Manuel Betancourt

Writing Portfolio

February 2, 2017 · in Film, Links Next Door, TV


ND/NF Interview: Anita Rocha da SilveiraFilm Comment
Meet the Dancers Who Vogued Their Way Onto Madonna’s Blond Ambition Tour in ‘Strike a Pose’ DocRemezcla
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 AmericaRemezcla
Gina Rodriguez on Her New Sci-Fi Flick: “I Transformed into a Person I Barely Could Recognize”Remezcla
How Director Ira Sachs Is Making Our Generation’s Greatest Films About New YorkEsquire
Chilean Actress Paulina Garcia On What It’s Like to Have Your Career Blow Up at 52 Years Old,
Legendary Actress Sonia Braga Opens Up About Her Triumphant Return to Brazilian CinemaRemezcla
Rafael Agustin On Creating a Sitcom That’s an Edgy Latino ‘Wonder Years’, Remezcla
From Tears to Robbery, a Hit Spanish Film Explores Some of Humanity’s Strangest KinksVice
Pablo Larraín on His “Anti-Biopic” About Pablo Neruda & Gael García Bernal’s Mysterious FaceRemezcla
How LGBT Activists Will Hold Trump Accountable: A Conversation with GLAAD’s Sarah Kate Ellis, Esquire

Film Reviews

Short Takes: Take Me to the RiverFilm Comment
Being BrandoLos Angeles Review of Books
Tribeca: Of Straight Charros & Gay UnclesThe Film Experience
Tribeca: CustodyThe Film Experience
Short Takes: From AfarFilm Comment
Mike Nichols’s Disappearing Act, Los Angeles Review of Books
The Hiddleston Man: On the Competing Masculinities of High-RiseElectric Literature
Looking: The Movie Review, The Film Experience
Miami-Set Moonlight is a Heartwrenching Exploration of Gay Black Masculinity With Echoes of CubaRemezcla
NYFF: Almodóvar’s JulietaThe Film Experience
NYFF: Sonia Braga in AquariusThe Film Experience
Festivals: NewFest 2016Film Comment
How a Chilean Director Crafted the Jackie O. Biopic Likely to Get Natalie Portman an Oscar NodRemezcla
Life Happens in the Pauses: Kelly Reichardt’s Certain WomenElectric Literature
Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice: The Anti-La La LandVague Visages

Film Criticism

Gay Boys At The Movies: On Almodóvar’s Bad EducationBright Wall/Dark Room
The Bromantic Comedy Finally Grows UpEsquire
Viola Davis is the best — and only — reason to see Suicide SquadMic
How Tom Hanks Slowly Became America’s DadEsquire
How Cinema Is Reflecting LGBT Cubans’ New RealityPacific Standard
Why James Baldwin’s Words Matter Now More Than Ever, Esquire
Understanding the Women of Pedro Almodóvar’s Movies, The Atlantic
The Serious Camp of Natalie PortmanVague Visages


Looking Back: Season 1 RecapThe Film Experience
‘American Crime’ Is Tackling Male Rape in Season Two — Here’s Why That’s Revolutionary
Samantha Bee’s ‘Full Frontal’ Puts a Feminist Spin on Insult ComedyMic
RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Art of Self-Love, The Atlantic
Thanksgiving in May, Christmas in August: How Cable and Streaming Remade the Special Holiday EpisodePaste
Can Chelsea Handler’s Dinner Parties Revive the Art of Conversation?Paste
Make Netflix Great Again: Member Reviews Reveal Backlash Against Spanish-Language ContentRemezcla 
Make ‘Em Laugh Track: How Netflix’s One Day at a Time Resuscitates the Multi-Cam SitcomPaste


Where Are the Latino Film Critics and Why Do They Matter?Remezcla
Whose Criticism? On A. O. Scott’s “Better Living Through Criticism”Los Angeles Review of Books
Grappling with Intellectual Disability: Michael Bérubé’s The Secret Life of StoriesSlant Magazine
How a VHS of ‘Los Sures’ Sparked a Movement to Preserve Williamsburg’s Latino HistoryRemezcla
How “The Whiteness Project: Intersection of I” Makes White People Grapple With Privilege, Mic
Here Are 100 Queer and Trans People of Color for Gay Magazines to Put on Their CoversMic
HBO’s LGBT History: The EndThe Film Experience
The Queer Subtext of X-Men Shines Bright at Flame ConVulture
In Defense of Gay SubtextPacific Standard

Personal Essays

Trump’s America Feels as Terrifying as the Colombia of My YouthVice