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 review: La Noche

film review: La Noche

I had some trouble the first time getting through Edgardo Castor’s gay art movie from Argentina, but now after having watched it three times, and crucial scenes more than that, I’m convinced that it’s closer to a masterpiece.

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 note: My Last Round

film note: My Last Round

film note: My Last Round Not a knockout ; My Last Round Directed by Julio Jorquera Arriagada 110 min, Chile, 2012 Despite the gloomy milieu, there’s a lot to like about this same-sex relationship study from Chile. Unlike the gay characters in most American...
film note: Bully

film note: Bully

I’m less optimistic about the proposed “army” against bullying than the filmmakers and the parents in this documentary are. The military metaphor doesn’t sit well with me for one thing. That doesn’t mean they’re not right to struggle regardless.

film note: Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

film note: Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

I already knew that Rustin taught Martin Luther King about non-violence and that he was the principal organizer of the first March on Washington. What I’m happy to be reminded of, as to the latter, was that he did it on 3×5 cards in his back pocket, before computers, before the Internet. He was also a talented singer — a crooner, even — and a prolific essay writer.