Boys Don't Cry (1999)Topics on homosexuality and transgenderalism are no strangers to our media culture. However, Boys Don't Cry by Kimberley Peirce set itself apart because while the central issue surrounding the film focuses primarily on the struggle of the lead's sexual identity in the face of conservative America's distaste and ignorance towards homosexuality, it more importantly depicts the contradicting emotions in love so poignantly that, as a viewer, it's hard not to relate with different facets of each character in the film. Love can inspire great courage. Love can evoke hatred when gone awry. Love can cause people to commit the most irrational of craziness - the paradoxical concept of love is illustrated in such a crude, albeit honest form in the movie that is sure to leave you with mixed emotions after watching it.
Yet another outstanding number by Tom Hanks. I've heard of this movie for the longest time, but for some reason never got around to watching it. And I am so glad that I finally did. The synopsis of the movie is basically how Beckett (Hanks), a homosexual lawyer of a prestigious firm, after being disclosed as an AIDS patient and homosexual, got fired by his homophobic superiors. To avenge for his honor, he decided to take his case to court, and this is where Miller (Denzel Washington) comes in, a homophobic lawyer whom Beckett came to for help. As the two worked side by side together, we not only see the two building a case together, while Miller eventually diminishing his initial repulsion towards homosexuals. The film is definitely a tear jerker as both leads take you on an emotional whirlwind through their sincere dialogues, and nuances that collectively demonstrate the notions of love, courage, and respect.