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Jonathan Demme: ‘inventiveness and visual intelligence’ to concert films

Slate’s Sam Adams uses a just released Justin Timberlake concert picture to adduce Jonathan Demme’s genius for shooting concert performances: But despite the victory-lap setup, Demme frames the concert as just another day on the job, especially for musicians and … Continue reading

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Dance the blues: Golden Globes 2017

A frivolity I can’t forego, the Golden Globes take place the evening before I return to work through a grueling new semester. If I want to know about “grueling,” let’s see how many awards the Hollywood Foreign Press hands to … Continue reading

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Best films of 1989 and 1990

1989 Enemies, A Love Story (Paul Mazursky) Drugstore Cowboy (Gus Van Sant) Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee) Mystery Train (Jim Jarmusch) Say Anything… (Cameron Crowe) Kiki’s Delivery Service (Hayao Miyazaki) Henry V (Kenneth Branagh) The Fabulous Baker Boys (Steve … Continue reading

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Best films of 1991 and 1992

1991 My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant) Paris Is Burning (Jennie Livingston) La Belle Noiseuse (Jacques Rivette) JFK (Oliver Stone) Naked Lunch (David Cronenberg) Dogfight (Nancy Savoca) The Killer (John Woo) Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (Eleanor Coppola) … Continue reading

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Best films 1993 and 1994

Continuing my series… 1993 The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies) The Puppetmaster (Hou Hsiao-Hsien) A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang) Household Saints (Nancy Savoca) Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater) King of the Hill (Soderbergh) Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis) Ruby in … Continue reading

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Favorite 7

La Chienne To Be Or Not To Be Early Summer Advice & Consent Tootsie My Own Private Idaho Summer Hours #fav7films

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Brando is ‘going to want play it like a green suitcase’

Best Brando story ever: Brando lived in L.A. and I had to go and meet him. I called Jay Kanter, who was a very powerful agent and studio executive, and I said, “Can you give me any hints?” And he … Continue reading

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Love on the rocks: Brokeback Mountain

Many budding gay men learned about the power of spit lube from Brokeback Mountain, for which we should be grateful to Annie Proulx and director Ang Lee. In 2016 it’s hard to believe this Hollywood weeper started such chatter in … Continue reading

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‘I was the same way when I was your age’: Blue Velvet

Ben Brantley recalls his first viewing of Blue Velvet in 1986: Much of the audience at the half-full theater that day appeared to be as unprepared as I was. As the final credits rolled, I heard a noise I had … Continue reading

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The stigma of sounding gay

Ignoring “gay-sounding” voices on dating/sex profiles happens often. I read these profiles every day. The binary: gay-sounding vs straight-acting. The former doesn’t sound like the latter. Acquiring credit in the straight world adds to your desirability; “passing off,” according to … Continue reading

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The death of the Netflix DVD?

I still request them. If you watch movies made before, say, 1990, there are more of them available on DVD. That’s a fact. This article chronicling how Netflix has adapted to the times fails to mention it. Maybe it’s implicit … Continue reading

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Farewell to an idea

Learning today that The Dissolve had joined the growing list of online publications whose ad revenue probably didn’t match its contributor enthusiasm was a blow. I started reading it seriously only a few months ago, and while the site leaned … Continue reading

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