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Thoughtful, Gentle Lilting Addresses Grief But Is Life Affirming

Thoughtful, Gentle Lilting Addresses Grief But Is Life Affirming

Lilting, written and directed by the openly gay Hong Khaou, is a subtle and moving chamber drama about the communication gap between Richard (Ben Whishaw) and Junn (Pei Pei Cheng).…

You’ll Laugh, Cry and Hate to See Inspirational Pride End

You’ll Laugh, Cry and Hate to See Inspirational Pride End

A feel-good film, Pride chronicles the efforts of an LBGT group in 1984 to raise money to support striking Welsh miners. This rousing period drama, based on a true story,…

Round About – California Independent Film Festival 17

Round About – California Independent Film Festival 17

Horny Wetlands Is Not a Film for the Easily Offended

Horny Wetlands Is Not a Film for the Easily Offended

In the cheeky, horny teenager sex film, Wetlands, Helen (Carla Juri, in a star making performance), claims, “If you think penises, sperm, and other bodily fluids are gross, you should…

Sarandon Channels Joan Crawford in Disappointing The Last of Robin Hood

Sarandon Channels Joan Crawford in Disappointing The Last of Robin Hood

The Last of Robin Hood, written and directed by the queer filmmaking couple Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, is a curious misfire about Errol Flynn’s (Kevin Kline) last and illicit…

Wistful Love Is Strange Depicts the Seasons of Life

Wistful Love Is Strange Depicts the Seasons of Life

Love Is Strange, director/co-writer Ira Sachs’ thoughtful, wistful film, concerns a couple—George (Alfred Molina) and Ben (John Lithgow)—who have been together 39 years. The men marry in the opening moments,…

Man at Bath Provocatively Explores Intimacy and Coping

Man at Bath Provocatively Explores Intimacy and Coping

Christophe Honoré’s 2010 film Man at Bath, now out on DVD, is a provocative investigation of the disintegrating relationship between Emmanuel (beefy French porn star François Sagat) and Omar (Omar…

Gay Man Shares How He Was Kidnapped for Christ

Gay Man Shares How He Was Kidnapped for Christ

Kate Logan’s probing documentary Kidnapped for Christ, airing this month on Showtime, was originally meant to be an evenhanded examination of Escuela Caribe, a Christian boarding school for troubled teens…

Seductive Venus in Fur Plays with Reality and Perception

Seductive Venus in Fur Plays with Reality and Perception

Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur, opening Friday at the Landmark theaters in San Francisco and Berkeley, unfolds almost entirely inside a theater in Paris. An adaptation of David Ives’ play…

Recommended Films for Frameline’s Final Week

Recommended Films for Frameline’s Final Week

(Editor’s Note: Please join us in congratulating Gary on his recent marriage to his partner Mike. We wish them many years of happiness together, with countless date nights along the…

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