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Archive - 2014

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February 17th

View from the Couch February 2014

This month was occupied with some catching up on films that I meant to see but missed when they were first released; revisiting some old films that I remember liking; and discovering a few new ones. Films that I find substantive, I post as single review features. This month included two excellent and unusual films: Fruitvale Station and Frances Ha.

February 10th

Fruitvale Station

Coogler, Whittaker

Finished watching Fruitvale Station about 20 minutes ago and I am wowed.

The story was presented with as much humanity as I have ever witnessed in a film. We weren't sold on Oscar's reformation, we were offered his humanness. And has a film ever had such a powerful final scene? Nope, Fruitevale Station wins that prize.

February 6th

Community

Ferron

I am hearing more and more tales of seniors in our LGBTQ community, who are in dire straits. I have a few opinions about that.

A generation of people, who broke down barriers, stepped to the front, changed things for our community, are aging and many are without resources. As I listen to the stories, I hear loads of self accusation for not working and plans to get employed to take care of themselves, when frankly, because of age and physical limitations, that is impossible.

February 4th

Russia and the LGBTQ Community

GQ takes a look at being GAY in Putin's Russia and it is bad news.

As I read the article, I kept remembering an interview I did with filmmaker Heather Lyn McDonald, who did 2 films about being GAY in Russia: Kitchen Stories USSR and Kiev Blue. Unfortunately, things have not changed for the better since the days McDonald made her films.

January 24th

My Car's Name is Fern

I take car naming very seriously.

I drive for weeks before settling on the name. This time I was lucky enough to purchase a nice little car from a very lovely person at a super low price.

January 23rd

Why I love Scotty Bradley

Greg Herren

Greg Herren's wild tales about Scotty Bradley make me happy.

The alternative lifestyle, meaning a relationship triad, is not rationalized, analyzed by common morals, presented as anything but a loving and complicated family. Scotty and Frank and Colin are who they are and it is wonderful and sexy and complicated but never justified or judged.

January 18th

View from the Couch - January 2014

Colette and Janney

View from the Couch

When writing the original View from the Couch articles for Inside/Out Hudson Valley, as the deadline approached, I would sweat bullet points. Years away from that, I'm finding motivation to write these kind of articles again. So here is the latest edition.

January 16th

Oscars

Philomena starring Judi Dench

Anyone who has followed my reviews over the years, knows well my disdain for the Oscars and the small relevancy they have to anything but the box office. That said, I have a few opinions.

January 7th

August: Osage County

Meryl Streep August: Osage County

Definitely among the finalists on my list for Best Picture. I'm giving it 5 stars.

Promos for the film refer to it as a "hilarious, dark comedy", well don't be fooled. Yes, you will laugh, but this is not a comedy nor is it hilarious. Ironic, yes; sardonic, yes; hilarious, no.