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News Briefs: B.A.R.'s Besties voting is now underway

News Briefs: B.A.R.'s Besties voting is now underway

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Aug 9, 2022

Voting is open for the Bay Area Reporter's readers' poll known as the Besties.

Dream on: The Lavender Tube on 'The Sandman' 'Reservation Dogs ' and CPAC's political nightmares

Dream on: The Lavender Tube on 'The Sandman' 'Reservation Dogs ' and CPAC's political nightmares

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Aug 9, 2022

"Your waking world is shaped by dreams." And by nightmares. This is a premise for "The Sandman," a fabulous new dark fantasy series from Netflix. Plus, new queer TV shows and rightwing bile at CPAC.

A Run for More & The Art of Love: two new uncommon LGBT films

A Run for More & The Art of Love: two new uncommon LGBT films

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Aug 9, 2022

Although they are vastly different films, both "A Run for More" and "The Art of Love" dare to venture off the beaten path, pulling back the curtain on their subject matter.

'Uncoupled' - Neil Patrick Harris' gay series: comedy or dramedy?

'Uncoupled' - Neil Patrick Harris' gay series: comedy or dramedy?

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Aug 2, 2022

"Uncoupled" would seem fresh and relatable fodder for a contemporary gay comedy of manners. However, Michael (Neil Patrick Harris) is completely blindsided when Colin (Tuc Watkins) abruptly leaves him, making for uneven laughs.

Sedition Edition: The Lavender Tube on 'Flowers,' 'Grantchester' & the Jan. 6th Hearings

Sedition Edition: The Lavender Tube on 'Flowers,' 'Grantchester' & the Jan. 6th Hearings

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Jul 26, 2022

Now that the season finale of the January 6th Committee has left us in a cliffhanger, we turn to other thrillers and dramas. Here are some shows we highly recommend.

'Anything's Possible' - Billy Porter's trans teen directorial debut

'Anything's Possible' - Billy Porter's trans teen directorial debut

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jul 26, 2022

The best way to approach Billy Porter's new film, "Anything's Possible," screening on Amazon Prime, is to view it as a fantasy, of what it should be like for young Black trans women rather than the often realistic trauma scenario.

Daring deception: Jono McLeod's 'My Old School'

Daring deception: Jono McLeod's 'My Old School'

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 19, 2022

McLeod's "My Old School" is a documentary that utilizes animation and dramatization to depict this bizarre true story of deception and discovery at a British school.

Jewish Film Festival faves

Jewish Film Festival faves

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jul 19, 2022

The Jewish Film Institute has announced its program for the 42nd San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the world's largest and longest one, running July 21-August 7. A few of the films have a specific queer aspect.

'Marcel the Shell with Shoes On' - Jenny Slate's animated hit

'Marcel the Shell with Shoes On' - Jenny Slate's animated hit

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 12, 2022

With her newest project, "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On," Jenny Slate has the potential for Oscar glory. A film project that is so utterly original and unusual, it deserves to be seen by everyone.

Kiss off: The Lavender Tube on summer shows

Kiss off: The Lavender Tube on summer shows

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Jul 12, 2022

'Only Murders in the Building,' 'The Lake,' 'The Summer I Turned Pretty' and 'Uncoupled' include gay and lesbian main characters; plus, two singers get called out for quotes about trans people; and a Brittney Griner update.

'Thor: Love and Thunder's near-queer marvel

'Thor: Love and Thunder's near-queer marvel

  • by Josh Polanski
  • Jul 12, 2022

With a few daring visuals and innovative artistic references, writer-director Taika Waititi's "Thor: Love and Thunder" merits more superlatives than any of its peer Marvel Studios blockbusters, with a few queer twists.

Queer as Folk 3.0: third version of popular series gets diverse

Queer as Folk 3.0: third version of popular series gets diverse

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jun 28, 2022

With some reservations, we welcome back "Queer As Folk" in its third incarnation, currently on Peacock. Stephen Dunn incorporates more of the punk, badass, muddy, and sometimes venomous composition of the original British characters.

Wild about "C.R.A.Z.Y."

Wild about "C.R.A.Z.Y."

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 28, 2022

The late filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée, who died unexpectedly at 58 in December 2021, never saw his 2005 movie "C.R.A.Z.Y." (Samuel Goldwyn Pictures) receive a general theatrical release in the States.

Book smart, Swift part: The Lavender Tube on Supreme evils, 'The Book of Queer' & 'Tom Swift'

Book smart, Swift part: The Lavender Tube on Supreme evils, 'The Book of Queer' & 'Tom Swift'

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Jun 28, 2022

The new CW series features a gay Black billionaire's adventures; 'The Book of Queer' blends comedy and music with LGBTQ history; drag star Vanjie's looking for love, and the Roe v. Wade overturn crashes the news.