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'Big Boys,' big feelings

'Big Boys,' big feelings

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 18, 2024

Corey Sherman's feature-length directorial debut, "Big Boys," is a raw and visceral depiction of being a teenage outsider. There is no pretension here, and the subject matter is handled with a grace and sensitivity

Frameline48: Families, friends and foes in film

Frameline48: Families, friends and foes in film

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jun 17, 2024

"We are going to change the world through the power of queer cinema," said Frameline's new Executive Director Allegra Madsen. Here are a dozen more viewing choices at the annual festival, screening at some new venues.

Queer Women of Color Film Festival turns 20

Queer Women of Color Film Festival turns 20

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Jun 10, 2024

The groundbreaking International Queer Women of Color Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary at the Presidio Theatre this weekend with a theme of "Joyful Reunion."

Frameline48's cinematic splices of life

Frameline48's cinematic splices of life

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jun 9, 2024

With the closure of the Castro Theatre for renovations, Frameline48, which will screen from June18-29, had to find new venues for their movies. Here are a dozen feature films of note.

Frameline48: Juneteenth celebration, conversation with Lena Waithe, and awards

Frameline48: Juneteenth celebration, conversation with Lena Waithe, and awards

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jun 3, 2024

Frameline, the longest-running LGBTQ film festival in the world, kicks off its 48th film festival from June 19-25 with several major changes, including no screenings at the temporarily closed Castro Theatre now undergoing major renovations.

'Hidden Master: The Legacy of George Platt Lynes' - Documentary honors gay photographer

'Hidden Master: The Legacy of George Platt Lynes' - Documentary honors gay photographer

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 3, 2024

Possibly best LGBTQ documentary, so far this year, is director and co-writer Sam Shadid's "Hidden Master: The Legacy of George Platt Lynes," about the iconic works by the gay fashion, dance and male nudes photographer.

SF DocFest 23: Compton's, Texas drag, Oliveros, and gay Hungarians

SF DocFest 23: Compton's, Texas drag, Oliveros, and gay Hungarians

  • May 28, 2024

Known for its eclectic selection of nonfiction features, the 23rd San Francisco Documentary Film Festival (SF DocFest) will be held May 30-June 9. As usual, there are a handful of LGBTQ-related films.

Kevin Winkler's 'On Bette Midler' — Author on his entertaining biography of the singer-actress

Kevin Winkler's 'On Bette Midler' — Author on his entertaining biography of the singer-actress

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • May 21, 2024

With his new book "On Bette Midler: An Opinionated Guide," gay writer Kevin Winkler has taken on the task of not only tracing Midler's personal chronology, but also taking an in-depth look into her performing life.

'Handling the Undead' — Nordic zombies, oh my!

'Handling the Undead' — Nordic zombies, oh my!

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • May 20, 2024

Thea Hvistendahl's "Handling the Undead" (Neon), also based on a Lindqvist book, isn't your run of the mill zombie flick.

'I Saw the TV Glow' — Surreal, mind-blowing nightmare or just mad TV?

'I Saw the TV Glow' — Surreal, mind-blowing nightmare or just mad TV?

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • May 12, 2024

The new film "I Saw the TV Glow" both revels in this compulsive escapism but critiques our culture's fixation with nostalgia as a kind of cocoon and the ways we find and identify ourselves in the shows we watch.

'Queen of Knives' — Kooky comedy sequel almost works

'Queen of Knives' — Kooky comedy sequel almost works

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • May 5, 2024

Although it isn't being promoted as such, "Queen of Knives" is a sequel to 2020's "King of Knives," and continues the story of Frank and his various family members, some gay and lesbian.

'Housekeeping for Beginners' - gay filmmaker Goran Stolevski on his fictional family

'Housekeeping for Beginners' - gay filmmaker Goran Stolevski on his fictional family

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Apr 30, 2024

With "Housekeeping for Beginners," gay filmmaker Goran Stolevski portrays an emotional tug-of-war with a family living in Macedonia.

'With Love, Mommie Dearest' - new book examines the cultural phenomenon of the classic film

'With Love, Mommie Dearest' - new book examines the cultural phenomenon of the classic film

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 30, 2024

"With Love, Mommie Dearest: The Making of an Unintentional Camp Classic," tells the story of the making of, and the aftermath of the now legendary biopic in which movie queen Faye Dunaway played movie queen Joan Crawford.

'Challengers' - pulpy tennis film courts melodrama

'Challengers' - pulpy tennis film courts melodrama

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Apr 28, 2024

Gay Italian film director Luca Guadagnino has focused on passion as an all-consuming force, a theme he continues in his new movie, "Challengers," which explores a love triangle dissected through a crucial tennis match.