film note: Una noche

film note: Una noche

The handsome look of this film shot widescreen in Cuba on 35mm made it easy to feel immersed in this tale of love, attachment, and youthful aspirations. The attractiveness and natural acting of the three amateur leads doesn’t hurt. But the plot is stretched too thin, and melodrama and fatalism eventually upend the film’s energy and the empathy generated by the characters and their desires.

film note: Wrath of Vajra

film note: Wrath of Vajra

film note: The Wrath of Vajra Bodies and bulges ; The Wrath of Vajra Directed by Wing-Cheong Law 111 min, China | Hong Kong | Japan | Taiwan, 2014 If I were to rate this film solely on its homoerotic power, I’d give it 5 stars. I don’t think it’s...
Film note: It’s All So Quiet

Film note: It’s All So Quiet

film note: It's All So Quiet Suffer less, love more ; Boven is het stil (It’s All So Quiet) Directed by Nanouk Leopold 1h 33 mins, The Netherlands, 2013 I’ve watched a handful of movies lately that focus on the loneliness of their gay male characters —...
film review: Chris & Don: A Love Story

film review: Chris & Don: A Love Story

film note: Chris & Don: A Love Story The couple that plays together... ; Chris & Don: A Love Story Directed by Tina Mascara and Guido Santi USA, 2007 I loved this poignant if perhaps too reverent documentary about the relationship between American draughtsman Don...
film note: American Vagabond

film note: American Vagabond

film note: American Vagabond Too pretty, too young ; American Vagabond Directed by Susanna Helke Finland | Denmark, 2013 For me the most significant moment of this expressive documentary from Finnish director Susanna Helke occurs during a flatly delivered voiceover...
film note: Refugee’s Welcome

film note: Refugee’s Welcome

film note: Refugee's Welcome Sex as a bridge to freedom ; Refugee’s Welcome Directed by Bruce LaBruce Germany, 2017 Has Bruce LaBruce finally grown up? If not for the credit at the beginning of this 22-minute short produced for XConfessions, I would never have...