Manuel Betancourt

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ND/NF Interview: Anita Rocha da Silveira, Film Comment Meet the Dancers Who Vogued Their Way Onto Madonna’s Blond Ambition Tour in ‘Strike a Pose’ Doc, Remezcla Darren Aronofsky’s Rock Star Composer Thinks of Himself as Film’s ‘Ugly Duckling’, Esquire This Documentary Captures What It’s Like to be Queer and Undocumented in Rural America, Remezcla Gina Rodriguez on Her New Sci-Fi Flick: “I Transformed ...

53rd New York Film Festival

October 13, 2015

I covered the 53rd New York Film Festival over at The Film Experience. Below find all the films I viewed. (Links send you to full reviews).

The Walk (Dir. Robert Zemeckis)

The Walk is a movie about showmanship. That means it’s at times too eager to please, unafraid to show its sweat. But it ...

The Key to the Hellmouth: The Importance of Doors in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

July 31, 2015

Have you ever stopped to think how often doors play a central role in Joss Whedon’s cult show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Buffy kicked the door open when it comes to strong female-fronted genre shows (not to mention realistic portrayals of LGBT characters on TV) but that’s because, as this video shows, she spent plenty ...

The COLORful Side of Pride

July 1, 2015

After over 180 tweets and 215 characters shared, a month-long project comes to an end.

Last year I compiled a supercut titled “A Place for Us: Gay Men on Screen” which traced the various common ways gay men are usually represented on screen, from the flamboyant sissy to the AIDS victim, from the queer villain to ...

Hanya Yanagihara & A Little Life at #MashReads

June 20, 2015

“Orgasmic Man” (detail) (1969) by Peter Hujar which covers Yanagihara’s novel, A Little Life

My favorite book so far this year is Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, a novel I’ve grown to describe as a sudden gentle caress in the dark: unexpected, frightening, moving, and discomforting though not altogether unwelcome. Yanagihara’s mammoth novel (it clocks ...

HBO’s LGBT History (1988-Present)

May 13, 2015

Over at The Film Experience, I am currently working my way through every film and miniseries produced and distributed by HBO that features prominent LGBT content.

Looking: Season 2 Recaps

March 25, 2015

Thanks to the ever gracious host of The Film Experience Nathaniel for letting me recap what ended up being a fantastic (if ill-fated and criminally underwatched) second season of Michael Lannam and Andrew Haigh’s HBO show Looking. Below you’ll find links to recaps of all 10 season 2 episodes:

Patti Issues, or How Queer Fandom is Alive & Well

March 12, 2015

“With the same peremptory familiarity did many of us who would become gay men feel addressed by the Broadway musical, which hailed us as directly as if it had been calling out our names, and met us so well that in finding ourselves called for, we seemed to find ...

8 Reasons Why You Should Re-Watch The Last Five Years

February 26, 2015

I’m obsessed with Richard LaGravenese’s film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s musical The Last Five Years. Not only does it feature a great pair of performances courtesy of Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan, but it succeeds in ways that perhaps its own stage productions never could. And it does so by embracing the visual language of film. ...

Oscar Challenge 2015: American Sniper & Selma

February 22, 2015

American Sniper Best Picture Best Actor Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) Best Film Editing Best Sound Editing Best Sound Mixing Selma Best Picture Best Music (Original Song)

 Can a film be both a recruitment video as well as a cautionary tale? Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper and Ava DuVernay’s Selma present us with just that, though arguably within two very different contexts.

Eastwood’s Sniper focuses on Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in American history ...

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