94 posts categorized "MOVIE REVIEW"

Oct 26 2018
Erase War: A Review Of BOY ERASED Comments (0)

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Boy Erased, based on Garrard Conley's 2016 memoir about his time in conversion therapy at the insistence of his religious parents, has been brought to the screen by producer, director, writer and actor Joel Edgerton, who has given the book an empathetic, sobering, unimaginative yet affecting adaptation that rises above its shortcomings to pack an emotional punch.

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Coming after the release of the gutsier The Miseducation of Cameron Post, whose protagonist and director are female, Boy Erased can't help but feel decidedly more conventional, focusing on the story of an attractive white male who endures a stint at Love in Action just long enough to discover it's a harmful fraud, and who is immediately delivered from its clutches — the end.

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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 20 2018
Bully Pulpit: Preachy REACH Sometimes Gets It Right Comments (0)

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Reach, the teen family drama about suicide, bullying and drug addiction starring Garrett Clayton, has some bright spots that rise above quite a few strikes against it.

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Oct 19 2018
The Genuine Article: A Review Of CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? Comments (0)

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Lee Israel (1939-2014) was a noted biographer who turned to selling forged literary letters — and famously got caught. Though she didn't live to see the film based on her confessional memoir, she couldn't have asked for a better or more empathy-generating actress than Melissa McCarthy to portray her. McCarthy (who replaced Julianne Moore) has a built-in charm that counteracts Israel's reputed anti-charm. Even though McCarthy studiously tamps down her appealingly broad persona, she can't help but make Israel into a sympathetic curmudgeon, albeit one who is portrayed in the script as brusque, rude and disloyal to everyone but her ailing cat.

In spite of those traits, we can't help but root for the disheveled wordsmith who can't compete with the Tom Clancys of the world.

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Parting Glance: A Review Of Yen Tan's 1985 Comments (0)

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Director Yen Tan's 1985 is a painfully fleeting remembrance of a time when HIV was a death sentence, one that often left its victims too fearful to reach out for help, even to their own families.

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Sep 02 2018
Borna Coric: Front Runner + Trump Jr. Shredded + Trump vs. Avenatti Rallies + Lily Allen's Sex-Worker Confesh + Aretha Died With No Will + Gaga's A STAR IS BORN Triumph + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: For him, a chill Sunday. For us, time to overheat.

BELOW: Tennis pros before hos, Don Jr. trashed, Trump facing Avenatti rally, restaurant staffer let go over anti-gay slur, Lily Allen's hooker admission, Lady Gaga's impending triumph, Madonna's high-end past digs...

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Aug 08 2018
Lesbian Batwoman Coming Soon + Gay Hip-Hop + Kathleen Turner Scratches Elizabeth Taylor's Violet Eyes Out + Gay Basher Nabbed + Is Being Anti-Speedo Being Anti-Gay? + Trump Crony Arrested + Robyn Sings MISSING U + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: His doctor was right.

BELOW: Ruby is the new Batwoman, ruby-red Ohio vote almost swings blue, hip-hop is gay AF, DeVos's yacht troubles, Collins arrested for insider trading, is it anti-gay to be anti-Speedo? (yes) and so much more ...

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Aug 03 2018
Girl Not Erased: A Review Of THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST Comments (0)

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UPDATE: Available on all digital platforms on Nov. 6th; DVD and Blu-ray on December 3rd

The '90s-set The Miseducation of Cameron Post, directed by bisexual Iranian-American filmmaker Desiree Akhavan (2014's Appropriate Behavior), tackles conversion therapy, but does so through a queer lens — and it does not compartmentalize by shortchanging its characters in the areas of humor or sexuality.

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