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.

film note: Deliverance

film note: Deliverance

This pastoral gothic survival thriller has lost a lot of its power since 1972, because of the parodies and the horror sub-genre it spawned, and well, because it’s so obviously an emasculation fantasy. The action sequences are the least successful to watch twenty years after the first time I saw it, but it’s still creepy and weird and beautiful.

film note: O Fantasma

film note: O Fantasma

This kinky & wicked wet dream within a BDSM fantasy doesn’t have much of a plot but it pulled me along easily with one hilarious erotic vignette after another as a cute, brazenly horny young garbageman in Lisbon tests his limits and the limits of others on the streets and in the toilets.

film reaction: Bridegroom

film reaction: Bridegroom

film note: Bridegroom The ethical limits of selfies ; It’s becoming increasingly difficult to make distinctions between tragedies, and between works of art, when the the most valued ethical characteristic of our YouTube-era selves is boundless narcissism. In...
film note: Sascha

film note: Sascha

Köln, or Cologne, was one of the gayest places I visited the last time I did a European tour. If you listen to the city’s government, which likes to tout the fact, it’s gayer than Amsterdam. Located on the Rhine in Germany and being that country’s fourth largest city, it’s not surprising that it’s also full of immigrants looking for better work and a better way of life for their kids.

film note: Silent Youth

film note: Silent Youth

film note: Silent Youth Slow ride ; Silent Youth Written and directed by Diemo Kemmesies 73 mins, Germany, 2012 Two young men meet on a walkway above a Berlin train station and spend the next few days hanging out on the streets trying to figure out what the other one...
film note: Shame

film note: Shame

film note: Shame How low can he go? ; I’d assumed that director Steve McQueen was gay — I’d seen him on the Colbert Report and found him pretty, uh, queeny — so I’d hoped that a film about no-longer-trendy sex addiction by a gay black guy might at...

film note: Blind Faith

film note: Blind Faith A lost near-masterpiece ; I went into this late 90s Showtime original movie cold. I’m not even sure what made me give it a try among the hundreds of films that catch my attention. It might have been my interest in seeing a feature film by...