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Nov 23, 2022

Semper Fidelis

In ‘The Inspection,’ a gay homeless Black man joins the Marines—and finds himself A young Black gay man in his early 20s decides to better himself by enlisting in the Marine Corps. We can already imagine the clearing of throats in the audience at this announcement. Ellis French (played by...
Nov 16, 2022

Viva Pasolini!

Nov 9, 2022

Noirvember Nights

Nov 2, 2022

Talk of the Town

Oct 26, 2022

God’s Lonely Man: Woman reporter confronts a crazed killer in a story that couldn’t...

Scenes from the sex trade in the holy city of Mashhad, Iran: A bruised-and-battered-looking woman gets dressed for her nighttime job. There’s some nasty pillow talk during intercourse with a wealthy saffron-exporter customer. The woman cleans up,...
Oct 19, 2022

Split Decision: Director Park Chan-wook plays kaleidoscopic mind games with bizarre Korean murder case

The mind of Park Chan-wook is a curious and enigmatic place to spend two hours. The maker of The Handmaiden, Lady Vengeance, Thirst, Snowpiercer and Oldboy specializes in psychological distress punctuated by dazzlingly staged shards of violence....
Oct 12, 2022

Sins of the Flesh: ‘Piggy’ finds familiar teenage anxieties, and horror, in the rural...

The advertising art for Piggy uses what could only be the movie’s money shot: a straight-on portrait of Sara, the central character (Spanish actor Laura Galán), standing defiantly in the middle of the road, covered in blood.  With...
Oct 5, 2022

Riot Goin’ On: ‘Riotsville, USA’ shows how military and civilian police used fear and...

Police brutality and violent infringement on civil rights might somehow appear to be a spontaneous outburst, in light of the outrages of the past few years. Something so disturbing and ubiquitous surely must have erupted at first...
Oct 5, 2022

The Trouble With ‘Bros’: You’ve got Grindr!

Mainstream queer cinema has reached a new nadir with the arrival of Billy Eichner’s movie, Bros, and its TV analog, Uncoupled, featuring Neal Patrick Harris, on Netflix. Both of these fictional gay protagonists inhabit a narrow world...
Sep 28, 2022

Daddy’s Girl: ‘Blonde’ is more than you ever wanted to know about Marilyn Monroe

A few notes on Andrew Dominik’s Blonde: Let’s be frank. Do we really need another retelling of the Marilyn Monroe story? Might as well say: Let’s take another look at Elvis Presley. Or Andy Warhol? Judy Garland?...
Sep 21, 2022

Here on Earth: Docs about a killer avalanche and the life of ‘ecopragmatist’ Stewart...

You don’t have to be a winter sports enthusiast to be mesmerized by Buried. The documentary, subtitled The 1982 Alpine Meadows Avalanche, shows in frighteningly vivid terms what happened on March 31, 1982, when a 3,200-foot wall...
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