Movie Review: Drown - Apparently in Australia, there is a thing called competitive open ocean lifeguarding. This movie is about Len, who is the champion of this competitive li...
09 December 2016
Apparently in Australia, there is a thing called competitive open ocean lifeguarding. This movie is about Len, who is the champion of this competitive lifeguarding world. When the younger and better (and gay) Phil shows up, Len can only bully and intimidate him to repress his own homoerotic desire. Things seem to patch up. After another competition, they celebrate. Alcohol gets mixed into it and we look into the dark abyss of human nature. Be warned that like many Australian mancentric movies, its violent and because there are gays, the violence gets sadistic. Be warned.
07 December 2016
Nia Vardalos of My Big Fat Greek Wedding fame places Maggie Cooper, a helicopter mom. A helicopter mom is a mom who is overbearing and "drops in" like a helicopter on their child's life. When I think of helicopter, its more like Apocalypse Now. The parent thinks they are just dropping in, but actually most of the helicoptering is carpet bombing. Maggie Cooper does this to her son Lloyd.Because he's sensitive and likes to write poetry, Maggie locks him as gay. She then helicopters by carpet bombing him psychologically until he outs him as gay to his classmates.
The most interesting aspect of the movie is Lloyd's relationship with his hippie father and his own processing of his sexuality. It's mostly light and could have been a made for TV movie.
05 December 2016
03 December 2016
This movie is a documentary about George Takei's life. George Takei played Lt. Sulu in the original Star Trek. Takei is a survivor of the mass deportation and incarceration of American citizens of Japanese descent. He spent a part of his childhood in a concentration camp in the mid-West and then in California. He returned to Los Angeles, graduated from high school and went onto graduate from UCLA in Theatre.
The documentary showcases Takei's life and all the different pieces that make him him -- the most notable being his gay rights advocacy.
01 December 2016
And it is the traces of their stories which come from the other side of the same-sex marriage curtain that will haunt all LGBTs who come of age on this side of the curtain.
30 November 2016
28 November 2016
This is one of those movies that I had read about but didn't see long ago. It is interesting to watch now. It uses real footage of gay pride events in the early 1970s. The story is of David who withdraws his monastic vows and becomes a public school teacher. David learns about the gay world and ends up with Mark. David wants to settle down into a monogamous relationship like the heteronormative world while Mark wants to be free and open. Eventually David breaks up with Mark and eventually meets Jason, a divorced father. The movie is significant because it attempts to tell a story about homosexuality and heteronormativity and it is set in the backdrop of the early 1970s. We get a glimpse of the gay white male New York life of the 1970s from the perspective of the 1970s.