First Reactions: Rafiki

What should have been a happy time for director Wanuri Kahiu was peppered with sadness. Her moving drama about two young Kenyan girls falling in love was selected as the first Kenyan film to be shown at Cannes, however the film has been banned from being shown in her home country.  In an interview director […]

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Cruising Out Of Control: Revisiting William Friedkin’s Cruising

“I implore readers — gay, straight, liberal, radical, atheist, communist, or whatever — to give Friedkin and his production crew a terrible time if you spot them in your neighborhood.” Arthur Bell 1980 saw the release of William Friedkin’s Cruising; which to many was a film that didn’t just cross the line, it spat and […]

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The 90th Academy Awards Showed Signs Of Moving Forward And Backwards

How do I explain how the 90th Academy Awards went? Well, for the most part, every award went according to plan which made the ceremony rather predictable. Also, the musical performances were slightly underwhelming due to how short they were. But the way that they honored acting legends like Eva Marie Saint and Rita Moreno […]

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Why Didn’t Oscar Call Armie Hammer By HIS Name?

While Armie Hammer’s breakthrough with The Social Network as the Winklevoss twins is a demonstration of his acting prowess thanks to his ability to nail the whip crack dialogue of Aaron Sorkin and his ability to convincingly act opposite himself, Hollywood chose to capitalize on his breakthrough by casting him in roles that are based […]

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James Ivory – A Filmmaker with an Unobstructed View

James Ivory’s career-long intellectual freedom, precise observation of human interaction and fiercely independent spirit was instrumental in elevating film to the level where a book like Call Me by Your Name could be translated to cinema.

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For Your Consideration: Call Me By Your Name, Best Picture

In the wake of Moonlight winning Best Picture, we have another LGBTQ+ film that makes a strong case to win Best Picture. That film is Call Me By Your Name, an entrancing portrait of first love that is both tender and quietly devastating. Even when the film cuts to black after the last frame, it never loses its […]

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Review: Call Me By Your Name

A review by Bianca Garner “Nature has cunning ways of finding our weakest spot.” These words are profound and they sum up the power of love, it makes us weak in ways we never thought possible, but this same weakness can make an individual stronger. Call Me By Your Name addresses the complexities of a […]

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What Jennifer Lawrence and Sasha Stone Said

“Is this the stark reality?” says actress Jennifer Lawrence in a new letter penned on behalf of, and sincerely directed to, those who suffer the recoils of the recent election result. “The people who guided Trump are the darkest forces in our country” says film-writer Sasha Stone in a published letter to her very own […]

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100 LGBT Film Experiences – Part Ten

When LGBT filmmaking hits its stride, it can be a wonder to behold – capturing the public conscience, breaking down barriers, travelling across artistic genres. At its best, the honesty and passion come through whether the setting is the open range, a 50s department store, or a Portland street corner. Characters range from a blue-haired […]

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100 LGBT Film Experiences – Part Nine

What is the most effective way to tell a story? The next ten submissions on our list run the gamut from free-style invention to lush homage. Perhaps the best way to convey the vision is a straight A-to-B narrative with clever writing; maybe just a short film will suffice. Designing suitable and appealing architecture from […]

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100 LGBT Film Experiences – Part Eight

Relationships, or the lack of, can drive characters to success or oblivion. It can be a hidden surprise that reveals itself too late to make any rational judgment, an obsession that darkens the soul, or a flamboyant road trip where the only things in the closet are the wigs. Part Eight looks at a range […]

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100 LGBT Film Experiences – Part Seven

Taking on the challenges that come with being true to oneself will ultimately provide only one reward – that of knowing exactly who you are. Part Seven examines the emotional maze we find ourselves in whether we’re navigating relationships or finding a way through the hazards of life while steadfastly keeping one’s identity in tact. […]

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100 LGBT Film Experiences – Part Six

If life is just an illusion, then why is it so difficult to accept all it has to offer, guilt-free and at face value? Part Six asks that question, as well as several others, as we present ten examples that go from the sublime to the absurd. Who said ball culture, fascism, erotic, fantasies, and […]

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100 LGBT Film Experiences – Part Five

Loss and discovery are the two things that define our lives. On a personal level, the challenge maintaining a long-term relationship, discovering a new one, or putting an old one to rest can take one down a very dark path. Other times, such discoveries can make for quite a romp. Part Five examines both the […]

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100 LGBT Film Experiences – Part Four

Part Four of our LGBT series looks at control, how it’s addressed, how it succeeds spectacularly or fails tragically. Sentimentality and cynicism, along with some good old-fashioned ingenuity and the occasional snappy line, can go a long way to rectifying a situation, or at least make it bearable to the bitter end. (Introduction by Steve Schweighofer) […]

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100 LGBT Film Experiences – Part Three

Ah, life is a cabaret. It’s also a launderette, wedding, funeral parlor, beach, Moroccan Kasbah, British estate, and a fucking Turkish steam bath. Life really happens when you least expect it, in the most surprising ways that change everything – sometimes for the better, sometimes, not. Part Three focuses on stunning settings and these life-changing […]

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100 LGBT Film Experiences – Part Two

There’s nothing like a little adversity to mess things up. Part Two of our LGBT series gives us some works that can break your heart and crack you up, keeping you intrigued until the very end. Achieving the simplicity of love in a complex and dangerous world always brings out the best – or in […]

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100 LGBT Film Experiences – Part One

In creating our slice of the rainbow, diversity is key. Our selection for 100 LGBT Film Experiences includes as many colors of queer film-making as we could find, from mainstream biopics to upstream efforts that smashed boundaries. Our first group of ten samples heroes and villains, the artistic and the ordinary. They show us the […]

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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic #14

A great weekend for America in general you might say, what with July 4th celebrations, and then the World Cup victory last night. The women’s contest was thrilling and thoroughly entertaining. In fact, a remarkable tournament in all. The final, though, opened in style. Sadly for you if you tuned in twenty minutes or so […]

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