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Entries in Tom at the Farm (8)

Wednesday
Feb 19 2014

Link Commando

Vanity FairBradley Cooper's commando White House trip
Theater Maniaa screening ofWest Side Storyon Sunday at 5 PM in New York.Rita Moreno will speak to the crowd.Who's going?
PopBytesPushing Daisiesmight be coming back...as a musical!
1:37:1How often are entire Oscar nominated shortlists absent a Best Picture nominated film?Rarely.And almost always in the same category.I'll give you one guess

Broadway Worldsomehow I missed these images in early February from the set of Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard so maybe you did,too?
Guardianfilms that use both black and white and color sequences
Film School Rejectslooks toForeign Correspondent,notRebecca(both 1940) as the prototype for Hitchcock's Hollywood films
NYTNeil Patrick Harris prepares for his Broadway turn inHedwig and the Angry Inch
/FilmRoger Deakins is not returning to the land of 007 postSkyfallfor the the as yet untitled Bond 24.This is going to be a tough movie for all of them: how do you follow up that 50th anniversary behemoth?
NPRtalks to Steve McQueen and the Oscar nominated editor of12 Years a Slaveabout assembling the movie
MNPPJake Gyllenhaal doubled up inEnemy,a behind the scenes look
In Contentionan oral history ofReality Bites(1994) for its 20th anniversary

Finally...The Film Stagereminds us thatTom at the Farm,Xavier Dolan's wonderfully tense queer thriller still doesn't have US distribution but it has a new poster.Bam

I miss the days when US audiences went to the arthouse and talked about subtitled hits...*sniffle* Now people only binge-watch American television.We're a nation of shut-ins!

Tuesday
Sep 10 2013

"At the Farm"or "By The Lake",Queer Films Among Best @ TIFF

This article was originally published in my column atTowleroad

The French famously call an orgasm "la petit mort"or,the little death.In two new French-language films playing at the Toronto International Film Festival (in full swing through next weekend) this euphemism forgets to be euphemistic.If you like your sex all mixed up with danger -- you know,the way straight people did during the mainstream erotic thriller years (the Glenn Close thru Sharon Stone continuum) -- consider these films 'must sees' when they hit your city. IF they hit your city.It's tough out there for art films,especially gay ones,as recently discussed ina fascinating piece at IndieWiremapping out the problems.

Prolific twenty-four year old writer/director/actorXavier Dolanhas been a sensation on the festival circuit and in Canada since his award-winning debutI Killed My Motherin 2009.Despite the accolades Dolan has yet to win the Stateside following he deserves,even among LGBT audiences.This is largely because his films are in French and they have had a weirdly hard time making their way onto US screens.I Killed My Motherwas famously delayed and delayed and delayed again.Before I received a screener a couple of years ago I was convinced that it was an imaginary movie,dreamt up by journalists to make the rest of us feel jealous that we aren't fabulous enough to party in Cannes with them each May.Dolan's subsequent features,the stylish unrequited love triangleHeartbeats(also known asImaginary Lovers) and the recently released three hour trans dramaLaurence Anywaysonly increased his wunderkind reputation.His latestTOM AT THE FARMmay well be his most accessible but reviewing it presents a challenge because the less you know about it going in the better.

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