151 posts categorized "MOVIE REVIEW"

May 21 2024
Jack Adamsing Off + Amber Rose For Trump + Joe Piscop-Oh, No! + Tony Goldwyn's Classy Chassis + MEGALOPOLIS Showdown + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: My American idol.

BELOW: Keep reading for Speedos, Trump's umpteenth lie, Tony Goldwyn's package and more ...

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Mar 22 2024
Station Difficulties: A Review Of LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL Comments (0)

Late-night-with-devil-poster-boyculture(Image via IFC)

Late Night with the Devil is the latest indie from brothers Cameron and Colin Cairnes, a dizzyingly stylized found-footage flick about a fictitious '70s late-night host whose fortunes rose and fell precipitously — all before the final episode of his show made TV history ... and scared the hell out of everyone who saw it.

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Mar 21 2024
For The Love Of Stormy Daniels: An Unwilling Hero & LGBTQ Ally Tells All Comments (0)

Stormy-daniels-3-dollar-billStormy is hard not to like — and she loves herself a gay man with a mic.

A couple of nights ago, I did something I don't often do — I zipped over to Brooklyn (no passport required!) to 3 Dollar Bill, which was hosting a premiere screening of the Peacock doc Stormy, all about the tumultuous time that porn star/director Stormy Daniels has spent suing and getting sued by Donald Trump.

Stormy-daniels-trump-by-matthew-rettenmundWe've let Stormy down, but this was her Miss World moment.

Stormy helped change the course of history in some ways, or at least tried, and yet has wound up in debt and abandoned. And she has a story to tell about that experience.

The other reason I went is that Stormy was there and available for a meet-and-greet, so I couldn't resist.

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Feb 28 2024
DRIFTER Duty + Boebert's Son Arrested + Nude Dudes + The Art Of The Penis + Suing Andy Cohen (The Sequel) + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

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ABOVE: He's eaten plenty of girls' asses, but won't ask a girl to eat his. But if “somebody” wanted to — he's down. Watch.

BELOW: Hot retro movie, Biden's overperformance, bevy of booties and more ...

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Dec 26 2023
LAST CHRISTMAS Triumphs + RIP Kamar de los Reyes + MAESTRO Misses The Mark + Televangelist Denies Gay Booty Calls + Kanye West Is Ever So Sorry For Loving Hitler + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

Trump-boycultureAnd people are offended by Happy Holidays ... (Image via Truth Social)

ABOVE: Rot in hell is a trusty season's greetings. I say it right back to anyone who'd vote for this POS. And now, to get drunk. (I don't drink, but you can!)

BELOW: Christmas leftovers, Asher Monroe's tribute to 100 years of great songs, death of a gay sports journalist and more ...

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Dec 23 2023
Shooting For The Cover + Jason Caceres Wanted: For Scene Theft + Saucy Santana Doesn't Want A Gay Son + North Dakota GOPer Goes Anti-Gay, Xenophobic During DUI Stop + MORE! — 6-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Poor Corey Haim never had a chance.

BELOW: Keep reading for a hung model, scene theft, a drunken GOP xenophobe and more ...

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Oct 23 2023
The Power Of Love: A Review Of ALL OF US STRANGERS Comments (0)

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NewFest 35 had ended with Andrew Haigh's poetic All of Us Strangers, an emotional-ghost story that haunts with every frame.

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Oct 20 2023
The Age-Gap Of Innocence: A Review Of Todd Haynes's MAY DECEMBER Comments (0)

May-december-haynes-boycultureNotes on a scandal (Image via Netflix)

If Todd Haynes isn't on your list of greatest living filmmakers, are you even watching movies? 

The queer auteur behind the incredible works Poison (1991), Safe (1995), Velvet Goldmine (1998), Far from Heaven (2002), I'm Not There (2007), Carol (2015) and many others directs film with palpable intelligence and emotion, framed by his singular vision. It's as if every Haynes movie is functioning two large steps to the left of how anyone else would shoot it.

Charles-melton-may-december-boycultureAnd now, exploring the Mary Kay Letourneau-Vili Fualaau story of an adult woman who slept with a 12-year-old without calling it her story, Haynes has contributed another unforgettable and uniquely observed drama to his canon, one that is just about bonkers.

In May December, which played NewFest 35 in NYC the same night Haynes was given the fest's Queer Visionary Award, the filmmaker casts Natalie Portman as a mercurial TV actress researching her upcoming role playing a woman (Julianne Moore) who infamously had sex with a 13-year-old boy by meeting the two 20 years later, after the culprit did time and the two later got married and had children.

Portman's Elizabeth is surprisingly harder to get a handle on than Moore's Gracie. Whereas Gracie's manipulative nature seems jarringly transparent, Elizabeth's reveals itself more gradually, and unevenly. She is a shark, or could it be because Elizabeth is just that good an actress? Haynes brilliantly juxtaposes the two A-list actresses in such a way as to challenge the audience not to view them as slowly morphing into the same person.

This is most thrillingly accomplished via a series of scenes in which both women face a mirror, and the audience and each other. Elizabeth truly seems to be swallowing Gracie whole.

Caught in the middle is Joe, the now grown-up boy Gracie molested under the guise of a divinely inspired romance. Charles Melton of Riverdale is remarkably effective (and has packed on a few extra pounds for the occasion) as Joe, playing him as if his emotional growth was forever stunted at the age when he met Gracie and fell under her spell. It is incredibly uncomfortable watching him interact with his nearly adult children while displaying less maturity than any of them, clearly achingly aware of his shortcomings.

Moore, a frequent Haynes muse, is the black hole at the center of this twisted universe, delivering a character who could be a sociopath but who firmly — securely — sees herself as a naif, the victim. Moore is perfect in this milieu, confidently delivering camp lines like, “Boys are hard!” The subject is serious, but Haynes imbues it with awkward humor by transposing the mundanity of the infamous couple's smalltown life with blunt reminders of how we got here in the first place.

Aiding this offbeat vibe are charming performances by the young actors playing the couple's well-adjusted children (especially Elizabeth Yu), which seem to be from a different movie, and a histrionically operatic score. It all adds up to a riveting sort of parody of a FOX movie of the week, of our tabloid culture, of our obsession with (and yet, ultimately, tolerance of) grooming and even of the movie itself, with each of actressy Elizabeth's insincerities more delicious than the last.

What's more fun than watching a great actress send up acting?

Everyone here is at the top of their game inhabiting bottom-feeders, none more so than Haynes, who never seems to get it wrong, not with Barbies, not with Douglas Sirk, not with glam rock and not with this Mary Kay Letourneau fever dream.

Watch Haynes in action:

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