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

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

A Séance for Jack Smith
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A Séance for Jack Smith

“Burn everything”, he said over and over. “I’ve lived my life in obscurity, now I’m dying in obscurity.”  “But Jack”, I pleaded, “The world needs your work.”  ‘”The world never helped me!” He screamed.  “But Jack! What about all the people who never hurt you? What about the future?” I countered.  “The future? The future? … Continue reading

Morrissey in Overview by Robert Curry
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Morrissey in Overview by Robert Curry

I have loved the cinema of Paul Morrissey longer than I have most filmmakers.  He has always been a fascinating figure to me.  When I happened to have a very long and personal conversation with him this passed September, I decided to pen my own informal history of his work.  The quotes in this piece … Continue reading

The Faded Woman, Part 1: Origins, Dickens, and Sunset Blvd.
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The Faded Woman, Part 1: Origins, Dickens, and Sunset Blvd.

The Faded Woman is a powerful myth and one that finds itself central to some of the most famous contributions in Western Culture, especially literature and film. She is a living phantom, one of a typically vampiric, manipulative and controlling nature. She procures victims, mostly young males, with the pretenses of money, prestige and seduction. … Continue reading