‘Drugs in the Tenderloin’ at Domy Books

Allen Willis

Allen Willis

Cinema Bomar, the short film series at Domy Books (1709 Westheimer), presents Drugs in the Tenderloin this Wednesday, Nov 30 at 8 pm. The 1967 film examines the pre-Stonewall “gay” scene in San Fransisco and the emergence of a new drug: methamphetamine.

Drugs in the Tenderloin is one of the earlier films of pioneering African-American film maker Allen Willis, who passed away earlier this year.  Willis is well known for his independent films documenting the psychedelic and counter-culture movements of San Fransisco in the 1960′s.

Paired with Drugs in the Tenderloin will be the camp classic PSA “Our Friend the Policeman.” Admission is free and refreshments are available though the adjacent Cafe Brasil. For more information visit cinimabomar.org.

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Starvoice • 10.14.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Michael Gambon turns 71 on Wednesday. The acclaimed Britsh actor has starred in many film favorites such as Gosford Park in 2001 and last year in The King’s Speech, but he garnered a new generation of fans when he replaced Richard Harris in the Harry Potter film series as Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore, who also happens to be gay.

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THIS WEEK

Just before leaving Libra, the sun trines Neptune, prompting sweet romantic dreams, ideals and promises. When Sol moves into Scorpio those promises may prove hard to keep. The test of a relationship is not just in keeping promises, but forgiving the broken ones.

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LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
A creative partnership can become more enduring than expected. Romantic commitment is possible but demands more work. Heartfelt discussions help to clarify illusions.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Innovation is necessary, but getting too clever only exacerbates existing problems. Keep communications open. If you can’t be friendly, be tactful. Charm works well for you.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
Getting too comfortable with the wrong people tempts you to spill secrets. Focus on where you want to be in five years with the one you love. Follow that inspiration.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Have an appropriate outlet for your energy. The more you can sublimate it into your work the better, but be mindful of boundaries. What is more important —your partnership or career?

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Roleplay with your partner opens up insights. Confusion in other relationships requires a more intuitive approach. Defending your turf at work is necessary. Kind words are more effective.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Don’t prolong arguments. The sooner they’re done the sooner you can learn from them. Fantasy play is one way to be intimate with your partner. Sharing  secrets can also prove liberating.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Playing too hard leads to injuries and/or fights. Do you really want to annihilate your opponent or are you there to have fun together? Lighten up. You’re taking yourself way too seriously.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Flirtations lead to something more serious, but take one step at a time. Even if it is a passing fancy, enjoy it while it lasts. Renegotiating loans and debts work in your favor.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Concern about your health or work makes you defensive. Be diplomatic if you must tell others to mind their business. You need a new view of your problem, based in traditional wisdom.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
The need to take care of domestic issues feels overwhelming. You’re putting too much pressure on yourself. Structure and discipline slow you down, but are more effective than panic.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Taking yourself too seriously is sure to lead to arguments. If you’re really so smart, prove it by taking a class in something entirely new, or read a book that will challenge your mind.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Take conversations to new depths. Someone you’re sweet on may be ready to get more intimate. Raise the subject, but be careful and read the signals carefully to know how.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or Starjack.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 14, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Fahari Arts presents Queer Film Series today

The weather for shorts

Today, the Fahari Arts Institute screens two short LGBT films. First, If She Grows Up Gay, pictured, is a 1983 short about an African-American mother talking about life with children, her lesbian lover and blue collar job and directed by Karen Goodman. That is followed by Brooklyn’s Bridge to Jordan, directed by Tina Mabry. Brookyn’s tells the story of a woman who loses her partner in an auto accident only to fight to rebuild her relationship with an estranged son as well as her own life. Filmmaker Charles Bennett Brack will be in attendance.

DEETS: South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh Road. 6 p.m. $5.

—  Rich Lopez

‘Harry Potter’ and the deathly bore

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Now playing in wide release.
One star

I have struggled for the better part of a decade to make sense of the appeal of the Harry Potter books and movies. Now, as the film series nears its conclusion with the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2 comes out in July), I’m more befuddled than ever. As it somersaults uncontrollably toward a necessary resolution, the series must contend with its greatest burden: 4,000 pages of characters and intricately plotted (but nonsensical) events — collectively, it all requires a scorecard to keep track.

Sadly, Part 1 comes with no such primer, and the director, David Yates (this is his third Potter film), has made no effort to remind us of who these people are. He should, as couching motives in shadow seems like the raison d’etre of the series. The first half-hour, in fact, feels more like the star credits that used to open The Love Boat: from forgotten Weasleys to Dobby the House Elf (who, to my knowledge, hasn’t been seen since the second film), the parade of former denizens of the Potterverse is mind-numbing.

But not nearly as numbing as the plot itself. Know what a horcrux is, or how it’s make — or, for that matter, how to find and destroy it? You’d better before entering this film. (I’ve seen the other movies and read the mythology and still feel flummoxed.) Like Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, the Harry Potter films have given over to infernal navelgazing. They are not interested in winning new converts, but catering to the obsessions of their core. It’s the GOP strategy writ in celluloid.

Of course, there are those who have a rabid enthusiasm for the series and who will flock to it, as well as some just caught up in the pop culture excitement of a Thanksgiving blockbuster. But I can’t worry about those. I’m just trying to make heads or tails of the story and the storytelling, and here, it’s nonexistent. (I’d tell you the plot, but have no idea what it was.)

There are long, boring parts in the middle where nothing much happens that fill in the short, boring parts that begin and end it, though seeing a cross-dressing Daniel Radcliffe as Harry in the opening scene is pretty funny. What’s not funny is Harry’s sincere

selflessness: He’s always saying, “I don’t want anyone to suffer just because of me.” You, you mean the only person who can kill the Dark Lord Voldemorte? You, who all of creation has put its faith in to rescue them from eternal darkness? You really think they want you to be in harm’s way? Harry seems not so much noble as indulgent. Accept your lot, and live with it.

Part 1 is among the shortest of the Potter films, but feels longer, even though the ball doesn’t move very far down the field. Or the snitch across the Quiddich court. Or something. Frankly, I’ve given up caring. Apparently, the filmmakers have, too.

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The Next Three Days

Now playing in wide release.
One and a half stars

I’m old enough to remember when Russell Crowe was actually a movie star. Remember his muscled torso in a short Roman chiton in Gladiator? Or sailing the seas with bravado in Master and Commander? The volatile cop in L.A. Confidential? Heck, even his mentalyl ill professor in A Beautiful Mind has the glam of Old Hollywood “Issue Picture” all over it. So when did he become the guy whose movie all sound like dull preposition phrases? State of Play. Body of Lies. Proof of Life.

The Next Three Days is more dangling clause than preposition phrase, though that doesn’t make it any better. It’s still a dark muddle about an ordinary guy who tries extraordinary things faced with unusual circumstances. When you think about it, that’s the plot of his last film, Robin Hood, too. … another day but moodless and sincere drama.

Here, Crowe is a milquetoast husband whose wife (Elizabeth Banks) has been falsely convicted of murder. He obsesses about getting  her out, but when his last appeal (and last dollar) is lost, he decides to break her out.

Writer-director Paul Haggis veers too often into action-movie parody without the sense of fun that silly actioners can possess. Want to be earnest and deep? Then do that and leave the cheesy coincidences in the first draft. The Next Three Days isn’t a horrible film, it’s just one with so little personality, it’s hard to like.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Daniel Radcliffe speaks out on teen suicides in PSA for The Trevor Project

Lots of celebrities have been speaking out over the past week or so on the subject of the teens who have killed themselves after being bullied. Daniel Radcliffe, star of the Harry Potter film series, has added his voice to the discussion in the form of a public service announcement for The Trevor Project, a national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth.

Because I am a Harry Potter fan, I am sharing Radcliffe’s video here:

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