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Straightening Things Out

Straightening Things Out

BY GARY M. KRAMER | “Bad Hair” is a gritty, absorbing film set in Caracas, Venezuela, about nine-year-old Junior (Samuel Lange), who is determined to straighten his unruly curly hair in time for his school photo. Junior’s widowed mother, Marta (Samantha Castillo), disapproves of her son’s constant primping, and the battle of wills that takes […]

Zurich on the Down Low

Zurich on the Down Low

BY GARY M. KRAMER | “The Circle,” which is Switzerland’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, provides a fascinating glimpse into gay life in 1950s Zurich. Directed and co-written by Stefan Haupt, the film alternates between dramatic episodes and documentary interviews. The hybrid approach effectively chronicles the lives of men involved in a […]

Death in the Shadows

Death in the Shadows

BY STEVE ERICKSON |  Love it or hate it, you can say one thing about Catalan director Albert Serra’s “Story of My Death”: vampire films don’t get much further from “Twilight.” Dracula appears here, but no sparkly seducers are on the scene. In an American context, almost anything that offers an extreme alternative to our […]

The Look of Love

The Look of Love

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The sweet and sunny Brazilian romance “The Way He Looks” is out writer and director Daniel Ribeiro’s feature length version of his excellent 2010 short “Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho” (“I Don’t Want to Go Back Alone”). This expanded story, starring the same cast as the short, is one of […]

Role of a Lifetime

Role of a Lifetime

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Robert Greene’s past two documentaries, “Kati With an i” and “Fake It So Real,” were impressive, but they didn’t prepare one for the way he’s suddenly turned into an inventor of new forms. His latest film, “Actress,” has as much in common with Douglas Sirk as Frederick Wiseman. Greene picks up […]

Tony’s a Winner  

Tony’s a Winner  

BY DAVID NOH | Broadway’s “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” was largely a glitzy piece of utterly commercial jukebox fluff, but when Tony Sheldon appeared as Bernadette, the veteran drag queen on a very personal mission, the theater’s temperature changed. For here was the real thing, a brilliant actor, fully possessed of an innate gravitas […]

Out There, Again

Out There, Again

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The late, great gay filmmaker Derek Jarman made enduring contributions to cinema. His final theatrical release, “Blue” (Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.) in 1993, was an extraordinary experimental documentary about his life with HIV. Jarman shot a single composition of a blue screen while in voice-over he describes his thoughts about […]

The Scottish Pixie Survivor

The Scottish Pixie Survivor

BY CHRISTOPHER MURRAY | Just try to stop him! Most days this fall, that whirling dervish with the devilish twinkle in his eye, Alan Cumming, is filming new episodes of CBS’s popular drama “The Good Wife,” then scooting up to Broadway where he continues his naughty and nice Tony-winning star turn as the Emcee in […]

Claire De Couture

Claire De Couture

BY DAVID NOH | The history of fashion is awash with the names of male gay designers, but there have been surprisingly few women couturiers who have identified as queer. There were once bisexual whispers about Coco Chanel and, recently, Jill Sander has been quite open about her lesbianism. A couple of summers ago, I […]

Talk War

Talk War

BY STEVE ERICKSON | In the ‘70s heyday of New German Cinema, it was easy to underrate Volker Schlöndorff. Compared to the genius of Rainer Werner Fassbinder or the radical cinema of Werner Schroeter and Harun Farocki, his films seemed middle-of-the-road and tepidly liberal. When the Oscars gave him their seal of approval for his 1979 […]

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