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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

At the Movies

At the Movies

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Based on the late Roger Ebert’s memoir, “Life Itself” traces the life and work of one of America’s most famous film critics. The film, on which production began five months before Ebert’s April 2013 death, is a lovely, fitting tribute to a writer the New York Times’ A.O. Scott dubbed “the […]

I Want My Queer TV 

I Want My Queer TV 

BY BRIAN MCCORMICK | Who gets to tell our stories and why does it matter? It’s 2014 and Laverne Cox, the breakout trans star of the Netflix hit “Orange Is the New Black,” just made the cover of Time magazine. LGBT and queer characters are everywhere you look — and more and more they reflect […]

A Wave Receding 

A Wave Receding 

BY STEVE ERICKSON | As the New York Asian Film Festival enters its 13th year, interest in individual Asian films — such as Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster,” which was 2013’s highest-grossing foreign film — remains strong, but the sense that there’s a New Wave beyond it all seems to be dissipating. In the ‘80s, mainland China, […]

Disorient Express

Disorient Express

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Philosopher Fredric Jameson once said that we can imagine the end of the world but not the end of capitalism. His remark doesn’t apply exactly to Bong Joon-ho’s Korean/ American production “Snowpiercer,” but it nevertheless fits. In the post-apocalyptic world of Bong’s film, a train endlessly circles the planet. There’s no more […]

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