Manuel Betancourt

Manuel Betancourt

Manuel is a New York City-based writer, editor, and critical thinker. He's a pop culture enthusiast and an eternal Buffy fan.

Regular contributor to The Film Experience, MicNews, Remezcla, Slant Magazine. Featured in Film Comment, Esquire, The Atlantic, Los Angeles Review of Books & Bright Wall/Dark Room.

Full Portfolio at Contently.

Featured Writing

Where Are The Latino Film Critics And Why Do They Matter?

Though traditional film criticism is changing, critics and bloggers still have the power to shape box office success. So how do we get Latino voices to make a dent into the critical conversation?

The Hiddleston Man: On the Competing Masculinities of ‘High-Rise’

J.G. Ballard’s novel makes the move to film and in so doing utilizes Marvel's Loki to fashion a new vision of manhood amidst its urban dystopia.

RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Art of Self-Love

The reality show’s emphasis on the survival stories of its contestants reveals how performance can be empowering. Ru and her queens epitomize the power of self-love in a community that continues to struggle with self-acceptance.

How Ryan Murphy Brought Campy Queerness to the Mainstream

From male eye candy to feuding Hollywood divas, the Glee and American Horror Story showrunner has proven that there's nothing niche about queer stories anymore.

Featured Projects

HBO’s LGBT History

Starting with a look at Harvey Fierstein’s Tidy Endings (1988), this weekly column at The Film Experience studies the way the cable network has tackled gay storylines in its award-winning films, miniseries and TV shows.

Watch: In 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' Doorways Were Everything

To say 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' was deceptively light is a not-so-deceptive understatement. This featured supercut asks us to go deeper into the cult classic.