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May 12 2017
To Be Reel: NYC's Landmark Quad Cinema Gets A Facelift Comments (0)

Quad CinemaNew Quad above (image by Kenneth Walsh), old Quad below right (image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Charles S. Cohen, a film distributor, real estate developer and patron of the arts well-known in NYC, Quad Cinema Image 2007 by Matthew Rettenmundbought the storied Quad Cinema (built in 1972) in 2014 and poured millions into refurbishing it so it could compete in 2017.

Kenneth in the (212)'s Quad Review!

With a design courtesy of Paula Scher of Pentagram, the new, old theater looks as fabulous as the rest of us New Yorkers do when we don't scrimp on maintenance — and even better, it's received technical enhancements (it can now screen 35mm, 16mm, 4K digital and 3-D films) that will allow it to show a broader variety of films.

The new Quad Cinema's Director of Repertory Programming, Christopher Wells, says:

Not only was the Quad New York's first multi-screen cinema, it was also a true neighborhood theater, drawing Village audiences with its sophisticated art-house fare. The new Quad will preserve both the welcoming, communal atmosphere and the cultural cachet of the original theater while updating—and upgrading—the moviegoing experience for contemporary cinephiles. The new design is  intimate and luxurious, but most importantly, it’s the range and quality of our programming that will distinguish our identity, bringing people together sharing a love for the movies. It’s an exciting time for filmgoing in New York City and I can’t think of two people with more knowledge and more passion than Chris and Gavin to better curate the repertory experience at the new Quad.

Already the theater has shown a flair for diversity, hosting a Lina Wertmüller retrospective followed by Golden Goldies — yes, a slate of films featuring Ms. Hawn. (God, if only one had been the almost-happened screen version of Chicago starring Goldie & Madonna!)

Check out what's next here.

I can't wait to sample the place. Over 10 years ago, when the movie version of my novel Boy Culture was released, Quad Cinema ran it for weeks and weeks.

Boy Culture's Creation Story — One of My Favorite Posts Here!

I attended one odd screening at the invitation of a group of gay film fans. One anti-social creature in the group demanded to know why my story wasn't just more gay fluff. Welcoming! I told him, and he grumpily sat down to watch. He left almost immediately.

Boy Culture movieThe Boy Culture movie poster hanging in the Quad's lobby in 2007 (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

The others stayed and seemed to enjoy it, and now, more than a decade later, the movie — which is the sole reason I started blogging, by the way — looks like it is about to get a sequel.

Details coming!

 
Feb 28 2017
Comfy Culture: Queerty Offers 10 Queer Movies To Get You Through The Trump Years Comments (0)

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Lovely that David Reddish, writing for Queerty, has included Boy Culture (2006) in his list of “10 comforting queer flicks to soothe the soul in a discomforting time.”

Many people don't realize I wrote a novel called Boy Culture that later became a movie, a movie I helped promote by launching this blog.

Reddish writes:

Q. Alan Brocka directed this adaptation of Matthew Rettenmund’s novel about a hooker with a heart of gold. Boy Culture doesn’t play like the gay version of Pretty Woman, however. In fact, it smashes the Cinderella nonsense of that film precisely by introducing a set of realistic characters, led by X. As played by Derek Magyar, X makes no apology for his questionable line of work. On the contrary, he seems to feel more shame for being part of a love triangle with his two hottie roommates, Andrew and Gregory. With a multi-racial cast and a melancholy backdrop of Seattle, Boy Culture unfolds less as a gay film about sex than a thoughtful drama about finding love in an oversexed world. For a queer audience, Boy Culture surpasses the fairytale silliness of most romantic comedies—gay or straight themed—with believable characters and some real introspection.

Time for a sequel.

 
Feb 07 2017
Ends Of The World Comments (0)

Quite an arch sentiment.

More here — follows and likes appreciated!

 
Jan 25 2017
BOY CULTURE Boy: Keith Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-01-25 at 11.41.22 AM_new(Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Keith as shot by me in a hotel in NYC some time ago. The swimsuit is by Jolidon, and there were, as you can see, at least two strings attached.

More here — follows and likes are appreciated.

 
Jan 23 2017
BOY CULTURE Boy: Joey Comments (0)

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Joey's a very sexy go-go dancer at the Adonis Lounge in all its incarnations in NYC. I shot him some time ago. One of these looks great on my wall. Joey looks great on the wall, floor, bed, etc., IMHO.

Keep reading for a couple more, and follow my new Instagram for an extra shot of him ...

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Jan 19 2017
Griffin Done Comments (0)

Yes, that is gay-porn star — and total beauty — Griffin Barrows popping up in a new shot I did for my new Instagram. Click on over 'n' follow 'n' like.

 
Jan 15 2017
BOY CULTURE Boy: Troi Comments (0)

IMG_4093 EDIT_new(Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

A more revealing shot of Troi (recognize him?) here. Follows & likes are appreciated.

Model: Troi. Image by Matthew Rettenmund. Underwear by Andrew Christian.

 
Nov 05 2016
BOY CULTURE Turns 11 Comments (0)

IMG_4503Guy, with iPhone—why not take all of me??? (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Today is my blog's 11th anniversary.

I never dreamed I'd make it another year after 10, and it's been a rough year, blog-wise, behind the scenes. I feel like the blog has solid content lately, though, and I'll definitely keep it going as I continue to see through a major project in the next six months.

But while I pour a lot of myself into the blog, it can't last forever. It's such a time drain for the money I get back, even if it also gives me a lot of pleasure. And free theater tickets.

I welcome any constructive input on what could make it better in the comments below—and FYI, I'm considering a cosmetic overhaul, too.

Of the blog, not of me, though I could use more hair (on my head) and a few other tuneups.

Happy birthday, Boy Culture!

Check out last year's collection of favorite posts here.

 


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