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  • The Long Good Friday

    The Long Good Friday

    ★★★½

    Another sad reminder of which way the culture was heading right before AIDS ruined everything. This is a gruff, proletarian mob movie where not only is there a gay character, but he’s actually gay in practice, with an exciting sex life. He’s in the movie not to make a point or push an agenda, it’s just that there are gay people in the world, you see. Have we seen this since?

    The big problem here is Bob Hoskins’ performance, which is…

  • Housebound

    Housebound

    ★★★½

    Highly entertaining Kiwi light horror with some good character humour.

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  • Cruising

    Cruising

    ★★★★

    The year is 1998. I’m a newly out first-year university student on a date with my first boyfriend. I’ve had sex maybe three times. Eager for a fourth, we head to the Blockbuster in downtown Ottawa to rent a movie for a couch-centric evening. I liked the idea of a movie with gay men in it, but not about AIDS. There is one (1) option, so yes, I chose Cruising for a teenage date night. And my boyfriend and I were…

  • Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

    Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

    ★★★★½

    This is the gay-themed 80's horror slasher film that A Nightmare on Elm Street II gets too much credit for being. And it doesn't settle for subtext! This is explicitly a movie about navigating homophobia, and there are crazy murders too.

    I've now seen two Susan Tyrrell movies (also Fat City) and in both, she steals the film with a loopy passion and unpredictable dynamism. I cannot take my eyes off her because I am dying to know how she'll…