Queer Sh*t to Watch This Week

"Knives and Skin," "The L Word: Generation Q," and Lea DeLaria is back with a vengeance.

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!

In Theaters

Knives and Skin

Writer-director Jennifer Reeder’s previous feature, 2017’s Signature Move, saw lesbian love blossom between a closeted Pakistani lesbian and a Mexican woman. Her latest combines David Lynchian weirdness, horror-sploitation, queerness, and a fondness for high school musicals. In it, a teenage girl (Raven Whitley) goes missing while strange and sexual escapades transpire in her sleepy Midwest town. Come for the Laura Palmer realness, stay for the clever choir arrangements of 1980s pop hits like “Our Lips Are Sealed.” Soundtrack, please! (Opens December 6, IFC Midnight)

DVD and VOD

Deadly Screams of a Naked Siren

Like David DeCoteau, director Steven Vasquez has a thing for twinks, the supernatural, and… cheesiness. His latest is an upgraded, re-edited, sexed-up edition of 2009’s A Siren in the Dark, which involves a possibly murderous, gender-shifting siren (Orion Cross) who’s being investigated by a college news reporter (Tristan Adler). No, it won’t be up for any Oscars, but there’s lots of skin and softcore queer action, and it’s already been a long week. (Available now on Blu-ray, Babaloo Studios)
 

Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

Before she died of breast cancer in 2007, liberal political journalist and native Texan Molly Ivins took names and kicked ass writing, editing, and roasting the GOP (of the first Bush administration’s famously dumb VP Dan Quayle she once said, “If you put that man’s brain in a bumblebee, it would fly backwards”). This briskly paced documentary from an LGBTQ team—director Janice Engel and producers James Egan and Carlisle Vandervoort—makes one pine for Ivins’ presence during the Trumpster fire. (Available now on DVD, Magnolia Pictures)

TV and Streaming

Eastsiders

Kit Williamson’s fourth and final season of his Emmy-nominated Silverlake, Calif.–set comedy (which debuted on YouTube in 2012) sees central couples Cal (Williamson) and Thom (Van Hansis) and Douglas (Willam Belli) and Quincy (Stephen Guarino) confronting the looming possibility of getting married, while Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon) and Derrick (Leith M. Burke) foster a child. Although original cast member Constance Wu couldn’t return due to her Fresh Off the Boat contract with ABC, Pose’s Hailie Sahar, The Walking Dead’s Daniel Newman, Manila Luzon, Katya, OG Queer Eye expert Jai Rodriguez, and Bryan Batt join the fun this last go. (Streaming now on Netflix)
 

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Emmy winner Alex Borstein is back as Susie, the fast-talking, pants-wearing, butch agent to Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan). While her sexuality has not been directly addressed, we’re still holding out for her heroine in Season 3. (Streaming December 6 on Amazon Prime)
 

Reprisal

With Orange Is the New Black wrapped up, Lea DeLaria has a new gig as Queenie, a lesbian character on Hulu’s “hyper-noir” series about a femme fatale, Doris (Abigail Spencer), on a vengeance quest against her no-good brother and his gearhead gang after they leave her for dead. (Streaming December 6 on Hulu)
 
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The L Word: Generation Q

Showtime’s eagerly awaited follow-up to its iconic series catches up with several of our favorite lesbian squirrel friends. Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals) is now running for mayor, Alice (Leisha Hailey) has a talk show, and serial heartbreaker Shane (Katherine Moennig) has just returned to town, while new characters include Sophie (Rosanny Zayas), a producer on Alice’s show; her ambitious PR exec girlfriend Dani (Arienne Mandi); their queer trans roommate Micah (Adam’s Leo Sheng), and Finley (Jacqueline Toboni), a sort of Shane on a budget. An ethnically diverse cast from all over the LGBTQ spectrum tackling a multigenerational set of issues, from co-parenting to Grindr hookups? Consider it The L Word: Gen Extra! (Premieres December 8 on Showtime)
 

Work in Progress

Lilly Wachowski serves as a producer and writer on Showtime’s hysterically funny eight-episode series starring Abby McEnany, a seasoned Chicago improv comic, as an anxiety-prone “45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke” (a thinly veiled alter ego of herself) determined to change her life in the wake of her therapist’s death (during a session, no less). The Politician’s Theo Germaine portrays Abby’s younger trans male love interest, Chris, while SNL royalty Julia Sweeney plays herself. (Premieres December 8 on Showtime)

Main image: Knives and Skin.

Lawrence is a New York-based travel and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Time Out New York and The New York Post.
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