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Nov 15 2018
More Maier: Now In Color Comments (0)

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I absolutely loved Finding Vivian Maier, one of my favorite docs of all time. It introduced me to the should-have-been-iconic work of Maier, a reclusive nanny who secretly shot at least 150,000 images in her life, only to never even develop most of them before dying penniless.

Now that her black-and-white work is so widely known, New York Magazine is focusing on her color stuff — and it's genius as well. She had an incredible eye, even if her prolific output is now being curated by the lucky stiff who bought her negatives for pennies on the frame. Check it out here.

 
Nov 12 2018
Father/Son Bodybuilders + Milan Christopher On Gay Breakdown + Gus Kenworthy's Seat Flips + Sinema Wins In Arizona! + Trump Effs P.R. + Trumpy Bear Is Real + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Father and son!

BELOW: Keep reading for Milan Christopher's come to gay Jesus moment, Gus Kenworthy's thirsty social media come-ons, a Dem wins Jeff Flake's Arizona Senate seat, Trump wants to fuck Puerto Rico (more, and again), high school Nazis and more ...

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Oct 22 2018
The Misfit: A Review Of MAKING MONTGOMERY CLIFT Comments (0)

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Playing at NewFest, Making Montgomery Clift is an utterly absorbing recasting of the image of the trailblazing actor by his nephew, one that meticulously pares away propaganda — Hollywood and otherwise — in place for decades that would have us believe Clift was a self-loathing gay man who all but killed himself.

Monty Clift was a new kind of emotional actor, one whose style was soon embraced by contemporaries James Dean and Marlon Brando. He made only 17 films, but they included such classics as The Heiress (1949), A Place in the Sun (1951) and From Here to Eternity (1953). His gayness was an open secret in Hollywood, and fairly jumps off the screen in many of his appearances; it's shocking that Red River (1948), with its gun-comparing scene between Monty and John Ireland, wasn't banned for promoting homosexuality.

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So why does everybody think Clift drank himself to death in an increasingly tiny closet of his own making?

Massive Monty Photo Gallery!

Co-directors Robert Anderson Clift and Hillary Demmon had at their disposal an unprecedented amount of material for any subject, let alone one so private. Most compelling are the hour and hours (weeks?) worth of audio tapes made clandestinely by co-director Clift's dad, Monty's brother Brooks Clift. These pristine tapes (there is a momentary Capturing the Friedmans vibe as his son ponders why the tapes were so obsessively made) hold the private thoughts of Monty and his entire family, including his mother, a direct window into what made Clift — and the Clifts — tick.

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Oct 18 2018
Oh, Baby! + Warren Vindicated + Rape Jokebook + Banksy's Failure + Saudi Fallout + Wherefore Art Thou, Tab? + Roseanne Now + Sam Elliott Hotness + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Guiding light.

BELOW: Keep reading for an adult baby on TV, more Saudi fallout, Elizabeth Warren vindicated (not that it will help), a book of rape jokes, Tab has gone missing, Nick Jonas's good deed and much, much more ...

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Oct 12 2018
RIP Lois Bowers, Wife Of Hollywood Tell-All Artist Scotty Bowers Comments (0)

4450ad9800000578-4889096-image-a-10_1505500828377Lois & Scotty from the film Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (Image via Greenwich)

RIP Lois Bowers, 85. She was the put-upon, drily funny wife of Scotty Bowers, 95, the notorious pimp/hustler to Hollywood's Golden Age stars. She died this week, with no cause given. Details here.

You can check out my review of the doc Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood here, and ogle Scotty in his prime here. She was an unforgettable part of the documentary, which was one of the best docs I've seen in forever.

 
Oct 05 2018
Beyond The Velvet Rope: A Review Of Matt Tyrnauer's STUDIO 54 Comments (0)

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I'm a sucker for a good documentary, and I'm beginning to think Matt Tyrnauer can do no wrong in the medium.

Review of Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood HERE

He follows up his outstanding, nuanced Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood doc about Golden Age pimp and hustler Scotty Bowers with Studio 54, which could be the definitive look at the legendary nightclub that defined the disco age in spite of existing for a mere 33 months.

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Oct 03 2018
Tats Amore + Way TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT + Trump Mocks Blasey Ford, Mississippi Eats It Up + New Doc On Trump Fraud + Joe Drake At DRAGCON + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Gives new meaning to “well-hung.”

BELOW: Keep reading for a tatted hunk, Trump's laughter to match that of Blasey Ford's other assailants, when rape was funny, gay awards show, Tina's Broadway bow and much, much more ...

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Sep 20 2018
Going On 40: A Short Doc That's Long On Big Surprises Comments (0)

UnnamedHer dad ws probably thinking he couldn't wait to film this to help his future queer daughter make a short. (Image via video Gaby Dunn)

Gaby Dunn's short film 40 is a rare combination of cheerful and mind-blowing, exploring what happened when her father hit 40 and met his birth dad for the first time, and how that monumental event informed the rest of his — and eventually Gaby's — life.

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