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Teenage Captures Youth Culture’s Timeless Quest for Freedom

Teenage Captures Youth Culture’s Timeless Quest for Freedom

Openly gay filmmaker Matt Wolf’s illuminating documentary, Teenage, is a fantastic mix of found footage, still photographs, and re-enactments of individual stories. The narration—British and American boys, and American and…

The Strange But True Tale of The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

The Strange But True Tale of The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

The pre-credit sequence of The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden promises a “strange and sinister drama,” and uses dramatic headlines to sensationalize the fact that it contains “one mystery…

Geography Club Plays Out All the Dramas of Queer Teen Life

Geography Club Plays Out All the Dramas of Queer Teen Life

Geography Club, now out on DVD, is a loose adaptation of Brent Hartinger’s fine young adult book about gay teen Russell Middlebrook (the appealing Cameron Deane Stewart) navigating high school…

Two New International Films Worth Seeing: The Rocket and Bethlehem

Two New International Films Worth Seeing: The Rocket and Bethlehem

Two impressive international films—one light, one dark—open this weekend in Bay Area theaters. The Rocket, written and directed by Kim Mordaunt, is an enjoyable, albeit predictable, crowd-pleaser set in the…

Deeply Personal, Highly Provocative Facing Fear

Deeply Personal, Highly Provocative Facing Fear

A powerful gay-themed film, Facing Fear, has been nominated for an Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category. Written and directed by Bay Area resident Jason Cohen, the film artfully…

Hypnotic, Seductive Stranger by the Lake

Hypnotic, Seductive Stranger by the Lake

Stranger by the Lake, opening February 7, depicts a love triangle that develops at a gay cruising area. Written and directed by Alain Guiraudie, the film tells the story of…

“Mostly British Film Festival” Offers Brit Miserablism at Its Best

“Mostly British Film Festival” Offers Brit Miserablism at Its Best

The “Mostly British Film Festival” unspools February 13-20 at the Vogue Theater, 3290 Sacramento Street, in San Francisco. Offering premieres of over two dozen new films (The Lunchbox), old favorites…

The World Premiere of HBO’s “Looking” at the Castro Theatre

The World Premiere of HBO’s “Looking” at the Castro Theatre

The world premiere of HBO’s new series, Looking, took place January 14 at the Castro Theatre. The gay dramedy is set in San Francisco, where it was also filmed. Creator/Co-Executive…

The Last Match Is Sexy and Compelling, Even If the Ending Disappoints

The Last Match Is Sexy and Compelling, Even If the Ending Disappoints

By Gary Kramer The Last Match, opening Friday at Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinema, is a sexy and affecting drama about two young men who fall in love amid poverty in…

Q&A with Darren Stein, Director of G.B.F.

Q&A with Darren Stein, Director of G.B.F.

By Gary Kramer Turning the drama of coming out into high comedy, G.B.F., opening January 24, is a bright—and brightly colored—high-energy romp. Tanner (Michael J. Willett) is a high school…

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