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Tab Hunter Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted on 31 October 2013

Iconic movie star Tab Hunter received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival on Tuesday night. The event was held at Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, where the film Polyester was screened afterwards. Polyester, one of director John Waters’ most popular films, featured Tab Hunter, Divine and Edith Massey. Mr. Hunter starred […]

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‘Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia’

Posted on 17 October 2013

Having read Gore Vidal’s autobiography, I was skeptical about capturing such a long, multi-faceted and fascinating story in an 89 minute documentary. But that is exactly what director Nicholas Wrathall manages to do. In addition to getting every aspect of the epic life on film, Wrathall gives a generous dose of Mr. Vidal’s famous wit. […]

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“G.B.F.” Opened FLGLFF with a Bang

Posted on 17 October 2013

The FLGLFF took place this past weekend, and boy was it was a doozie. The festival featured films from all over the world, including the films reviewed below. We are thankful that festivals like this are possible, and are looking forward to next year’s lineup. While “G.B.F.” is essentially the lovechild of “Juno,” “Saved,” and […]

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‘The Rugby Player’: A Bittersweet Documentary About Mark Bingham

Posted on 15 October 2013

Even before Mark Bingham became known as the hero who helped bring down United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania on 9/11, I had learned about him from friends. On that fateful day, a friend asked me, “Did you know Mark Bingham?” I said I did not. “He played rugby. He was on one of the planes […]

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‘Monster Pies’: Uninspired and Cliched

Posted on 15 October 2013

“Monster Pies” might be the most cliché gay film I have ever seen. In a time where the coming out story has already lost its edge, it’s hard for a movie to breathe fresh air into the film trope. The also played “G.B.F.” does a great job with finding a new spin on the coming […]

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iMusic: Lesbian Listening Party

Posted on 09 July 2013

If anyone has a right to sing the blues, it’s queer blues belter Candye Kane. A pancreatic cancer survivor, Kane has traveled a bumpy road personally and professionally, but is, as her 2000 disc declared, “The Toughest Girl In the World.” That spirit shines through on her latest disc, “Coming Out Swinging” (Vizztone). Teaming up […]

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People Who Need People: An Interview with Filmmaker Mikael Buch

Posted on 24 April 2013

In Finnish and French with English subtitles, the modern, campy farce “Let My People Go!” (Zeitgeist) follows  a young gay couple, Ruben (the elastic Nicolas Maury) and Teemu (Jarkko Niemi), as their relationship is threatened by a variety of outside influences. The first and greatest is that postman Ruben unwittingly finds himself in possession of about 200,000 Euros. This […]

“Body Awareness” Will Blow You Away

Posted on 13 March 2013

“Body Awareness” Empire Stage 1140 N. Flagler Dr., Ft. Lauderdale (954) 678-1496 islandcitystage.org, empirestage.com smarttix.com Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 5:00pm, through April 7. $30.00 It’s been a long time since I was blown away by an evening of theater. Empire Stage’s production of the 2009 Drama Desk Award-winning “Body Awareness” is a […]

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Strong Script, Uneven Performances Leave Room for “Doubt”

Posted on 18 February 2013

Doubt Andrews Living Arts Studio 23 NW 5 St. (954) 556-1143 Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, “Doubt” is a study in faith versus proof. John Patrick Shanley’s play is set in 1964, at St. Nicolas Elementary School in the Bronx, one year after John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Sister Aloysius, […]

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Screen Savor: Wallflowers and “Wise Kids”

Posted on 07 February 2013

Putting the fashion and anachronistic issues aside, writer/director/novelist Stephen Chbosky’s film adaptation of his own book “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (Summit) is worth watching for the performances by scene-stealer Ezra Miller and a nuanced Emma Watson. Because they are both so good, it’s possible to overlook some of the movie’s time-challenged flaws. Wallflower […]

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