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"I wanted to invent myself as a fictional character. And I did,
and it has caused a great deal of confusion."

- Jeanette Winterson -


Archive - 2011

July 10th


Undertow is magically brilliant.

From Peru comes a story so human and from the heart that I want to make it required viewing in every film class.

Bourbon Street Blues

Greg Herren

I am thoroughly enjoying this book.

July 2nd


Worse than Loving Annabelle and that is hard to achieve.

The only redemption might be the soft core porn ... if you are young.

June 30th

The Big Gay Musical

Clever, eye catching, funny with very talented performers.

It is a musical, so we're already half way there. The actors/dancers/singers topped the book as it is in most musicals.

May 27th

Four Seasons Lodge

A testament to love.

Albert Maysles who filmed Grey Gardens (and many others) with his brother David, guided the cinematography of Four Seasons Lodge with beautiful results.

May 4th

Mary Ann in Autumn

Armistead Maupin

Comfort food and gourmet comfort food at that. Once again Maupin creates a world both familiar and larger than life with simple phrasing and brilliant compilation.

April 25th


Impromptu has been one of the films that I pushed to the back of the list until I recently pulled it off the library shelves. It has been recommended by respected critics and in general been listed as a classic. Why?

John Farr Movie Picks

John Farr's article on HuffPo basically quotes AO Scott. Scott's original article A Golden Age of Foreign Films, Mostly Unseen is a must read. You can skip Farr's comments and go right to his list and my ratings/comments;
The Band's Visit ... 3.5***

April 15th

Metro Weekly's 25 Gay Films Everyone Must See

I love lists and these are good ones. The sequel list includes a film I've not seen Love of Siam; I will see it now.

I thought it ironic that they gave John Grayson's films Zero Patience and Lilies one slot. Grayson is in a category all of his own, rivalled only by the likes of Almodovar and Ozpetek, so one slot for two films seems stingy.

March 27th

Geraldine Ferraro

I was present in the Miami auditorium when Walter Mondale announced that Geraldine Ferraro would be the vice-presidential candidate for the Democrats.

We were at a NOW conference at the Fountainbleu which was already a great experience thanks to Kate Clinton. The convention delegates went crazy, crying, laughing, hugging. It felt like times were a changing.