Golden Arm: Mary Holland Is Having A Year

Mary Holland is having quite the year on screen and her performance in the competitive arm wrestling movie, Golden Arm, is no exception. The film was set to premiere last year at SXSW and well, we all know what happened there. But anyway, it’s finally coming out this week. Honestly, I can see what the festival programmers chose to have the film premiere at the fest. I really do think that Golden Arm is the…

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SXSW 2021: Short Films Recap

A number of short films are screening during the 2021 SXSW Film Festival and they deserve as much attention as the feature films. The Other Morgan This film quickly rose up to the top of my list of SXSW short films after viewing. It’s a hysterically absurd comedy. A young exterminator (Alison Rich) learns that there’s another version of her (Mary Holland) out in the world. As you can imagine, she begins to question all…

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Happiest Season: A LGBTQ Holiday Rom-Com

Happiest Season, featuring a star-studded cast, is the first major LGBTQ studio romantic comedy to be set during the holiday season. There are not that many LGBTQ studio comedies let alone many films set during the holidays.  Jenna Laurenzo’s Thanksgiving-set Lez Bomb is among the few films out there.  All you have to do is change the holiday but the gist of the film basically remains the same.  Kid brings girlfriend home for the holiday…

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Sundance 2019: Greener Grass

Greener Grass takes us to a type of suburbs that we’ve never really seen presented on screen before but the laughs keep coming non-stop. To the outside word, this particular Midwest-inspired suburb is a strikingly weird one.  It’s almost as if everybody lives a suburb that’s not known to the outside world.  Chances are, you’ve never seen a neighborhood that behaves in this manner.  Instead of driving cars, everybody drives golf carts instead.  Every single…

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And Then There Was Eve was Worth the Wait

And Then There Was Eve is one of the rare films that places the spotlight on a transgender actress in a leading role. Much credit should to go to director Savannah Bloch, who co-wrote the screenplay with Colette Freedman, for being adamant that a trans woman was cast as Eve rather than following the Hollywood trend of casting cis males as trans woman. Rachel Crowl shines in her role as jazz pianist Eve.  It’s one of…

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