Scott Pilgrim vs. The World had plenty of content for the LGBTQ+ community, like Mae Whitman’s “bi-furious” character and Brie Larson’s iconic “Black Sheep” performance.
For me, it was the character of Wallace Wells, played by famed short king Kieran Culkin, that shone through it all. From vigorously making out with Anna Kendrick’s boyfriend and taking him to bed with a third guy to openly thirsting over Chris Evans, he turned this comic book movie into something scandalous and magical for my younger self.
Even though my identity has gone on a long journey in the decade since my Scott Pilgrim phase, its queer impact remains.I first saw Todd Haynes’ Velvet Goldmine as a freshman in college, and I’ve shown it to almost everyone I’ve met since, including (uncomfortably) my parents.
Part movie-length music video, part fanfiction, and part a reimagined life of glam rock icons like David Bowie and Lou Reed, Goldmine is just as glittery, in your face, and hilarious as we needed it to be in 1999, when the world was still forcing queer people to act “respectable” to obtain basic human rights.