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June 22, 2006 10:27 AM

I am down with the young people

Can a 40-something lady wrap her degenerating neurons around them fancy video games? I'm flapping my thumb as fast as I can. But the truth is, the ole brain ain't what she used to be. Not that I'm out of touch with the young people. Not I! A pop culture

May 22, 2006 12:06 PM

On old movies

The problem with watching "a masterpiece" some 80 years later is that the darned thing seems filled with over acting and cinematic clichés. It's damnably goofy. That's the curse of the cutting edge: Endlessly imitated, the extraordinary becomes ho-hum.

April 30, 2006 8:52 AM

On Brokeback's head gear

Finally overcame my hype-hate and rented "Brokeback Mountain." I enjoyed it; it's a good flick. But I also found it very mannered. Kept imagining director Ang Lee yelling, "Keep your head down!" Over and over and over and over again. "Come'on! Show

March 20, 2006 10:23 AM

Yeah that's right, I haven't seen it, and I'm gonna trash it...

... without remorse. Movie reviewers continue to heap praise upon the crap originally filmed in "What the Bleep Do We Know," and now upon its 2006 sorta sequel "Down the Rabbit Hole." I'm not pissed about opinions on whether the movie's well made, but

February 28, 2006 10:16 AM

Regarding regards, guardedly

An editor's rejection letter, written to Gertrude Stein: "I am only one, only one, only one. Only one being, one at the same time. Not two, not three, only one. Only one life to live, only sixty minutes in one hour. Only one pair of eyes. Only one brain.

February 1, 2006 11:14 AM

Oscar's bent out of shape

A few quick hits about the queer Academy Award nominees. ° Some critics have called "Capote" offensive, even homophobic, in its portrayal of the mincing Truman. "When we first meet Capote no one tells us he's gay and no one has to because it's all

January 30, 2006 11:03 AM

On "Looking for Comedy..."

How many dollars and cents separate a snort from an outright guffaw? The new Albert Brooks flick, "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World," gave me one big yuk and three laughelettos, or one giggle per 24.5 minutes. Unweighted, I paid $2 a snicker.

January 27, 2006 11:15 AM

On Karla

"Karla, the Hollywood movie about killers Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo, earned close to $172,000 on Canadian screens last weekend, with 32 percent coming from Quebec, industry sources say" in this morning's paper. "It placed 12th out of 35 films in

December 21, 2005 1:49 PM

A woman's truth

One of the extraordinary things about "Capote" is that it's a flick about a world of men -- Capote, his editor boss, male cops, male murderers -- that yet has a strong female character in it. Harper Lee (played by Catherine Keener), who went on to publish

December 21, 2005 10:00 AM

The lies that go into truth

In "Capote," the title character protests (too much) that he tells only the truth. It's a wonderful movie, the tale of screaming queen and auteur Truman, a five-foot-three elf believably played by the giant Philip Seymour Hoffman, even down to speaking

December 5, 2005 10:03 AM

My humps

I hate bra shopping. Abhor, loathe, abominate, execrate, despise, detest. Some strange chick pulls you into a tiny closet and grabs your breasts for size -- then leaves. Yet returns expecting nudity. I stand there red in face, increasingly crabby sweaty

October 7, 2005 2:33 PM

On the arrival of Godot

During test runs of Hong Kong's new Disneyland, according to the New York Times last month, "park goers complained of waits of over two hours for some attractions. One visitor said that in 12 hours at the park, he went on all of four rides.... And the

September 13, 2005 3:54 PM

On "The Constant Gardener"

A quickie today: Like "The Interpreter," the 2005 flick "The Constant Gardener" (avec Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz) is a white film about Africa. But oh, a heck of a lot more interesting than was Nicole Kidman's pain and the horrifyingly naive suggestion

August 3, 2005 10:25 AM

On men who cry

The new "War of the Worlds" flick features two emotional extremes. Child star Dakota Fanning screams her little heart out. And Tom Cruise cries. A lot. For a time, men who threw up on screen were telegraphing their status as sensitive guys. But Cruise

July 27, 2005 12:33 PM

Bend them like couplets

There once was a film hexed by magic ethereal yet concretely unleashed by a nose very twicha-el. Nicole K. and Will F. Of charm are beref: We can blame this whole mess on a very old serial. "Bewitched," the flick's called, and cursed by a plot

July 12, 2005 12:44 PM

Because I care

The marketers in charge of "The L Word" must have been desperate for added content when they planned the release of the complete first season on DVD. So they packaged an extra disc completely filled with promotional bumph. Like "The L Word Puppet Movie."

July 11, 2005 11:24 AM

On camp and the caped crusader

Holy getting up there, Batman! Happy birthday to Burt Ward, the original Robin in the 1966 TV series, who turned 60 last week. Now that was a joyful parody that brought gay camp to a mainstream audience that didn't quite get it. Big Brain Susan Sontag

July 4, 2005 1:21 PM

I'll Huff and I'll puff

Canadian sci-fi and fantasy writer Tanya Huff is one of the few writers of fiction whose books I'll buy new (in $7.99 paperback edition, mind you). I just guffawed through a rereading of her 1998 "Summon the Keeper" after a friend returned it, raving

June 28, 2005 10:22 AM

Drop everything, honey, it's lesbo poetry

Yeah, yeah, 12 whole lines of the ancient Greek chickie Sappho's poetry have been re-discovered. Twelve! Be still my heart. "[Blank] the fragrant-blossomed Muses' lovely gifts [blank] girls, [blank] clear melodious lyre: [blank] body old age now

June 22, 2005 11:20 AM

On "Mad Hot Ballroom"

Check out the (longish at 105 minutes) 2005 documentary "Mad Hot Ballroom:" Public school kids in New York learn to merengue and tango (but always with a chaste inch of air between them). It's good to see the class shrimp and even a few fatties, both

June 20, 2005 10:20 AM

The bigger they are

Hubba hubba "Fat Actress" Kirstie Alley's hilariously and generally hetero-sex oriented first season (a 2005 Showtime production -- gotta work fast or the cellulite, and interest, will melt away) is now out on DVD. Alley moons over long-haired tunesmith

June 13, 2005 10:17 AM

The deformities within

Grown-ups tell ugly children that beauty is on the inside, then pray the kids survive their own plainness. We cajole teens through passing pimples, try to hide our surprise and distaste of deformity. Canadian Chris Landreth's Oscar-winning short animated

May 26, 2005 7:38 AM

On the Revenge of the Sith

If you can emotionally connect with a bunch of guys swinging light sabres about, see Star Wars: Episode III. It's a boys' movie filled with violence, stilted dialogue, and the endless good-versus-evil slashfest. And not a single one-liner to be found

April 27, 2005 10:52 AM

On Samuel Delany

The gay (or bisexual?) Samuel Delany's first book-length sci-fi novel was 1962's "The Jewels of Aptor." It's a quest tale, starring a poet, a couple of sailors and assorted gods, their clerics, and servants... a philsophical treatise with swords and a

April 25, 2005 10:17 AM


Spoiler alert: This post reveals an essential plot element in the hyper-violent 2005 theatrical release, Sin City. A few weeks ago, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) put out a press release trashing episodes in the animated series'

April 6, 2005 11:05 AM

The morning after

I laughed. There were some opening night jitters, but it was an impressive debut for Elvira Kurt's "Popcultured." Elvira was quite right -- every plugged-in Canuck suffered instant recall as she intro'd her very first guest interview, Canadian Idol contestant

April 5, 2005 9:59 AM

On "Olivia," by Olivia, starring Olivia

There wasn't much lesbo lit out there in 1949, when Dorothy Strachey Bussy anonymously published "Olivia," her semi-autobiographical tale of a student's boarding school crush on the headmistress. The book's first edition was printed by the press founded

April 3, 2005 10:50 AM

Review: Star Trek novel #84

This'un features the return of Gary Seven (from the original TV series episode, Assignment: Earth) and his kitty-slash-hubba hubba chick, Isis. (Full disclosure: at time of writing, four cats own me.) I found this tome at a local library fundraiser,

April 3, 2005 10:42 AM

Review: Star Trek novel #78

A tawdry mess. But Captain James T. Kirk saves the universe. Oh yeah.
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