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    Often Outrageous Gay Filmmaker Works in More Restrained Mode for Julieta

    Often Outrageous Gay Filmmaker Works in More Restrained Mode for Julieta

    By Gary M. Kramer Julieta, which opened last week in San Francisco, has the often-outrageous gay filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar working in a more restrained mode. This drama, based on three…

    The Year in Queer Film 2016

    The Year in Queer Film 2016

    By Gary M. Kramer The year in queer film 2016 had both notable achievements—Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, about three stages in the life of an African American man, chief among them—and…

    Closet Monster Deftly Mixes Harsh Reality with Fantasy

    Closet Monster Deftly Mixes Harsh Reality with Fantasy

    By Gary Krammer Closet Monster, opening December 2 in San Francisco, is a fantastic—as in great, as in surreal—Canadian film about Oscar (Connor Jessup), a confused teenager who confides his…

    Romantic Gay Drama Lazy Eye Features Seductive, Sensitive and Very Eye-Catching Male Leads

    Romantic Gay Drama Lazy Eye Features Seductive, Sensitive and Very Eye-Catching Male Leads

    In writer/director Tim Kirkman’s poignant, romantic drama Lazy Eye, recently released on DVD, Dean (Lucas Near-Verbrugghe) is a Los Angeles-based graphic designer with the titular ocular problem. One day, out…

    The Love Witch Casts a Campy Technicolor Spell Over Some, But Not All, Viewers

    The Love Witch Casts a Campy Technicolor Spell Over Some, But Not All, Viewers

    Anna Biller wrote, directed, edited, produced, art directed, designed the sets and costumes and even composed the music for The Love Witch, opening November 11 at the San Francisco Landmark…

    Moonlight Is an Incredibly Moving, Compelling Film About Being a Black Gay Man in America

    Moonlight Is an Incredibly Moving, Compelling Film About Being a Black Gay Man in America

    Moonlight, opening October 28 at the Embarcadero and November 4 at the Shattuck, is Barry Jenkins’ extraordinary film adaptation of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play, In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.…

    Being 17 Tells Gritty, Engaging Story of Two Teen Boys Grappling with Same-Sex Desires

    Being 17 Tells Gritty, Engaging Story of Two Teen Boys Grappling with Same-Sex Desires

    With Halloween just a few weeks away, we recently visited with Terry Austin Bennett and her staff at Cliff’s Variety to find out what’s new for the holiday this year.…

    Sexy Spa Night Addresses Ethnicity and Gay Identity in Complex, Powerful Ways

    Sexy Spa Night Addresses Ethnicity and Gay Identity in Complex, Powerful Ways

    Spa Night, opening September 30 at the Roxie, is a complex, quietly powerful drama about ethnicity and gay identity, written and directed by Andrew Ahn. David (Joe Seo) is a…

    Max Rose Disappoints

    Max Rose Disappoints

    Jerry Lewis stars as the title character in Max Rose, a 2013 drama just getting a theatrical release now. The film, which opens September 16, did not sit on the…

    Two Intimate, Poignant Films Now Available on DVD: Beautiful Something and The Royal Road

    Two Intimate, Poignant Films Now Available on DVD: Beautiful Something and The Royal Road

    Two San Francisco-based filmmakers have films out on DVD. Writer/director Joseph Graham’s intimate, affecting drama Beautiful Something chronicles four characters whose lives overlap over the course of a night. Brian…

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