationship with a cis guy.

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Re: Your favorite trans themed movie?
« Reply #68 on: February 10, 2019, 01:35:23 am »
OMG Emma - too funny.  I haven't watched The twilight zone in years and just a week ago I was channel surfing and saw that episode - watched the entire thing.  And yeah of course I was thinking that too.

All of our experiences differ in some ways but it is so telling that there are certain commonalities.
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Re: Your favorite trans themed movie?
« Reply #69 on: February 10, 2019, 10:08:29 am »
I think my favorite film on the topic was Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
1. It's a musical. Musicals are always fun. Rock musicals are even better.
2. It's philosophically interesting, incorporating philosophy on the topic as far back as Plato.
3. It's a great dysfunctional love story. I love how gloriously messed up everyone in it is. The characters are built well and feel like people I would hang out with.
4. It's pretty, and sad, and tragic, and funny.

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Re: Your favorite trans themed movie?
« Reply #70 on: February 10, 2019, 10:15:46 am »
OMG Emma - too funny.  I haven't watched The twilight zone in years and just a week ago I was channel surfing and saw that episode - watched the entire thing.  And yeah of course I was thinking that too.
What I found disturbing about that episode was the little twist that the twilight zone is so noted for which is fact they change the way she thought about herself. Before the procedure she wanted to be unique where as after the procedure she was content being one of the crowd. There is another thread running that asks if you would take a pill that would make you content with your birth gender. I find the thought disturbing because so much of what I am today is the result of me being different. I wouldn't be the person I am today hand I not had the adversity to shape my personality. Yes, the body change would be nice but never to the personality change.
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Re: Your favorite trans themed movie?
« Reply #71 on: February 10, 2019, 12:37:54 pm »
I agree with you Dena. 

I hated the homogenization of the society in that Twilight Zone episode.  But when I saw it when I was eight it resonated with all of my fantasies.  All I wanted was to be magically changed into that girl.  That wish has been a constant in my life.

I had a similar conversation with my therapist about the "magic" pill that could make me cis in whatever gender I wanted.

I realized that I would never surrender my life and all of those experiences, good and bad, to start over.  I have chosen to change my future and keep the best of me as I go forward.

You are right.  The trials and challenges of being trans has made us all very special in the most important ways. 

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Re: Your favorite trans themed movie?
« Reply #72 on: February 10, 2019, 06:53:03 pm »
“Open up to me” is the story of a post-op Finnish woman who faced challenges with her daughter and a male relationship. It’s on Amazon Prime. I thought it dealt realistic with the challenges of being post-op.


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Re: Your favorite trans themed movie?
« Reply #73 on: February 12, 2019, 07:15:11 pm »
Ma Vie En Rose/My Life In Pink French with English Subs. It is about a transgender girl and came out in 1997. Great movie!
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Re: Your favorite trans themed movie?
« Reply #74 on: February 13, 2019, 12:50:22 pm »
Wow Sophia I will definitely look that movie up.  Thanks, Emma

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Re: Your favorite trans themed movie?
« Reply #75 on: February 19, 2019, 03:23:49 pm »
My favorite trans-themed film would have to be 'Tangerine'. It's hilarious and heart-warming and it was so well-made...even though it was filmed on an IPhone! It opened my eyes to the reality of how there are trans-women who are sex workers and how they live their lives. It also allowed me to recognize my own privilege as a young trans-woman who has familial support and access to good healthcare.

This is the synopsis:

After hearing that her boyfriend/pimp cheated on her while she was in jail, a hooker and her best friend set out to find him and teach him and his new lover a lesson.

Definitely worth the watch!

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Re: Your favorite trans themed movie?
« Reply #76 on: March 03, 2019, 08:16:29 am »
A Fantastic Woman.

It had such an impact on me that I decided and got GCS!  I understood what real crippling dysphoria was after watching it.

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Re: Your favorite trans themed movie?
« Reply #77 on: March 03, 2019, 09:53:20 am »
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Re: Your favorite trans themed movie?
« Reply #78 on: March 07, 2019, 06:43:43 am »
Boy Meets Girl
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Re: Your favorite trans themed movie?
« Reply #79 on: March 10, 2019, 06:12:37 pm »
Lo' and behold there's a new Belgian film (simply titled 'GIRL') set to hit Netflix (US) on March 15th! It was featured in the Cannes film festival and is about a transgender ballerina who is on the cusp of beginning her hormone treatment and her struggles with dysphoria, etc. I was so excited when I was the trailer and I really can't wait to see this movie.


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