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.

Featured in Film Comment, Esquire, The Atlantic, Mic, Remezcla, Los Angeles Review of Books, Vice & Pacific Standard, among others.

Writing Portfolio here.

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?

We Need a Hashtag That Celebrates What Actually Goes on in LGBT Clubs

#LoveIsLove has united members and supporters of the LGBT community after Orlando. But what happens when the plurality of the rainbow gets collapsed into a single image of two men kissing?

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.

Why James Baldwin's Words Matter Now More Than Ever

I Am Not Your Negro proves how urgent and timeless the author and cultural critic's words have become.

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.