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    Chinese Puzzle Is Messy and Fragmented, But That’s What Makes It Appealing

    Chinese Puzzle Is Messy and Fragmented,  But That’s What Makes It Appealing

    Chinese Puzzle is the third film—after L’auberge Espagnole and Russian Dolls—starring Romain Duris as Xavier Rousseau and directed by Cédric Klapisch. This entry is set mostly in New York City,…

    Hypnotic Young & Beautiful Penetrates Mysteries of Human Sexuality and Identity

    Hypnotic Young & Beautiful Penetrates Mysteries of Human Sexuality and Identity

    By Gary Kramer Young & Beautiful, the latest film from prolific gay writer/director François Ozon, is an exquisitely made drama that chronicles a year in the life of seventeen-year-old Isabelle…

    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…