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Lopsided Ménage

Lopsided Ménage

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | The love triangle has been a heady plot driver in theater forever, but in the sordidly sexy, unsatisfying “Afterglow,” writer-director S. Asher Gelman gives the device a decidedly contemporary queer spin, kicking it up a notch or two. More than a few gay couples will recognize the fraught scenario that plays […]

When Desire and Change Happen Online

When Desire and Change Happen Online

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Out gay filmmaker John G. Young excels at making intense, intimate films about thorny gay relationships. His latest drama, “Bwoy,” is no exception. In upstate Schenectady, Brad (Anthony Rapp) meets Yenny (Jimmy Brooks), a much younger man in Jamaica, online. The guys get to know one another, flirt a bit, and […]

Alone, But Never Out of Sight

Alone, But Never Out of Sight

BY GARY M. KRAMER | In João Pedro Rodrigues’ fascinating new film, “The Ornithologist,” the title character Fernando (Paul Hamy) is kayaking through Portugal studying black storks. After he has an accident, two Chinese hikers, Fei (Han Wen) and Ling (Chan Suan), who have strayed from the Camino de Santiago, save him. Fernando has a […]

Kevin Spacy Has No Place Mocking Closets

Kevin Spacy Has No Place Mocking Closets

BY ANDY HUMM | Kevin Spacey tried to make no fewer than four “jokes” about being in the closet while hosting the Tony Awards, but was shown up by multiple out gay and lesbian winners and presenters — calling attention to his immature and offensive insistence on not owning up to his gay identity. It […]

The San Francisco I Missed in Person

The San Francisco I Missed in Person

BY DONNA ACETO As a New Yorker of a certain age, I have longed for a visual portal into San Francisco in the 1970s. Armistead Maupin’s series of “Tales of the City” novels and my own imagination aside, Daniel Nicoletta’s “LGBT San Francisco” is the most fun historical romp I have found. On either paper or […]

Female Vulnerability’s Psychological Horrors

Female Vulnerability’s Psychological Horrors

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Since we live in a world where it’s easier to imagine total environmental collapse than equal social and economic rights, it’s not surprising that sci-fi dystopias are everywhere. At first, Ana Lily Amirpour’s “The Bad Batch” seems to be a particularly tone-deaf one, opening with a direct reference to the Nazi concentration […]

Queer Film Pops Its New York Cherry

Queer Film Pops Its New York Cherry

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | Manhattan’s Pride Week kicked off on June 19 with OutCinema — a collaboration of NewFest New York City’s LGBTQ film festival and Heritage of Pride. This year’s screening, at Chelsea’s SVA Theatre, was “Cherry Pop,” a hilarious new comedy about a newbie drag queen and all the drama she faces the night […]

From Gotham to Palmetto

From Gotham to Palmetto

BY DAVID SHENGOLD| Alan Gilbert took his leave of the New York Philharmonic’s music directorship on June 6 with the third of three concert readings of “Das Rheingold.” It’s somewhat melancholy to contemplate the triumphant “Le Grand Macabre” with Doug Fitch that began his regime, foretelling a modernizing transformation in the Phil’s nature that never […]

Diversity, Indie Retailers Lauded in Publishing

Diversity, Indie Retailers Lauded in Publishing

BY MICHAEL LUONGO| Book Expo America, an annual publishing industry event held in tandem with the public conference BookCon, took place May 31 to June 4 in New York. North America’s largest book event, Book Expo, held at the Javits Center, offered plenty of interest for the queer reader, from out gay celebrities headlining splashy […]

Two Very Unique Actresses

Two Very Unique Actresses

BY DAVID NOH | With her heavy-lidded, slumberous eyes, and wide gash of a mouth, Emmanuelle Devos not only defines that elusive French term jolie laide, but is also one of the most striking presences in contemporary cinema. She has built up an impressive résumé in the last 20 years, working on compelling projects with fine […]

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