Tag Archives: Gay/Transgender

Whitney: Family = Enemy

In the past, director Kevin Macdonald has chronicled major artists like Mick Jagger and Bob Marley. His documentary about the life of Whitney Houston gained attention at the Cannes festival this year, and no wonder. It’s a powerful film and it did present some news – Whitney’s brother Gary and her longtime assistant Mary Jones … Continue reading Whitney: Family = Enemy

Angels in America: Love and Suffering

THE MESSENGER HAS ARRIVED. In the early 2000s, the AIDS epidemic had not been portrayed on TV and in movies in a fully satisfying way. There were respectable attempts, such as Philadelphia (1993) and the TV movie And the Band Played On (1993), but they also faced criticism for various reasons. It seemed as if … Continue reading Angels in America: Love and Suffering

When We Rise

The Milk (2008) writer’s ambitious odyssey through 45 years of fighting for LGBT rights in America starts with gays finding their voice in San Francisco in spite of persistent police brutality and ends with the Supreme Court paving the way for same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Focus lies on several real-life characters that we … Continue reading When We Rise

A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge

THE FIRST NAME IN TERROR RETURNS… Teenager Jesse Walsh (Mark Patton) has strange dreams about a monstrous man and can feel how he’s falling under the man’s spell. This sequel imitates the original in many ways, but what makes it stand apart is its (sometimes less than) subtle gay subtext. There’s even a visit to … Continue reading A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge

Call Me by Your Name: Torn Between Desires

Published in 2007, André Aciman’s novel also began its journey to the big screen the same year. After securing the rights, producers Peter Spears and Howard Rosenman asked their friend James Ivory if he would be interested in executive producing the adaptation. He would, but the project stalled as the search for a suitable writer … Continue reading Call Me by Your Name: Torn Between Desires

Battle of the Sexes

HE MADE A BET. SHE MADE HISTORY. In the early 1970s, retired tennis pro Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) wants to get back into the limelight and proposes a challenge match against the number one female player, Billie Jean King (Emma Stone). The Little Miss Sunshine (2006) directors got back together with Carell for this reality-based … Continue reading Battle of the Sexes

La Cage aux Folles

THE COMEDY THAT COMES OUT OF THE CLOSET! Saint-Tropez nightclub owner Renato Baldi (Ugo Tognazzi) and his partner, dragshow performer Albin (Michel Serrault), face a challenge – convincing Renato’s son’s future in-laws that they are a perfectly normal, conservative family. A successful play became an even greater international hit as a movie. The material may … Continue reading La Cage aux Folles