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Can Falsettos Still Be Relevant?

WILLIAM FINN’S Falsettos, the AIDS-era musical now revived on Broadway, may be viewed by some as an odd period piece, by others as an operatic pastiche, a manipulative emotion-fest, or a stirring work of historical reconstruction. What may determine your response to the play—which shifts from 1979 to 1981 between two acts—is your willingness to believe in the musical comedy as a vehicle able to convey emotional truth rather than just cheap sentiment.

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A New York Century on Display

Gay Gotham admirably documents the contributions queer pioneers made to the visual arts, literature, dance, theater, music, and design during the 20th century, and how they helped shape the cultural landscape of New York and beyond. It’s something to be proud of, even if the exhibition is not a very “gay” affair.

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Can This Marriage Be Saved?

THE STORYLINE of The Intervention relies upon a simple set-up. A group of four couples who are friends convene at an idyllic mansion for a weekend away. The purpose of the weekend is to confront the group’s long-married couple, Peter and Ruby, about their abusive marriage. It might at first appear to be a run-of-the-mill situation comedy, complete with a lesbian couple for something a bit hip; but there’s more to this film than first meets the eye.

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Talk Like a Man

Jenkins’ film is a triptych, telling the story of the protagonist through three distinct stages from late childhood to young adulthood. This film’s episodic structure harks back to Richard Linklater’s Boyhood (2014).

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The Afterlife of a 1950s Sex Symbol

Tab Hunter Confidential tells a story of social significance and perseverance; it supplements the memoir of a decade ago. The film allows Hunter the last word in his own story

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Years of Transition

THIS 2016 DOCUMENTARY recounts four years—from late adolescence to young adulthood—in the life of Bennett (né Rachael) Wallace. Real Boy is an enthralling, intimate, and poignant film, and it is a pleasure to watch. Director Shaleece Haas, who tirelessly followed Bennett on his literal and figurative journey, slept on floors, hung out at music clubs, and accompanied him on road trips, capturing 200 hours of footage.

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A Star for the YouTube Generation

With the 2015 release of Blue Neighborhood, Sivan appears to be following his musical muse rather than the movies at present, and given his X-Men history and a certain savoir-faire for self-presentation, he may be crafting himself as the LGBT community’s very first action hero.

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Australian Rules Were Made to Be Broken

    Holding the Man Directed by Neil Armfield Screen Australia, et al.   WHILE Australian movies have pursued gay themes before, few until recently have dared to go much beyond hyperbole or homoeroticism. That changed last year with the release of Holding The Man—recently released in the U.S.—with its unapologetic portrayal of a true […]

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The Light of Day

Review of Packed in a Trunk documentary about Edith Lake Wilkinson

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Metamorphosis of an Indie Rock Star

  Hopelessness by Anohni Secretly Canadian Records   In addition to the name- and gender-change, Anohni has radically altered her musical style on her solo album Hopelessness. Goodbye gloomy chamber rock, hello electronica. The new album contains eleven songs on nakedly political topics. It opens with “Drone Bomb Me,” sung from the perspective of a […]

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