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In the Altogether

In the Altogether

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Gerald McCullouch’s penetrating documentary “All Male, All Nude,” now out on DVD and available online at AllMaleAllNude.com, profiles six guys who work at Swinging Richards, an all male, all nude strip club in Atlanta. The attractive dancer, each of them ingratiating in their own way, talk about why they take it […]

Italy Comes to the Village; Nellie Does Molinsky

Italy Comes to the Village; Nellie Does Molinsky

BY DAVID NOH For the month of December, Film Forum is offering a selection of post-World War II movies shot in Italy, for its series “Roman Hollywood: American Movies go to Italy.” Those years were booming in terms of cinema, with American filmmakers attracted by the lure of tax breaks, cheaper production costs, Rome’s own […]

That’s So Gothic

That’s So Gothic

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The 30-film series “Goth(ic)” at the Metrograph in December showcases many gothic films by, for, or about the queer community. From James Whale’s “The Bride of Frankenstein,” to Ken Russell’s “Gothic,” these horror shows share a heady combination of eroticism and chills that unfold in an atmosphere of decay and degeneration, […]

Classic D.H. Lawrence Film Adaptation Revived

Classic D.H. Lawrence Film Adaptation Revived

BY GARY M. KRAMER |  “Women in Love,” Ken Russell’s ecstatic and erotic adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s novel, is getting a weeklong re-release in a digitally re-mastered version at the Metrograph. The film, written for the screen and produced by ACT UP founder Larry Kramer, was a landmark romantic drama upon its release in 1969, in […]

A Finn Has the Immigrant Speak

A Finn Has the Immigrant Speak

BY STEVE ERICKSON | It’s often proclaimed today that every minority group should be the first in line to make films about themselves — and straight, white, Christian, cisgender men should be the last to make films about people other than themselves. There’s some justification for this perspective that goes beyond simply the historical entitlement […]

Love Stirred Slowly

Love Stirred Slowly

BY GARY M. KRAMER | In the opening scenes of “Call Me By Your Name,” gay filmmaker Luca Guadagnino’s exquisite adaptation of André Aciman’s exquisite novel, set in 1983, Oliver (Armie Hammer) arrives at Dr. Perlman’s (Michael Stuhlbarg) villa in northern Italy. A summer intern for the professor, Oliver is handsome, confident, intelligent, perhaps arrogant, and […]

A Classical Gas

A Classical Gas

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The all-male drag ballet company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has been performing its singular mix of high art and high camp for 40 years. Bobbi Jo Hart’s celebratory documentary “Rebels on Pointe” showcases the Trocks, which bills itself as the world’s foremost all-male comic ballet company, by capturing the […]

My Life Differently

My Life Differently

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Prolific South Korean director Hong Sang-soo’s “On the Beach At Night Alone” reflects on the failed relationship of a woman named Younghee (Kim Minhee) with a well-known filmmaker. It says something about Hong’s degree of self-critique and distance from standard male fantasies that he wrote a script that reflects the life he […]

The Opportunity to Understand Yourself

The Opportunity to Understand Yourself

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Out gay cinematographer Matt Lynn usually works behind the camera. He lensed the fabulous web series “The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo” as well as various queer-themed short films and series. But his latest effort, Jorge Ameer’s “Oasis,” puts him in front of and behind the camera. Lynn stars […]

The Many Loves of Gilbert Gottfried

The Many Loves of Gilbert Gottfried

BY DAVID NOH | If your basic impression of comedian Gilbert Gottfried is of an overbearing loudmouth who does nothing but spew obscenities and the most vulgar of jokes, you’ve only experienced the tip of the iceberg. Far more is revealed of this quite shy, sensitive, true eccentric in Neil Berkeley’s utterly disarming doc “Gilbert.” It […]

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