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Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. The film was inspired by the article published by New York Magazine entitled “The Hustlers at Scores” written by Jessica Pressler.

Starring Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo and Cardi B.

Judy Trailer...

Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Even her dreams of love seem undimmed as she embarks on a whirlwind romance with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband. Featuring some of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love, and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer.”

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019...

...by David Anderson Cutler

EIFF 2019

It's that time of the year again...come rain or shine, when we all head off to the glorious capital city of Edinburgh.

Must admit, the LGBT content [this year] is - for the want of a better word - sparse. Last year's festival presented 20 LGBT films...with a few additional surprises. This year, a mere 6 - not including all the retrospective films!

Still...there are always the surprises, we've just got to find them...hiding behind all that subtext and/or homoerotica! And, let's face it, practically every film made [nowadays] has - at least - one LGBT character...who ticks the [now obligatory] diversity box!


Day 1...

Didn't get to see Boyz in the Wood...but, here are the Boyz...

BoyzintheWood


Day 2...

Aniara @EIFF2019

Aniara
by Pella Kågerman & Hugo Lilja

Earth is buggered...let's all bugger off to Mars!

Here's a film with - quite possibly - the longest timeline in cinematic history...it literally spans 1000s of years. Aniara is a dark, pessimistic tale about humanity...the hopes and ambitions and the crushing reality when it all doesn't go to plan...all explored within the confines of a rather large, out-of-control spaceship!

It takes a brave filmmaker to take on the might of Harry Martinson's epic poem...purists will probably pick fault with every scene. But, hey...not everyone is a purist! This is a version, an interpretation of the text...it makes you think, it makes you sad, it makes you ask yourself questions...what would you do if you found yourself infinitely hurtling through infinity? That's not a question you blurt out at a dinner party!

The directors have worked magic with their budget...the atmosphere is palpable, the claustrophobia is tangible, the hopelessness is indisputable. It's not without a few faults...but, considering the budget and the richness of the source material...it's a damn decent effort.

So-Pretty@EIFF2019

So Pretty
By Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli

Made by a niche demographic...for a niche demographic. Most definitely...not one for the hoi-polloi!

In these PC times, when the snowflakes are frantically searching for their own identities...be it fluid, non-binary, trans or cis...ad nauseum. It comes as an ironic surprise...So Pretty is a film that hasn't a clue what it is...it calls itself a drama, although it is [almost] devoid of a story...and, for the most part, it seems to be completely improvised. The aesthetic is part cinéma vérité, totally guerilla, too Dogme-95-ish for comfort...and, topped off with an obvious [and sycophantic] Warholian nod. In other words...this is low budget, home-made, artistically challenged fayre.

It veers from the [wholly] pseudo-intellectual to the mundane to the ooh-you-wouldn't-want-your-mother-to-watch-this...the [bewildering] ass-whipping scene will bring tears to your eyes! It screams: Hey, we're crazy queer kids, we do crazy things! This 'Queer Thang'...well, it's all rather reminscent of the good ole Punk days...alas, without the humour, the style, the angst or the music! [C'mon Punk was funny!] So, just to be controversial...this kind of 'Queer' is merely the post-post-modern Punk for today...a poor photocopy of the original. Yip...subcultures [do] come and [do] go, leaving in their wake films like these. Perhaps, in years to come So Petty will be afforded the same kind of attention [and praise] Andy Warhol & Paul Morrissey continue to receive. For they did - indeed - definitively defined their subculture. Sadly, So Pretty is without definition.

The-Grizzlies@EIFF2019

The Grizzlies
By Miranda de Pencier

Here's a film that bellows: Canada...make amends!

A straightforward narrative...without any bells or whistles...that really does kick the Canadian government in the proverbials! Tradition and modernity will always be at loggerheads...but, when the suicide rate soars among the young...something has got to be done. Heads have got to be bashed and solutions threshed out. This is an ongoing tragedy...but, what makes it more tragic is...it is all completely avoidable.

The Grizzlies is both heart-breaking and uplifting...the message is clear and uncomplicated. Invest and keep on investing until this shocking suicide statistic has been reduced down to 'normal' parameters...and then, keep on investing...in education, sport, art, tradition...and, people.

A fine film...with a young, inexperienced cast who all step up to the plate and more. Hopefully, this film will get the audience it deserves...not only does it show the importance of education...but, it educates the audience. Now...that's something more films should do!


Day 3...

Love-Type-D@EIFF2019

Love Type D
By Sasha Collington

The question is: Would you take and act on [dating] advice dished out by an 11-year-old? Well, if you have been dumped as many times as this character has...desperation makes people do incredible things!

However, the implausibility of the whole scenario and the lightness of tone makes this an underwhelming rom-com...with little in the way of genuine 'rom' and pushing too hard for the 'com'. Such a shame, the two little boys do deliver a rather nifty little comedy act. But, it's too cutesy...obviously [and most bizarrely] intended for the family market...can't quite see the families packing into the cinema to see this! Perhaps, adolescent girls...desperate to clich their first boyfriends...all they need is an elephant-strength love potion!

It's all just a little too immature!

The-Art-of-Self-Defense@EIF2019

The Art of Self-Defense
By Riley Stearns

Let's face it, Jesse Eisenberg is a bit of a Marmite actor...you either love or loathe. Well, my dears, he uses that dichotomy to his utmost advantage in this timely tale of toxic masculinity.

Riley Stearns takes his story - inch-by-inch - into the darkness...what makes it so gripping is the tongue-in-cheek [almost camp] posturing of the alpha-males, Alessandro Nivola's Sensei is a howling homage to narcissism. Everybody loves an underdog...but, when that underdog transforms, through self-empowerment...most will applaud and cheer...until it goes too far. When the self-empowered become the self-righteous...oh dear!

The Art of Self-Defense takes it to the absolute limit...in the beginning, you will love [or loathe] Mr Eisenberg...in the end, you shoud loathe his character...although, some will - undoubtedly - love him. It all depends on your own moral compass...!

This is a film that has everything...with one added bonus...intelligence. It's frightening!

The-Dead-Dont-Die@EIFF2019

The Dead Don't Die
By Jim Jarmusch

Zombies have been done to death...well, Mr Jarmusch knocks his zombies out of the park and beyond!

When a film features a lusty Scottish mortician who just happens to be a Samurai warrior and takes the form of Tilda Swinton...c'mon, it's a no-brainer...this has got to be seen to believed. She - quite literally - steals every scene...one, in particular, involving two dead bodies, a Sumurai sword and funky make-up. One of the most outrageous and satisfying belly-laughs in the history of cinema!

Bill Murray does nonchalant Bill Murray to [the expected] perfection...with Adam Driver, bouncing all the way, as his sidekick...showing the power of understated comedy.

The Dead Don't Die goes off-piste so often...it really is - at times - a case of WTF! Go with it, this is Jim Jarmush doing his thing with done-to-death zombies...it's a treat and a trial and it will give you [and leave you with] that - utterly joyous - belly-laugh!


Day 4...

Yesterday@EIFF2019

Danny-Boyle@Eiff2019Yesterday
By Danny Boyle

Not what you would expect from Mr Boyle!

It's not the greatest film ever made...in truth, it's a bit daft...but, if it's the feel-good factor that you're after...well, they don't come much better than this!

The Beatles have been wiped from the world's collective memory [hysterically, so has Oasis...and, bizarrely Coca-Cola, think about it]...all, apart for one [lucky and luckless] busker...who just happens to know practically every song the Fab4 produced. Vicarious fame and fortune dangle before him like a lush donkey's carrot!

Whether you are a 'Beatles' fan or not...the biggest surprise in Yesterday is how fresh these songs come across..and that's all thanks to a beautifully natural performance by Himesh Patel, not an easy transition from being a [long-time] soap star to the big screen. He does it with aplomb...and, most importantly, he is absolutely, cheek-tweakingly adorable.

However, Ed Sheeran is not a natural actor [hey, it's not his gig]...but, credit where credit's due, he gives it a go and embraces the self-mockery...that's nothing but admirable. 'Dude' instead of 'Jude'...just hysterical!

So...suspend disbelief and enjoy. This is solid entertainment.

Astronaut@EIFF2019

Astronaut
By Shelagh McLeod

Cosmic sentimentality...a sweet and safe little film without any artistic risks whatsoever. Just a plain old-fashioned story...reminiscent of Cocoon [sans les extraterrestres]...about regrets, missed opportunities...and, legacy.

Mr Dreyfuss delivers a stoic performance...aided and abetted by a script that maintains the mantra: Never give up...wishing, hoping, living.There is, however, a smidgen of respite from the heart-tugging...in the form an elderly gay gentleman who has not lost his eye-for-the-men and vocalises his pent-up lust with neither shame nor reticence.

Of course it's sentimental, how could it not be!?! Considering Mr Dreyfuss' cinematic girth...Jaws, Close Encounters...and, his Oscar-winning, The Goodbye Girl...Astronaut is a modest film, it will certainly warm the cockles of many hearts, both young & old...and, for those of a certain age, it's poignancy will resonate in so many ways.

A solid, lovely wee film...just a little bit on the safe side.

The-Furies@EIFF2019

The Furies
By Tony D'Aquino

Eeew...if it's blood, guts and gore that you're after...you've come to the right place!

This is vicious...sometimes, you really have to cover your eyes...as these kidnapped young women are hunted [and killed] by 'extravagantly' masked men...in the wilderness that is the Australian outback. It's unrelenting!

The cinematography captures the geography perfectly, the editing is brisk...and, the music is striking. Being his debut feature...Mr D'Aquino has done the right thing...surrounding himself with technicians who know their jobs. The result is an over-the-top, wholly misogynistic, assault to the senses...so much so, it actually becomes quite funny in a macabre way...when you laugh at an exploding head...it really is time to question your own sanity!

Thrilling, nasty stuff!

The-Fall-of-the-American-Empire@EIFF2019

The Fall of the American Empire [La chute de l'empire américain]
By Denys Arcand

The Canadian master-filmmaker...does it again! No, it's not a sequel to Mr Arcand's similarly entitled [brilliantly poisonous] The Decline of the American Empire - still, the obvious [titular] dig at his next-door-neighbour is more than just a slap-in-the-face!

There's nothing quite like drilling home your message via sarcasm and wit, Mr Arcand does not - in the slightest - hold back. This is crime-caper done to perfection...with an added [blistering] social commentary. The crux of the film is a moral issue...akin to Robin Hood...stealing from thieves for the greater good of the community. Then...there's an unbridled assault on education and intellectualism: Intelligence is a handicap!

What makes this all work is Alexandre Landry's ultra-charismatic performance...he's a delivery-man with a PhD, a bit of a geek, who falls for an exorbitant escort...while being chased by hardcore, torture-weilding criminals and harassed by a duo of police officers...who are contending with a few sexual issues, she had him, he wants her, she's switched teams!

Messieurs Landry et Arcand take everything in their stride...the pace is furious, the 2 hours zip by...indeed, the Canadian master-filmmaker...has done it again!


Day 5...

The-Tobacconist@EIFF2019

The Tobacconist [Der Trafikant]
By Nikolaus Leytner

What a story! What a film!

This is direction, Nikolaus Leytner has the unique vision and ability...to put everything that is in his mind's eye onto the screen. A period piece with daubs of nightmare and flourishes of fantasy...

The rise of Fascism...witnessed by and seen through the impressionable eyes of somewhat naive, young man. This is a character who grows - exponentially - before your very eyes. Oooh...how you will involve yourself with his fragilities and friendships. How you will smile as he grows into his adult's skin...and, how you will weep...as life's realities take their toll.

T'is always a pleasure to see a young actor step up to [and beyond] the plate...this should be his breakout performance, he literally carries the film from start to finish...talk about character arcs, this arc is mighty. With touches of Cabaret, tête-à-têtes with Sigmund Freud, cigar etiquette and the snivelling, rotten musk of the Black Shirts lurking...The Tobacconist is a story that needed to be told...and, with might, has it been told well!

Stunning.

The-Red-Phallus@EIFF2019

The Red Phallus
By Tashi Gyeltshen

The cinematography is splendiferous...but...the acting...well, there are two ways of looking at using non-professional actors...you may find a diamond-in-the-rough...or, as is the case here, you don't. With the exception of Tshering Euden, she does do a decent job...but, all the others...it's a great big oops!

Now...if you are going to use no-pros...you had better be a director worth his-or-her salt. Tashi Gyeltshen demonstrates the biggest mistake a [relatively inexperienced] director can make...he completely forgot about his potential audience. If film-making is all about bums-on-seats and telling a story to those bums...these bums on these seats are sound asleep...because, the story doesn't quite unfurl and the unfurling is akin to treacle coming out of a vinegar bottle! In other words: Slooow!

Talk about overly long-takes...who wants to watch a gas-ring [burning] for 2 minutes? Some will label it 'mood' and/or 'atmospheric' - forget those labels...this is monotony.

Manta-Ray@EIFF2019

Manta Ray [Kraben rahu]
By Phuttiphong Aroonpheng

An intriguing beginning...a man adorned with fairy lights walks through a forest covered in fairly lights...visually, it's stunning. But, what does it all mean? The director gives you plenty of time to mull it over.

A perplexing middle...a peroxide-blonde man finds an unconscious man deep in the mangroves, he extricates him without any trouble, nurses him and allows him to share his home and life...and, he doesn't utter a word [throughout the entire film]! The villagers perceive them as a married couple...up until the peroxide-blonde disappears. In walks his pregnant ex-wife, who shacks up with the mute foundling...and then she bleaches his hair! What does it all mean? Seemingly, this film is a damning indictment on how [badly] the Rohingya are treated in Thailand...however, being so utterly abstract, that damning [and important] 'message' is all but lost.

And, not just a cacaphonous ending...but one that will cause your jaw to slam uncontrollably onto the floor...it's cryptic...perhaps, surreal...in truth, it's just plain stupid.


Day 6...

The-Souvenir@EIFF2019

The Souvenir
By Joanna Hogg

Film-school drivel...from a 'seasoned' [as in, no Spring chicken] film-school graduate...who ought to have known [much] [much] better!

With such mighty names attached to this narcissistic, preachy 'project' - Martin Scorsese [executive producer ] & Tilda Swinton [with daughter-in-tow]...this a classic case of: It's not what you know...it's who!

It would be far too easy to [completely and utterly] rip this mind-numbingly repetitive 'film' apart...and, quite possibly, in doing so...incur a rather costly libel!!! So...without further fuss [or, ado]...I will say no more...other than...a 'Part Deux' [sequel] is in-the-works [with the same fabulous names attached]...a word of advice: Read, just a handful of, the [public, entrance-fee-paying] reviews on IMDb...and then, perhaps, you will climb down from cloud-cuckoo-residence and realise that your [parentally] fully-funded-far-flung-film-school days are NOT as interesting as you have deluded yourself [and some fabulous names] into believing!

But...hey, well done...for getting Tilda and Martin onboard! And...winner of the Grand Jury Prize @ Sundance!?! Must admit Ms Hogg...you keep non-hoi-polloi 'good' cinematic company! Proper...cinematic elitism.

Cronofobia@EIFF2019

Cronofobia
By Francesco Rizzi

A film that goes from the interesting [albeit confusing]...to the rivetting [albeit wonderfully mundane]...to the downright pedestrian.

Yes...the final third threw a spanner into-the-works and screwed everything [so frustratingly] up! Aaargh...sometimes, the need for artiness is not needed whatsoever! Just keep it real.

This is an impressive feature debut. Francesco Rizzi has it all...vision, voice and talent...with a little fine-tuning, [third act] tucks and tweaks...his next project could easily knock it out of the park. Not many directors can intrigue an audience...then, absorb them...and lose them all in the space of 93 minutes...as they say, two out of three ain't bad...but, three out of three makes for a solid cinematic career!

Bulbul-Can-Sing@EIFF2019

Bulbul Can Sing
By Rima Das

Bulbul can't sing!

What an odd little film...it has been screened at many LGBT film festivals throughout the word...yet, it is not [by any stretch of the imagination] a first-tier LGBT film. Yes, it does feature a young gay man...who gets periodically forgotten about throughout [but still manages to pack a well-placed punch or two]...the main themes in this film are burgeoning sexuality, traditional patriarchy...and, that old favourite...arranged marriages...in rural India, where time stands still...despite the howling cries from modernity.

Rima Das is her own one-woman production company...quite literally, doing everything herself to get her projects off the ground and onto the silver screen...that, in itself, has to be admired. This is as decent a film can be when non-professional actors are used...the leads do do an admirable job...sadly, the support does not fare as well!

Bulbul has a pivotal scene involving the two young women...they are caught flirting [illicitly] with a couple of boys...all Hell breaks loose! The townsmen beat the girls black-and-blue...well, that was the intention, what we see is a slap-happy, sloppy improvisation that goes on for far too long. It really is a case of...less is more. If performers can't do stunt-fighting convincingly...then don't show it. There are other ways to convey violence...via sound and crisp editing.

Weaknesses aside, Bulbul Can Sing has a captivating freshness. Rima Das' voice needs to be heard, she is tackling subjects that need to be told and seen...modernity stops for no man...it's just that in some places some men do what they can to stop it themselves...the reprecussions can be tragic. A film that - surely and hopefully - will change [traditional] minds!


Day 7...

The-Captor@EIFF2019

The Captor [Stockholm]
By Robert Budreau

Who doesn't love a bumbling criminal with a heart of gold?

Be warned...this is not an accurate re-telling of the botched bank heist that led to the psychological 'discovery' of the Stockholm Syndrome. Instead, this is a tongue-in-cheek, almost caper-ish rendition of the 'facts' and Ethan Hawke just rolls with it. He's cheek-tweakingly lovable!

It's a mad approach to the actual madness, not too dissimilar with Dog Day Afternoon...hitting a perfect balance between comedy and drama...between sentiment and survival. As you would expect, nothing goes smoothly for our anti-hero...and every error of judgment is met with a carnvorous performance by Vladimir Jon Cubrt who - as the bank manager - steals every scene with his snide and cynical coolness.

So...with Bob Dylan crooning away in the backgroud...take a pinch of salt, suspend disbelief and enjoy...this has an unexpected charm and a jaw-dropping silliness. As daft as it is entertaining.

X&Y@EIFF2019

X&Y
By Anna Odell

Artistic boundaries do not exist...well, they bloody well ought to...and, if they did [or, do], this incredible indulgence would never have made it to the screen!

After a tortutuous [and mind-numbing] 112 minutes, it all amounts to one great big pile of pseudo-intellectual-sexual guff...packed to the rafters with mental and physical probings...who is me? Let me bonk me to find out! Galloping ginger cats...there goes the audience!

Part scripted, part improvised...wholly incomprehensible and lamentably risible. Ms Odell - increduously - gathered a mighty fine company of actors, convinced them to do as she directed, forgot [completely] about the audience...as nothing is answered in the film...the only question that remains is...why?

Thirty@EIFF2019

Thirty [Dreissig]
By Simona Kostova

Here's a little experiment...I asked a complete stranger [who just happened to be a young man] to recommend a film, something that wasn't on my list. He recommended this...saying it was completely brilliant.

Sometimes you get a pleasant little surprise...and, sometimes you don't.

Alas, Thirty falls into the latter category...but, what makes this interesting is...this is filmmaking for a different generation. Me, I like a story...something that grabs you and doesn't let go until the very end. Thirty has no story...it's just a bunch of friends, approaching thirty and moaning about everything and anything...

It's all very cinema verité - realism to the core...the only problem is, other people's realities can be a complete bore to watch. Hey...different generation...different mindset!


Day 8...

I-See-You@EIFF2019

I See You
By Adam Randall

Clever...very clever indeed!

 

 

 

 

Them-That-Follow@EIF2019

Them That Follow
By Britt Poulton & Dan Madison Savage

Religion gets a [predictable] pounding!

 

 

 

 

 

Arent-You-Happy@EIFF2019

Aren't You Happy? [Das melancholische Mädchen]
By Susanne Heinrich

I don't get your humour...

That's a quote from the film...talk about hitting the nail precisely on the head! Really, seriously, unabashedly...there are not enough [respectable & repeatable] words to accurately describe how [truly] awful this film is!

It's really only 70 minutes [too] long...with 9 minutes of end credits [yes, we timed them!].

So...not to be a total malcontent...here are the positives, there are quite a few willies on show [one being particularly impressive]. That's it, that's all.


Day 9...

Synonyms@EIFF2019

Synonyms [Synonymes]
By Nadav Lapid

Winner of Berlinale's Golden Bear...seriously, did they watch the same film!?!

Well, we can think of quite a few 'synonymes' to describe this utter mess/shambles/mishmash/ of a self-indulgent/cacophonous/thread-bare/pretentious film. Where to start...

...with the story, of course...wait a minute...what story? It all centres around Yoav, a young man who likes to show off his manly tackle and [oooh your poor ears] hasn't mastered the art of speaking at a normal [and acceptable] level...in other words, he shouts...throughout the entire film!

Yoav has 'escaped' his native [and despised] Israel...decanting to Paris. Within a matter of minutes, he ends up in a stunning [but bare] apartment, being robbed [while showering] of his entire possessions...leaving him, in the cold heart of Winter...bare-butt-dick-dangling-naked!

Then...everything goes all Jules et Jim [sans la magnificence de Truffaut]...a young, wealthy couple rescue him from a hypothermic bath-tub...warm him, clothe him, feed him and hand over [without the blink of a smitten eye] a wad of cash. As if!

Admittedly...it all sounds rather interesting and there are certainly some eye-pleasing moments...but, that's just the first 15 minutes...the remaining 105 minutes are a fanatical assault to the senses [and to Israel]! Now, this all might be [a bit] semi-autobiographical and Nadav Lapid just wanted to get a load off of his chest...well, he certainly did that...and, forgot about the audience [there were quite a few walk-outs at the press screening]...it's all about communication m'dear!

There are better ways to rant and rave...rather than [actually] ranting and raving for nearly 2 exhausting, ear-splitting hours. Synonyms is a scathing critique on [a very pervasive] Israel...perhaps that was the point. Why be subtle...when you can just throw it out there - unrelentlessly - at the top of your [screeching] voice, taking no prisoners whatsoever!

Indeed...food for thought!

Skin@EIFF2019

Skin
By Guy Nattiv

A mighty performance from Jamie Bell...

 

 

 

 


Day 10...

Masters-of-Love@EIFF2019

Masters of Love
By Matt Roberts

It all centres around a lesbian wedding... it's ensemble, it's low-budget...and, it's a little bit laboured.

 

 

 

 

Carmilla@EIFF2019

Carmilla
By Emily Harris

Done to death...does this offering offer something new?

 

 

 

 

 

Acute-Misfortune@EIFF2019

Acute Misfortune
By Thomas M. Wright

Not a pleasant man...but, a superlative [and stylish] bio-pic.

Adam Cullen's art is bold, brash and immature...like the man himself. He was the archetypal suffering artist...alcohol and substance abuse helped put him into an early grave...aged 46. However, he had the wherewithal to recruit a young biographer before his untimely demise...insuring his name and his art's longevity.

This is Thomas M. Wright's [impressive] first film...unlike his chosen subject's art, Mr Wright has defined his own style with an acute eye for detail...he has [wisely] surrounded himself with cinematic technicians who know their craft and shared his vision. The music is a magnificence. The editing, award-deserving...and, the cinematography is aesthetically distinctive. But...it is the writing that catapults this into the stratospehere.

Erik Jensen was young, inexperienced, grappling with his sexuality when he was thrown into the lion's den...as Adam Cullen wrestled with his [many] demons...the dynamic between them is electrifying as they tussle with their own respective vulnerabilities...trying to make sense of what is happening. This is - fundamentally - an abusive relationship...with an even darker twist. The image of Mr Cullen standing naked in the doorway of his young sleeping biographer is an ode to his darkness and a subtextual howler!

Yes...it's easy to dislike Mr Cullen, Daniel Henshall's mighty portrayal doesn't do his legacy any favours whatsoever...until! That's when his real demon is exposed...a strikingly realised goose-bump moment.

Man, situation and film...all unique. Masterful work.


Day 11...

End-of-Sentence@EIFF2019

End of Sentence
By Elfar Adalsteins

Character arcs aplenty...

 

 

 

 

Good-Omens@EIFF2019

Good Omens
By Douglas Mackinnon

 

 

 

 

 

 


Day 12...

Before You Know It
By Hannah Pearl Utt

...still no poster, even though this film has been shown at quite a few festivals! The PR team - most certainly - are not doing their job!

What an oddly framed film...it starts off lesbian, ends lesbian and there's nothing lesbian in-between!

So...rather than this being [solely] about a lesbian...it's much more, it's a slightly goofy look at three generations of womanhood...men - as you would expect - get a rum deal. There's the lying, feckless, controlling father and the cheating, incompetent, smarmy therapist...other than these two [brief] appearances, men don't get a look in.

Before You Know It rattles along at such a pace and - hey, before you know it - it's over. That's a compliment...as daft as the story is, Hannah Pearl Utt runs with it, full pelt...there are a few stumbles along the way but nothing too jarring. Seriously, this is light-hearted fayre...with the odd poke at the male-dominated establishment...

And then...in walks Judith Light as the caked-in-make-up daytime soap star, somewhat reminiscent of Norma Desmond...just a little less fearsome...oooh how this film could have exploded if there had been a generous serving of unbridled ferocity! The situation - most definitely - warranted it!

Being lied to all your life...no, not just a piddling little lie...but, a god-almighty whopper...Before You Know It should have gone down the route of outrage and been outrageous in doing so...alas, 'safe' was the way it went...resulting in a safe and chirpy little film, enjoyable...but, sometimes, you want to be left with a kick in the teeth rather than a smile on your face! Or, do you?!?

Mrs-Lowry-&-Son@EIFF2019

Mrs Lowry & Son
By Adrian Noble

A bagatelle of words and emotions...

 

 

 

 


  
  

   
 

    

A BIGGER SPLASH [Official Trailer]...

Here's the new trailer for the 4K re-release of Jack Hazan's doc A Bigger Splash.

An intimate and innovative film about English-born, often California-based artist David Hockney and his work, honoring its subject through creative risk-taking. Hazan creates an improvisatory narrative-nonfiction hybrid featuring Hockney, a wary participant, as well his circle of friends, capturing the agonized end of the lingering affair between Hockney and his muse, an American named Peter Schlesinger. The result is at once a time capsule of hedonistic gay life in the 1970s, an honest-yet-tender depiction of gay male romance that dispenses with the then-current narratives of self-hatred and self-pity, an invaluable view of art history in action, and a record of artistic creation that is itself a work of art.

Stuber | Red Band Trailer...

When a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) picks up a passenger (Dave Bautista) who turns out to be a cop hot on the trail of a brutal killer, he's thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he desperately tries to hold onto his wits, his life and his five-star rating. Directed by Michael Dowse, this action-comedy from 20th Century Fox also stars Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, Jimmy Tatro, Mira Sorvino and Karen Gillan.

Directed by: Michael Dowse

Brittany Runs A Marathon - Official Trailer...

Hilarious, outgoing and always up for a good time, New Yorker Brittany Forgler is everybody’s best friend ― except maybe her own. At 27, her hard-partying ways, chronic underemployment and toxic relationships are catching up with her, but when she stops by a new doctor’s office to try to score some Adderall, she gets slapped with a prescription she never wanted: Get healthy. Too broke for a gym and too proud to ask for help, Brit is at a loss, until her seemingly together neighbor Catherine pushes her to lace up her Converse sneakers and run one sweaty block. The next day, she runs two. And soon, after finishing her first mile, she sets an almost unthinkable goal: running in the New York City Marathon. Award-winning playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo makes his directorial debut with Brittany Runs a Marathon, an uproarious, irreverent and surprisingly emotional comedy inspired by real events. The irresistible cast, led by Jillian Bell, lends heart and soul to this inspirational story of a party girl who finally finds real friends — and dignity — by taking control of her future, one city block at a time.

Coming to Theaters August 23, 2019!

Ad Astra | Official Trailer...

Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.

In Theaters September 20

Directed by: James Gray

Written by: James Gray & Ethan Gross

Cast: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler and Donald Sutherland

Lamda Literary Awards 2019...

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Here are the nominees and winners.

Lesbian Fiction

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The Tiger Flu, Larissa Lai, Arsenal Pulp Press (WINNER)

In this visionary novel by Larissa Lai - her first in sixteen years - a community of parthenogenic women, sent into exile by the male-dominated Salt Water City, goes to war against disease, technology, and powerful men that threaten them with extinction. Kirilow is a doctor apprentice whose lover Peristrophe is a starfish.

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La Bastarda, Trifonia Melibea Obono, Translated by Lawrence Schimel, The Feminist Press at CUNY

La Bastarda is the story of the orphaned teen Okomo. Forbidden from seeking out her father, she enlists the help of other village outcasts: her gay uncle and a gang of mysterious girls revelling in their so-called indecency. Drawn into their illicit trysts, Okomo finds herself falling in love with their leader and rebelling against the rigid norms of Fang culture.

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The Evolution of Love, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Rare Bird Books

A devastating earthquake has just hit the San Francisco Bay Area, cutting off the outside world completely. When Lily decides to fly from Nebraska to California and make the treacherous journey into the Bay Area to find her sister, she knows she's headed for a disaster zone, but nothing prepares her for what she finds.

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The Fifth Woman, Nona Caspers, Sarabande Books

Years after Caspers's unnamed narrator loses her first lover in a tragic accident, she finds herself wondering, "What did she want from me? What are the things that matter?" In vivid, richly detailed vignettes, the book tracks the cyclical nature of grief and remembrance across a life fractured by loss. At times dryly comical, at other times radiantly surreal, The Fifth Woman is a testament to the resurrecting power of memory and enduring love.

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Maggie Terry, Sarah Schulman, The Feminist Press at CUNY

Post-rehab, Maggie Terry is single-mindedly trying to keep her head down in New York City. There's a madman in the White House, the subways are constantly delayed, summer is relentless, and neighborhoods all seem to blend together.

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Pretend We Live Here, Genevieve Hudson, Future Tense Books

In her debut collection of stories, Pretend We Live Here, Genevieve Hudson explores the idea of home and what it means to find one: in the body, in the world, in other people. Her characters are seekers, whose actions are influenced by their slippery identities and by the strange landscapes that surround them.

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Sodom Road Exit, Amber Dawn, Arsenal Pulp Press

It's the summer of 1990 and the small town of Crystal Beach has lost its beloved, long-running amusement park, leaving the lakeside village a virtual ghost town. It is back to this fallen community Starla Mia Martin must return to live with her overbearing mother after dropping out of university and racking up significant debt. But an economic downturn, mother-daughter drama, and Generation X disillusionment soon prove to be to be the least of Starla's troubles: a mysterious force begins to dog Starla... Soon enough, she must confront the unresolved traumas that haunt Crystal Beach.

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Two Moons: Stories, Krystal A. Smith, BLF Press

A splendid debut collection of speculative fiction that traverses the connections between earth and the heavens, the living and the spectral, human and animal.


Gay Fiction

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Jonny Appleseed, Joshua Whitehead, Arsenal Pulp Press (WINNER)

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Drapetomania, or the Narrative of Cyrus Tyler and Abednego Tyler, Lovers, John R. Gordon, Team Angelica Publishing

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History of Violence: A Novel, Édouard Louis, Translated by Lorin Stein, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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The House of Impossible Beauties: A Novel, Joseph Cassara, HarperCollins / Ecco

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Luminous Traitor: The Just and Daring Life of Roger Casement, a Biographical Novel, Martin Duberman, University of California Press

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Some Hell: A Novel, Patrick Nathan, Graywolf Press

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Speak No Evil, A Novel, Uzodinma Iweala, HarperCollins / Harper

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State of the Nation, David Jackson Ambrose, The TMG Firm


Bisexual Fiction

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Disoriental, Négar Djavadi, Translated by Tina Kover, Europa Editions (WINNER)

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Behind These Doors: Radical Proposals Book 1, Jude Lucens, Greenwose Books

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The Best Bad Things: A Novel, Katrina Carrasco, MCD / FSG

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Bhopal Dance: A Novel, Jennifer Natalya Fink, University of Alabama Press / FC2

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Jilted, Lilah Suzanne, Interlude Press

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The Origin of Doubt: Fifty Short Fictions, Nathan Alling Long, Press 53

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Palmetto Rose, J.E. Sumerau, Brill / Sense

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The Wild Birds, Emily Strelow, Rare Bird Books / A Barnacle Book


Transgender Fiction

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Little Fish, Casey Plett, Arsenal Pulp Press (WINNER)

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Confessions of the Fox: A Novel, Jordy Rosenberg, One World / Random House

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Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi, Grove Atlantic / Grove Press

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Invasions, Calvin Gimpelevich, Instar Books

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Sketchtasy, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Arsenal Pulp Press


Bisexual Nonfiction

Many Love: A Memoir of Polyamory and Finding Love(s), Sophie Lucido Johnson, Simon & Schuster, Inc. / Touchstone

No Archive Will Restore You, Julietta Singh, Punctum Books / 3Ecologies Imprint

Out of Step: A Memoir, Anthony Moll, The Ohio State University Press (WINNER)


Transgender Nonfiction

Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man, Thomas Page McBee, Scribner

Histories of the Transgender Child, Julian Gill-Peterson, University of Minnesota Press (WINNER)

I’m Afraid of Men, Vivek Shraya, Penguin Canada

Mobile Subjects: Transnational Imaginaries of Gender Reassignment, Aren Z. Aizura, Duke University Press

The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective, Joy Ladin, Brandeis University Press


LGBTQ Nonfiction

The Boys of Fairy Town: Sodomites, Female Impersonators, Third-Sexers, Pansies, Queers, and Sex Morons in Chicago’s First Century, Jim Elledge, Chicago Review Press

Butch Heroes, Ria Brodell, The MIT Press

Has the Gay Movement Failed?, Martin Duberman, University of California Press

Ladies Lazarus, Piper J. Daniels, Tarpaulin Sky Press

Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry, Imani Perry, Beacon Press (WINNER)

No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas, C.J. Janovy, University Press of Kansas

Resistance: The LGBT Fight Against Fascism in WWII, Avery Cassell, Stacked Deck Press

Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements, Charlene A. Carruthers, Beacon Press


Lesbian Poetry

Body Work, Emilia Nielsen, Signature Editions

Each Tree Could Hold a Noose or a House, Nina Puro, New Issues Poetry & Prose (WINNER)

Evolution, Eileen Myles, Grove Atlantic / Grove Press

Gaze Back, Marylyn Tan, Ethos Books

Obits., Tess Liem, Coach House Books

Past Lives, Future Bodies, Kristin Chang, Black Lawrence Press

Surge, Etel Adnan, Nightboat Books

Who Is Trixie the Trasher? And Other Questions, Jane Miller, Copper Canyon Press


Gay Poetry

ESL or You Weren’t Here, Aldrin Valdez, Nightboat Books

Indecency, Justin Phillip Reed, Coffee House Press (WINNER)

Inquisition, Kazim Ali, Wesleyan University Press

Junk, Tommy Pico, Tin House Books

Not Here, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Coffee House Press

Stereo(TYPE), Jonah Mixon-Webster, Ahsahta Press

Unfinished Sketches of a Revolution, Brane Mozetič, Translated by Barbara Jursa, Talisman House Publishers

Wild Is the Wind: Poems, Carl Phillips, Farrar, Straus and Giroux


Bisexual Poetry (*new category for the 31st Annual Lammys)

Cenzontle, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, BOA Editions Ltd.

If They Come for Us, Fatimah Asghar, Random House / One World

Mad Quick Hand of the Seashore: Love Poems, Frances Donovan, Reaching Press / Createspace

My Woman Card Is anti-Native & Other Two-Spirit Truths, Xemiyulu Manibusan Tapepechul, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

We Play a Game, Duy Doan, Yale University Press (WINNER)


Transgender Poetry

Heal Your Love, Luna Merbruja, biyuti publishing

Holy Wild, Gwen Benaway, Book*hug Press

If the Color Is Fugitive, Sara Mithra, Nomadic Press

Lo Terciario / The Tertiary, Raquel Salas Rivera, Timeless, Infinite Light (WINNER)

Some Animal, Ely Shipley, Nightboat Books


Lesbian Mystery

A Matter of Blood, Catherine Maiorisi, Bella Books

A Study in Honor: A Novel, Claire O’Dell, HarperCollins / HarperVoyager (WINNER)

A Whisper of Bones: A Jane Lawless Mystery, Ellen Hart, Minotaur Books

Alice Isn’t Dead: A Novel, Joseph Fink, Harper Perennial

Gnarled Hollow, Charlotte Greene, Bold Strokes Books

The Locket, Gerri Hill, Bella Books

Secrets of the Last Castle, A. Rose Mathieu, Bold Strokes Books

Stolen: A Kieran Yeats Mystery, Linda J. Wright, Cats Paw Books


Gay Mystery

Black Diamond Fall, Joseph Olshan, Polis Books

Boystown 11: Heart’s Desire, Marshall Thornton, Kenmore Books

Death Checks In, David S. Pederson, Bold Strokes Books

Dodging and Burning: A Mystery, John Copenhaver, Pegasus Books

The God Game: A Dan Sharp Mystery, Jeffrey Round, Dundurn

Late Fees: A Pinx Video Mystery, Marshall Thornton, Kenmore Books (WINNER)

Somewhere Over Lorain Road, Bud Gundy, Bold Stroke Books

Survival Is a Dying Art: An Angus Green Novel


Lesbian Memoir/Biography

Apocalypse, Darling, Barrie Jean Borich, Mad Creek Books / The Ohio State University Press

Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography, Julia Van Haaften, W. W. Norton & Company

A Certain Loneliness: A Memoir, Sandra Gail Lambert, University of Nebraska Press

Chronology, Zahra Patterson, Ugly Duckling Presse (WINNER)

Food Was Her Country: The Memoir of a Queer Daughter, Marusya Bociurkiw, Dagger Editions

MINE: Essays, Sarah Viren, University of New Mexico Press

My Butch Career: A Memoir, Esther Newton, Duke University Press

nîtisânak, Lindsay Nixon, Metonymy Press


Gay Memoir/Biography

Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death, Lillian Faderman, Yale University Press

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, Alexander Chee, Bloomsbury Publishing

No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America, Darnell L. Moore, Bold Type (WINNER)

On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope, Deray Mckesson, Viking

The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens: A Memoir of the Beales, the Maysles

Brothers and Jacqueline Kennedy, Jerry Torre & Tony Maietta, Querelle Press

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, Jeffrey C. Stewart, Oxford University Press

The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading, Edmund White, Bloomsbury Publishing

There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir, Casey Gerald, Penguin Random House


Lesbian Romance

Autumn’s Light, Aurora Rey, Bold Strokes Books

Beowolf For Cretins: A Love Story, Ann McMan, Bywater Books (WINNER)

Breaking Down Her Walls, Erin Zak, Bold Strokes Books

Charming the Vicar, Jenny Frame, Bold Strokes Books

In Development, Rachel Spangler, Brisk Press

Just For Show, Jae, Ylva Publishing

The Music And The Mirror, Lola Keeley, Ylva Publishing

The Talebearer, Sheri Lewis Wohl, Bold Strokes Books


Gay Romance

The CEO’s Christmas Manny, Angela McCallister, Dreamspinner Press

Crashing Upwards, S.C. Wynne, self-published (WINNER)

Detour, Reesa Herberth & Michelle Moore, Riptide Publishing

Learn with Me, Kris Jacen, MLR Press, LLC

No Luck, Kayleigh Sky, Kiss Drunk Books

Of Sunlight and Stardust, Christina Lee & Riley Hart, self-published

Point of Contact, Melanie Hansen, Carina Press

Undue Influence: A Persuasion Retelling, Jenny Holiday, self-published


LGBTQ Anthology

As You Like It: The Gerald Kraak Anthology Volume II, The Other Foundation, Jacana Media (WINNER)

Beyond II: The Queer Post-Apocalyptic & Urban Fantasy Comic Anthology, Taneka Stotts & Sfé R. Monster, Beyond Press

Foglifter Volume 3, Issue 1, Miah Jefra, Chad Koch, et al., Foglifter Press

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, Roxane Gay, HarperCollins / Harper Perennial

Q2Q: Queer Canadian Performance Texts, Peter Dickinson, C.E. Gatchalian, Kathleen Oliver, Dalbir Singh, Playwrights Canada Press

Sista!: An Anthology of Writing By and About Same Gender Loving Women of African/Caribbean Descent with a UK Connection, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Rikki Beadle-Blair, John R. Gordon, Team Angelica Publishing

Spawning Generations: Rants and Reflections on Growing Up with LGBTQ Parents, Sadie Epstein-Fine & Makeda Zook, Demeter Press

Written on the Body: Letters from Trans and Non-Binary Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, Lexie Bean, Jessica Kingsley Publishers


LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult

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Hurricane Child, Kheryn Callender, Scholastic / Scholastic Press (WINNER)

Anger Is a Gift: A Novel, Mark Oshiro, Tor Teen

The Dangerous Art of Blending In, Angelo Surmelis, HarperCollins / Balzer & Bray

Darius the Great Is Not Okay, Adib Khorram, Dial

Girl Made of Stars, Ashley Herring Blake, Houghton Mifflin & Little, Brown

The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo, HarperCollins / HarperTeen

Sawkill Girls, Claire Legrand, HarperCollins / Katherine Tegen Books

This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story, Kheryn Callender, HarperCollins / Balzer + Bray


LGBTQ Drama

Black Light, Daniel Alexander Jones, produced by The Public Theater

Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties, Jen Silverman, Samuel French, Inc.

Draw the Circle, Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, Dramatists Play Service (WINNER)

Plot Points in Our Sexual Development, Miranda Rose Hall, produced by LCT3 at Lincoln Center Theater

Singlet, Erin Markey, produced by The Bushwick Starr


LGBTQ Erotica

Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, Volume 3, Sacchi Green, Cleis Press

Crossplay, Niki Smith, Iron Circus Comics

Gents: Steamy Stories From the Age of Steam, Matthew Bright, Lethe Press

The Lurid Sea, Tom Cardamone, Bold Strokes Books

Miles & Honesty in SCFSX!, Blue Delliquanti & Kazimir Lee, self-published (WINNER)


LGBTQ Graphic Novels

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The Lie and How We Told It, Tommi Parrish, Fantagraphics Books (WINNER)

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, Mark Russell (Writer), Sean Parsons, Mark Morales, Howard Porter, Mike Feehan (Illustrators), DC Entertainment

Love Letters to Jane’s World, Paige Braddock, Lion Forge

On a Sunbeam, Tillie Walden, First Second / Roaring Brook Press

Our Wretched Town Hall, Eric Kostiuk Williams, Retrofit Comics & Big Planet Comics

The Pervert, Michelle Perez (Writer), Remy Boydell (Illustrator), Image Comics

Unpacking, Steve MacIsaac, Northwest Press

We’re Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology, Jeanne Thornton & Tara Madison Avery, Stacked Deck Press


LGBTQ Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

The Barrow Will Send What It May, Margaret Killjoy, Tor.com

The Breath of the Sun, Isaac R. Fellman, Aqueduct (WINNER)

The Descent of Monsters, JY Yang, Tor.com

Forget the Sleepless Shores, Sonya Taaffe, Lethe Press

In the Vanishers’ Palace, Aliette de Bodard, JABberwocky

Metabolize, If Able, Clay AD, Monster House Press

Resilience, Fletcher DeLancey, Heartsome Publishing

Witchmark, C.L. Polk, Tor.com


LGBTQ Studies

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Toxic Silence: Race, Black Gender Identity, and Addressing the Violence Against Black Transgender Women in Houston, William T. Hoston, Peter Lang International Academic Publisher (WINNER)

Black. Queer. Southern. Women.: An Oral History, E. Patrick Johnson, University of North Carolina Press

Erotic Islands: Art and Activism in the Queer Caribbean, Lyndon K. Gill, Duke University Press

Gay, Inc.: The Nonprofitization of Queer Politics, Myrl Beam, University of Minnesota Press

Herlands: Exploring the Women’s Land Movement in the United States, Keridwen N. Luis, University of Minnesota Press

Media and the Coming Out of Gay Male Athletes in American Team Sports, Andrew Billings & Leigh Moscowitz, Peter Lang International Academic Publishers

Post-Borderlandia: Chicana Literature and Gender Variant Critique, T. Jackie Cuevas, Rutgers University Press

Semi Queer: Inside the World of Gay, Trans, and Black Truck Drivers, Anne Balay, University of North Carolina Press

 

THE KITCHEN Trailer...

THE KITCHEN is an Irish mob story set in 1970s Hell's Kitchen. After the mobsters are sentenced to jail, their wives take their place — and do as good of a job, if not better.

Starring Tiffany Haddish, Melissa McCarthy and Elisabeth Moss.

THE GOLDFINCH - Official Trailer...

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Amazon Studios, “The Goldfinch” is the film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s globally acclaimed best-selling novel, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

Directed by BAFTA Award winner John Crowley (“Brooklyn”), the film features a multigenerational cast led by Ansel Elgort (“Baby Driver”) as Theo Decker and Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman (“The Hours,” “Big Little Lies”) as Mrs. Barbour.

Theodore “Theo” Decker was 13 years old when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, and even love. Through it all, he holds on to one tangible piece of hope from that terrible day...a painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch. The Goldfinch.

In Theaters September 13.

KILLERS ANONYMOUS Official Trailer...

A support group of killers is held regularly, the participants sit in a circle of trust and share their transgressions. On this particular night, the city has been rocked by the failed assassination of a Senator and the brutal and professional demise of his attempted assassin. A chain of events is already in motion, as the group congregates for their late-night session. The very fabric of the group begins to unravel, as one layer of betrayal leads to another. Welcome to Killers Anonymous. The meeting is now in session.

Director: Martin Owen

In UK Cinemas from 27th August

 

 

Cannes 2019 Winners...

Cannes 2019

Here are all the winners:

Palme d’Or: “Parasite,” Bong Joon-ho

Grand Prix: “Atlantics,” Mati Diop

Jury Prize (tie): “Les Misérables” (Ladj Ly) and “Bacurau” (Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles)

Best Actress: Emily Beecham, “Little Joe”

Best Actor: Antonio Banderas, “Pain & Glory”

Best Director: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, “The Young Ahmed”

Best Screenplay: “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” Céline Sciamma

Special Mention of the Jury: “It Must Be Heaven,” Elia Suleiman

Camera d’Or: “Our Mothers,” César Díaz

Short Film Palme d’Or: The Distance Between Us And The Sky,” Vasilis Kekatos

Special Mention of the Jury: “Monstruo Dios,” Agustina San

Queer Palm (Feature): “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” Céline Sciamma

Queer Palm (Short):The Distance Between Us And The Sky,” Vasilis Kekatos

DOWNTON ABBEY - Official Trailer...

Welcome to a new era. We’ve been expecting you. Watch the new trailer now for #DowntonAbbeyFilm, only in theaters this September.

The television series Downton Abbey followed the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the turn of the 20th century in an Edwardian English country house. Over its 6 seasons, the series garnered 3 Golden Globe Awards, 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, 69 Emmy nominations in total, making Downton Abbey the most nominated non-US television show in the history of the Emmys - even earning a Special BAFTA award and a Guinness World Record for the highest critically rated TV show along the way.

Tales of the City | Tales of the Generations...

Go behind the scenes of the brand new chapter of the beloved Tales of the City ahead of its launch as a new limited series on Netflix June 7. Inspired by the books of Armistead Maupin, return to 28 Barbary Lane with Mary Ann (Laura Linney) as she forges a new relationship with her daughter (Ellen Page) and reconnects with Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis). Dive deeper into Anna’s past and meet her ever growing found family as they experience the ups and downs of life in modern San Francisco.

MIDSOMMAR | Official Trailer...

THIS SUMMER, LET THE FESTIVITIES BEGIN.

From writer/director Ari Aster (Hereditary) and starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, and Will Poulter.

RELEASE DATE: July 3, 2019

 

Bacurau - first trailer...

Directors: Kleber Mendonca Filho, Juliano Dornelles

Playing in Competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Director Mendonca Filho returns to Cannes with his second Competition entry, following 2016’s Aquarius — this time co-writing and co-directing with regular production designer Dornelles. Described as a mixture of western, adventure and sci-fi, Bacurau is set in a small town in the Brazilian backlands that disappears from the map after the death of a woman at the age of 94. Sonia Braga, Udo Kier and Karine Teles lead the cast.

Queer Palm 2019 Update...

Queer Palm 2019Here is the complete list of all the films in competition [subject to additions!?!]:

19 LONGS METRAGES / FEATURE MOVIES

Pain and glory - Pedro Almodovar (official selection - competition)
Roubaix, a light - Arnaud Desplechin (official selection - competition)
Bacurau - Kleber Mendonça Filhio / Juliano Dornelles (Sélection officielle – compétition)

Matthias and Maxime - Xavier Dolan (official selection - competition)
Frankie - Ira Sachs (official selection - competition)
Portrait of the young girl on fire - céline sciama (official selection - competition)
Rocketman - Dexter Fletcher (official selection - off-competition)
Lux Æterna - Gaspar Noé (official selection - off-competition - midnight sessions)
5 B - Dan Krauss (official selection - off-competition - special sessions)
Beanpole - Kantemir Balagov (a certain look)
Port Authority - Danielle Lessovitz (a certain look)
Freedom - Albert Serra (a certain look)
Adam - Maryam Touzani (a certain look)
Nina Wu - Medi Z (a certain look)
And then we danced - levan akin (fortnight of directors)
Zombi Child - Bertrand Bonello (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs)
Tlamess - Ala Eddine Slim (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs)
You deserve a love - hafsia herzi (review week)
Indianara - Aude Knight-Beaumel and Marcello Barbosa (acid)

5 COURTS METRAGES / SHORT MOVIES

The distance between the sky and us - vasilis kekatos (official selection)
Jeremiah - Kenya Gillespie (cinéfondation)
Slozhnopodchinennoe - Olesya Yakovleva (Cinéfondation)
Grand Bouquet - Nao Yoshigai (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs)
Journey through a body - Camille Degeye (semaine de la critique)

Loqueesha - Trailer...

Release : JULY, 2019

“A movie of the moment, Loqueesha offers a comical take on our current socio-political climate while exploring the enduring question of who we are.

When Joe (Jeremy Saville), an astute Detroit bartender, finds out he needs to pay for his gifted son’s private school education, he submits an audition to a local radio station for his own talk therapy show. After he’s rejected, he invents a larger-than-life black female personality named Loqueesha, who is hired sight unseen by the unwitting radio station owners. As Loqueesha’s star rises, Joe is increasingly challenged with keeping her identity a secret, maintaining his own sense of self and grappling with the often bizarre perceptions of an audience who have absolutely no idea who they’re talking to”

'Frankie' - first trailer for Ira Sachs’ Cannes Competition title...

The first trailer for Ira Sachs’ Cannes Competition title Frankie. The film stars Isabelle Huppert as a famous French actress, who after learning she has only months to live, gathers her family for one last holiday in Sintra, Portugal. Brendan Gleeson, Marisa Tomei, Jérémie Renier, Pascal Greggory, Ariyon Bakare, Vinette Robinson and Greg Kinnear co-star.

JUDY Official Teaser Trailer...

JUDY In Cinemas 4 October

Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town.

It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in THE WIZARD OF OZ, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown.

As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians, and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Even her dreams of romance seem undimmed as she embarks on a courtship with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband.

And yet Judy is fragile. After working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood; gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids. Will she have the strength to go on?

Featuring some of her best-known songs, including the timeless classic ‘Over the Rainbow’, JUDY celebrates the voice, the capacity for love and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer”.

The Mountain – Official Trailer...

In theaters July 26

Set against the 1950’s "golden age" of American male supremacy, an introverted young photographer (Tye Sheridan) joins a renowned lobotomist (Jeff Goldblum) on a tour to promote the doctor’s recently-debunked procedure. As he increasingly identifies with the asylum’s patients, he becomes enamored with a rebellious young woman (Hannah Gross) and lost in the burgeoning New Age movement of the west. Also starring Denis Lavant and Udo Kier.

IT CHAPTER TWO - Official Teaser Trailer...

IT CHAPTER TWO only in theaters September 6, 2019

Evil resurfaces in Derry as director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club—young and adult—in a return to where it all began with “It Chapter Two.”

The film is Muschietti’s follow-up to 2017’s critically acclaimed and massive worldwide box office hit “IT,” which grossed over $700 million globally. Both redefining and transcending the genre, “IT” became part of the cultural zeitgeist as well as the highest-grossing horror film of all time.

Because every 27 years evil revisits the town of Derry, Maine, “It Chapter Two” brings the characters—who’ve long since gone their separate ways—back together as adults, nearly three decades after the events of the first film.

Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Mama”) stars as Beverly, James McAvoy (“Split,” upcoming “Glass”) as Bill, Bill Hader (HBO’s “Barry,” “The Skeleton Twins”) as Richie, Isaiah Mustafa (TV’s “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”) as Mike, Jay Ryan (TV’s “Mary Kills People”) as Ben, James Ransone (HBO’s “The Wire”) as Eddie, and Andy Bean (“Allegiant,” Starz’ “Power”) as Stanley. Reprising their roles as the original members of the Losers Club are Jaeden Martell as Bill, Wyatt Oleff as Stanley, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie, Finn Wolfhard as Richie, Sophia Lillis as Beverly, Chosen Jacobs as Mike, and Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben. Bill Skarsgård returns in the seminal role of Pennywise.

Muschietti directed the film from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman (“IT,” “Annabelle: Creation”) based on the novel IT by Stephen King. Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin and Roy Lee produced the film, with Marty Ewing, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg serving as the executive producers.

The Current War Official Trailer...

Fuelled by the intense rivalry between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, THE CURRENT WAR tells the dramatic story of the late 19th century race to light up America and power the world. Rounding out the cast are Nicholas Hoult as the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla, Katherine Waterston as Westinghouse’s outspoken wife Marguerite, Tom Holland as Edison’s confident young secretary Samuel Insull, Matthew Macfadyen as the famous financier and banker J.P. Morgan, and Tuppence Middleton as Edison’s supportive wife Mary.

In cinemas across the UK and Ireland on Friday 26h July.

PAPI CHULO - Official Trailer...

Our review here

Starring Matt Bomer and Alejandro Patiño - In theaters June 7th!

After a newly-single TV weatherman (Matt Bomer) is put on leave following an on-air meltdown, he directs his energy into home improvement and hires a middle-aged Latino day laborer named Ernesto (Alejandro Patiño) to help. Despite a language barrier and having nothing in common, the two men develop an unexpected but profound friendship in this darkly comedic reflection on class, ethnicity, and companionship in contemporary Los Angeles.

 

Diamantino – Official Trailer...

In theaters May 24...

Alone or in collaboration with one another or other like-minded collaborators, over the last several years directors Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt have created some of the most hysterically deranged short films out there, and their feature debut doesn’t disappoint in its heady blend of political satire and gender-bending sexual anarchy. Tabu’s Carloto Cotta gives the finest comic performance in recent memory as the dimwitted Portuguese soccer superstar of the title, a burlesqued version of Christiano Ronaldo, swept up in a complicated comic conundrum involving the refugee crisis, Secret Service skullduggery, mad science genetic modification, and a right-wing anti-EU conspiracy. Smart, sly, and sweet, and featuring the biggest stampedes of fluffy puppies you’ve ever seen, it’s the high-camp masterpiece of 2019!

GAY CHORUS DEEP SOUTH - Official Teaser...

A Film by David Charles Rodrigues

Led by Gay Chorus Conductor Dr. Tim Seelig and joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir; the tour brings a message of music, love and acceptance to communities and individuals confronting intolerance. Over 300 singers travelled from Mississippi to Tennessee through the Carolinas and over the bridge in Selma. They performed in churches, community centers and concert halls in hopes of uniting us in a time of difference. The journey also challenges Tim and other Chorus members who fled the South to confront their own fears, pain and prejudices on a journey towards reconciliation. The conversations and connections that emerge offer a glimpse of a less divided America, where the things that divide us—faith, politics, sexual identity—are set aside by the soaring power of music, humanity and a little drag.

 

Years and Years: Trailer

From award-winning writer Russell T Davies, Years And Years is a brand new six-part drama which follows the lives of a single family, the Lyons, over a period of fifteen years in a Britain rocked by unstable political, economic and technological change.

HALSTON | Official US Trailer...

America’s first superstar designer, Halston rose to international fame in the 1970s, creating an empire and personifying the dramatic social and sexual revolution of the last century. Reaching beyond the glitz and glamour, acclaimed filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng reveals Halston’s profound impact on fashion, culture, and business.

HALSTON captures the epic sweep of the life and times of the legendary designer Roy Halston Frowick, the man who set women free with his unstructured designs and strove to “dress all of America." Framing the story as an investigation featuring actress and writer Tavi Gevinson as a young archivist diving into the Halston company records, Tcheng expertly weaves rare archival footage and intimate interviews with Halston’s family, friends and collaborators including Jacqueline Kennedy, Liza Minelli, Andy Warhol and Iman. What results is a behind-the-headlines look into the thrilling struggle between Halston’s artistic legacy and the pressures of big business.

DIRECTED BY: Frédéric Tcheng

FEATURING: Tavi Gevinson

ORIGINAL INTERVIEWS WITH: Liza Minnelli, Marisa Berenson, Joel Schumacher, Gino Balsamo, Karen Bjornson, Walter Bregman, Alva Chinn, Pat Cleveland, Bob Colacello, Fred Dennis, Carl Epstein, Tom Fallon, Don Friese, Lesley Frowick, R. Couri Hay, Sassy Johnson, Naeem Khan, Malcolm “Nick” Lewin, Michael Lichtenstein, Podie Lynch, Patricia Mears, Nancy North, Michael Pellegrino, John David Ridge, Faye Robson, Fred Rottman, Joel Smilow, Paul Wilmot, Jeffrey Wirsing, Peter Wise, Lisa Zay

CHILD'S PLAY Official Trailer #2...

Time to play. The full trailer for Child’s Play is finally here. From the producers of IT comes a modern reimagining of the horror classic. Child’s Play hits theaters June 21.

Cannes 2019: The Films...

Cannes 2019COMPETITION (18 FILMS):

Matthias & Maxime - dir. Xavier Dolan
The Traitor - dir. Marco Bellocchio
Pain & Glory - dir. Pedro Almodóvar
Sorry We Missed You - dir. Ken Loach
A Hidden Life - dir. Terrence Malick
Parasite - dir. Bong Joon-ho
The Young Ahmed - dirs. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
The Wild Goose Lake - dir. Diao Yinan
Oh Mercy! - dir. Arnaud Desplechin
Atlantique - dir. Mati Diop
Little Joe - dir. Jessica Hausner
Les Misérables - dir. Ladj Ly
Bacarau - dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles
The Whistlers - dir. Corneliu Porumboiu
Frankie - dir. Ira Sachs
Portrait of a Young Girl on Fire - dir. Celine Sciamma
It Must Be Heaven - dir. Elia Suleiman
Sibyl - dir. Justine Triet

OPENING NIGHT FILM:

The Dead Don't Die - dir. Jim Jarmusch

OUT OF COMPETITION (5 FILMS):

Rocketman - dir. Dexter Fletcher
The Best Years of a Life - dir. Claude Lelouch
Diego Maradona - dir. Asif Kapadia
La Belle Époque - dir. Nicolas Bedos
Too Old to Die Young – "North of Hollywood, West of Hell" - dir. Nicolas Winding Refn

UN CERTAIN REGARD (16 FILMS):

Adam - dir. Maryam Touzani
Beanpole (Dylda) - dir. Kantemir Balagov
A Brother's Love - dir. Monia Chokri
Bull - dir. Annie Silverstein
The Climb - dir. Michael Covino
Evge - dir. Nariman Aliev
Freedom (Liberté) - dir. Albert Serra
Invisible Life (Vida Invisivel) - dir. Karim Aïnouz
Joan of Arc (Jeanne) - dir. Bruno Dumont
Room 212 (Chambre 212) - dir. Christophe Honoré
Papicha - dir. Mounia Meddour
Port Authority - dir. Danielle Lessovitz
Summer of Changsha (Liu Yu Tian) - dir. Zu Feng
The Swallows of Kabul - dir. Zabou Breitman & Eléa Gobé Mévellec
A Sun That Never Sets (O Que Arde - dir. Olivier Laxe
Zhuo Ren Mi Mi - dir. Midi Z

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS (1 FILM):

The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil - dir. Lee Won-Tae

SPECIAL SCREENINGS (5 FILMS):

Être vivant et le savoir - dir. Alain Cavalier
Family Romance, LLC - dir. Werner Herzog
For Sama - dirs. Waad Al Kateab & Edward Watts
Share - dir. Pippa Bianco
Tommaso - dir. Abel Ferrara

VITA AND VIRGINIA | Official UK Trailer...

RELEASE DATE: 5th July 2019
DIRECTOR: Chanya Button
STARRING: Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, Isabella Rossellini

Based on a true story, VITA & VIRGINIA details the passionate relationship between literary trailblazer Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki), and enigmatic aristocrat Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton).

When their paths cross, the magnetic Vita decides the beguiling, stubborn and gifted Virginia will be her next conquest, no matter the cost. The ensuing relationship leads to the birth of Woolf’s bold, experimental novel - Orlando.

A daring celebration of an unconventional bond, and a vivid exploration of gender, sexuality, creativity and passion, VITA & VIRGINIA details the love story of two women - two writers - who smashed through social barriers to find solace in their forbidden connection.

Dark Phoenix | Final Trailer...

This is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic DARK PHOENIX. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made. It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we've come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet -- one of their own.

In Theaters June 7

Written and Directed by: Simon Kinberg

Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain

Anna Trailer...

Beneath Anna Poliatova’s striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world’s most feared government assassins. An electrifying thrill ride unfolding with propulsive energy, startling twists and breathtaking action, ANNA introduces Sasha Luss in the title role with a star-studded cast including Academy Award Winner Helen Mirren, Cillian Murphy, and Luke Evans.

Directed By: Luc Besson

US Release Date: June 21, 2019

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