NYC’s most enduring character, closeted Mayor Ed, sings his swan song ARNOLD WAYNE JONES | Life+Style Editor There’s an old line that politics is for people too ugly to make it in the movies. If that’s true, Ed Koch was a born politician: He had a face like a turkey buzzard and looked, when walking [...]
J.J. Abrams has concocted a rip-roaring sci-fi action picture with great special effects (the 3-D is well used) and a touching, keenly played performance by Quinto.
Alan Turing is one of the most interesting unheralded figures of the 20th century. A genius mathematician, Turing was primarily responsible for decoding the Nazis’ “enigma” code and giving the Allies a leg-up in World War II. He should have been put on the money. But he was gay at a time when that wasn’t [...]
Booking a room between DTC’s fussy classic and two new gay plays ………………….. ON THE BOARDS THE ODD COUPLE at the Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St. Through April 14. DallasTheaterCenter.org. THE APARTMENT PLAYS at the Green Zone, 161 Riveredge Drive. Through April 6. UpstartTheater.com. …………………. The awkwardness that comes with sharing a space with someone is a story as old [...]
Dallas International Film Festival launches with a slate filled with gay-interest programming ARNOLD WAYNE JONES | Life+Style Editor …………………… DALLAS INT’L FILM FEST Screenings at Angelika Film Center and Magnolia Theatre, April 4–14. For scheduling and tickets, visit DallasFilm.org ………………….. With OutTakes Dallas gone and QCinema pushing its big festival to the fall, we’re lucky to [...]
Olympus Has Fallen. To say that this political action film is derivative — it is almost a point-by-point cross-section of Air Force One and the original Die Hard, with the White House itself standing in for Nakatomi Plaza and the president’s plane — is not to diminish its effectiveness as an actioner. Great filmmaking? Of [...]
How director Walter Salles filmed the unfilmable: A racy adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES| Life+Style Editor Almost all Beat Movement literature is not adaptable to any form other than its original, precisely because the nature of Beat is about rhythm and mood and place, more than narrative or structure. Allen [...]
2013 has had a few exceptions: Mama was more thought-provoking than nightmare-inducing horror, and Side Effects, while not a hit, was smarter and livelier than director Steven Soderbergh’s 2012 winter release, Haywire. Add to that list Jack the Giant Slayer.
Filmmaker Patrik-Ian Polk makes Black History Month a little gayer Gay filmmaker Patrik-Ian Polk’s 2000 breakout debut film, Punks, became a hit on the LGBT film festival circuit, introducing moviegoers to a fresh new voice in cinema. He followed that up with the popular Logo TV series Noah’s Arc, which in turn led to the [...]
Magnolia brings back Oscar-nominated live action and animated short films Here is why we still need movie arthouses: So we can see the short subjects nominated for obscure Oscars and win the office pool. As always, Landmark’s Magnolia runs the live action and animated shorts (starting this weekend), giving you a chance to see the [...]