film note: In the Family

film note: In the Family

film note: In the Family A particular, universal story ; Originally published on Letterboxd with no likes. I haven’t changed my mind in thinking that In the Family is not only one of the most powerful GTMs of the last 50 years but also deserves a place on any best-of...
film note: Wake In Fright

film note: Wake In Fright

film note: Wake In Fright Frightening the kangaroos ; 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...
film note: 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 note: Hawaii

film note: Hawaii

film note: Hawaii Sloooooow down ; 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...
film note: Laurence Anyways

film note: Laurence Anyways

It wasn’t until about a half hour in that I realized that I’d tried to watch this film before. It wasn’t any easier to stick around this time than it had been the first, but I did skip forward to see what happened — I watched the last scene so I now know the origin of the title — and to try to figure out why I found it all so boring.

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 its depiction 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.