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Friend to the End… For Now

Friend to the End… For Now

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | In an heroic act of self-sacrifice, Archibald “Chick” Andrews, better known as Archie, has died foiling an assassination attempt on his gay friend Kevin Keller. In last week’s issue of “Life with Archie,” the title character of the popular comic series took a bullet intended for Keller, and his sudden death, […]

Gay Men Coming Together

Gay Men Coming Together

BY GARY M. KRAMER | NewFest, the New York LGBT Film Festival, runs this weekend and through Tuesday, and three of its more provocative films zero in on gay men’s sexuality and the sex they have. “I Always Said Yes” (July 28, 9 p.m.) is Jim Tushinski’s affectionate portrait of gay erotic art filmmaker Wakefield […]

Shake It Up Baby, Now

Shake It Up Baby, Now

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Have you seen the latest rollicking jukebox bio-musical that showcases hits from the 1960s written by a plucky Jewish songwriter, based in New York’s legendary Brill Building, who helped performers become superstars while being forced to stand in the shadows? No, I’m not talking about “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” This one’s […]

Fantastical World Shines in Style, Then Dims

Fantastical World Shines in Style, Then Dims

BY STEVE ERICKSON | French director Michel Gondry, best known for “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and his music videos, has an aesthetic one could call un-naturalism. He’s made two documentaries, one of which turned a feature-length conversation with Noam Chomsky into animation. Gondry’s latest film, “Mood Indigo,” is adapted from a novel by […]

Fierce Farce

Fierce Farce

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | When an edgy, offbeat play transfers to Off Broadway, it’s easy to imagine the work has sprung from some fringy stage in the bowels of downtown Manhattan — or perhaps Bushwick. But “Drop Dead Perfect,” a madcap romp that manages to both skewer and honor noir melodramas from the 1950s, was incubated […]

Communication and Connection 

Communication and Connection 

BY GARY M. KRAMER | NewFest, the city’s LGBT film festival, runs July 24-29 and showcases New York premieres of many worthwhile LGBT films. In this issue and the next, Gay City News highlights some of the standouts from the schedule of screenings. On July 24 at 7:30 p.m., out filmmaker Karim Aïnouz will receive the […]

Imperishable Vamps

Imperishable Vamps

BY DAVID NOH | The mesmerizing world of film noir offers the perfect dark, cool respite from summer’s heat and, starting July 18, Film Forum presents “Femmes Noir” (209 W. Houston St., through Aug. 7, filmforum.org). It’s a comprehensive run-down of titles featuring Hollywood’s most iconic actresses being alluring, mysterious, treacherous and even downright murderous. […]

Seeking a Dog’s Life

Seeking a Dog’s Life

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Closed Curtain” opens and closes with lengthy, mostly static shots of barred doors. That’s fitting for a filmmaker — Iranian director Jafar Panahi — living under house arrest and officially banned from his craft. Despite this sentence, “Closed Curtain,” co-directed by Kambozia Partovi, is the second “non-film” he’s made under these […]

Pride Week Opera 

Pride Week Opera 

BY DAVID SHENGOLD | San Francisco Opera presented three works during its summer season, smartly timed to overlap with Pride Day and Frameline’s Film Festival. Volunteering duties at the Castro kept me from seeing Patricia Racette in the beautiful Jun Kaneko’s beautiful “Madama Butterfly” production. But Racette — who sang both Margherita and Elena in […]

Growing Up in Real Time

Growing Up in Real Time

BY STEVE ERICKSON | The late French critic Serge Daney praised Eric Rohmer’s “The Green Ray” by saying its greatness lay in the way it created a unique sense of duration. The same is true of Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood.” I’ve never seen a film paced quite the same way. Especially in its first half, which […]

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