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This Lady Sings No Blues

This Lady Sings No Blues

BY DAVID NOH | Beginning her Café Carlyle residency this weekend is a favorite among most everybody — whether you’re a dyke and loved her in “Bound,” or gay and dug her jiggy, toxic Margo Channing turn in the immortal “Showgirls.” I write, of course, of Gina Gershon. She and I met up recently for lunch […]

Representing Is Important; Content Matters, Too

Representing Is Important; Content Matters, Too

BY STEVE ERICKSON | “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins has said that if people don’t have images of themselves, they’ll start to feel like they don’t exist. Jenkins’ film has given an unprecedented amount of visibility to gay African-American men –– at least in cinema. (TV shows like “The Wire” and “Empire” have beaten him to the […]

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 […]

NYFF Does Better By Women

NYFF Does Better By Women

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Did someone at the New York Film Festival take a look at my article on last year’s festival, which complained about its lack of diversity? While female directors are still far from parity in the festival’s Main Slate, their numbers have increased. Most notably, the festival’s opening night film is Ava DuVernay’s […]

Crowdsourcing the Thrills  

Crowdsourcing the Thrills  

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Throughout his career, director Paul Verhoeven has challenged audiences with his films. His Dutch dramas in the early 1980s, “Spetters” and “The Fourth Man,” showed his penchant for portraying tricky and erotic queer sexuality. His subsequent Hollywood films, “RoboCop,” “Starship Troopers,” and “Hollow Man” showcased his talents for violent science fiction. […]

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 […]