Rick Powell

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

film review of Dear Mr. Gacy

film note: Dear Mr. Gacy

I had a hard time caring about anything that happened in this inert, hard-to-believe story about college student Jason Moss who befriended serial killer John Wayne Gacy in order to get a look into his mind for a school term paper.

Film review of Pit Stop, a gay themed movie and love story set in Texas

film note: Pit Stop

I enjoyed for the most part this sincere and affecting first feature about a group of gay men and their friends & families and the love affair that develops among them.

Wake In Fright

film note: Wake In Fright

Wake In Fright Directed by Ted Kotcheff 114 mins, Australia, 1971 Perhaps it says something about the difference between representations of American masculinity — as shown threatened and emasculated in period films like Deliverance and The Deer Hunter — and Australian masculinity, as shown here in this rediscovered gem, exposed with an unflinching, carefully constructed …

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film review: The Normal Heart

film note: The Normal Heart

I insisted that a straight friend of mine watch this film and he finally did. He came back from it and said that he didn’t realize what had happened, had had no idea. And he said something that has stuck with me: For gay men, it must have been like the apocalypse. That’s exactly right.

film review Μαύρο Λιβάδ, Mavro Livadi, Black Field, 2009

film note: Μαύρο Λιβάδ – Mavro Livadi – Black Field

Μαύρο Λιβάδ (Mavro Livadi) English title: Black Field Directed by Vardis Marinakis 104 min, Greece, 2009 Although I was beguiled by the film’s settings — misty landscapes, shadowy mossy-green forests and the vast, brutal stonework of a mountaintop medieval castle and convent — and intrigued by the historical background — Ottoman suppression of Christians in …

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film review: Marco Berger's Hawaii from Argentina

film note: Hawaii

Hawaii Directed by Marco Berger 1h 46m, Argentina, 2013 This is my favorite feature of Argentine director, Marco Berger, even though it really only represents a refinement of the stylistic and narrative elements common to the rest of his work rather than a major development or step forward: the essential and somewhat sentimentalized eroticism of …

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