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Behind the booth
Every weekend needs a good, sweaty Hookup.
| January 23, 2013
Review: Keep The Lights On
Ira Sachs's picture is many things: a snapshot of gay culture at the turn of the century, a brutally personal dramatization of his relationship with author Bill Clegg, a messy look at the realities of addiction, a formally audacious work in the tradition of New York indie cinema.
| October 10, 2012
A view of gay and lesbian culture at Kymara
Sex in public
The Kymara Gallery, the curatorial project of the ambitious and audacious Kymara Lonergan, is the location of a stirring exhibition titled "Two Loves," containing works from the permanent collection of New York's prestigious Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.
| August 22, 2012
'The Tempermentals' start the revolution
Jon Marans's The Temperamentals (at Lyric Stage through April 28) begins innocently enough: a first date during which a coy couple engages in some flirtatious back-and-forth and plays footsie under a restaurant table.
| April 03, 2012
The Peabody Essex explores Native America
The Cree artist plays his drag show for laughs, but underlying it are serious questions about white genocide of Native American societies, about the stereotyping of Natives, and about gays in America, as well as Native American society.
| April 02, 2012
Dee Rees's first feature
Compared to the non-stop trauma of Precious , or even Gun Hill Road , Dee Rees's first feature plays like an episode of The Cosby Show .
| January 03, 2012
Céline Sciamma's lovely feature
In this lovely feature from the French filmmaker Céline Sciamma, Laure, a 10-year-old tomboy decides after moving into a new neighborhood, to pretend that she's a boy, Mikael, as a way to fit in with the local kids.
| November 29, 2011
Review: J. Edgar
DiCaprio as right-wing hero J. Edgar Hoover
Filmmaker Clint Eastwood, famously Republican, portrays right-wing hero J. Edgar Hoover, the late FBI head, as a self-aggrandizing, conniving bully and mama's boy who broke the law whenever he wanted to bring anyone down.
| November 08, 2011
This appealing gay-themed drama, written and directed with intelligence by Andrew Haigh, is a British cousin to the American mumblecore movement, as two twentysomething guys meet, have sex, talk, have more sex, have much more chat, and get closer and closer over a long weekend.
| October 11, 2011
Review: Happy, Happy
A familiar tale of adultery
First time filmmaker Anne Sewitsky finds a compassionate way to tell a familiar tale of adultery, and she's helped immeasurably by a first-rate acting ensemble, especially the two superlative actresses, whom you could imagine cast in films of the late Ingmar Bergman.
| September 20, 2011
Review: Glee: The 3D Concert Movie
The little TV series with the can-do pipes rolls out a concert tour that's essentially a love-in with its fan base.
| August 16, 2011
Trans Dance Dept.
Original Plumbing, the New York–based quarterly lifestyle magazine and Web site for trans men and their friends, returns to the Midway this Friday for a queer/trans dance party featuring go-go boys, a photo booth, DJs D'hana and Justincredible, and a midnight performance by New England electropop act Nicky Click.
THOMAS PAGE MCBEE
| August 10, 2011
A friend in need
Community comes together to support Aliza Shapiro
For the last 15 years, Aliza Shapiro has been the heart and brains of Truth Serum Productions, the rabble-rousing outfit behind the irreverent TraniWreck cabaret.
THOMAS PAGE MCBEE
| August 05, 2011
A magnificent exorcism
What can be done with this unhappy home? Enter a self-appointed minister with messianic impulses.
| July 12, 2011
The 2011 Guide To Pride
Scratching the seven-year itch
Seven years of same-sex marriage. Traditionally, that's the amount of time it takes for straight folks to get sick of looking at each other over the breakfast table.
S.I. ROSENBAUM AND SCOTT KEARNAN
| June 13, 2011
E.T. riff confuses fanboy-baiting references with actual gags
American excess replaces the British austerity vibe that defined the Simon-Pegg-and-Nick-Frost-starring genre send-ups Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz in this love letter to Reagan-era Spielberg.
| March 17, 2011
Less a boom than a whimper
In the late '80s and early '90s, the subversive "New Queer Cinema," with such filmmakers as Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, and Greg Araki, promised a vital gay sensibility in independent film. Since then, Haynes and Van Sant have been absorbed by the mainstream, and gay cinema has deteriorated into inane, lurid rom-coms.
| March 02, 2011
What's gotten into Egypt?
Plus, Republicans for same-sex marriage, and trying to kill health-care reform
Being a dictator is a tough business. Just ask Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
| February 03, 2011
Fake gays not protesting IFC-distributed rape film
Epic fail dept.
Last week, I got an e-mail with a real honker of a subject line: "Most Controversial Film — More Dangerous than Wikileaks?"
| February 02, 2011
The Big Hurt: A big country lesbian pissing match
Music news in brief
Reports began to surface recently that a major country star was set to come out of the closet in People magazine. I had high hopes for Chris Gaines, but no such luck.
| May 17, 2010
Review: Eyes Wide Open
Though Hair Tabakman’s intense melodrama seethes with eroticism, for most of the film the only flesh on view is the raw meat in Aaron’s (Zohar Shtrauss, who with his beard looks like Dostoevsky) butcher shop in a stark Haredi neighborhood in Jerusalem.
| May 05, 2010
Review: Plan B
The B is for bisexual
In this nuanced moral tale from Argentine director Marco Berger, Bruno is jealous of his ex-girlfriend’s new beau, Pablo, and he’s out to thwart the relationship.
| May 05, 2010
Review: The Owls
Birds of prey
Down-and-out lesbians on the skids, looking for trouble and doomed to end up with blood on their hands — it’s material that’s always worked wonders for tawdry pulp novels and grindhouse flicks.
| May 04, 2010
Review: 8: The Mormon Proposition
Sheds a sad light on Prop 8
While we were getting decriminalized weed in Massachusetts, a large segment of the population was reeling from the devastating passage of Proposition 8 in California.
| June 18, 2010
Review: The City Of Your Final Destination
A lazy, lush adaptation
Watching a James Ivory film is like entering a room aglow with plush furniture and exuding tasteful music and promising comfort and a brush with sensuality.
| May 04, 2010
Review: Children Of God
Fear and loathing in the Bahamas
Nobody in the Bahamas of Kareem Mortimer’s uneven debut feature seems comfortable with his or her sexuality.
| May 04, 2010
We are born this way
Discovering what it means to be transgender
About 10 years ago, a young man was on his way to becoming a young woman.
| February 24, 2010
| January 01, 0001
Brian King sings his life in Venus As a Boy
A few days after I graduated from high school, the Internet showed up. "Well," I thought to myself. "That's just fucking great."
| August 25, 2009
Ho-Hos and air guitars
Planning a same-sex wedding
The fact is, most couples argue in the early stages of wedding planning. My partner, Diane, and I are no exception to this rule. Currently, our biggest argument surrounding plans for our wedding is whether or not she can slide into the ballroom during our reception, performing Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" on her air guitar.
| August 04, 2009
Scenes from the Forget, Forget CD release
| September 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM
State to probe missing crude-oil reports #PanAm #mepolitics #crudeoil
July 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM
The answer to this week's game
June 08, 2013 at 12:15 PM
LePage: Big company didn't ask about Maine taxes #mepolitics
May 09, 2013 at 9:59 AM
LePage uses Obamacare to achieve his own political goal #mepolitics
May 08, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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