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

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

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