Thursday, June 18, 2015

I Am Divine



2013 American Feature

Cast: John Waters, Frances Milstead, Tammie Brown, David DeCoteau, Alonso Duralde, John Epperson, George Figgs, Tab Hunter, Ricki Lake, Sue Lowe, Michael Musto, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Bruce Vilanch and Holly Woodlawn
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz

Synopsis:
How Harris Glenn Milstead became Divine, John Waters' cinematic muse and international drag icon.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 96% / Audience: 83%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 70% / Audience: 7.1%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • FilmOut San Diego Audience Award for Best Documentary.
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Award nomination for Documentary of the Year.
  • Movie Dearest Award for Documentary of the Year.

Notes/Trivia:
  • In addition to Divine, archival footage includes appearances by Tally Brown, Leo Ford, Lainie Kazan, Larry King, David Lochary, Sophia Loren, Edith Massey, Jack Smith and Van Smith.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Kink Crusaders



2011 American Feature

Cast: Chuck Renslow, David Kloss, Guy Baldwin, Jeff Tucker, Tony Mills, John Pendal and Mikel Gerle
Director: Michael Skiff

Synopsis:
Go behind the scenes at the annual International Mr. Leather competition, where men from around the world gather to compete for the title of Mr. Leather.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.6/10

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  • DVD/VOD: Available


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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Streetcar Named Desire



1951 American Feature

Cast: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden, Rudy Bond, Nick Dennis, Peg Hillias, Wright King and Richard Garrick
Director: Elia Kazan
Writer: Tennessee Williams (screenplay) and Oscar Saul (adaptation, uncredited), based on the play by Tennessee Williams

Synopsis:
After losing the family plantation, aging Southern belle Blanche DuBois travels to New Orleans seeking solace in her sister Stella but is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski, all while her reality crumbles around her.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 98% / Audience: 90%
  • OMG rating: 9/10

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



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Awards:
  • Academy Awards for Best Actress (Leigh), Supporting Actor (Malden), Supporting Actress (Hunter) and Black and White Art Direction; also nominated for Best Picture, Director, Actor (Brando), Screenplay, Black and White Cinematography, Black and White Costume Design, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture and Sound Recording.
  • BAFTA Award for Best British Actress (Leigh); also nominated for Best Film from Any Source.
  • Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress (Hunter); also nominated for Best Motion Picture - Drama and Actress - Drama (Leigh).
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Film, Director and Actress (Leigh).
  • Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Written American Drama.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire premiered on Broadway in 1947 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Director Elia Kazan and most of the original Broadway cast (minus the original Blanche, Jessica Tandy) returned for the film.
  • The first London production opened in 1949 starring Vivien Leigh and directed by her husband Laurence Olivier.
  • The play has been revived on Broadway eight times: 1950 starring Uta Hagen and Anthony Quinn and also directed by Elia Kazan; 1956 starring Tallulah Bankhead; 1973 starring Rosemary Harris and James Farentino; 1973 starring Lois Nettleton; 1988 starring Blythe Danner, Aidan Quinn and Frances McDormand; 1992 starring Alec Baldwin, Jessica Lange and Amy Madigan; 2005 starring Natasha Richardson, John C. Reilly and Amy Ryan; and 2012 starring Blair Underwood and Daphne Rubin-Vega.
  • Potential Director: William Wyler.
  • Casting Call: Anne Baxter, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joan Fontaine, John Garfield, Robert Mitchum, Patricia Neal and Jessica Tandy.
  • The Production Code censors demanded 68 script changes from the Broadway staging, while the interference of the Catholic Legion of Decency led to even further cuts, most of them having to do with the play's references to homosexuality and rape. In his memoirs, Tennessee Williams wrote that he liked the film but felt it was "slightly marred by the Hollywood ending". The uncensored "director's cut" was not seen until Warner Bros. restored the film in 1993.
  • The first of only two films to win three acting Oscars, followed by Network in 1976.
  • There has been three ballet productions of  A Streetcar Named Desire (1952, 1983 and 2012) and one opera adaptation (in 1995). A taped version of the latter was broadcast on PBS in 1998.
  • A Streetcar Named Desire has had two major television adaptations: 1984 starring Ann-Margret, Treat Williams, Beverly D'Angelo and Randy Quaid; and 1995 starring Jessica Lange, Alec Baldwin, Diane Lane and John Goodman. Both Ann-Margret and Lange won Golden Globes for their performances as Blanche DuBois.
  • Oh, Streetcar!, a musical version of A Streetcar Named Desire, was featured in a 1992 episode of The Simpsons titled "A Streetcar Named Marge".
  • In 1998, A Streetcar Named Desire was ranked #45 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies" list.
  • In 1999, A Streetcar Named Desire was inducted into the National Film Registry.
  • In 2002, A Streetcar Named Desire was ranked #67 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Passions" list.
  • In 2005, "Stella!" was ranked #45 and "I've always depended on the kindness of strangers" was ranked #75 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movie Quotes" list.
  • In 2005, Alex North's influential jazz score for A Streetcar Named Desire was ranked #19 on the American Film Institute's "AFI's 25 Greatest Film Scores" list.
  • The British gay theater company Bloolips and the American lesbian theater company Split Britches collaborated in 2007 on Belle Reprieve, a gender-bent adaption of A Streetcar Named Desire featuring a Blanche played as “a man in a dress” and a “butch lesbian” Stanley.
  • In 2007, A Streetcar Named Desire was ranked #47 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition" list.

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  • Featured in the documentary Brando.
  • A Spanish-language version of the play A Streetcar Named Desire is featured in All About My Mother. However, some of the dialogue is taken from the 1951 film, not the original stage version.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

First a Girl



1935 British Feature

Cast: Jessie Matthews, Sonnie Hale, Anna Lee, Griffith Jones, Alfred Drayton, Constance Godridge, Eddie Gray, Martita Hunt and Donald Stewart
Director: Victor Saville
Writer: Marjorie Gaffney, based on the 1933 film Viktor und Viktoria, screenplay by Reinhold Schünzel

Synopsis:
Aspiring music hall singer Elizabeth gets her big break when she replaces her friend Victor in a female role and becomes an international sensation as drag queen Mr. Victoria.

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  • Remake of Viktor und Viktoria (1933), which was also remade as Viktor und Viktoria (1957, West Germany), Mi novia el... (a.k.a. My Fiancée the Transvestite) (1975, Argentina) and Victor/Victoria (1982, UK/USA).
  • Featured in the documentary A Bit of Scarlet.

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Philomena



2013 British/American/French Feature

Cast: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Michelle Fairley, Barbara Jefford, Anna Maxwell Martin, Mare Winningham, Ruth McCabe, Peter Hermann and Sophie Kennedy Clark
Director: Stephen Frears
Writers: Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, based on the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith

Synopsis:
A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 92% / Audience: 89%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 76% / Audience: 7.9%
  • OMG rating: 7/10
  • Movie Dearest rating: C+

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



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Awards:
  • Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, Actress (Dench), Adapted Screenplay and Original Score.
  • BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay; also nominated for Best Film, Actress (Dench) and British Film.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nominations for Best Actress (Dench) and Adapted Screenplay.
  • David di Donatello Award for Best European Film.
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Award nominations for LGBT Film of the Year and Film Performance of the Year - Actress (Dench).
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Actress - Drama (Dench) and Screenplay.
  • London Critics Circle Film Award for British Actress of the Year (Dench).
  • Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role (Dench).
  • Venice Film Festival Brian Award, Golden Mouse Award, Interfilm Award, Leoncino d'Oro Agiscuola Award, Nazareno Taddei Award, Queer Lion Award, SIGNIS Award, Vittorio Veneto Film Festival Award and Best Screenplay.
  • World Soundtrack Award for Film Composer of the Year (Alexandre Desplat).

Notes/Trivia:
  • The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search by Martin Sixsmith (played by Steve Coogan in the film, who also co-wrote the screenplay) was originally published in 2009.

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Shock to the System



2006 American/Canadian Feature
Alternate Title: Shock to the System: A Donald Strachey Mystery

Cast: Chad Allen, Sebastian Spence, Michael Woods, Daryl Shuttleworth, Morgan Fairchild, Anne Marie DeLuise, Rikki Gagné, Stephen Huszar and Nelson Wong
Director/Writer: Ron Oliver, based on the novel by Richard Stevenson

Synopsis:
Gay detective Donald Strachey is drawn into a murder investigation when a college student, the "poster child" for a "repairative therapy" group, turns up dead.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 50% / Audience: 53%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 54%
  • OMG rating: /10
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  • Book: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Although Shock to the System, first published in 1995, is the fifth book in the Donald Strachey series of mystery novels by Richard Stevenson (the pen name of writer Richard Lipez), it was the second to be adapted for film.
  • Premiered at the 2006 Outfest film festival prior to its debut on the American premium cable network here! TV.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Love is Strange



2014 American/French Feature

Cast: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Charlie Tahan, Cheyenne Jackson, Harriet Harris, Darren Burrows, Christian Coulson and John Cullum
Director: Ira Sachs
Writers: Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias

Synopsis:
After longtime couple Ben and George get married, George is fired from his teaching post at a Catholic school, forcing them to stay with friends separately while they sell their home and look for cheaper housing, a situation that gradually weighs heavily on all involved.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 94% / Audience: 66 %
  • Metacritic - Critics: 82% / Audience: 6.9%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

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  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



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Awards:
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Award nominations for LGBT-Themed Film of the Year and Unsung Film of the Year.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Feature, Male Lead (Lithgow), Supporting Male (Molina) and Screenplay
  • Movie Dearest Award for Men of the Year (Lithgow and Molina).

Notes/Trivia:
  • The paintings by Ben, John Lithgow's character, were created by painter Boris Torres, director Ira Sachs' husband.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest



2009 Swedish/Danish/German Feature
Alternate Title: Luftslottet som sprängdes

Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Annika Hallin, Jacob Ericksson, Sofia Ledarp, Anders Ahlbom Rosendahl, Mikael Spreitz, Alexander Zalachenko and Monica Figuerola
Director: Daniel Alfredson
Writers: Ulf Rydberg and Jonas Frykberg, based on the novel by Stieg Larsson

Synopsis:
Computer hacker Lisbeth Salander finds herself hospitalized, suspected of murder and targeted for death. Journalist Mikael Blomkvist must prove her innocence, but Lisbeth must be willing to reveal the details of her sordid experiences.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 54% / Audience: 67%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 60% / Audience: 7.1%
  • Movie Dearest rating: B-

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  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, the third novel in his best-selling Millennium series, was first published in 2007.
  • French premium pay television channel Canal+ aired extended versions of all three movies as a mini-series in 2010. A home video set of all six parts of the miniseries was released on DVD and Blu-ray the following year.
  • An American remake (a second sequel to the 2011 US version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is currently in development.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Matthew Shepard Story



2002 American/Canadian Television Movie

Cast: Stockard Channing, Shane Meier, Wendy Crewson, Kristen Thomson, Joseph Ziegler, Yani Gellman and Sam Waterston
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Writers: John Wierick and Jacob Krueger

Synopsis:
Following the vicious murder of their son Matthew, Judy and Dennis Shepard struggle with their decision to request the death penalty for their son's murderers.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 78%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Channing).
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Television Movie.
  • L.A. Outfest Screen Idol Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Meier).
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries (Channing).
  • Writers Guild of America Paul Selvin Honorary Award.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Premiered on NBC the same night that HBO debuted their Matthew Shepard film The Laramie Project.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The History Boys



2006 British Feature

Cast: Richard Griffiths, Samuel Anderson, Samuel Barnett, Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Sacha Dhawan, Andrew Knott, Clive Merrison, Stephen Campbell Moore, Jamie Parker, Russell Tovey and Frances de la Tour
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Writer: Alan Bennett, based on his play

Synopsis:
An unruly class of gifted and charming teenage boys are taught by two eccentric and innovative teachers, all eager for them to get accepted into Oxford or Cambridge.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 65% / Audience: 70%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 74% / Audience: 6.1%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • BAFTA Award nominations for Best Actor (Griffiths) and Supporting Actress (de la Tour).
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Alan Bennett's play The History Boys premiered at the Royal National Theatre in London in 2004, followed by its Broadway debut two years later. The play won multiple awards, including the 2005 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and the 2006 Tony Award for Best Play. Nicholas Hytner directed both productions, which featured the same main cast. Hytner and his cast returned for the film adaptation as well.
  • In addition to Best Play, The History Boys' Broadway production won five other Tony Awards, including Best Director, Actor (Griffiths) and Featured Actress (de la Tour).

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Kill Your Darlings



2013 American Feature

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elizabeth Olsen, David Cross, John Cullum and Craig Chester
Director: John Krokidas
Writers: Austin Bunn and John Krokidas

Synopsis:
In 1944, budding poet Allen Ginsberg falls under the spell of Columbia classmate Lucien Carr, who introduces him to the nascent Beat movement and fellow libertines Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 76% / Audience: 60%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 65% / Audience: 6.7%
  • Movie Dearest rating: C+

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  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



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Awards:
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Award for Unsung Film of the Year; also nominated for LGBT-Themed Movie of the Year.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs' novel And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks was also inspired by the same events depicted in Kill Your Darlings. Written in 1945, it was not published until 2008.
  • Feature film debut of director John Krokidas.
  • Casting Call: Chris Evans, Jesse Eisenberg and Ben Whishaw.
  • In Kill Your Darlings David Cross plays Allen Ginsberg's father Louis. In the 2007 film I'm Not There, Cross played Allen Ginsberg himself.

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  • Allen Ginsberg is also the subject of the documentary The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg and is a character in Beat, Factory Girl, Howl and On the Road.
  • Characters based on Jack Kerouac are also featured in Beat, Howl, Naked Lunch and On the Road.
  • Characters based on William S. Burroughs are also featured in Beat and On the Road.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

To Be Takei



2014 American Feature

Cast: George Takei, Brad Takei, Tom Ammiano, John Cho, Walter Koenig, Telly Leung, Nichelle Nichols, Leonard Nimoy, Lea Salonga, Dan Savage, William Shatner, Howard Stern, Wil Wheaton and B.D. Wong
Director: Jennifer M. Kroot

Synopsis:
A look at the many roles played by 77-year-old George Takei: actor, activist, internment camp survivor, husband and beloved Star Trek icon.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 91% / Audience: 77%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 66%
  • OMG rating: 8/10
  • Movie Dearest rating: B

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  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • In addition to clips from the various Star Trek television series and movies, To Be Takei includes footage from several other TV programs and films George Takei acted in, including Playhouse 90, Rodan, The Twilight Zone, Mission: Impossible, The Green Berets and Heroes.

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Out of the Past



1998 American Feature
Alternate Title: Out of the Past: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Rights in America

Cast: Linda Hunt, Stephen Spinella, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cherry Jones, Edward Norton, Barbara Gittings and Rev. Peter J. Gomes
Director: Jeffrey Dupre
Writer: Michelle Ferrari

Synopsis:
The story of a high school student's ensuing battle with school authorities over a a gay/straight alliance club is interspersed with looks back at other instances from history of gay and lesbian people fighting for equality.

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary.
  • L.A. Outfest Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature.
  • Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for Documentary.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Factory Girl



2006 American Feature

Cast: Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Hayden Christensen, Jimmy Fallon, Mena Suvari, Shawn Hatosy, Beth Grant, James Naughton and Edward Herrmann
Director: George Hickenlooper
Writers: Captain Mauzner (screenplay), Simon Monjack, Aaron Richard Golub and Captain Mauzner (story)

Synopsis:
The meteoric rise and subsequent fall from grace of Edie Sedgwick, the beautiful, ambitious starlet who became the muse of Andy Warhol.

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Notes/Trivia:
  • In the 1980s Warren Beatty was set to direct a film about Edie Sedgwick with Molly Ringwald in the lead role, but it was never made.
  • In addition to Edie Sedgwick and Andy Warhol, the film includes characters based on other notable figures of the time, such as Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, Lou Reed and Nico of the Velvet Underground, actor Ondine and poet Allen Ginsberg. Billy Quinn, the musician character played by Hayden Christensen, was based on Bob Dylan, who threatened to sue the filmmakers for defamation.
  • Casting Call: Katie Holmes and Lindsay Lohan.
  • Uncredited cameos include Cary Elwes, Sally Kirkland and Mary-Kate Olsen.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Compulsion



1959 American Feature

Cast: Orson Welles, Diane Varsi, Dean Stockwell, Bradford Dillman, E.G. Marshall, Martin Milner, Richard Anderson, Robert Simon and Edward Binns
Director: Richard Fleischer
Writer: Richard Murphy, based on the novel by Meyer Levin

Synopsis:
In 1924 Chicago, two rich college students consider themselves above conventional morality. To prove their point, they decide they can commit the perfect murder and get away with it.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 100% / Audience: 84%

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  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • BAFTA Award nomination for Best Film from Any Source.
  • Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor (Dillman, Stockwell and Welles).
  • Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Written American Drama.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Meyer Levin's 1956 novel Compulsion was a fictionalized account of the Leopold and Loeb murder trial.
  • The first film produced by Richard D. Zanuck.

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  • The films Rope and Swoon were also inspired by the Leopold and Loeb case.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Eating Out: Drama Camp



2011 American Feature
Alternate Title: Eating Out 4: Drama Camp

Cast: Chris Salvatore, Daniel Skelton, Aaron Milo, Lilach Mendelovich, Harmony Santana, Garikayi Mutambirwa, Drew Droege, Marikah Cunningham, Ronnie Kroell, Steven Daigle, Jesse Archer, Mink Stole and Rebekah Kochan
Director: Q. Allan Brocka
Writers: Q. Allan Brocka and Phillip J. Bartell

Synopsis:
Star-crossed lovers meet their destinies at Dick Dickey's Drama Camp, starting with Zack and Benji. But Zack's boyfriend Casey has a problem with them getting close and hatches a plan to keep his man.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 30%
  • Movie Dearest rating: B

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature - Comedy.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Imitation Game



2014 British/American Feature

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Charles Dance, Mark Strong and Alex Lawther
Director: Morten Tyldum
Writer: Graham Moore, based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

Synopsis:
During World War II, brilliant (and closeted) British mathematician Alan Turing joins a team of code breakers at a top secret facility to try to decipher the code of the German Enigma machine.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 89% / Audience: 92%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 73% / Audience: 8.2%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay; also nominated for Best Picture, Director, Actor (Cumberbatch), Supporting Actress (Knightley), Production Design, Original Score and Film Editing.
  • AFI Award, Movies of the Year.
  • BAFTA Award nominations for Best Film, British Film, Actor (Cumberbatch), Supporting Actress (Knightley), Adapted Screenplay, Production Design, Costume Design, Editing and Sound.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nominations for Best Picture, Actor (Cumberbatch), Supporting Actress (Knightley), Adapted Screenplay, Score and Acting Ensemble.
  • Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film.
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Award nominations for Film of the Year, Film Performance (Cumberbatch) and LGBT Film.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Picture - Drama, Actor (Cumberbatch), Supporting Actress (Knightley), Screenplay and Original Score.
  • London Critics Circle Film Award for Young British Performer of the Year (Lawther).
  • Producers Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Picture.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Actor (Cumberbatch), Supporting Actress (Knightley) and Cast.
  • USC Scripter Award.
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Andrew Hodges' 1992 biography Alan Turing: The Enigma was also the basis for a stage play and the 1996 television movie Breaking the Code starring Derek Jacobi as Alan Turing.
  • The English-language debut of Norwegian director Morten Tyldum and the feature film debut of screenwriter Graham Moore.
  • Casting Call: Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • Potential Directors: Ron Howard and David Yates.
  • Alan Turing and Benedict Cumberbatch are actually related. According to the family history site Ancestry.com, the two are 17th cousins with family relations dating back to the 14th century.
  • The Human Rights Campaign, an American LGBT civil rights advocacy and political lobbying organization, honored The Imitation Game for "bringing Alan Turing's legacy to a wider audience".
  • Convicted in 1952 for homosexuality (still criminalized at the time), Alan Turing opted to receive chemical castration in lieu of prison. He committed suicide two years later. In 2009, after a massive internet campaign, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown made on official apology to the Turing family and the LGBT community for the British government's treatment of Turing. In 2013, Queen Elizabeth II granted Turing a posthumous pardon. Due to The Imitation Game another campaign was launched in 2015 to pardon the other 49,000 gay people convicted under the same law that led to Turing's arrest.
  • Despite its near-universal acclaim and awards, The Imitation Game was criticized for its portrayal of certain historical events and its depiction of Alan Turing, specifically the purported downplaying of his homosexuality.
  • The highest-grossing independent film of 2014.

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  • In addition to Breaking the Code, Alan Turing is the subject of the 2011 made for TV biopic Codebreaker.

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