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 ...

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

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

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.

Looking: Season 2 Recaps

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:

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

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, ...

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

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 ...

HBO’s Looking or How the burden of representation claims another victim

HBO premiered its new show Looking last night. And it took less than 24 hours for a straight male journalist to resort to humor (of course) to react to it. And yet, the piece is indicative of the burden of representation that befalls media that grapples with the lives of minority subjects.

Despite Mick Stingley‘s assertion that gays ...

Lorde is the New Black, or How Netflix’s new series is a smart indictment of white privilege

“Age, Race, Class and Sex: Women Redefining Difference“ by Audre Lorde (excerpts)

Much of Western European history conditions us to see human differences in simplistic opposition to each other: dominant/subordinate, good/bad, up/down, superior/inferior.

In a society where the good is defined in terms of profit rather than in terms of human need, ...

RIP 30 Rock, or How Long Live 30 Rock

Shut up everyone, shut up Lutz! My favorite sitcom of all time ends tonight and I wanted to take a second and thank its creator:

Thank you Tina Fey…

For giving me two Black Swans, For your obsession with Star Wars (“I don’t think it’s fair for me to be on a jury because I’m a ...

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