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At 17

At 17

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Young & Beautiful,” the latest film from prolific gay writer/ director François Ozon, is an exquisitely made drama that chronicles a year in the life of 17-year-old Isabelle (Marine Vacth). After losing her virginity at the beach during the summer, she returns to Paris and secretly works as a prostitute after […]

So Many Movies, So Few Tickets

So Many Movies, So Few Tickets

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | With the annual Tribeca Film Festival running through April 27, it’s worth remembering that you’re better off arriving at a screening just in time and with a ticket, rather than terribly early but with nothing more than cash in hand and good intentions. Advance purchase will get you a seat. As for your […]

Vintage Cool

Vintage Cool

BY STEVE ERICKSON | For 30 years, Jim Jarmusch has remained one of the cool kids. His 1984 breakthrough “Stranger Than Paradise” epitomized the East Village post-punk sensibility at a time when it was still genuinely edgy. While Jarmusch has continued to refer to rock music — he’s often used electric guitar-driven drone/ noise scores and […]

Love in All Its Unlikelihood

Love in All Its Unlikelihood

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Sometimes filmmakers suddenly burst into the spotlight after years of neglect. In America, 2014 is turning out to be Alain Guiraudie’s year. His latest film, “Stranger by the Lake,” has been a modest commercial success and a major critical hit. I expect it to rank in the Top 10 in the Village […]

Always at the Gay Bar

Always at the Gay Bar

BY MICHAEL SHIREY  | “If someone left a little slip of paper on a table that said, ‘I’m 78 feet away, I’m looking at you right now, and I would like to fuck you.’ That’s creepy! But on an iPhone it’s okay?!” This is the premise of “Grind,” a new original musical short by Chemically Altered Productions […]

A Long Ago Riddle Hidden, Even Now

A Long Ago Riddle Hidden, Even Now

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The pre-credit sequence of “The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden” promises a “strange and sinister drama” and uses dramatic headlines to sensationalize the fact that it contains “one mystery on top of another.” It’s true there are some intriguing moments, but this overlong documentary, by Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine, […]

Boys Will Be Boys

Boys Will Be Boys

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Writer/ director Daniel Patrick Carbone makes an auspicious, even astonishing feature debut with “Hide Your Smiling Faces,” an atmospheric drama about two young brothers growing up in the woodlands of New Jersey. Eric (Nathan Varnson) is the older brother of Tommy (Ryan Jones), and they share a close bond. They play, […]

The Sexual Revolution’s Dark Underbelly

The Sexual Revolution’s Dark Underbelly

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Now that marijuana is legal in two US states and porn is ubiquitous online, one could say that countercultural liberationists have achieved important aims. Except that there’s little idealism left about sex and drugs as agents of cultural transformation. A few recent films have attempted to chart the way the sexual revolution […]

Genocide in Clay

Genocide in Clay

BY STEVE ERICKSON | ”The Missing Picture” was made by Cambodian director Rithy Panh, but it features a French voice-over relating the details of his childhood in a Khmer Rouge camp. This seems oddly appropriate, as the film engages a largely French debate about how atrocities like the Holocaust should be represented. For “Shoah” director Claude […]

Iron-Willed Ingénues Keep Going Strong

Iron-Willed Ingénues Keep Going Strong

BY DAVID NOH | Oscar-winning movie musical queen Shirley Jones just made her Café Carlyle debut with a well-received show and I grabbed the opportunity to chat with her. For those who know her as such, you will be pleased to know that “Mrs. Partridge” is every bit as warm and down-to-earth as the Dream Mom […]

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