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Wild Side (2004)

Wild Side (2004)

It's a tale told over and over again: lonely souls adrift in a cruel world finding each other and creating a new kind of family with the strongest of bonds. Tell the tale incorrectly, and...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

The Booth

The Booth

Although The Booth is destined to be categorized as J-Horror, it's would be better tagged as "J-Twilight Zone." Free of the conventions of more typical Tokyo terror tales (there are no sopping wet long-haired little...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Tokyo Rampage

Tokyo Rampage

Tokyo Rampage takes place in the big city and is crowded with flashily dressed gangsters, but this is not your typical yakuza drama. At its very still center is the mysterious and almost silent Arano...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Gypo

Gypo

Dogme 95 arrives in a dank and chilly British seaside town in Gypo, writer/director Jan Dunn's stripped-down Rashomon-like tale of lives that collide in both fortunate and unfortunate ways.Helen (Pauline McLynn) is a miserably frustrated...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Flower and Snake

Flower and Snake

Takashi Ishii is widely recognized as the master of intellectually challenging Japanese erotica. He's also pretty freaky.In Flower and Snake, his imagination really runs wild, putting one woman through an outrageous obstacle course of sexual...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Night Watch (2005)

Night Watch (2005)

Victor is the most easygoing hustler you'll ever meet. Wandering the nighttime streets of Buenos Aires, he's buddies with just about everyone in his 'hood, flirting with waitresses, shaking hands with the newsstand guy, playing...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Two Drifters

Two Drifters

The interesting Portuguese writer/director João Pedro Rodrigues has followed up his strangely memorable and memorably strange O Fantasma (gay Lisbon garbageman prowls the night in a black rubber catsuit looking for dangerous hookups) with the...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Jailbait

Jailbait

Oh, bummer. Young petty criminal druggie Randy (Michael Pitt) has just run into his state's tough three-strikes-you're-out law, and as the cell door slams behind him, he's looking at a 25-year stretch. The question: how...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Innocent

Innocent

Rare is the teenager who's as cool under pressure as Eric (Timothy Lee). Given the challenges that he faces in Innocent, it's amazing that he endures at all, let alone with his mental health and...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

The Children Are Watching Us

The Children Are Watching Us

In order to achieve true cinephile status you must spend some time watching the classic Italian World War II-era neorealist films of the great Vittorio De Sica. If you've already seen his devastating masterpiece The...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Saturday Night at the Baths

Saturday Night at the Baths

While today's "queer cinema" may be vibrant and thriving, it's easy to imagine how hard it must have been to make a "gay movie" back in the day. While the gay community experienced all sorts...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Wasabi Tuna

Wasabi Tuna

Wasabi Tuna is the kind of farce that won't settle for just one Anna Nicole Smith drag queen impersonator. It delivers four of them (including the inevitable Alexis Arquette), and naturally one of them is...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Making Love

Making Love

It would be unfair to expect a gay-themed movie made in 1982 to be the least bit au courant given all that's happened in the past quarter century, but no matter how much slack you...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

It's My Party

It's My Party

Like the outstanding Longtime Companion, Randal Kleiser's It's My Party shows what happens as AIDS rips apart a tight-knit circle of friends both gay and straight. The disease is claiming the life of the leader...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

The Monster (2005)

The Monster (2005)

In Hong Kong they don't have enough room for haunted houses, so they have haunted luxury high-rise apartment blocks instead. It's into one such complex that yuppie couple May (Qi Shu) and Ray (Alex Fong)...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

WTC View

WTC View

You don't have a be a New Yorker to enjoy WTC View, but it may help. Brian Sloan's finely wrought drama, adapted from his off-Broadway play, is full of little details that will remind Gothamites...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

The Hidden Blade

The Hidden Blade

Like his 2002 movie Twilight Samurai, Yoji Yamada's The Hidden Blade, set in the scenic mountains of northern Japan, is far more interested in samurai psychodrama than swordplay. The film features only one swordfight, and...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Say Uncle

Say Uncle

You've never seen a brighter, breezier lynch mob than the one that terrorizes poor Paul Johnson (Peter Paige, who also wrote and directed) in Say Uncle, a candy-colored comedy with a message. Paul is a...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Nighthawks

Nighthawks

Gay film historians can probably make a valid case for the importance of Nighthawks, one of the first movies to try to depict gay lives in a raw, honest, and realistic way. Produced with very...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Valley of the Dolls

Valley of the Dolls

Of all the camp classics available for your derision and laughter, Valley of the Dolls is surely one of the campiest, the kind of movie whose promotional stills are reproduced on T-shirts for sale in...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

The Neighbor No. 13

The Neighbor No. 13

The Neighbor No. 13 is one of those beautifully executed yet logically muddled J-horror films that will impress you much more with its overall look and soundtrack than with its confusing story. This movie gets...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Sitcom

Sitcom

A tightly knit bourgeois French family flies apart in multiple spasms of insanity and sexual depravity in Sitcom, noted French director François Ozon's first full-length feature. The title indicates that all this is supposed to...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Battle Cry

Battle Cry

Battle Cry is a colorful and overpacked CinemaScope-era World War II epic that, at two hours and 29 minutes long, feels about as long as the Battle of the Pacific it depicts. What sets it...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Shortbus

Shortbus

John Cameron Mitchell 's thesis in Shortbus harkens back to E.M. Forster's classic exhortation: "Only connect." In Mitchell's world, however, a big part of connection is sexual connection, and a big part of sexual connection...

Movie Review posted on 9th October 2006

Guys and Balls

Guys and Balls

A gay German soccer comedy? Well, why not? The unfortunately named Guys and Balls is diverting enough and would be totally harmless entertainment if it didn't help perpetuate some of the stereotypes it's trying to...

Movie Review posted on 1st October 2006

The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch

The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch

As the world's most ardent fan of the golden age of Hollywood B-movie camp, playwright/actor Charles Busch has made a busy career out of writing and starring in plays and movies that parody the perils...

Movie Review posted on 26th September 2006

Summer Storm

Summer Storm

It's a wet hot German summer when a co-ed high-school rowing team hops on its bus and heads off a regional meet/campout in Summer Storm. Issues of burgeoning sexuality abound, and one boy's struggle with...

Movie Review posted on 19th September 2006

The Protector

The Protector

I feel about Tony Jaa, the star of The Protector, precisely the way I feel about Tiger Woods: I want to be him. To have achieved such a high level of mastery over one's mind...

Movie Review posted on 9th September 2006

The Conrad Boys

The Conrad Boys

Young, slight Justin Lo had the courage -- or the audacity -- to take on pretty much every job in the creation of The Conrad Boys. He made himself the writer, director, producer, editor, and...

Movie Review posted on 22nd August 2006

Surrender Dorothy (2006)

Surrender Dorothy (2006)

A Diane Keaton star vehicle produced as a made-for-cable original, Surrender Dorothy is a pleasure for fans of the always interesting Keaton even if its roots as a chick-of-a-certain-age-lit novel sometimes show through.As a group...

Movie Review posted on 3rd August 2006

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