Drawing Dallas

Posted on 13 Dec 2013 at 7:45am

Slender, gregarious  retailer Ryan Naico is a people-person MARK STOKES  | Illustrator mark@markdrawsfunny.com Name and age: Ryan Naico, 27 Occupation: Retail and service industry Spotted at: Target Cityplace Zodiac: Leo Mix master: This slim, handsome young man of Russian, Irish and Mexican descent was born in the small town of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and reared [...]

INTERVIEW: ‘Philomena’ writer and star Steve Coogan on the season’s best film

Posted on 27 Nov 2013 at 1:09pm

The really unmissible film to see over the Thanksgiving weekend is certainly Philomena. It has everything: Old people (especially an enchanting Judi Dench) for mom and dad; a gay subplot for you; humor, tears and the structure of a detective novel. And it’s all thanks to Steve Coogan

QUEER CLIP: ‘Philomena’

Posted on 22 Nov 2013 at 7:25am

As her son’s 50th birthday approaches, devout Irish Catholic Philomena (Judi Dench, in one of those performances people talk about all year) begins to feel melancholy. She doesn’t know her son, it seems, as she was one of the Magdalene Girls, the indentured teens put into service by convent nuns who used their labor and, [...]

REVIEW: ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

Posted on 19 Nov 2013 at 3:28pm

‘m still not sure why The Hunger Games, with its heavy-handed Marxist moralizing about the inherent corruptness of the one-percenters, became the huge cultural phenomenon it did last year (yes, it was only last year), but it did. Maybe tweens were looking to glom onto another corny romance as The Twilight Saga was wrapping up, and on the lookout for a pouty heroine, found one in Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen.

QUEER CLIP: ‘Kill Your Darlings’

Posted on 15 Nov 2013 at 9:45am

You can hear the buzz caused merely by casting Daniel Radcliffe as gay Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in the period drama Kill Your Darlings: “Harry Potter kisses a man! Harry Potter gets topped — and not by Dumbledore!” Yeah, yeah. And all that does happen, and in frank and surprising ways. But director John Krokidas’ [...]

QUEER CLIP: ‘Thor: The Dark World’

Posted on 08 Nov 2013 at 6:20am

  Continuity has never been the strong suit of the Marvel franchises. The Avengers didn’t even try to explain how Thor (Chris Hemsworth) made it to earth after the gateway from Asgard had been destroyed, and Thor’s girlfriend Jane (Natalie Portman) barely figured into the story at all. So it’s small surprise that Thor: The [...]

King of clubs

Posted on 08 Nov 2013 at 6:15am

‘Dallas Buyers Club’ may play fast-and-loose with facts, but those who lived it say its portrait of a man driven to save lives during the AIDS crisis is just right ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor The poster for the Dallas Buyers Club — the movie (opening this week in the Angelika Film Center) about [...]

Indie ‘Darling’

Posted on 08 Nov 2013 at 5:15am

It took first-time director John Krokidas a decade to make his portrait of the Beats. Is he finally ready for his close-up? ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  Life+Style Editor John Krokidas may seem like moviedom’s overnight sensation, but it sure doesn’t feel that way to Krokidas himself. It was just last month, the night before his 40th birthday, [...]

Film review: ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’

Posted on 01 Nov 2013 at 9:40am

If you’ve ever wondered what a lesbian porn epic would look like, Blue is the Warmest Color is pretty damn close. But truly, it’s not pornographic: The film does include sex — lots of it — to tiltillate, but to provide context for what truly is an epic story of romantic love. Adele (Adele Exarchapoulos, [...]

Film review: ‘12 Years a Slave’

Posted on 25 Oct 2013 at 10:05am

  I’m not naive about mankind’s capacity to exploit his fellow man, but the one precept of American slavery I could never wrap my mind around was the idea that one human being could possess, as property, another human being. It’s beyond comprehension. Possess? Control? Terrorize? Dehumanize? Yes, I can get that. But own? It [...]