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Sep 25 2016
Brookner: The Movie — A Review Of UNCLE HOWARD Comments (0)

For some odd reason, the PR for the film asked for no screengrabs from the film to be used. I've never had that request in 20+ years of reviewing films, but that's why the post is no longer very illustrated. Usually, creative screengrabs and even GIFs decorate Internet reviews of films, both supplied and created. I personally don't think screengrabs make people less likely to see this film; quite the opposite. But there you have it.—Ed.

Uncle Howard, Aaron Brookner's poetic, intimate documentary about his search for his late uncle's life's work, is coming to the New York Film Festival (Sunday, October 9, 5:30 p.m., Bruno Walter Auditorium; Monday, October 10, 9 p.m., Francesca Beale Theater) ahead of a November 18 release.

The film makes poignant use of home movies, old newspaper clippings and Aaron's interviews with various artists who worked with his uncle, who died of AIDS before the release of his first major movie, the star-studded curiosity Bloodhounds of Broadway, in 1989.

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Most effectively, he repurposes pieces of his uncle's Burroughs: The Movie (1983) and its attendant outtakes as well as behind-the-scenes footage from Bloodhounds (several lovely Madonna passages) and Robert Wilson and the Civil Wars (1987) to help convey a sense of his uncle's determined brilliance and to impart that contagious feeling of excitement when things thought lost are found intact.

All the more interesting that it is found intact in Williams S. Burroughs's legendary bunker.

Howard Brookner's family is given as much screen time as his lover, the writer Brad Gooch, whose handsomeness and youth are intact decades after Brookner's was relegated to existing only on film, and this allows the film to be more personal than a simple reassessment of a budding filmmaker's prowess might have been.

Check out Brad Gooch's memoir here!

Unspecified-1Director Aaron Brookner with Brad Gooch, Howard Brookner's partner (Image via Obscured Pictures)

There is regret in Uncle Howard, but also hope, and encouragement, and love. Howard Brookner at one point mourns the loss of his elderly grandfather in a video diary, noting that the death would've been far sadder had it involved a young person. And yet when he was about to die, he had words of wisdom that inform his nephew's touching portrait: However short or long, live your life doing what you want.

 
Sep 19 2016
6-PACK — Gary Johnson Had No Clue NYC Bombing Hurt Anybody + Trump Says Hillary's For Abolishing Borders + Bernie: Don't Protest-Vote In 2016! + Trans Woman Murdered + AlMoMAdóvar! + That's What Friends Were For! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureGary Johnson (drunkenly?) says he's glad no one got hurt in NYC bombings. (29 people were!) Interviewer lets it slide!

*widget boy cultureTrump's latest lie about Hillary's policies is a whopper—will anyone care?! This is why diplomats are undiplomatic about him.

*widget boy cultureBernie Sanders urges not to protest-vote this year. Not. This. Year.

*widget boy cultureMurdered trans woman was stabbed ONE HUNDRED AND NINETEEN TIMES.

*widget boy cultureEvery single Pedro Almodóvar film is coming to MoMA!

Screen Shot 2016-09-18 at 7.44.13 PM(Image by Ron Batzdorff/Arista from my personal collection)

*widget boy cultureDo not miss the 1993 Bar Mitzvah video of a bunch of family members warbling “That's What Friends Are For” ...

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Sep 12 2016
6-PACK — Hillary: I THOUGHT I COULD POWER THROUGH + Hillary's Odds + Pence Won't Renounce David Frickin' Duke + Alexis Arquette Died Of AIDS + Brad Pitt vs. Mel Gibson + Sexy Football Jock! Comments (0)

Clinton: I thought I could power through illness - CNN Video

In a phone interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Hillary Clinton says she is feeling better and discusses fainting spells in the past.

*widget boy cultureHillary Clinton, in a call to Anderson Cooper, said she didn't think her pneumonia “was going to be that big a deal.”

*widget boy cultureHow to fix Hillary: Antibiotics and MORE WATER. How to fix Trump: ??? (Hillary's gonna win.)

*widget boy culturePence pretends Trump isn't still a birther, refuses to concede that David Duke is deplorable. DAVID. DUKE.

Alexis-Arquette-Wedding-SingerAlexis Arquette in 1998's The Wedding Singer (Image via New Line)

*widget boy cultureAlexis Arquette reportedly died of AIDS-related causes.

*widget boy cultureBrad Pitt compares The Passion of the Christ to Scientology. Jesus H. (for Hubbard?) Christ!

*widget boy cultureSexy mofo Jimmy Garoppolo, in various states of undress.

 
Sep 08 2016
6-PACK — Hillary Smiles While Burning RNC + Trump Lies, Media Cheers + Zellweger On Chesney's Sexual Orientation + Gaga Hits #1 (Somehow) + Madonna's Dancer From The Dance + Dead Or Alive Tsunami! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureHillary points out the obvious inappropriateness of Trump dishing on his classified security briefing, rejects smile advice.

*widget boy cultureTrump lies—blatantly—with impunity. The MSM unconsciously wants him to win. Obama: Stop grading him on the curve.

*widget boy cultureRenée Zellweger indirectly asserts that rumors saying her ex, Kenny Chesney, was gay were false.

*widget boy cultureLady Gaga hits #1 ... with a song that has not even been released. Seems fair.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's Salim “Slam” Gauwloos gives LONG, juicy interview on Blond Ambition, HIV, dance, his dark period.

*widget boy cultureA new Dead or Alive career-retrospective set has 19 (!) discs.

Deadoralive2-e1473315793377-480x558(Image via Edsel)

 
Sep 01 2016
Man Threatens Event Worse Than Pulse — Gets Off Scot-Free Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 9.57.42 AM(Video still via CBSMiami.com)

Florida man Craig Jungwirth threatened to exterminate gays, threw around AIDS slurs—questioned & released!

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Jungwirth, who is said to be gay, was reportedly incensed when he bought the rights to a gay party night and received no support from the community.

Police can only say Jungwirth is not nearby, and after being questioned ... is not under arrest.

 
Aug 28 2016
FINDING PRINCE CHARMING Contestant Comes Out As HIV Positive Comments (0)

TMZ exclusively reveals that a cast member of Logo's Finding Prince Charming will come out as HIV positive to eligible 0826-finding-prince-charming-cast-logo-4bachelor Robert Sepulveda Jr. on an episode of the show.

I'm not thrilled with the stunt aspect. I remember thinking this of RuPaul's Drag Race and Project Runway, too, when cast members announced their status—on those shows, the announcement was not pre-hyped—but I feel like this treatment inadvertently tends to make it seem like HIV is really rare and that when someone in a group comes out about their status, that must mean everyone else is HIV negative.

On Finding Prince Charming, I would be surprised if everyone else on the show is negative; when I'm meeting guys, I assume everyone is positive and proceed as such. I have to imagine Sepulveda is not new to this concept and knows a trick or two about safer sex.

I just hope (against hope) the show will handle the issue sensitively (will PrEP come up? because the concept of being undetectable undoubtedly will) and not make it into a big sob story about how the contestant contracted HIV—I guess I am imagining some kind of dreary you didn't deserve it! speech.

But while I've clearly already decided the show isn't for me, I won't assume the worst about how they handle this topic and will instead wait and see when that episode hits.

(Image via Logo)

 
Aug 25 2016
There's Nothing To Say Off-Camera: Madonna Shocks Fans With Surprise Appearance At TRUTH OR DARE Screening Comments (0)

IMG_8942*Host with the most, Joe Berger (All images by Matthew Rettenmund except for Instagram embed)

Joe Berger has been working his heart out to get Madonna's glory years on film properly acknowledged, first with an invite-only MoMA screening of the 1991 gem Madonna: Truth or Dare (at the time the most successful documentary ever), then with a special evening devoted to choreographer-director Vincent Paterson, then with a Madonna film series at Metrograph that embraces the best (Dangerous Game) and worst (Body of Evidence) she had to offer.

IMG_8976*Madonna posed by these Warholian images in the lobby

IMG_8935*Famous, front-row fans!

IMG_8938*Jose & Slam! Forgot to dare them to kiss...

So think of it as Kabbalistic karma that tonight, at his Truth or Dare event, Madonna herself shocked the entire room by showing up totally unannounced (her publicists knew, the MoMA curator knew—that was it) to sit in the middle of the audience and watch every frame of the film.

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Aug 18 2016
More On That Incredibly Detailed Madonna Documentary: EMMY AND THE BREAKFAST CLUB Comments (0)

If you're a Madonna fan, you may have caught wind of Emmy and the Breakfast Club, the new documentary from Guy Guido, who already brought us the thoroughly charmingly short Physical Attraction.

According to Guido, the new doc will make use of intimate notes and original recordings that Madonna made in bed with her then lover Dan Gilroy. Yes, that means there are never-before-heard songs that we're about to hear.

The film will include on-camera interviews with a host of the original players in the early story of Madonna, as well as what are shaping up to be uncannily orchestrated re-enactments—just check out how closely Guido & Co. have approximated this original PR shot of the Breakfast Club (below, top) with the film's actors (below, bottom):

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14030661_10155114676817067_541325969_n(Both images via Guy Guido, original copyright Dan Gilroy)

For a peek behind the scenes, Guido also sent me this shot of his filming of the shot:

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