Philadelphia Gay News

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Rating Title/Year Author
I'm Moshanty - Do You Love Me? (2020) Gary M. Kramer A useful introduction to a trans artist who is largely unknown to American audiences EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
Funny Boy (2020) Gary M. Kramer The romance between the teens is tender...and the larger drama of violence provides a valuable backdrop for examining prejudice. This is a beautifully filmed and acted story about the turmoil of sexual, ethnic, religious and class difference. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
The One You Feed (2020) Gary M. Kramer The dialogue is largely risible, and the acting ranges from shrill (Fraiser) to stilted (Koorzen and Harwood). Like the stranger who is mostly trapped in the house, this excruciating film goes nowhere slowly. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
The Boys in the Band (2020) Gary M. Kramer This new screen version lacks the raw power and intensity of the theatrical experience.... The forceful performances lose much of their impact on the small screen. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
Antebellum (2020) Gary M. Kramer Bush and Renz are painting with a broad brush here, but their wildly entertaining film should prompt folks to think critically about the issues of oppression and racism. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
House of Cardin (2019) Gary M. Kramer "House of Cardin" is an effusive, appreciative look at the designer EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2020
The Garden Left Behind (2019) Gary M. Kramer "The Garden Left Behind" is absorbing, and authentic, and important, it is also frequently didactic. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
3.5/4 I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982) Larry Vitacco I Ought To Be In Pictures ought to be; it's a classy adaptation of a fine play that has the added advantage of a cunningly cloying Marvin Hamlisch music score to help open the tearducts. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
The Right Girls (2020) Gary M. Kramer An urgent, cogent documentary that makes visible the experiences of migrant trans women seeking refuge in America. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
Summerland (2020) Gary M. Kramer Swale's film is not unlike the meals Alice serves Frank. She gives him an uncooked egg, a hard roll, and a paltry slice of ham on his first night. Eventually they enjoy a rasher of bacon, chips, and chocolate. "Summerland" is satisfying like comfort food. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful (2020) Gary M. Kramer The debate over the photographer's work is very stimulating and a highlight of the doc.... Von Boehm lets many of Newton's images, which address power dynamics, speak for themselves. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2020
Flannery (2019) Gary M. Kramer The most valuable thing about "Flannery" is that this fine documentary should prompt viewers to read - or re-read - O'Connor's work. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On (2019) Gary M. Kramer A valentine to the musical comedy performer.... [Ballard] is a fabulous raconteur...This worthwhile documentary is a terrific tribute to her life and accomplishments. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2020
Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019) Gary M. Kramer Meeropol's documentary is a bit of a patchwork in itself. She edits awkwardly between episodes, time periods and topics that create a general impression that most viewers no doubt already hold - that Roy Cohn was evil. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (2020) Gary M. Kramer "Mucho Mucho Amor" genuflects before its subject. The filmmakers' awe and wonder are infectious. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Welcome to Chechnya (2020) Gary M. Kramer "David France's devastating film shines a critical light on the antigay purges in Ramzan Kadyrov's Chechnya. But this film also chronicles the courageous efforts of activists David Isteev and Olga Baranova." EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
Aviva (2020) Gary M. Kramer The dancing is the best reason to see "Aviva" and the performance scenes are absolutely spectacular.... [T]he performers are gorgeous, which seems appropriate for a romance that is ultimately, only skin-deep. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2020
For They Know Not What They Do (2019) Gary M. Kramer The film shoehorns numerous topics in its brisk 90 minutes.... If "For They Know Not What They Do" was more focused, it would be more forceful. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2020
The Servant (1963) Robert Dunbar This script is a masterpiece of homosexual antagonism. Or is it merely class enmity? EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
The Decameron (1970) Robert Dunbar The Decameron manages to be filthy-looking and is probably the most accurate vision of peasant life during the Renaissance period ever committed to film. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
Death in Venice (1971) Robert Dunbar Though the ornamental imagery seems magnificently wrong for Thomas Mann's austere little masterpiece, audiences can't help but be entranced by the film's exaggerated sensuality and astonishing beauty. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
The Front (1976) Michael Mascioli The Front lacks a good script and seems to have trouble convincing us whether or not all this really happened. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
Marathon Man (1976) Michael Mascioli Marathon Man is an astounding, top-notch thriller that stands out as one of the year's ten best. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
Car Wash (1976) Michael Mascioli Car Wash, is worth viewing. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
The Devil is a Woman (1974) David A. Nardozzi Ennio Morricone's eerie music sets the perfect mood enforcing Damiani's The Devil Is A Woman a hostel of power. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
2.5/4 Chariots of Fire (1981) Larry Vitacco [Ian Charleson and [Ben Cross] bring an unrestrained passion to their roles that is both refreshing and invigorating to watch. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
California Suite (1978) David MacDonald The first scene is perhaps the worst. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
3/4 A Change of Seasons (1980) Larry Vitacco Clever, sometimes biting, dialogue permeates the script with enough thoughtful pauses to let it all sink in. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
2/4 Scanners (1981) Larry Vitacco What could have been a dandy super-thriller instead becomes a mediocre display of gruesome special effects in Scanners. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
3.5/4 The Competition (1980) Larry Vitacco Joel Oliansky's screenplay affords the viewer not only a richly emotional story of two people competing against and falling in love with each other, but a wealth of some of the most beautiful piano concertos ever composed. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
3/4 Melvin and Howard (1980) Larry Vitacco Tak Fujimoto's photography and Craig McKay's editing are without fault. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
4/4 Making Love (1981) Larry Vitacco Making Love defies convention. Here is a movie about a man's coming to terms with his gayness that is intelligently written, honestly performed and entertaining to watch. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
2/4 Raging Bull (1980) Larry Vitacco Scripters Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin would have you believe LaMotta spent most of his life either throwing punches or yelling his head off at whoever was nearby. In short, La Motta's life hardly warrants screen treatment. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
1/4 The Exterminator (1980) Larry Vitacco How people can conceive of such trash, let alone commit it to film, is beyond the imagination, but movies like The Exterminator deserve to be visited by the Terminix Man. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
3.5/4 Divine Madness (1980) Larry Vitacco From her opening number, "Big Noise from Winnetka" to her triumphant grand finale, "I Shall Be Released," there is nary a dull moment. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
3.5/4 Altered States (1980) Larry Vitacco Exciting, powerful and frightening, this sci-fi action flick is a near-masterpeice. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
3/4 The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981) Larry Vitacco A very amusing, slightly philosophical comedy. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
4/4 La Cage aux Folles II (1980) Jack Veasey After monstrosities like Cruising and Windows, it's a delight to see an upbeat gay movie with loveable characters and a happy ending. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
3/4 The Howling (1981) Larry Vitacco The monster movie is back! EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
2.5/4 Prom Night (1980) Larry Vitacco [Leslie Nielsen and Jamie Lee Curtis] perform well. In fact, Curtis (an alumna of Halloween and The Fog, and soon to be seen in Terror Train) is very good... it would be great to watch her perform in a riproaring comedy or a searing drama. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
2/4 Times Square (1980) Larry Vitacco Unfortunately, the story of this off-the-cuff friendship starts to fold halfway through the movie, dragging out until the far-from-satisfying conclusion. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
1.5/4 Maniac (1980) Larry Vitacco Maniac doesn't deserve the paper and ink it takes to print this review. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
2.5/4 Hangar 18 (1980) Larry Vitacco The key to enjoying Hangar 18 is not taking it too seriously - just a little bit, around the edges. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
3/4 All Night Long (1981) Larry Vitacco Low-keyed comedic action matched against well-realized characterizations make All Night Long one of this year's brightest, urbanely sophisticated romantic comedies. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
3/4 Time Bandits (1981) Larry Vitacco For the most part Time Bandits goes its charming, merry way weaving much hilarity as it does, until the movie careens to its twisted, unorthodox ending. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
3/4 Middle Age Crazy (1980) Larry Vitacco A witty script and top-flight performances keep Middle Age Crazy a notch above the usual, run-of-the-mill comedy/dramas about the hardships, both real and imagined, of turning 40. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
2/4 Southern Comfort (1981) Larry Vitacco The multi-penned script loses much of its credibility because of the stupid antics of various characters. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
3/4 Halloween II (1981) Larry Vitacco The suspense generated by the Carpenter/Hill screenplay, which begins with the end of Halloween, builds nerve wrackingly to a satisfying conclusion. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
2.5/4 Rollover (1981) Larry Vitacco The movie, once viewed, may seem farfetched, but then so was everything from sliced bread to men in space until it actually came to be. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
2.5/4 Pennies From Heaven (1981) Larry Vitacco It's a mix of a pathetic, soft-core potboiler and a musical extravaganza of yore that leaves a sour taste at its conclusion. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020