TV Review: Fear City: New York vs. The Mafia ★★★1/2

At the core of this three-part documentary series, Fear City: New York vs. The Mafia, are previously unheard FBI surveillance recordings and enlightening, often riveting interviews with the operatives who planted the bugs in homes, cars and restaurants and monitored the audio for incriminating evidence. There are some lavish, high production value visuals, including sweeping... 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 →

NYC Pride announces Virtual Rally June 26th hosted by trans trailblazers Ashlee Marie Preston & Brian Michael Smith

Pictured: NYC Pride Rally 2020 co-host Brian Michael Smith. NYC Pride has announced a virtual Rally to be held on Friday June 26th 2020 from 5pm to 8pm EDT. Streamed simultaneously on Facebook and YouTube, the event will be hosted by trans trailblazers Ashlee Marie Preston and Brian Michael Smith. Speakers will include Ceyenne Doroshow, Annie Segarra, Edafe Okporo and Leandro E. Rodriguez... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: Composer Paul Englishby on his music for The Inheritance “my feeling was that the music should gently put it’s arm around the audience”

With Matthew Lopez's multi-Olivier winning The Inheritance now in its final weeks on Broadway The Queer Review's editor James Kleinmann spoke exclusively with composer Paul Englishby about creating the play's achingly beautiful music. Scoring for theatre, film, television, dance and opera, Englishby is perhaps best known for his BAFTA-nominated work on BBC's Luther starring Idris Elba. His jazz inflected... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: Artist MI Leggett on their Gender Free fashion label Official Rebrand (OR?!)

Non-binary artist MI Leggett's Official Rebrand (OR?!) launched in 2017 setting out to "revive discarded clothing" and "breathe new life into what was once considered waste." Leggett "rebrands" garments with alterations such as painting and drawing on them, while creating a sustainable alternative to the competitive consumption encouraged by social and industrial norms. OR?!’s transformative... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Cubby ★★1/2

Mark Blane's semi-autobiographical New York fantasia Cubby toured film festivals this summer, playing at events like OutFest in LA, Frameline in San Francisco, New York's NewFest and Reeling Film Festival in Chicago, among others. It's a film that seems tailor-made for festivals -- quirky, strange, shot on 16mm film, a bit clunky, with subject matter that was never... Continue Reading →

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