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  • He Loves Me

    He Loves Me

    ★★★½

    1) 72 minutes
    2) of sparkling citrine cinematography
    3) cut into long quiet stretches in nature
    4) where two male lovers laze about together and apart
    5) kept methodically free of dialogue in exchange for the punctuating narration from one of the lovers
    6) whose inability to get out of his head is explicitly the cause of the film's mounting tension.

    That's bait. And I got hooked.

  • Golden Boy

    Golden Boy

    ★★

    It’s funny how an actor, simply by popping up here and there over the years, becomes a figure of gravitas, but that’s how Armin Shimerman, in the second of three features I saw at the 2018 San Diego LGBT Film Festival, helped me put my finger on the pleasure and power of a day of gay cinema that peaked at mediocre. We’re at a photography exhibit—Shimerman's the gallerist, the photographer is the hero’s boyfriend, and the exhibit showcases self-portraits the…

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  • Velvet Goldmine

    Velvet Goldmine

    ★★★★½

    Everyone knows Ewan McGregor waves his dick around on-stage as Curt Wild, but nobody talks about what comes next, a cut to the nurse smiling into the camera as she prepares to wheel us off to electro-shock therapy. That’s what happens to boys who ogle boys. The story of an ex-groupie music journalist investigating the death of glam rock icon Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), here’s a Citizen Kane where Charles says, “I think it would be fun to be…

  • Carol

    Carol

    ★★★★★

    Carol starts with the sound of an approaching train car, but it just shows us the golden grate on the street, a ventilation port for an unseen cavern containing all kinds of men and women in transit. There’s a whole world down there that we can’t see for the ornate surface. That was my first viewing, taking too much at face value, following color and touch—and the powerhouse coupling of gayness with integrity—but missing the motivating emotions. This time everything…