NewNowNext spotlights the latest (and queerest) movies, TV shows, web series, and other LGBTQ shit for your viewing pleasure in our weekly watch list. Grab your popcorn, squirrel friends!
There’s reason to celebrate indeed now that director Olivier Meyrou’s long-lost, whispered-about documentary on Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé finally hits the big screen. Shot in both black-and-white and color over a three-year period, the film follows the late icon’s final 1998 collection before he sold his namesake brand to Gucci, and the dynamic relationship between Laurent and Bergé, the latter of whom sued to keep the movie, considered way too revealing at the time, under wraps. (Now Playing, KimStim)
Pain and Glory
Oscar-winning Spanish gay director Pedro Almodóvar (All About My Mother, Talk to Her) spills his tea in this semi-autobiographical drama about Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas), a filmmaker wracked with physical ailments and creative block. Swapping out his addiction to storytelling with a numbing heroin habit, Salvador reconnects with the star of his 1980s films, Alberto (Asier Exteandia), and his ex-lover Federico (Leonardo Sbaraglia), and revels in memories of his prickly mother (played by Penélope Cruz and Julieta Serrano). With appearances from other longtime Almodóvar collaborators and his trademark humor, this is a cinematic confession we’re here for. (Now Playing, Sony Pictures Classics)
DVD and VOD
The Ice King
Way before Johnny Weir, British Olympic figure skater John Curry left a rainbow trail behind him on the ice, coming out on the night of his gold medal win at the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics. Director James Erskine revisits the life and career of this LGBTQ sports trailblazer through a trove of rare footage and material highlighting his victories, struggles (specifically, with intense depression and, later, HIV/AIDS), and perfectionism. Brush up on some history, henny! (Available October 8 on DVD, Film Movement)
TV and Streaming
In the third season of Broadway team Alex Wyse and Wesley Taylor’s comedy webseries about a pair of codependent gay roommates-slash-besties, Nate (Wyse) and Luke (Taylor) not only become dysfunctional boyfriends, but seek out a new roomie. (They started sharing the same room and bed!) All eight episodes are available to binge. (Now Streaming, indoorboys.tv)
Comics writer Greg Rucka and artist J.H. Williams made major waves and scored critical acclaim for their Batwoman series in 2009, which was a brash and beautifully illustrated lesbian take on the character. The CW’s new Arrowverse-set series takes its cues from that iconic run, with lesbian, genderfluid Aussie actress Ruby Rose starring as Kate Kane, Bruce Wayne’s cousin. With Batman missing and a menacing new villain, Alice (Rachel Skarsten), in Gotham, it’s out of the Batcave and into the streets for Kate. The CW’s Supergirl also debuts its fifth season the same night, and is LGBTQ-er than ever with a same-sex adoption subplot for Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) and Kelly Olsen (Azie Tesfai) and more of TV’s first transgender female superhero, Nia Nal a.k.a. Dreamer (Nicole Maines), whom Brainiac (Jesse Rath) has the hots for. (Premieres October 6 on The CW)
Now that his asking price is probably sky-high, Oscar-winning soon-to-be Bond villain Rami Malek closes out Mr. Robot with this revenge-themed fourth and final season, which will see endgames for heroic hacker Elliot (Malek) and BD Wong’s criminal corporatist, Whiterose. Don’t cry for Wong, though: He has a new gig as Awkwafina’s dad, appearing alongside SNL’s Bowen Yang in Comedy Central’s upcoming Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens. (Premieres October 6 on USA Network)
The CW and its gay super-producer Greg Berlanti (Love Simon, the Arrowverse, Riverdale) is making LGBTQ television happen, y’all. This sports-themed series developed and produced by Berlanti’s husband, Robbie Rogers, is about a young NFL recruit, Spencer (Daniel Ezra), whose lesbian bestie, “Coop” (Bre-Z), negotiates a homophobic family and girl crushes. In Season 2, Coop has moved past her family problems, is in a good place with her girlfriend Patience (Chelsea Tavares), and is pursuing her dream career in music. Alas, there’s a twist coming her way… (Premieres October 7 on The CW)
Berlanti strikes again, this time with his non-Arrowverse, DC Comics–inspired series about a black superhero family. Season 3 changes things up a bit by having Black Lightning, a.k.a Jefferson Piece (Cress Williams), and his wife Lynn (Christine Adams) blackmailed, imprisoned, and separated from their lesbian daughter Anissa, a.k.a. Thunder (Nafessa Williams). Thunder ends up adopting a new identity to help everyone break free. At this point, this week’s column could legit be called “Queer Sh*t to Watch on The CW.” (Premieres October 7 on The CW)
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
The third, eight-episode season of this 1920s Australia-set series based on Kerry Greenwood’s novels—and starring The Babadook’s Essie Davis as heiress-turned-detective Phryne Fisher—features the return of her lesbian bestie, Dr. Mac (Tammy Macintosh), and at least one queer victim. (Premieres October 7 on Acorn TV)
Photo: Ruby Rose in Batwoman.