Gay City News | Archive | Film | 2 Gay City News | Archive | Film | 2
Quantcast

Home » Archives by category » Arts » Film (Page 2)

Animating the Mythology of High School

Animating the Mythology of High School

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Cartoonist, writer, and director Dash Shaw’s “My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea” is a complete delight, but it works almost entirely on the level of style. A takeoff on ‘80s teen movies, it dramatizes Dash’s own adolescence in animated form, elevating it to apocalyptic form. Yet all but a […]

A Search for Transcendence Falls Short

A Search for Transcendence Falls Short

BY STEVE ERICKSON | James Gray’s films have always pleased a cult following, particularly in France, but they’ve never really connected with a wide audience despite his talent. While he began making gangster films set in Brooklyn’s Jewish community, he became a major filmmaker when he left genre behind and began drawing on life — […]

The Bronx’s Real King of Comedy

The Bronx’s Real King of Comedy

BY DAVID NOH | You won’t see a funnier film this year than “Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop His Leg,” the hilarious and heartwarming documentary about the veteran comedian. One of the very few who I can always, always count on to make me laugh, he also proved a dream of an interview, totally forthcoming […]

Peter Shaffer’s Coming Out Celebration

Peter Shaffer’s Coming Out Celebration

BY ANDY HUMM | Playwright Peter Shaffer (“Equus,” “Amadeus”), who died at 90 last June, got a star-studded memorial service at the American Airlines Theatre on April 3 hosted by Alec Baldwin, who played the lead in “Equus” at the Guild Hall in East Hampton in 2010. The memorial was graced by in-person tributes from […]

Childhood’s End

Childhood’s End

BY GARY M. KRAMER | “All This Panic” artfully documents a handful of teenage girls in New York on the cusp of adulthood. Shot over a three-year period, the film is a mix of observational footage along with interviews and intimate moments of the subjects with their friends and families. Each personality is distinctive. Lena […]

Watching a French Icon Pass from the Stage

Watching a French Icon Pass from the Stage

BY STEVE ERICKSON | In cinema, death usually means a gunshot and a dime-sized spot of blood or a photogenic elderly person lying in bed and giving one final sigh. Some horror movies have delved further into the weaknesses of the body, especially the possibility of becoming a victim of violence in excruciating ways. There […]

Behind the Wall, Tabs Were Kept

Behind the Wall, Tabs Were Kept

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Karl Marx City” opens with home movies, presumably from co-director Petra Epperlein’s childhood in East Germany. The images show innocent fun, but a voice-over (delivered by a young girl) declares that the movies were shot by the Stasi, the former Soviet satellite’s secret police. The film, made by Epperlein and her […]

A Drag Ball on Screen

A Drag Ball on Screen

BY GARY M. KRAMER | A celebration of cross-dressing in cinema unspools at Anthology Film Archives March 23-31. The films, an international mix of features and documentaries, show how men in women’s clothing and women in men’s clothing are often played for laughs. John Epperson (aka Lypsinka), who guest curated the program, will be on hand […]

Queer Debuts Shine at New Directors/ New Films

Queer Debuts Shine at New Directors/ New Films

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Two queer debut features at this year’s New Directors/ New Films festival showcase exciting new talents in world cinema. From South Africa comes gay director/ co-writer John Trengove’s remarkable feature debut, “The Wound” (Mar. 25, 1:30 p.m., MoMA Titus 2; Mar. 26, 9:30 p.m., Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center). The film […]

Foreign Secrets

Foreign Secrets

BY GARY M. KRAMER | François Ozon’s latest film, the beguiling romantic drama “Frantz” — a period piece set largely in 1919 Germany and shot almost entirely in black and white — in some respects seems like an almost complete change of pace for the gay French filmmaker. Still, this compelling drama explores many of […]