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Mar 25 2019

Review: Lords of Chaos

By guest contributor Samantha Craggs

Rory Culkin headlines the music bio "Lords of Chaos"

There's a scene inLords of Chaos,now available on VOD, that sums up the film in a nutshell.Euronymous (Rory Culkin),the lead guitarist of the black metal band Mayhem,walks into the bedroom of his depressed lead singer,Pelle,who goes by the name Dead.The camera pans over the mostly barren bedroom and shows us a dead cat swinging from the ceiling,apparently with a hook through its face.Euronymous tells us in an arch voiceover that Dead hates cats,just in case we didn't get it the first time.Dead is lying on the bed,and Euronymous wants to rouse him."Dead,"he says,looking out the window,"Cat."Dead sits up,excited,and the two go out into the woods with a shotgun to stalk and kill.

You get the feeling this scene is supposed to be comic relief...

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Mar 02 2017

"Kiki"Whisks You Behind The Scenes of Harlem Drag Ball

If the wordsParis Is Burningdon't automatically send your wrists flicking,legs swishing,or face twisting then please politely exit stage right to your nearest local library,pick up a copy of the seminal drag ball documentary,and then keep reading.For those of you already wrapped up in LaBeija,you'll want to peep this trailer for the documentaryKiki– a compassionate check-in on the contemporary state of voguing that centers on a diverse community of queer performers in the Harlem ball scene.This trailerprovides a glimpse of the hugely talented group practicing – nay slaying – on the Christopher Street Pier,creating a makeshift home to express their talents and personal experiences to audiences and to one another,as well as their commentary on society's discriminatory attitude towards the different identities that the citizens of the scene inhabit.Check it out below.

Having already seen this exceptional,energetic glimpse behind the velvet curtain (full disclosure: I work with an LGBT film festival which showcased the film last summer) I can attest to the inspirational dazzle and real life razzle on display.While much of the documentary focuses on the first-person perspectives within this tightknit scene,the film understands how integrally tied those expressions are to their identities;as the cast is near-exclusively populated with performers of color just getting their starts in New York City,their hot takes pronounce themselves as deeply distinct,exuberantly expressed reflections of day-to-day life for marginalized queer youth in a modern American city.Kikihits Los Angeles and New York theaters this weekend,and can already be viewed on VOD - all easy avenues for supporting LGBT filmmakers,their stories,and their fundamental human rights.

Feb 12 2017

Gay Indie VOD Round-Up with Franco,Quinto and Juliet Stevenson

ByGlenn Dunks.

It's sometimes hard to keep up with all the films hitting VOD from the festival circuit,particularly those under the LGBTQ banner that can so easily get lost by audiences.More and more films including those with big stars and major filmmakers are now taking the direct route so competition is fierce.Let's take a look at some of the titles hitting the regular services over these first few months of the year.If your interests extend beyond the buzzier must-see titles likeCarolandMoonlight,you should definitely keep an eye out for them and others like them.

I'm just going to say it – Juliet Stevenson should be next in line for a Rampling/Huppert style dalliance with Oscar.She is far and away the best thing in this pretty if frustrating drama about a mother and son in the south of France.She is exquisite as Beatrice,a permanently sad Woman Who Lies To Herself™ on the verge of divorce who has travelled to the family holiday house to pack up their possessions so the place can be sold.Never too far away from a glass of wine or an angry/tearful breakdown,Stevenson's performance is the kind of body-shaking reminder of her talent that,should they watch it,ought to inspire somebody to give her another showcase.

[More on Departure and three more queer titles after the jump]

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Oct 18 2016

Valley of the Link

Buzzfeedlists 28 Asian American directors,some with great movies under their belt  - presumably to help Disney withMulanbecause they'll need it.Consider that...
Newsweek...Sony went with a white dude for their competingMulanproject
Awards Dailygorgeous photoshoot ofLovingstars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga for Vogue
Marvelreveals the end credits music onDoctor Strange.It sounds kind of lava lamp funky with a touch of warped vinyl.I don't know.I can't describe music.
i09Taika Waititi promises thatThor: Ragnarokis "out there crazy"and that Marvel was totally accepting of his style.He's also suggested on Reddit that the movie will mostly ignore the larger Marvel Universe (aside from aDoctor Strangereference)

Coming SoonHugh Grant,Imelda Staunton,and Brendan Gleeson join the cast ofPaddington 2.But who fills the Nicole Kidman shaped hole?
/FilmCaptain Planetmovie in the works with Leonardo DiCaprio producing
/Filmfirst look of Caliban (played by Stephen Merchant) in the new Wolverine movieLogan
Slate"Why do people in old movies talk like that?"I haven't yet listened to this episode of "Lexicon Valley"but it sounds like a great topic
AV ClubDid you hear thatBenjiis being rebooted?It is.It's already filming!No franchise is safe in the grave.

Stranger ThingsHas Alarming Staying Power
Yes people are still talking about Netflix's hit series.The latest online discourse is around whether or not the character of Wil is gay.The 11 year old actor who plays him,Noah Schnapp,spoke out about the speculationwith a surprisingly mature response.Towleroad thinks it was a smart onebut Mic thinks Schnapp is missing the point.Where do you stand on this?

Last Week's Must Read
Apologies that we missed it but you shouldn't!Vulture published a fascinating piece by Mark Harris that makes a thorough case forwhy distributors need to release more information about their VOD releases including grosses.There is lots to think about here

Apr 15 2016

Review: The Invitation

A dinner party reunion of estranged friends sets the stage for director Karyn Kusama's unnerving and twisted micro-horrorThe Invitation.The film's marketing has wisely eschewed going much further than that vague synopsis,for this one is most rewarding when experienced fresh.But don't just expect surprises with what unfolds,but from what's underneath the plentiful chills.

Shot almost entirely within one swanky Los Angeles home,the modest production is deceptive for how easily it gets under your skin and rattles.Its slim budget is hidden by a glossy presentation and a production design that finds the right alchemy of alluring and demonic (paging Daniel Walber!).Kusama treats this house as she does the many characters,all hidden corners of darkness packaged within a polished facade.If you watchThe Invitationon VOD,prepare to have home jealousy,for this is pure house porn.And you'll definitely want a glass of wine.

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Jul 21 2014


GuardianTim Robey has a lovely tribute to TV & film star James Garner (RIP) who I'll always remember best forMurphy's RomanceandVictor/Victoriain the 1980s
PajibaI'm more of a cat person but this gallery of big celebrities with tiny dogs is adorable
Criterion Collectionon the painstaking restoration ofThe Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Thompson on Hollywoodhas an in depth look at the VOD decisions involvingSnowpiercerfrom the mouth of Harvey Weinstein (so yes it's very one-sided...but interesting nonetheless)

The Dissolve'when images match ideas' onSnowpiercerandDawn of the Planet of the Apes
Pajibahas the talk with Marvel about the Edgar Wright Divorce
TowleroadAndrew Rannells starts soon asHedwig.(I'm excited.The role is big enough for multiple interpretations)
Theater ManiaMichelle Williams wants to keep singing at the Kit Kat Club longer than expected.She's staying withCabaretall the way through November 9th now (I guess she doesn't have to start promotingSuite Françaisefor awhile still)
Detailsinterviews Wentworth Miller,formerPrison Breakhunk andStokerwriter,on his career after coming out

And,finally,are you excited for Festival Season yet?

I'm trying to remain calm as I make plans but NYFF isn't making staying calm any easier what with their Opening Night Film (Gone Girl's world premiere) Centerpiece (Inherent Vice) and Closing Night (Birdmanwhich is scheduled for Venice as well).Tomorrow TIFF holds their opening news conference and we'll hear more about their plans as well.Here's some speculation from a Toronto news sitewhich suggests that Reese Witherspoon is going to be a major presence and you can probably safely assume that Maps to the Stars will also be there given TIFF's love of Cronenberg.