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

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 COLORful Side of Pride

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 ...

HBO’s LGBT History (1988-Present)

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.

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

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

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 ...

Oscar Challenge 2015: Boyhood, Still Alice & Two Days One Night

Boyhood Best Picture Best Director Best Actor in a Supporting Role Best Actress in a Supporting Role Best Writing (Original Screenplay) Best Film Editing Still Alice Best Actress in a Leading RoleTwo Days One Night Best Actress in a Leading Role

It’s just an arbitrary grouping, but it’s nevertheless fascinating that Boyhood, Still Alice and Two Days One Night all deal with stories of women running out of ...

Oscar Challenge 2015: The Grand Budapest Hotel & Foxcatcher

The Grand Budapest Hotel Best Picture Best Director Best Writing (Original Screenplay) Best Cinematography Best Film Editing Best Costume Design Best Makeup & Hairstyling Best Music (Original Score) Best Production Design Foxcatcher Best Director Best Actor in a Leading Role Best Actor in a Supporting Role Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) Best Makeup & Hairstyling

The eponymous setting for this film sets the tone for what is a sprawling look at a ...

Oscar Challenge 2015: The Judge & Inherent Vice

The Judge Best Actor in a Supporting Role Inherent Vice Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) Best Costume Design

Beware, I have very little to say on both these titles. I’ll be happy if I never see either of these films again even if the former is bound to live in cable syndication (it’s basically aping so many courtroom drama tropes TV ...

Oscar Challenge 2015: The Imitation Game & The Theory of Everything

The Imitation Game Best Picture Best Director Best Actor in a Leading Role Best Actress in a Supporting Role Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) Best Music (Original Score) Best Film Editing Best Production Design The Theory of Everything Best Picture Best Actor in a Leading Role Best Actress in a Leading Role Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) Best Music (Original Score)

Brandishing a humanistic call for empathy and love, this biopic of ...

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