Category Archive: LGBT Cinema

Rough Night

B (out of 5) All the elements should combine into something that works and yet very little in this comedy does.  Take the common plot of a Boys Will Be Boys indulgence (bachelor… Continue reading

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Wasp (2015)

BB (out of 5) Olivier and James are going on for a minibreak to Olivier’s summer home in the south of France and have brought along a last minute addition: James ran into… Continue reading

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The Surface

BB (out of 5) Evan is finishing school and living with his boyfriend and, judging by the waifish manner with which he carries himself in every situation, is uncertain of his goals or… Continue reading

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A Very Sordid Wedding

BBB (out of 5) Del Shores has been treating audiences to the lives and loves of his quirky, campy characters for so long that he has their details down pat , and this… Continue reading

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Center of My World (Die Mitte der Welt)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Phil has a grown up in the German countryside since his mother (whom he calls “Glass”) gave birth to him and his twin sister after running away from their father in… Continue reading

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Handsome Devil

BBB (out of 5) With his father and stepmother living in Dubai, Ned has been left behind to attend a posh boarding school in his native Ireland and couldn’t possibly be more miserable:… Continue reading

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I Dream In Another Language (Sueno en Otro Idioma)

BBBB (out of 5) A mesmerizing experience that casts a spell from its opening shot.   Martin, a Mexico City university student studying linguistics, heads to a rural village looking to speak to the last two living… Continue reading

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Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures

BBB.5 (out of 5) This film is reviewed at Magenta Magazine.  Click here to be redirected. USA/Germany, 2016 Directed by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato Cinematography by Mario Panagiotopoulos, Huy Truong Produced by Fenton Bailey,… Continue reading

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People You May Know

BB.5 (out of 5) Four friends are tossed around by life’s uncertainties in this comedy-drama that never finds its footing.  Joe is obsessed with a man he met online but has never seen in person,… Continue reading

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Lazy Eye

BBB (out of 5) A graphic artist who designs posters for Hollywood movies reaches the limits of patience when a client orders that he redo a project.  Having just learned from his eye doctor that he… Continue reading

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All The Others Were Practice

0 (out of 5) Jorge works a dull office job and spends most of his time gossiping with his lonely best friend.  He tries to navigate the world of dating men, while she… Continue reading

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I Am Not Your Negro

BBBBB (out of 5) Celebrated author and civil rights activist James Baldwin worked on a book meant to cover the lives and deaths of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.,… Continue reading

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Chicks Dig Gay Guys

0 (out of 5) Tired of striking out with girls at clubs, Scooter overhears a group of pretty ladies chatting with their gay friend and realizes the foolproof way for getting close with the ladies.  He… Continue reading

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Other People

BBBB (out of 5) Aspiring television writer Jesse Plemons has returned home to be with his mother (Molly Shannon) for what will turn out to be the last year of her life after she has… Continue reading

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King Cobra

BBBB (out of 5) Handsome young Sean Paul Lockhart (Garrett Clayton) shows up at the house of an independent porn producer (Christian Slater) and after filming a few scenes very quickly becomes an internet sensation.  Slater quickly… Continue reading

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X Y & Zee (Zee And Co.)

BBB (out of 5) Trash should always be this fun. Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Caine have no end of fun camping it up in this melodrama, in which they play a married couple who have their… Continue reading

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Make The Yuletide Gay

B (out of 5) Olaf isn’t looking forward to leaving his college boyfriend Nathan and going home for the holidays as his wacky midwest family is still trying to set him up with the girl next… Continue reading

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Score

BBB (out of 5) Claire Wilbur and Gerald Grant prove that the couple that plays together, stays together, their bond made so much happier by their indulgence in extramarital affairs and plenty of swinging… Continue reading

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Moonlight

BBBB (out of 5) The three act structure of standard film storytelling is finely and formally divided into three stages in the development of a man’s life.  His unhappy childhood with a mother… Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Gemini

B (out of 5) Albert Innaurato’s off-Broadway play Gemini is adapted to the screen with painful results.   Alan Rosenberg is the centre of interest as a Harvard scholarship student who is taking his summer… Continue reading

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Brooklyn Bizarre

BB (out of 5) Handsome young Pierre Prieur is working in fast food and living in his lonely Brooklyn apartment when the co-owner of a bar specializing in burlesque performances spots him and… Continue reading

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Those People

BB.5 (out of 5) Charlie and Sebastian are the centre of a group of college friends, the former a sweet and devoted friend to the other, who is the entitled son of a… Continue reading

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The Seminarian

0 (out of 5) A student doing his doctoral thesis at a California theological university has to keep his homosexuality on the down low, which he already keeps a secret from his loving… Continue reading

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It’s Only The End Of The World (Juste La Fin Du Monde)

BB (out of 5) Gaspard Ulliel is heading home to his exasperating mother (Nathalie Baye), boorish brother (Vincent Cassel) and rebellious sister (Léa Seydoux) to deliver some big news: he is dying.  When he… Continue reading

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Flight of the Cardinal

0 (out of 5) A cabin in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina is the setting for this low-rent Key Largo.  Grady, the owner of the lodge, is running the place following a nervous… Continue reading

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Hip Moves (Les Mouvements du Bassin)

BB.5 (out of 5) Director Hervé P. Gustave appears as a zoo employee who is fired and gets a job working as a night guard at a factory with Eric Cantona. Rachida Brakni is a… Continue reading

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Winning Dad

0 (out of 5) Colby is in love with Rusty but, while his parents know he’s gay, their lack of comfort with the subject has forced Colby to keep his relationship a secret.  His staunchly… Continue reading

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Ben & Arthur

0 (out of 5) Often referred to as The Room for gay movies, this is bad to the point of being awe-inspiring.  A couple await news of changes made to laws regarding same-sex marriage, prepared to… Continue reading

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There Is No Sexual Rapport (Il N’y a Pas De Rapport Sexuel)

BBB (out of 5) Famed adult filmmaker HPG (the better-known moniker for Hervé P. Gustave) is a tireless workhorse who puts together whatever combination you can imagine for his many film shoots.  He always includes an… Continue reading

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Closet Monster

BB.5 (out of 5) A young boy raised in a broken home in Newfoundland grows into his sexual self-awareness carrying a lot of baggage, namely his loving but overbearing father (Aaron Abrams), and the… Continue reading

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The Neon Demon

BB.5 (out of 5) Young and inexperienced but not naive, Elle Fanning comes to L.A. to be a model and is immediately on her way to the top of the game, loved by… Continue reading

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Ludwig

BBB (out of 5) The life of the Bavarian prince who died at 40 after barely twenty years on the throne is covered in this four hour period epic by Luchino Visconti, the film… Continue reading

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Same Difference

BBBB (out of 5) Gay and lesbian youth make up a large number of teen suicides in North America, an issue that is examined in this heartfelt and moving documentary.  It focuses on… Continue reading

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You’re Killing Me

BBB (out of 5) Joe’s new boyfriend is pressuring him to have sex which he is not ready for, while his social circle make fun of Joe for not knowing the answers to their pop culture-themed party… Continue reading

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Departure

BBB (out of 5) Juliet Stevenson and teenage son Alex Lawther show up at their French provincial summer home and begin packing up, the relative boredom of the quiet village they are isolated in broken up by her impending divorce from… Continue reading

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Michael

BBBB (out of 5) A famous artist (Benjamin Christensen) has a young protégé (Walter Slezak) living with him who has modeled for many of his greatest paintings.  The painter has also made Michael his… Continue reading

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Of Time And The City

BBBB (out of 5) Terence Davies’ fictional films have often had a deep, resonant preoccupation with his beloved birthplace of Liverpool and the post-war era that he witnessed in his childhood. Coming after… Continue reading

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Some Of My Best Friends Are…

BB.5 (out of 5) Christmas Eve at a New York City gay bar, it’s 1971 and the world has changed. Stonewall is still visible in the distance and it is no longer illegal… Continue reading

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You And The Night (Les rencontres d’apres minuit)

BBB (out of 5) A problematic couple with tinges of otherworldly connection are having a late night party in their ultra-chic living room, supervised by their campy maid (Nicolas Maury).  One by one the… Continue reading

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Viva

BBBB (out of 5) Jesus has been taking care of himself since the death of his mother, living in his apartment and making the odd dollar doing hair or fixing wigs for the… Continue reading

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Grandma

BB.5 (out of 5) Lily Tomlin brings a great deal of spirit to what is otherwise a slim experience. She plays a renowned poet whose rebound relationship with a much younger woman has just ended… Continue reading

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Humpday

BBBB (out of 5) Straight-laced Mark Duplass is happily married to Alycia Delmore when their doorbell rings in the middle of the night and college friend Joshua Leonard enters like an immature gale storm. A rogue… Continue reading

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Staircase

BB (out of 5) Richard Burton and Rex Harrison have been living together for over twenty years, running a barbershop downstairs and bickering constantly upstairs, with Burton taking care of his aging and infirm… Continue reading

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The Lady In The Van

BBBB (out of 5) Having newly found his footing as a playwright on the London stage, Alan Bennett (portrayed with effortless delight by Alex Jennings) moves into a fashionable house in Camden and immediately… Continue reading

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The Perfect Wedding

0 (out of 5) Paul is in recovery from alcoholism, successfully working as a gardener and going regularly to his AA meetings, an equilibrium that will be put to the test when his… Continue reading

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Little Ashes

BB.5 (out of 5) Best buddies Luis Bunuel and Federico Garcia Lorca are joined at college by the eccentric and odd painter Salvador Dali, and a trio of artistic geniuses is born. Bunuel… Continue reading

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The Men Next Door

0.5 (out of 5) Ridiculous exercise in sexual fantasy masquerading poorly as comedy considering it is never funny or insightful. Doug lives alone and is distraught when the dinner party he throws for… Continue reading

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The New Girlfriend (Une Nouvelle Amie)

BBB (out of 5) Anaïs Demoustier loses childhood best friend Isild Le Besco to illness and, true to their promise, vows to watch over the late woman’s baby girl and widower (Romain Duris). An… Continue reading

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Butterfly Kiss

BB (out of 5) Amanda Plummer plays an unstable woman searching Britain’s highway petrol stations for a woman named Judith, who she insists is the love of her life.  When the girls working… Continue reading

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