Manuel Betancourt

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The New Queer Television? Or How does one define “queer” nowadays?

October 21, 2014

New Queer Television. The label, you have to agree, has a delightful ring to it. This is not only because it echoes Ruby B. Rich’s wonderful foundational essay on “New Queer Cinema” but because, in appropriating Rich’s term (“queer”) you get a whiff of progressive language that feels much more modern than say, “LGBT” or, ...

Chastain, Wiig and Knightley or How this a triple feature of starting anew

October 4, 2014

I have been trying to catch up on my summer indies and as I finished watching Begin Again earlier today, it struck me that the other two films I’d seen these past two weeks (The Skeleton Twins and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them) could just as easily been titled Begin Again. Each, focused as it is on a pair of ...

Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Suddenly Last Summer (1959): or How the angel of death claims another young queer boy

August 12, 2014

This article is a contribution to The Film Experience’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot series.

Nathaniel will be happy to know the last time I wrote about Suddenly Last Summer was in October 2007 for his very own Monty Clift blog-a-thon (remember blog-a-thons? They seem like a relic of an online world gone by!). What’s below is ...

Lilting & Tom à la Ferme, or How gay grief comes of age

August 4, 2014

A young man arrives to meet the mother of his recently deceased boyfriend. Amidst cultural differences (both big and small), we quickly understand that this woman, crippled by her grief, is unaware of her son’s relationship with this polite, if foreign looking young man in front of her; she feels an unwitting affinity towards him yet ...

Buffy in July, or How my month-long Instagram challenge is complete!

August 1, 2014

144 episodes. 140 episode titles. 13 #ThrobackThursdays, 12 selfies, 3 videos and 1 cemetery visit later, I have finished a crazy month-long Instagram challenge of using Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode titles as captions for all of my July Instagram posts. The reasoning, if there ever was any, was just to have fun, and I ...

Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Under the Skin, or How Glazer’s alien’s tale is a queer one

July 22, 2014

This article is a contribution to The Film Experience’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot series.

Scarlett Johansson may be carving out for herself the unlikeliest of film niches: the lead in an unpredictable yet seemingly heterosexual romantic sci-fi film that nevertheless works formally and thematically to mine queer desire. I’ve spoken before about ...

Veronica Mars’ “By the Fans” or How can you guess how much Rob Thomas & co. love their fans?

July 16, 2014

On March 13, 2013, when Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell launched the Kickstarter that would successfully fund the feature version of Veronica Mars, there was hesitation over whether “marshmallows” around the world — the show’s fans who’d been clamoring for more of Thomas’s show — would actually lay money down to see their favorite sassy PI ...

Los Amigos Raros, or How this #secretlittlefilm is quite something

June 5, 2014


“Cuando lo veia mudito o pensativo me he dado cuenta que era mucho fragil de lo que el estaba dispuesto a admitir” (“When I saw him silent or pensive, I realized he was much frailer than he was willing to admit”)

In an attempt to a) celebrate more non-US films, b) ...

The Importance of Being Angry, or How HBO’s The Normal Heart hits home

May 27, 2014

“And every gay man who refuses to come forward now and fight to save his own life is truly helping to kill the rest of us.” — Ned Weeks, The Normal Heart

The anger that fuels Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart is the one thing I kept going back to as I watched ...

Links Next Door (16/05/2014): Art on Instagram Edition

May 16, 2014

Every week, I’m compiling a list of links that entertain and delight me, challenge and baffle me. I’m doing this as a sort of curating project, but also as a way to keep the blog afloat as I keep working on my dissertation.


Yes, I’m spending a lot of time on Instagram and while I love ...

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