Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Lady in Question is Charles Busch



2005 American Feature

Cast: Charles Busch, Julie Halston, Boy George, Michael Musto, Rosie O'Donnell, Paul Rudnick, Kathleen Turner and B.D. Wong
Writers/Directors: John Catania and Charles Ignacio

Synopsis:
The "drag to riches" story of multi-talented actor, cult playwright and glamorous leading lady Charles Busch.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 77% / Audience: 78%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 65% / Audience: %
  • OMG rating: 7/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Features home movie and other archival footage of several of Charles Busch's Off-Broadway plays, including Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Psycho Beach Party and The Lady in Question, as well as his Tony Award nominated Broadway play The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.
  • Other actors to appear in archival footage include Linda Lavin, Michele Lee, Jason Priestley and Tony Roberts.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Boys Beware



1961 American Short Film

Synopsis:
"Social guidance" educational film that warns of the danger to young boys from "predatory homosexuals".

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 3.2/10
  • OMG rating: 4/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available


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Notes/Trivia:
  • Boys Beware infamously features the early 1960s-culturally influenced conclusion that homosexual men are inherently dangerous to young boys and that homosexuality is a "mental illness".
  • Producer Sid Davis appears in the film as the man at the public restroom.
  • Also released in 1961 and produced by Sid Davis, the companion film Girls Beware conversely showed the dangers young girls face from the opposite sex.
  • Now in the public domain, the black and white Boys Beware was later colorized. A full-color version of the film was made in 1973, titled Boys Aware, using the same script and soundtrack with different actors.
  • Playwright Max Sparber's 2006 play The Older Gentleman, set in rural Nebraska in the early 1960s, includes a scene in which college students are shown Boys Beware in class.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Question of Equality



1995 American Television Mini-Series
Alternate Title: Over the Rainbow

Directors: Robert Byrd, Tina Di Feliciantonio, Arthur Dong, Robyn Hutt and Jane C. Wagner
Writers: Tina Di Feliciantonio, Arthur Dong and Jane C. Wagner

Synopsis:
A four part look at the origins, growth and maturation of gay and lesbian activism.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 9.1/10

Buy/Rent:
  • VHS: Available


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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Television Documentary.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Originally broadcast on PBS.
  • The titles for the four episodes are: Out Rage '69, Culture Wars, Hollow Liberty and Generation Q.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Breakfast at Tiffany's



1961 American Feature

Cast: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, Vilallonga, Alan Reed, Dorothy Whitney and Mickey Rooney
Director: Blake Edwards
Writer: George Axelrod, based on the novella by Truman Capote

Synopsis:
Eccentric society girl Holly Golightly finds herself captivated by her new neighbor, handsome aspiring writer Paul Varjak.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 87% / Audience: 91%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 76% / Audience: 7.6%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • Academy Awards for Best Music - Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture and Original Song ("Moon River"); also nominated for Best Actress (Hepburn), Adapted Screenplay and Color Art Direction.
  • David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actress (Hepburn).
  • Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture - Comedy and Actress - Musical/Comedy (Hepburn).
  • Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack Album.
  • Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Written American Comedy.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's first appeared in a 1958 issue of Esquire magazine. Shortly afterward, a collection of the novella and three short stories by Capote was published by Random House. Capote envisioned Marilyn Monroe in the part of Holly Golightly and himself as Paul.
  • Elements of Holly's character in the original novel, such as her flirtation with bisexuality, were omitted to make the part more suitable for Audrey Hepburn. Also, due to the Hays Code, Fred's homosexuality could not be referred to in the movie.
  • Potential Director: John Frankenheimer.
  • Casting Call: Tony Curtis, Steve McQueen and Jean Seberg.
  • Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, in her little black dress with her oversized cigarette holder, is considered one of the most iconic images of 20th century American cinema.
  • Conversely, Mickey Rooney's over-the-top portrayal of Holly's Japanese neighbor Mr. Yunioshi is generally considered one of the most stereotypical instances of "yellow face" in film history.
  • Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer's iconic "Moon River" won Grammys for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year, as well as Best Instrumental Arrangement and Best Performance by an Orchestra. The soundtrack album, which won that category, was also nominated for Album of the Year.
  • In 1966, David Merrick produced a Broadway musical version of Breakfast at Tiffany's (also known as Holly Golightly) starring Mary Tyler Moore and Richard Chamberlain. Despite a rewrite by Edward Albee, the troubled production never officially opened and closed after just four preview performances. In 2004, another musical adaptation of the film made its world debut in St. Louis, Missouri. There has also been two non-musical stage adaptations of Breakfast at Tiffany's; the first, starring Anna Friel, played in London's West End in 2009, while the second, starring Emilia Clarke, opened on Broadway in 2013.
  • Stefanie Powers starred in a 1969 unsold television pilot adaptation titled Holly Golightly.
  • In 2002, Breakfast at Tiffany's was ranked #61 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Passions" list.
  • In 2004, "Moon River" was ranked #4 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Songs" list.
  • In 2012, Breakfast at Tiffany's was inducted into the National Film Registry.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale



2000 American Feature

Cast: Tobias Schneebaum and Norman Mailer
Writers/Directors: David Shapiro and Laurie Gwen Shapiro, based on the memoir Keep the River on Your Right by Tobias Schneebaum

Synopsis:
Retired anthropologist Tobias Schneebaum, who lived with cannibals in the Peruvian Amazon for a year in 1955, returns 45 years later to reunite with the tribesmen he grew to love.

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  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary.
  • Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Tobias Schneebaum's memoir Keep the River on Your Right was first published in 1969. The book is most renowned for its anthropological observation of flesh-eating rituals and the honest, light-hearted style in which it was written.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Something for Everyone



1970 American Feature
Alternate Title: Black Flowers for the Bride

Cast: Angela Lansbury, Michael York, Anthony Corlan, Heidelinde Weis, Jane Carr, Eva Maria Meineke, John Gill, Wolfried Lier and Klaus Havenstein
Director: Harold Prince
Writer: Hugh Wheeler, based on the novel The Cook by Harry Kressing

Synopsis:
The handsome Konrad charms his way into a butler position at the castle of a widowed countess in post-war Austria, and before long the opportunistic boy is running the entire household.

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  • VHS: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress - Musical/Comedy (Lansbury).

Notes/Trivia:
  • Directorial debut of Broadway producer/director Harold Prince.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

A Man of No Importance



1994 British/Irish Feature

Cast: Albert Finney, Brenda Fricker, Michael Gambon, Tara Fitzgerald, Rufus Sewell, Patrick Malahide, David Kelly, Mick Lally and Anna Manahan
Director: Suri Krishnamma
Writer: Barry Devlin

Synopsis:
Alfie Byrne, a closeted middle-aged bus conductor in 1963 Dublin who has a passion for putting on amateur theater productions of the plays of Oscar Wilde, is determined to stage a version of Salome at his church, despite the objections of church authorities.

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  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



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Friday, November 7, 2014

In the Gloaming



1997 American Television Movie

Cast: Glenn Close, Bridget Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Sean Leonard and David Strathairn
Director: Christopher Reeve
Writers: Will Scheffer, based on the short story by Alice Elliott Dark

Synopsis:
When Danny learns he's dying from complications of AIDS, he returns to his childhood home to live out the last months of his life with his affluent family. But as Danny seeks solace, frictions escalate within his already dysfunctional family.

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  • VHS: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • CableACE Awards for Dramatic or Theatrical Special, Actress in a Dramatic Special or Series (Close), Writing and Original Score.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Made for TV Movie.
  • Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Directing for a Miniseries or a Special, Lead Actress (Close), Supporting Actress (Fonda) and Cinematography.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries (Close).
  • Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Television - Adapted Long Form.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Directorial debut of actor Christopher Reeve. His wife Dana sings the song "In The Gloaming" during the credits, and his son Will plays the younger version of Danny in the film.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hit So Hard



2011 American Feature

Cast: Patty Schemel, Melissa Auf der Maur, Eric Erlandson and Courtney Love
Director: P. David Ebersole
Writers: P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes

Synopsis:
The life and "near death" story of Patty Schemel, drummer of the alternative rock band Hole, and her struggles with fame, drugs and coming out.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 64% / Audience: 71%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 52% / Audience: 7.2%
  • Movie Dearest rating: B+

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available



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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary.
  • San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Honorable Mention.

Notes/Trivia:
  • The title is a reference to the song "Hit So Hard" from Hole's 1998 album Celebrity Skin.
  • In addition to the members of Hole, the film also features interviews with such other musicians as Faith No More's Roddy Bottum (who also wrote the film's score), Nina Gordon (of Veruca Salt), Debbi Peterson (of The Bangles), Phranc, Kate Schellenbach (of Luscious Jackson) and Gina Schock (of The Go-Go's).
  • The film also includes archival footage of musicians Kurt Cobain, Leslie Mah, Kristen Pfaff and Fred Schneider and model Jenny Shimizu.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

La Cage aux Folles 3: The Wedding



1985 French/Italian Feature
Alternate Title: La cage aux folles III: 'Elles' se marient

Cast: Michel Serrault, Ugo Tognazzi, Antonella Interlenghi, Saverio Vallone, Benny Luke, Stéphane Audran and Michel Galabru
Director: Georges Lautner
Writers: Marcel Audiard, Christine Carère, Marcello Danon, Gérard Lamballe, Georges Lautner and Philippe Nicaud

Synopsis:
In order to inherit a large fortune, drag queen Albin must marry a woman and produce an heir within a year.

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  • VHS: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • The third and final film in the La Cage aux Folles series. Georges Lautner took over as director from Édouard Molinaro, who helmed the first two movies.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Perversion for Profit



1965 American Short Film

Cast: George Putnam

Synopsis:
A vehement diatribe against pornography, arguing that sexually explicit materials corrupt young people, leading to acts of violence and "perverted" attitudes regarding sex, including "inclinations toward" homosexuality.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 3.5/10
  • OMG rating: 5/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available


Complete short:


Notes/Trivia:
  • This propaganda film was financed by Charles Keating, the infamous anti-pornography activist best known for his role in the savings and loan scandal of the late 1980s.
  • Now in the public domain, Perversion for Profit has become a popular viral video due largely to its unintentional humor value.
  • Far from its creators original intentions, the film also has considerable historical significance, serving as a sort of time capsule of pornography from the era.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Further Tales of the City



2001 American/Canadian Television Mini-Series
Alternate Title: Armistead Maupin's Further Tales of the City

Cast: Olympia Dukakis, Laura Linney, Billy Campbell, Barbara Garrick, Mary Kay Place, Bruce McCulloch, Henry Czerny, Paul Hopkins, Jackie Burroughs, Whip Hubley, Diana Leblanc, Françoise Robertson, Sandra Oh, Joel Grey and Parker Posey
Director: Pierre Gang
Writer: Armistead Maupin and James Lecesne, based on the novel by Armistead Maupin

Synopsis:
Familial relationships, clandestine romances, bold ambitions and an international tragedy complicate the lives of the residents of San Francisco's 28 Barbary Lane.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.7/10
  • OMG rating: 7/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available


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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Television Movie.
  • Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Miniseries.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Originally published in 1982, Further Tales of the City is the third book in the Tales of the City series by San Francisco novelist Armistead Maupin, originally serialized in the San Francisco Chronicle.
  • The subplots involving Mother Mucca and Connie Bradshaw did not appear in the original novel. They were added to the television adaptation of Further Tales following the popularity of the characters in the previous two mini-series.
  • Cage Tyler, the movie star with whom Michael Tolliver has an affair, is based on Rock Hudson, who was a friend and lover of Armistead Maupin's. A the time of the novel's publication, Hudson was still closeted, so the character was not named; instead, underscores (e.g. ____ ____) were used wherever his name would have appeared.
  • Cameo appearances include Lea DeLaria, Scott Thompson and Tales author Armistead Maupin as the man leaving an adult bookstore.
  • Plans for a two-hour version of the fourth Tales novel, Babycakes, were first reported in 2003, and Maupin has completed a script. However, the project stalled and ultimately never went into production. Further Tales of the City remains to the date the last of the Tales of the City books to be adapted to film.

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Naked Boys Singing!



2007 American Feature

Cast: Andrew Blake Ames, Jason Currie, Jaymes Hodges, Joseph Keane, Anthony Manough, Ethan Le Phong, Joe Souza, Kevin Stea, Salvatore Vassallo and Vincent Zamora
Directors: Robert Schrock and Troy Christian
Writers: Stephen Bates, Marie Cain, Shelly Markham, David Pevsner, Mark Savage, Robert Schrock, Rayme Sciaroni, Trance Thompson, Bruce Vilanch and Mark Winkler

Synopsis:
Musical review of gay experiences as told through song, dance and full frontal male nudity.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 67% / Audience: 48%
  • OMG rating: 5/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



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Awards:
  • GayVN Award for Best Alternative Release.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Filmed performance of the long-running (1999-2012) Off-Broadway hit Naked Boys Singing!, also directed by Robert Schrock.
  • Songs include "The Bliss of a Bris", "Fight the Urge", "Gratuitous Nudity", "I Beat My Meat", "Members Only", "The Naked Maid" and "Perky Little Porn Star".

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