Brief Notes on The Shooting Wall Film Festival, 2013 Philadelphia, PA
Film Criticism / Film Theory / Philadelphia Film / PhiliMOCA / Regional Film-making / Shooting Wall Film Festival / Uncategorized

Brief Notes on The Shooting Wall Film Festival, 2013 Philadelphia, PA

The 2013 Shooting Wall Film Festival, the second in a row at the truly great facilities at PhilaMOCA, was by all means, an event not to be missed for the local Philadelphia Film Scene. What truly startled me, someone used to local film screenings filled with ancient grad students and pensive Art School Instructors, so … Continue reading

Christmas U.S.A (1949) Dir: Gregory J Markopoulos
Art Criticism / Film Criticism / Gay History / Gay Studies / Gender Studies

Christmas U.S.A (1949) Dir: Gregory J Markopoulos

Christmas U.S.A is a work of utter privacy, operating, thriving in a filmic universe of unnoticed corners, secluded rooms, forests and darkly lit row houses, even the outside world seems filtered through the eyes of a lingering phantom. Gregory J Markopoulos might be Queer cinemas most elusive phantom of them all. An Ohioan born in … Continue reading

Ten Animated Films Criterion Should Consider.
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Ten Animated Films Criterion Should Consider.

The Criterion Collection is simply the best company in the United States, and possibly the world when it comes to re-issuing and releasing international film treasures. Whether it be Ingrid Bergman’s The Seventh Seal or Alex Cox’s Repo Man, one can be safely assured each DVD release will be given the treatment of a new … Continue reading

Five Films Starring Judy Garland (that you were afraid to watch)
Film Criticism / Film History / Film Theory / Gay History / Gay Studies / Judy Garland / List-o-rama

Five Films Starring Judy Garland (that you were afraid to watch)

Judy has gotten a bad rap as time goes by. She has, and always will be one of the most potent cult figures in Gay history, a fact that has cast over gay culture, and all American pop culture, like a long and sinister statue. Saint Judy, we think we know her all too well, … Continue reading

Queer Cinema Japan: An Actors Revenge
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Queer Cinema Japan: An Actors Revenge

Queer Cinema Japan is a Continuing Series on Cinema Homosexualis. (雪之丞変化) An Actors Revenge, sometimes known in English as Revenge of a Kabuki Actor,  was a film of little significance when it was produced in 1963. Director Kon Ichikawa was forced to direct it by the powers that be at Daiei Studios after a string of … Continue reading

Queer Wonderlands on Film: Desperate Living and The Wizard of Oz as LGBTQ Narrative
Art Criticism / Cult Film / Desperate Living / Edith Massey / Film Criticism / Film Theory / Gay History / Gay Studies / Gender Studies / John Waters

Queer Wonderlands on Film: Desperate Living and The Wizard of Oz as LGBTQ Narrative

The Wizard of Oz is the story of a Kansas girl swept away to the magical Land of Oz filled with flying monkeys, talking lions and a Wicked Witch. Desperate Living is a film about a mentally insane housewife who murders her husband, ending up in the land of Mortville filled with criminals, lesbians, and … Continue reading

Burt Lancaster, The Only Man I Ever Loved By Robert Curry
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Burt Lancaster, The Only Man I Ever Loved By Robert Curry

  Burt Lancaster’s favorite curse word was “cocksucker”.  According to Lancaster biographer Gary Fishgall it was not unusual for Lancaster to telephone his producer or director in the middle of the night to dispute a contract or character point.  Often that conversation began with “you cocksucker”.  That was Burt Lancaster, a self-made superstar, aggressive, ambitious, … Continue reading