Rick Powell

Queer, contrarian, lover of beer, boys, and movies. Writer, editor, photographer, WordPress consultant. Cancer survivor, pending.

C.O.G. gay film review by Rick Powell

film note: C.O.G.

I haven’t read the David Sedaris “essay” this film is based on, or if I have I’ve forgotten it, but I have read Me Talk Pretty One Day and When You Are Engulfed By Flames. My overall impression of Sedaris is that, although funny, he is barely able to conceal his misanthropy and that he likes things nice ‘n’ tidy. A little too tidy, particularly in that last collection in which every piece ends like a key entering a lock, whether it opens the door or not.

Jayne Mansfield in The Girl Can't Help It

Film Link: John Waters discusses Frank Tashlin’s The Girl Can’t Help It (1956)

It’s no surprise that this nutty and energetic Frank Tashlin-directed Jayne Mansfield vehicle is one of John Waters’ favorites. He’s very good at observing its ironies (“Camp is for rich people!”) and its establishment inversions. He also extolls the virtues of Deluxe Color over Technicolor, but not after misidentifying the color process that was used. …

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Dallas Buyers Club, a capsule review

film note: Dallas Buyers Club

I’m glad this movie talks about a time period that most people, even most gay men, have forgotten, it’s still too bad that this kinda dry vehicle will get seen more than any of the worthy documentaries about the response to the AIDS crisis, such as Voices from the Front, How To Survive a Plague, We Were Here and United in Anger.