Frameline 2019: Straight Up

Straight Up is an outright character study with regards to one person dealing with their internalized homophobia while finding their soulmate. The gist of the film is that Todd (James Sweeney) has found his soulmate in aspiring actress Rory (Katie Findlay).  Once these two meet, they’re very quick to get along with each other.  It’s mostly comfort for the sake of being intellectual.  Even though Todd is seeing therapist Dr. Larson (Tracie Thoms), he seems…

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Frameline 2019: Bit: An Instant Feminist Vampire Classic

Nicole Maines delivers a commanding presence in Bit as the film becomes the queer feminist vampire movie that we’ve been needing for so long. A brief prologue introduces V-Squad, led by Duke (Diana Hopper), before cutting to Laurel’s (Nicole Maines) Central Oregon High graduation.  Laurel’s still figuring out who she is in terms of what she wants to do with her life.  Before embarking on her future, she’s off on a road trip to visit…

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Frameline 2019: Queering the Script

Queering the Script relives the important moments in queer television history while also diving into fandom and history behind some the terminology. The documentary packs a lot of punch into its ninety minute run time.  Make no mistake that this documentary could certainly be longer but then we’re looking at a three hour film.  Some of the things that director Gabrielle Zilkha manages to touch on are the history behind shipping and slash fiction.  The…

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Rom Com Fest 2019: Two in the Bush: A Love Story

While the concept is all too often lost in love stories on screen, Two in the Bush: A Love Story puts the polyamorous relationship front and center. When it comes to romantic comedies, it is never a good sign when somebody comes home early from work.  You can always assume that the worst is about to happen.  This is the case when aspiring documentary filmmaker Emily (Sarah Mitchell) comes home early.  Sure enough, Emily arrives…

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Rom Com Fest 2019: Tracks

Tracks is a small little indie film that takes us across Europe while one couple figures out just where their relationship is supposed to go. Lucy (April Pearson) and Chris (Chris Willoughby) are both in somewhat of a pickle.  Neither of them really remember what it is that drew them to the other person in the first place.  So what do the two of them decide to do as a result?  They decide to take…

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His Girl Friday kicks off Rom Com Fest 2019

Newspaper screwball comedy His Girl Friday, starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, remains one of the funniest comedy films of all time. The Morning Post editor Walter Burns (Cary Grant) learns early on that ex-wife and reporter, Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell), is set to marry Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy).  He’s not happy about their eventual move to Albany, N.Y.  Naturally, Walter does everything he can to prevent this from happening.  Thus, the comedy hijinks ensue.…

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Cinepocalypse 2019: Tammy and the T-Rex

The entire premise of Tammy and the T-Rex is one of the most preposterous ideas ever but one cannot help but be entertained. What we know at the start of the film is that Tammy (Denise Richards) and Michael (Paul Walker) are dating.  Tammy’s ex, Billy (George Pilgrim), is the type of ex-boyfriend who thinks he owns her.  He doesn’t give a shit that Tammy is now with Michael.  Billy’s grand plan turns up to…

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Chicago Critics 2019: Yesterday

Danny Boyle’s Yesterday may be inspired by a world without The Beatles but unfortunately, the film loses its focus somewhere on the long and winding road. Imagine a world where The Beatles never came into existence.  This is what screenwriter Richard Curtis asks in a crowd-pleasing screenplay.  Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) was about to give up his dreams as a singer-songwriter.  Best friend Ellie (Lily James) shows support for Jack but it isn’t enough.  For…

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Tribeca 2019: For They Know Not What They Do

Grounded in the stories of four LGBTQ people, For They Know Not What They Do is an essential documentary and should be a must-watch for everyone. This film tells the stories of Sarah McBride, Elliot Porcher, Vico Báez Febo, and the late Ryan Robertson.  If you’re anything like me, you will get emotional while viewing the documentary.  I got chills all over my body just from watching the clip of Sarah addressing the DNC in 2016. …

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Tribeca 2019: Storm

Storm is what happens when you imagine a near-distant future where the government is put in charge of our dating and sexual affairs. The film starts out with a message from the U.S. Department of Social Health that introduces us to the Relationship Compatibility Act.  Participation is required by law as all Americans are “paired with or reassigned” to our ideal partner.  If no such matches occur in a 12-month period, people will be then…

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