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Welcome to Chechnya: searing documentary exposes violent homophobia

Welcome to Chechnya: searing documentary exposes violent homophobia

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jul 14, 2020

David France's searing new, brutal chilling exposé documentary, 'Welcome to Chechnya' is the harrowing saga of the purging war, via torture, beatings, and executions of LGBTQ people in Chechnya spearheaded by its Putin puppet leader, Ramzan Kadyrov.

Women bending genres: 'Good Kisser,' 'A Good Woman is Hard to Find' reviewed

Women bending genres: 'Good Kisser,' 'A Good Woman is Hard to Find' reviewed

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 7, 2020

Lesbian filmmaker Wendy Jo Carlton seems to have a thing for intimate, almost stagey movies. Her latest, 'Good Kisser,' also fits into that mold. Abner Pastoll's thriller 'A Good Woman is Hard to Find' is also reviewed.

A Secret Love: Lesbian couple in documentary covers amazing decades

A Secret Love: Lesbian couple in documentary covers amazing decades

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jun 16, 2020

While seemingly a family affair, 'A Secret Love' doesn't shy from tense squabbles and disturbing history, showcasing the steadfast devotion and fidelity of these two women's relationship, paralleling the entire arc of modern LGBTQ history.

Love, Victor: a watchable but wasted opportunity

Love, Victor: a watchable but wasted opportunity

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jun 16, 2020

The Disney castoff 'Love, Victor,' now on Hulu, is nothing like its source, 'Love, Simon.' Lacking the modest charm and suspense of the original, the characters and plot sound familiar, like Disney's 'High School Musical,' without the songs.

'Rainbow Tomatoes' highlights LGBT media coverage of historic films

'Rainbow Tomatoes' highlights LGBT media coverage of historic films

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 2, 2020

In honor of Pride Month, Rotten Tomatoes, the film and TV review website, focuses on several historic LGBT publications' coverage of historic films, including the Bay Area Reporter.

Thanks to matching offer from anonymous donor, Bay Area Reporter extends fundraising appeal

Thanks to matching offer from anonymous donor, Bay Area Reporter extends fundraising appeal

  • by Michael Yamashita
  • May 1, 2020

Thank you very much, it has been both humbling and encouraging receiving your generous support when so many are also in need of help. So far, we have raised just over $25,000 and are just 15% away from reaching our goal of $30,000.

'Extra Ordinary' a kooky horror comedy

'Extra Ordinary' a kooky horror comedy

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Apr 28, 2020

While the new comedy 'Extra Ordinary' is completely irreverent (some of the jokes flirt with tastelessness), the references (including a few to The 'Exorcist' and 'The Conjuring') are thoroughly reverent.

You can help support the Bay Area Reporter fundraising campaign

You can help support the Bay Area Reporter fundraising campaign

  • by Michael Yamashita
  • Apr 15, 2020

San Francisco is one of 11 US cities that is fortunate to have a legacy LGBT publication by us, for us, and about us. Help preserve the BAR as an historic and important community institution for the future.

Epidemic cinematic: classic AIDS stories still ring true

Epidemic cinematic: classic AIDS stories still ring true

  • by David Lamble
  • Apr 7, 2020

This isn't our first pandemic. Herein we review the cream of the pandemic film crop, many of which can be found on various cable channels or streaming services.

Urban ensemble amours: 'Almost Love'

Urban ensemble amours: 'Almost Love'

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Apr 7, 2020

When gay actor turned writer/director Mike Doyle's feature-length debut played the festival circuit it went by the terrible title 'Sell By.' Opening this spring, the movie is now called 'Almost Love' is so much better than either of its names.

Disc love in the time of contagion: Tchaikovsky's 'Eugene Onegin'

Disc love in the time of contagion: Tchaikovsky's 'Eugene Onegin'

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Mar 25, 2020

I watched the new DVD of Tchaikovsky's 'Eugene Onegin,' the most emotionally brutal of the Tchaikovsky operas, in a Bolshoi production by Dmitri Tcherniakov, my personal favorite of the current gang of opera enfants terribles, from my bed.

Dystopiana: The Lavender Tube's pandemic picks

Dystopiana: The Lavender Tube's pandemic picks

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Mar 25, 2020

Welcome to the new dystopia. While we are self-isolating for the foreseeable future, let's make our time in quarantine as manageable as possible and create a TV routine that is helpful, not harmful.

Fox and Fiends: 'Bombshell' recounts the fake news network's foibles

Fox and Fiends: 'Bombshell' recounts the fake news network's foibles

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Mar 25, 2020

'Bombshell," (just released on DVD) details the fall of Roger Ailes, the head of conservative cable Fox News, due to a sexual harassment lawsuit instigated by several star journalists working at the network.

Operatic Bette Davis in new 4K format

Operatic Bette Davis in new 4K format

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Mar 17, 2020

Critic Cecelia Ager wrote about "Deception," a 1946 Bette Davis film, "It's like grand opera, only the people are thinner. I wouldn't have missed it for the world."