274 posts categorized "DOCUMENTARIES"

Jun 14 2022
Male Order: A Review Of ALL MAN: THE INTERNATIONAL MALE STORY Comments (0)

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All-man-poster-international-male-boycultureOn Sunday, I headed to the Village East by Angelika in NYC to take in my first Tribeca film of the year — the long-awaited doc All Man: The International Male Story.

Directed by Bryan Darling and Jesse Finley Reed, All Man faithfully and affectionately documents the creation of the outrageously camp (or was it?) International Male catalogue, the publication masquerading as a magazine that always seemed to find its way into our mailboxes ... how did they know exactly to whom to send it?! (Maybe by purchasing mailing lists from places like Chess King in search of queens.)

Unlike the current White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch, which roasts the infamous, sexed-up A&F catalogues, All Man — while touching on complex topics like race and male beauty standards, feels more official via the cheerful participation of its creator Gene Burkard (who submitted to extensive interviews before he died at the end of 2020) and VP and head buyer Gloria Tomita.

1986-international-male-boyculture-gayColor me interested. (Image via International Male)

It may have been a bit of a concession not to dwell on the negative to land their essential presence, but I didn't feel the film suffered for it. Rather, it comes off much as the catalogue did — interviews looking like a riot of color — as a technical marvel: Bright Light Bright Light's perfect score, impeccable animations, a fantastic sampling of archival materials.

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Jun 06 2022
Biden's Pride Proc + Musk Threatens To Walk From Twitter Deal + Some Tampa Bay Rays Are Anti-Gays + A Tale Of Two FIRE ISLANDs + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Happy birthday to Ed Fury. I'm sure Joey HAS seen all his movies.

BELOW: Keep reading for Biden's Pride proclamation, Musk trying to worm out of Twitter deal, movie talk including Frank Ocean and Fire Island, plus books to watch out for ...

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May 31 2022
Meet The HEARTSTOPPER Generation + Hillary's Lawyer Not Guilty + History Of The Gay GROOMING Smear + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Remembering birthday boy Clint Walker, hottest you ever ... saw.

BELOW: Keep reading for the Heartstopper Generation, Hillary's lawyer not guilty, history of the gay grooming smear and more ...

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May 18 2022
Straight Girls Found Out About Poppers + Billy Eichner's BROS Gets A Trailer + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: I'll take both!

BELOW: Keep reading for Billy Eichner, John Fetterman and straight girls on poppers ...

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May 12 2022
Jonathan Agassi's Porn-Doc Journey + Betty White Forever + 2 New Queer Books + Black Woman Who Voted Illegally Gets A Break + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: He knows full well.

BELOW: Keep reading for the porn doc shaking things up, two new queer books, Betty White's stuff and more ...

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Apr 13 2022
Gay Lovers From The Past + QUEER AS FOLK & HEARTSTOPPER Coming + Subway Killer Caught + MORE! — 6-PACK Comments (0)

 
 
 
 
 
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ABOVE: Carol Burnett's side of beef. Please follow here.

BELOW: Keep reading for a gay historical romance, subway killer caught and more ...

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Mar 31 2022
Abercrombie & Fitch Doc Explores The Company's Reich & Fall Comments (0)

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The new A&F doc looks no-holds-barred ...

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Mar 02 2022
It's Great: A Review Of THE ANDY WARHOL DIARIES On Netflix Comments (0)

Andy Warhol Boy Culture poster diaries netflixSix hours and it isn't even repetitive! (Image via Netflix)

Andy Warhol has long been one of my biggest inspirations — as a hoarder, an image junkie and as an editor (his eye was everything), all of which can go hand-in-hand.

Aa an adolescent, I was instantly turned on by his output from the moment it registered with me. He was fond of saying his work was about nothing, but to me, there was plenty of there there — and still is. I just know that looking at it, it seems to be looking back. The presence of a sly, sometimes dark, often unyielding point of view is immediately identifiable, so it is not surprising he has been called, arguably, the 20th century's most impactful artist.

He became famous painting images of Campbell's soup cans, so it is also not surprising he has been smeared as a con artist and empty vessel by cretinous critics like Robert Hughes.

When I was in high school in the '80s, Warhol was enjoying a renaissance, and everyone in my art class was enamored of him. One girl, younger than I, was a fan of Warhol's in the same way other girls were fans of Duran Duran. When he suddenly died of gall bladder surgery complications — hard to remember the white-wigged icon wasn't even 60 years old — I told her I was sorry to hear about Andy Warhol ... and her eyes widened and she asked, “What about Andy Warhol?” See, the Internet wasn't a thing yet and she hadn't heard. (Today, she's a Trumper, following, in a weird way, the journey Warhol's art sort of did for a while there, from iconoclasty to money drenched elitism.)

I was sad, too, feeling I had missed an era. I was already planning to move to NYC when I could, and had fantasies of meeting Warhol — not totally out of the question, considering his fondness for new transplants — but that could never happen. He died just over a year before my first trip to the city, and just over five years before I moved here. I was simply too late.

Andy-warhol-diaries-index-boycultureThese are tucked into my copy of the book. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

In college, my fascination continued. When The Andy Warhol Diaries, edited by Pat Hackett, was published in May 1989, I scraped together the $29.95 and bought a first edition. I also bought the magazines Spy and Fame for their hastily assembled indices (the book came with none, forcing the reader to look for famous names page by page, and forcing famous names to look for themselves the same way). I devoured the book, mesmerized by Warhol's deadpan recitation of taxi receipts intertwined with rote-seeming rundowns of unimaginably fabulous events, occasionally sprinkled with out-of-nowhere cattiness (I knew an editor who was called out in the book for a bathroom hookup), hints of lust and historically important documentation of the artist's every move.

I've loved Warhol for a long time, so I was nervous to watch the Netflix adaptation The Andy Warhol Diaries, which streams March 9.

Written and directed by Andrew Rossi (whose résumé is filled with dead-serious, New York-centric docs), it is executive produced by Ryan Murphy, whose disregard for facts in his sometimes entertaining dramatizations was a red flag. Also alarming, the series makes use of an AI recreation of Warhol's voice, which is used liberally to recite passages from the Diaries, a gambit that made me fear it would be like paying to see a hologram tour.

But The Andy Warhol Diaries shares more in common with Circus of Books than with, say, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, with Rossi using the spirit of the Diaries as his guide in revealing things about Warhol most of us could never have otherwise known. As for the synthesized voice, Warhol's deadpan delivery was uniquely suited to robotic resurrection — I stopped remembering it wasn't actually him speaking early on.

Interview-magazine-boyculture-warholSpread across six meaty episodes — at times, and I never say this about anything, it feels like six hours isn't enough — the series is unlikely to disappoint any serious Warhol fan or scholar, in part because the interviewees are carefully chosen from among Warhol's closest confidantes (Hackett herself, assistant Benjamin Liu, Interview magazine editor Bob Colacello, the surviving twin brothers of Warhol's two great loves) and thoughtful, curious employees of his estate, who are intimately acquainted with his work and are not regurgitating platitudes — or white-washing his imperfections.

The series touches on everything from the Factory to fights at Interview (oof, that Nancy Reagan cover) to Warhol's politics, his views on race, gender and sexual orientation, his early meeting with Steve Jobs and the arc of his career as an artist and provocateur. And there is plenty of space for thousands of exquisitely well-timed and masterfully curated vintage video clips.

But it is most revealing when it is about Andy Warhol the man as it unmasks Andy Warhol the artist.

“I've got these desperate feelings that nothing means anything,” the AI voice intones early on, throwing down the gauntlet to challenge both the idea that Warhol and his art were meaningless (an idea he himself often floated), and the idea that Warhol created in a void of human sentiment.

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