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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, […]

In AIDS’ Shadow, A Cinematic Flowering

In AIDS’ Shadow, A Cinematic Flowering

BY GARY M. KRAMER | As a gay moviegoer in the 1990s, the New Queer Cinema explosion provided me with images of LGBT life that were exciting, impassioned, and authentic. These independent films and filmmakers gave voice to the queer men and women previously ignored or represented as stereotypes on screen — if they were featured […]

Sexual Frankness, Strong Documentaries & Queer Twists

Sexual Frankness, Strong Documentaries & Queer Twists

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The year in queer film got off to a great start in January with the release of arguably the best of 2014, Alain Guiraudie’s erotic, explicit, and irresistible thriller “Stranger by the Lake.” The film did not shrink from full frontal nudity, a trait strikingly shared by a number of […]

When the Lover-Villains Play It for Lesbloitation

When the Lover-Villains Play It for Lesbloitation

BY GARY M. KRAMER | It’s a bit of a spoiler to reveal that Steven Soderbergh’s film “Side Effects” contains a surprise queer twist in which a lesbian couple tries to outwit the law. The reveal, though, is really so “Deathtrap” — and has a more damaging side effect than the film’s underlying “Will they or […]