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)
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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

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

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

Davis, Hellman, and The Little Foxes
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Davis, Hellman, and The Little Foxes

The Little Foxes and Lillian Hellmann  The Little Foxes is one of the forgotten plays, puzzling since its roots in capitalistic greed, wealth and family conflict make it a timely piece for a 21st century world loaded with questions as to who owns the wealth and who doesn’t.  Hellman became an overnight sensation when her play … Continue reading