160 posts categorized "MOVIE REVIEW"

Nov 17 2015
Those Were The Gays, My Friend: A Review Of REEL IN THE CLOSET Comments (0)


On Saturday, I was excited to be able to catch an NYC screening of Stu Maddux's documentary Reel in the Closet, which presents dozens of rare clips from home movies (including footage shot from TV, some of which is the only copy of such newscasts known to exist) that show queer people living queer lives.

Framed by a narrative of preservation—we meet several prominent archivists who have devoted themselves to the painstaking task of transferring one-of-a-kind home movies to the digital medium—the film is itself a one-of-a-kind document, a hub that shows images never meant to be shared outside a small circle of intimates, but that must now be shared in order to create a historical record of queer living. 

Among the most amazing finds would be a short piece of film from inside a lesbian nightclub 65 years ago, including incredible footage (with sound) of women singing to butch/femme couples. We have to wait until the end to get some erotica (well-off white gay dudes sunbathing), but it's worth the wait.

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There is also a wealth of raw footage provided by a sneaky film editor who took it from the stations for which he worked in San Francisco, which means that truly unique footage from the White Night Riots is forever preserved.

Framegrabrotatormaster2xcnx1-375x275_cBut as interesting as these unusual bits are, just as compelling is the footage that shows gay people in their day-to-day existences, being goofy, showing off and playing to the camera. Many are people who are unknown to us now, while some—including a wealthy dentist who documented decades of his life—seem to have succeeded in achieving a slice of immortality.

DSC06479Me (L) with the blogger from Kenneth in the (212) (R), sandwiching filmmaker Stu Maddux.

Due to the resources required, most of the footage comes from privileged white men (cameras were expensive!), but Maddux makes sure to reflect people of color and women and drag queens/genderqueer individuals. One part of the movie that sort of leapt out to me was when a trans woman (perhaps she would have been called a transvestite back then) spoke about how drag queens started Stonewall—and this footage was from the '70s, so the recent controversy about whether that impression is true has to take into account the fact that it was widely believed from shortly after the event.

Don't miss Maddux's scrupulously assembled, deeply respectful documentary, and visit his site if you have what you think might be unique footage showing gay life in home movies.

Keep reading for Maddux's remarks before and after the NYC screening ...

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Oct 09 2015
Need To Know: Debbie Does Dish + Brainless Neurosurgeon + GHB DUI + For Ryan Out Loud! + Genre-Bender + Spread The Love + Swift Departure + MORE! Comments (0)


*widget boy cultureDebbie Reynolds is dishing the decades-old dirt, including Scotty Bowers goss. Images

*widget boy cultureBen Carson literally thinks Jews with guns could've averted the Holocaust.

*widget boy cultureJohn Stamos uses GHB to lean out. Tumblr_nuw0syI41J1s89pd7o1_500

*widget boy cultureGee, Paul Ryan is really failing upward.

*widget boy cultureGets no hotter than THAT. Images

*widget boy cultureGenre-bending fantasy!

*widget boy culturePan? EW.

*widget boy cultureHow to guess if your kid will be gay.

*widget boy cultureLoving this bendy boy's SPREAD.

*widget boy cultureFirst teaser for that O.J. Simpson flick.

*widget boy cultureTaylor Swift is taking a break?

*widget boy cultureIs it PC run amok to object to a kids' toy featuring a slave?

*widget boy cultureSpeaking of Hollywood beards ...!

*widget boy cultureGay marriage came to TV October 9, 1977! Keep reading to see ...

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Sep 27 2015
It Happened One Night: Roland Emmerich Accidentally Tosses A Brick At The Legacy Of Stonewall Comments (0)

UnnamedI didn't honor a boycott. There is a difference between getting something wrong and deliberately getting something wrong.

At one point during Roland Emmerich's embarrassingly misguided take on the Stonewall Riots, invented character Danny (plush blond Brit Jeremy Irvine, whose accent emerges even more often than homophobic violence in the film) exclaims that he's so angry he just wants to break something

So did I, not long after one the movie's earliest, most excruciating scenes, in which aw-shucks Indianan Danny, who we soon learn has been cast out of his idyllic Midwest home for being a damn dirty queer, is slobbered over by a drag queen who won't take no fucking way for an answer. The reason for my disgust was not that the character (overplayed to the hilt to Richard Jutras) was a cliché, so much as it was that the scene was constructed to make the audience cringe. Danny's excuse for being uncomfortable is that he's had zero exposure to any homosexuals other than the strapping fellow closet-case back home (played by a Marlon Brando-channeling Karl Glusman) with whom he is in love, but what is the filmmakers' excuse?

Why does a film so earnestly about LGBT rights that it ends with a mini history lesson on the subject spend so much time seeming to grimace at the LGBT characters who aren't pretty enough?

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Sep 25 2015
Need To Know: REBEL HEART-On + Pope Has 'em On The Ropes + Tears For Fears + The Spy Who Loved Cock + Caitlyn Marie's Crisis + New Hercules Is A Marvel + MORE! Comments (0)

Madonna-Matthew-RettenmundYes, it actually did taste a bit like holy water.

*widget boy cultureAmazing coverage of Madonna in Philly, her “Popey-Wopey” dedication.

*widget boy cultureBuy my book on Amazon or BN or anywhere you buy books.

*widget boy cultureAnother devastating Stonewall review.

*widget boy cultureThe Pope spanks Congress.

*widget boy cultureNO MORE TEARS: The Speaker has left the House ... or is about to.

*widget boy cultureSam Smith's Bond theme is here.

*widget boy cultureAmazing Dancer from the Dance to get film version 40 years on!

**See Dancer from the Dance's 1st 'n' last lines, plus those of many more gay classics.**

*widget boy cultureTim Tebow tries dating a woman.

*widget boy cultureEric Decker is rock-hard!

*widget boy cultureJUICY: On how to write someone else's memoir

*widget boy cultureCaitlyn Marie Jenner is now legally a woman.

*widget boy cultureStr8 boy who bottoms and swallows? Put a ring on THAT.

*widget boy cultureGHOULISH: Ghost Adventures couple dead in murder-suicide.

*widget boy cultureMarvel's new leather-daddy Hercules looks like Jaxton Wheeler!

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 2.48.42 PMPhoto by Matthew Rettenmund. Bodies by God.

Sep 22 2015
Need To Know: Reading STONEWALL The Riot Act + Peen For A Gay + Pat-Down Put-Down + The In-N-Out Crowd + Walker Walks + New Direction + Oh, Henry! + Swift Werk + MORE! Comments (0)

Fc385963-6bb3-4de8-8ac2-309e8dcc3da4-2060x1236Stonewallinsists ... that what actually happened isn't good enough.”

*widget boy cultureStonewall a stinker? This review agrees with me on the Sesame Street vibe. Rugbynu

*widget boy cultureCould this Dieux du Stade jock's peen really be this huge?

*widget boy cultureTrans TSA horror story—this is really so wrong.

*widget boy cultureThese biceps deserve their own zip code.

*widget boy cultureBURGER QUEEN: Meet In-N-Out royalty!

*widget boy cultureSome guy named “Scott Walker” is was running for prez.

*widget boy cultureIn the locker room with shirtless Danny Amendola.

*widget boy cultureDavid Sedaris on gay marriage. READ IT.

*widget boy cultureAnnoyingly sexy thief.

*widget boy cultureNew One Direction album, Made In the A.M.

UnnamedMorning wood

*widget boy cultureAzealia Banks makes scene on plane, calls attendant “fucking faggot.” Harry

*widget boy cultureHOTTEST Henry Cavill outtakes: Beard 'n' bulge.

*widget boy cultureGrace Jones is coming for Kanye!

*widget boy cultureHillary's lead over Bernie grows.

*widget boy culturePrince Harry's acting debut.

*widget boy cultureMutinous Sen. Chuck Schumer (D?-New York) takes ratings hit.

*widget boy cultureSean Penn, tired of being labeled a wifebeater, sues Lee Daniels.

*widget boy cultureTaylor Swift makes this kid's life:


Finally got to meet Dylan, the 7-year-old who passionately danced to Shake It Off on Ellen--- and this happened.

A video posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Sep 21, 2015 at 10:42pm PDT

*widget boy cultureKim Davis's alleged gay friends need to be IDed, denied dick.

Kim-Davis“I have been called things and names that I didn't even say when I was in the world.” (Um, you are in the world???)

Aug 12 2015
Need To Know: Hammer Down On Ritchie + STONEWALLing + He Has To Be The Judge Of That + Crossfit Blunder + She's Just Being Miley's Sister + Mega-Madonna Mix + MORE! Comments (0)

03-the-man-from-u-n-c-l-e-armie-hammer-henry-cavillHop on!

*widget boy cultureCavill and Hammer look GREAT promoting LOUSY movie. Images

*widget boy cultureStonewall historian chimes in on movie controversy. Images

*widget boy cultureStonewall releases colorful stills.

*widget boy cultureMy Mika story is traveling!

*widget boy cultureJudge can't refuse to preside over same-sex nuptials. Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 12.15.42 AM

*widget boy cultureNPH & David Burtka in P-Town.

*widget boy cultureIndiana mayor paying the price for paying for sex. Images

*widget boy cultureKim Kardashian Instagram post leads to FDA warning.

*widget boy cultureMeryl Streep's CRINGE-worthy Gaga cover.

*widget boy cultureCrossfit star's major faux pas. Images


3 eggs, spinach, onions, sweet potatoes, tomato, bulletproof coffee, sunshine and nerdy podcasts. I've been predominately following the Paleo diet since 2009 before I even got into Crossfit. A few minor hacks (grassfed butter, lots of fats). Of course there are some cheat days/nacho benders but for the most part it's easy to follow. It's tasty as hell and I feel it works well for my body. I eat meats, good fats, heaps of veggies, nuts and a bit a of fruit here and there. Nothing in my fridge has a nutrition label on it. If it does it has one ingredient: (I do use a bit of siracha I'll admit) Throw away the sugar. Throw away boxed foods. If it says "low fat" it's probably just chemicals and sugar so throw that out too. Eat foods that grow. Not foods that are produced. Easy. Just do it. #humpday #indolife #thetruefreedommovement #truefreedom #beardgang #beepic #getstrong #eatwell #tattoos #Bali #backinbali #menandcoffee

A photo posted by Dave Driskell (@davedriskell) on Jun 2, 2015 at 4:51pm PDT

*widget boy cultureCute boys in towels.

*widget boy cultureI can't believe Miley Cyrus's little sister looks like THIS now. 110505_hillary_clinton_situation_room_522_regular

*widget boy cultureThis bitch is having a blast.

*widget boy cultureJeb sez ISIL is Hillary's fault. Bush, please. Images

*widget boy cultureRand Paul questions Donald Trump's sincerity.

*widget boy cultureAiles picks Trump over Megyn Kelly!

*widget boy cultureDid Rosie Perez quit The View in a Kelly O rage?

*widget boy cultureINSANELY elaborate Madonna mega-mash-up video. 1987 Jane O'Neal WTG 3338 X 2211  7 MB preview 400-1

*widget boy cultureRare Madonna Who's That Girl premiere footage. Images

*widget boy cultureSee how Right Said Fred look today, after the jump ...

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Jul 27 2015
Need To Know: Full Transparency + Cohen Party Down Below + Liza With A Crooked-Letter, Crooked-Letter I + Pussy Rubber + MORE! Comments (0)

BFA_12952_1604520Looking fly, girl! (Courtesy of 1OAK)

*widget boy cultureJ.Lo at 46 is a sexy, see-through sire for the ages. Images

*widget boy cultureBen Cohen thanks you for your support during this trying, dad-bod time.

*widget boy cultureBoy George's hat fetish laid bare.

*widget boy cultureLike Kelly Clarkson and Taylor Swift? Prepare to cream your panties.

*widget boy cultureTHE PEOPLE NEXT DOOR: Sibling sex slaves.

*widget boy cultureHollywood Reporter is unusually pointed in this Sandler take-down.

*widget boy cultureLiza Minnelli is fucking BACK, people. Images

IMG_8966Liza in Mississippi by Steven T. Lawrence

*widget boy cultureGeorge Michael and George Michael's ex-bandmate might reunite!

*widget boy culturePlanned Parenthood fights back: No $$$ from fetal-tissue sales.

*widget boy cultureYeah, but did the pussy get a happy ending?

*widget boy cultureThe scourge of white people.

*widget boy cultureIf you like pretty boys with sexy feet, this is for you.

*widget boy cultureClick here to get sweaty with the bloke in the middle of this Images pic.

Rugby-Nat-Champ_012Seamus Kelly brings up the rear.

Jul 24 2015
Need To Know: Gyllenhot + FULL Of It + Cop-Assisted Suicide + Barney Gets Frank On 2016 + Bush v Medicare + Pubic Offender + Ronaldo's Legwork + MORE! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2015-07-23 at 10.26.29 PMFeed me, Seymour ... feed me all night long.

*widget boy cultureHow Jake Gyllenhaal got his Southpaw bod. Images

*widget boy cultureAnti-gay nut to join The View?

*widget boy cultureSandra Bland's death ruled a suicide.

*widget boy cultureBarney Frank to progressives: Don't support Bernie Sanders.

*widget boy cultureJeb Bush wants to phase out Medicare.

*widget boy cultureCan you imagine Donald Trump actually getting the nomination?

*widget boy cultureNew Adam Sandler flick “an unmitigated piece of god-awful dogs hit.”

*widget boy cultureSchumer to Stern on opening for Madonna, who will be in hot pants at 91.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's latest Rebel Heart single is a total curveball.

*widget boy cultureTake the Facial Recognition Test: Are you a super recognizer?

*widget boy cultureBack on Board: Greg Louganis debuts on HBO on August 4 @ 10 p.m.: Images

*widget boy cultureJustin Bieber flashes some pubes.

*widget boy cultureAdorably, pouty stranger.

*widget boy cultureBen Cohen's super sexy dad bod.

*widget boy cultureTop 10 handsomest U.S. cities.

*widget boy culturePerfect beach butts.

*widget boy cultureChaz Bono as a serial killer.

*widget boy cultureInside Janet Jackson's comeback.

*widget boy cultureAmazing, never-seen early Nirvana photos found.

*widget boy cultureCristiano Ronaldo gets his muscular legs spread manually.

*widget boy cultureKevin Sessums exits FourTwoNine.

*widget boy cultureSupport Dragstrip: The Frockumentary.

*widget boy cultureCharlie Hunnam is devastating on Entertainment Weekly. Images

Charlie_hunnamEven cuter in color.


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