Adventures (including sex!) await folks in ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Hyde Park’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES | Life+Style Editor It’s an axiom of criticism that you can only review the thing in front of you — a philosophy more complicated than it sounds when it comes to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of a [...]
Alan Cumming takes on gay adoption in ‘Any Day Now’ Set in the late 1970s, Any Day Now stars Alan Cumming as a drag performer, Rudy, who forms an unconventional family unit with Paul (Garrett Dillahunt), a closeted employee of the D.A.’s office, and Marco (Isaac Leyva), an abandoned teenager with Down Syndrome. But homophobic [...]
In the last 24 hours, two major groups have announced their nominations for some of the major film awards of the season — the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globe Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Add to that Film Independent’ Independent Spirit Awards, and the landscape is shaping up.
There’s been an odd trend in recent years to name biopics after the subject, then concentrating just on a tiny sliver of their lives, a single incident that seemed to define them: The Queen, Lincoln, Capote. Amazingly, of these films, none more brilliantly distills the person to microcosm than Hitchcock. The director of dozens of [...]
Even the thumbnail description of this execrable piece of cinematic detritus sounds banal, and I’m not exaggerating to say my write-up is 10 times better than any 30-second stretch of SLP, which defiantly sets out from the opening scene to be the unchallenged Worst Film of the Year. It wins by a landslide.
The history of stories between two women sharing a house under uneasy circumstances is a long one, from the sisters in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? to the mom-daughter duo of ’Night, Mother. Add to it Martin McDonaugh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane, getting its latest treatment courtesy of Kitchen Dog Theater. These tales [...]
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2, pictured — the finally film in the chastely sexy vampires-versus-werewolves series, opens Friday. Like Part 1, it is directed by the Oscar-winning gay scribe and director Bill Condon, who gave weight to Frankenstein filmmaker James Whale in Gods & Monsters. Also opening Friday is the foreign-language period romance A [...]
‘Life of Pi’ towers, ‘Lincoln’ sets us free and ‘Anna’ gets hung up on artifice ARNOLD WAYNE JONES | Life+Style Editor When it comes to movies, the period from just before Thanksgiving to Christmas Day is nearly as rampant with releases as the summer. The big difference? Films are concerned with generating acclaim as [...]
007 takes a fascinating gay turn in ‘Skyfall,’ a stellar entry in the Bond series ARNOLD WAYNE JONES | Life+Style Editor Other than the perfunctory opening credits shout-out to Ian Fleming at the top of each 007 movie, no one ever talks about the writers of a Bond film. And why would they? It’s not [...]
New DVD collections offer a selection of Halloween-themed thrills and chills American Horror Story: The Complete First Season. No series in recent memory has as many creepy twists, terrifying boos or half-naked backside shots of Dylan McDermott as the Ryan Murphy miniseries that transformed Jessica Lange into an Emmy-winning psychopath. FX’s horror hit, in its [...]