Film Review: Welcome to Chechnya ★★★★

Oscar-nominated filmmaker and journalist David France follows his searing AIDS activism documentary, How to Survive a Plague, and the poignant The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, with a deeply unsettling look at Chechnya’s anti-LGBTQ purge. Inspired by Masha Gessen's The New Yorker article Forbidden Letters: The Gay Men Who Fled Chechnya’s Purge, Welcome... Continue Reading →

Film Review: John Lewis: Good Trouble ★★★★

Dawn Porter’s feature length documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble is both an up close and personal biographical study of the activist and longstanding public servant, as well as a compelling examination of the history of the Civil Rights movement, through Lewis’ vital role in it. What results is a fascinating and inspiring chronicle of an extraordinary life... Continue Reading →

TV Review: Love, Victor ★★★★

Yesterday’s landmark Supreme Court decision on LGBTQ protections in the workplace is reason for us to breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate. It also reminds us of the need for more mainstream LGBTQ+ representation as we continue the fight for full equality and societal acceptance. As Sam Feder’s Netflix documentary Disclosure released this Friday... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Pier Kids ★★★★

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic — boy, am I tired of starting articles with those words — film festivals around the world are finding new methods of distributing movies to fans. An unexpected benefit of the situation is that festivals, which are by their very nature dependent on geography, open themselves up to film fans... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Disclosure ★★★★

Director Sam Feder’s Disclosure, which world premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is an ambitious, ground-breaking and nuanced examination of over one hundred years of trans representation on screen. Iconic and lesser known scenes from film and television are placed in context by a line-up of trans trailblazers including the iconic Laverne Cox, who... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Infamous ★★★1/2

Bonnie and Clyde narratives are a dime a dozen. There are plenty of movies actually about the bankrobbing outlaw couple themselves — Bonnie & Clyde (1967), for example, and Netflix's 2019 film The Highwaymen — and there are also plenty simply inspired by the idea of a madly-in-love guy and gal on the run from... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Da 5 Bloods ★★★★1/2

Spike Lee's most recent feature film, BlacKkKlansman, which finally won the filmmaker an overdue competitive Oscar, was set in the 1970s but had a biting, traumatizing epilogue that brought the film into the present day, with Trump's 'very fine people on both sides' speech and footage of Heather Heyer's murder in Charlottesville. Reminding us that... Continue Reading →

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