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Circus Boy: acrobatic gay parenting documentary

Circus Boy: acrobatic gay parenting documentary

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jan 11, 2022

At a mere 52 minutes, Lester Alfonso's new documentary 'Circus Boy' is short and sweet. There are many lovely moments in the film, yet Alfonso's work also leaves many unanswered questions.

'Cicada' - love takes wing

'Cicada' - love takes wing

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 5, 2022

When a film opens with the tagline "Based on true events," it's an attention-grabbing move. Writer/co-director/actor Matt Fifer takes that step with his full-length feature debut 'Cicada,' with additional story by his co-star Sheldon D. Brown.

The Lavender Tube's best of 2021

The Lavender Tube's best of 2021

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Dec 28, 2021

Here are what we thought were the best TV series featuring LGBTQ characters in primary roles, not as tacked on adjuncts to cis-het normativity. These series made queer, trans and nonbinary characters integral to their plots.

'Being the Ricardos' - Aaron loves Lucy

'Being the Ricardos' - Aaron loves Lucy

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 28, 2021

From the moment Nicole Kidman first appears onscreen as Lucille Ball in 'Being the Ricardos,' it's clear that writer/director Aaron Sorkin loves Lucy.

'Solid Ivory: Memoirs' - gay filmmaker James Ivory's career told

'Solid Ivory: Memoirs' - gay filmmaker James Ivory's career told

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Dec 28, 2021

Prolific gay film director James Ivory's candid, urbane, and meandering book is a pastiche scrapbook of letters, diary entries, travelogue, magazine articles, sketches of famous show business personalities, and reflections on his childhood.

'The Matrix Resurrections' premiere @ Castro Theatre

'The Matrix Resurrections' premiere @ Castro Theatre

  • by Gooch
  • Dec 20, 2021

Many cast members of 'The Matrix Resurrections' film attended the Castro Theatre premiere on December 18, including stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and director Lana Wachowski.

West Side Story: new film adaptation pays homage while updating a classic tale

West Side Story: new film adaptation pays homage while updating a classic tale

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Dec 14, 2021

It's always a daunting gamble to remake an acknowledged classic especially decades after the original, but Steven Spielberg has defied the odds, reinventing and rejuvenating the 1961 ten-time Oscar winner 'West Side Story.'

Rita Moreno: celebrated actress at SF FILM's 'West Side Story' screening

Rita Moreno: celebrated actress at SF FILM's 'West Side Story' screening

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 14, 2021

A packed audience braved the rain and filled the Castro Theater on Sunday Dec. 12 for a free screening of Steven Spielberg's reimagining of the classic musical 'West Side Story,' and a special Q&A with legendary actress Rita Moreno.

Make the Yuletide Gay: The Lavender Tube on holiday specials, 'With Love' and more

Make the Yuletide Gay: The Lavender Tube on holiday specials, 'With Love' and more

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Dec 14, 2021

Billy Porter and others celebrated the National Christmas Tree Lighting, 'With Love' stars Mark Indelicato as a gay son coming out on Christmas, plus coverage of ABC's George Michael special and the Jussie Smollett media blitz; all in our TV column.

The Power of the Dog: Benedict Cumberbatch stars in film adaptation of Thomas Savage book

The Power of the Dog: Benedict Cumberbatch stars in film adaptation of Thomas Savage book

  • by Brandon Judell
  • Dec 7, 2021

Jane Campion's dark western film is gaining acclaim, particularly for Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of a deeply closeted and disparaged lost soul.

Holiday movies with a queer twist

Holiday movies with a queer twist

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 7, 2021

If anything proves how mainstream the LGBTQ community has become, it's the advent of queer-themed made-for-TV holiday movies. This season includes gay and lesbian rom-coms, and holiday-themed drag movies with very gay apparel.

Funny that way: 'No Straight Lines' documents queer comic artists

Funny that way: 'No Straight Lines' documents queer comic artists

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 7, 2021

If ever there was a documentary subject that was long overdue, it would have to be that of LGBTQ+ cartoonists and comic book creators. Vivian Kleiman saw fit to do so with her respectful exploration of the art form.

Crash, cookies & Colton: The Lavender Tube on TV bad guys and good shows

Crash, cookies & Colton: The Lavender Tube on TV bad guys and good shows

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Nov 30, 2021

Holiday baking shows, an anti-vax soap actor's fired, a reality show hunk goes gay, and plane crash survivors share a lurid secret; all this and more in our TV column.

Robin de Jesús: from Camp to Boom

Robin de Jesús: from Camp to Boom

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Nov 30, 2021

Robin de Jesús discusses his new more mature role in the film 'tick, tick... Boom,' plus his earlier work onstage and film in 'Rent,' 'The Boys in the Band' and 'In the Heights.'