Everybody say, “Love!”
I’ve been a firm believer in the recently popular sentiment that “if the love doesn’t feel like ’90s R&B, I don’t want it.” I mean, nothing says “love” quite like SWV’s “Weak.” Am I right? Sadly, my love for “The Boy is Mine” hasn’t exactly helped me find a boy of my own, but that hasn’t stopped me from binge-watching love stories in an attempt to fill that Toni Braxton-sized hole in my heart. Check out the best of the best in the list below. No scrubs, guaranteed.
Also, be sure to check out the rest of our Best of 2016 content!
Passions ignite and hidden secrets are revealed when a graphic designer in Los Angeles reconnects with an ex-boyfriend he hasn’t seen or heard from in 15 years. Over the course of a weekend at a vacation house in the desert, they must determine whether or not they have a future together. “Lazy Eye” is a story about roads not taken, unfinished business and the struggle to adjust to progressive lenses.
Why You Should Watch: Given the budget for this film, the production value is top-notch. The utmost care is given to the set design and choice of location, not to mention the engaging script that is effortlessly delivered by the phenomenal (albeit tiny) cast.
Matias and Jeronimo spent childhood summers together in the Argentina wetlands of Esteros until Matias’ father moves his family to Brazil to take on a new job. The friends are reunited by chance as adults when Matias returns to his hometown with his girlfriend after 10 years. As the two men tentatively reconnect, the unresolved tensions of their youth rise to the surface, which is shown through vivid flashbacks to a particularly formative summer. Feelings between the two men slowly reappear, leading to a long-repressed awakening. But at what cost?
Why You Should Watch: While the story may be yet another telling of a classic trope, the way in which the material is handled as well as the backdrop of the Argentinian countryside are nothing short of exquisite.
Seventeen-year-old Anne just fell in love with Sasha, the most popular girl at her L.A. public high school. But when Anne tells her best friend Clifton—who has always harbored a secret crush—he does his best to get in the way.
Why You Should Watch: This lesbian coming-of-age story stands as being a beacon of authenticity in a genre that is often astonishingly exploitative. No agenda here. Just love, sweet high-school love.
“NY84” follows the adventures of three young artists in the downtown New York art scene in the early 1980s. Young and carefree, Kate, Anto, and Keith party, photograph, paint, sing and play their way through the clubs and lofts of Alphabet City. The party ends in 1984 when Anton and Keith contract a mysterious illness known as the “gay cancer.” We gain an intimate glimpse into their creative and emotional lives as the trio loses their youth and innocence.
Why You Should Watch: French writer-director Cyril Morin’s atypical collage-like approach to telling his fragmentary story won’t be for everyone, but it’s a valiant effort and creates a poignant portrait from the time of innocence to the era of AIDS.
Joe, Delia, Rodrigo and Herbert are very close friends in their mid-30s. Delia and Rodrigo are married, while Joe is Delia’s ex-boyfriend who turned out to be gay. After a night of drinking, Joe and Delia sleep together and she gets pregnant. Meanwhile, Joe is in a secret online relationship with a man named Tom. They have not met in person yet…and they never will.
Why You Should Watch: Because the world of social media and catfishing (falsely using someone else’s identity to establish a romantic connection with an unsuspecting person) always makes for quality entertainment.
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