Category Archives: Cinema Scope

For the love of movies, and not just the musicals

TELL TALE SIGN…

  Something’s coming…   Something murderous, mad, musical…   A pale blue eye…   Cellos signing;  moaning;  screaming…   His hideous heart…   It’s all returning…   But not the way it was…   It will take on a whole … Continue reading

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ISADORA DUNCAN and the View from Pompidou

A pioneer of modern dance.  A preserved treasure of early film. Ed and I are spending two weeks in Paris (don’t feel sorry for me) and Monday we went to the Pompidou museum, where this little treasure of dance and … Continue reading

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HAPPY SONGS FOR DARK TIMES #2: Miss Marple, Tatu, and the Chipper Harpsichord

Theme from Miss Marple – Ron Goodwin and his Orchestra A while back I promised there would be a series of Happy Tunes for Dark Times to highlight what I consider sure fire musical mood boosters. What with ever escalation Twitter … Continue reading

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THEY KILLED MERYL! – but she still left us one or two musical gems

When the first trailers for “Mamma Mia – Here We Go Again” arrived, the absence of Meryl Streep was conspicuous.  As were certain lines that hinted at her character Donna Sheridan’s absence in the “Mamma Mia” movie sequel.  Her likely … Continue reading

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MAMA MIA – Here We Sing Along Again

Escapism for the New Great Depression I slid the “Mamma Mia” disk into the blu-ray player.  I asked Ed whether it we should activate the sing-along function this time?  Ed hesitated, then demurred.  But I knew he wanted it.  So … Continue reading

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HAPPY SONGS FOR DARK TIMES #1 – A Grand Hotel Extravaganza

Sometimes the right slice of music can be a sure fire happy picker upper. These are dark, soul depressing, body wearying times we live in.  More than once I have been hearing people talk about how they feel sick in … Continue reading

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THE SIGHING STRINGS OF CINEMA

Phantom Thread – Psycho – Cloud Atlas – Platoon – Lorenzo’s Oil – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – American Crime Story: Versace – The Club – Schindler’s List – Jesus Christ Superstar – Moonlight – Jackie – … Continue reading

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“HOT MESS” MALE BISEXUALS “TORCHED” OFF BROADWAY

Hot Mess – Torch Song – Call Me By Your Name – Cabaret – Speakeasy By a quirk of timing I wound up seeing two days in a row the two stage plays currently playing in New York (Off Broadway) … Continue reading

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LGBT is Thrown Around All the Time, But Where is the “B”?

Notes from the “BiView: Bisexual Representation in Media Panel” at NewFest2017 October 21st I attended the panel discussion on Bisexuality in the Media, the first of its kind at a NewFest/Outfest film festival.  Moderated by bisexual activist and journalist Eliel … Continue reading

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ILLUMINATING LGBTQ LIVES – Documentaries at NewFest 2017

Features: 100 Men – My Wonderful West Berlin – A Womb of Their Own Shorts: Bayard and Me – Umbrella – DES!RE – The Son I Never Had – Resist – House of JXN   “We have gay people.  Hey, … Continue reading

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CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, SAM, and then Play It Again

I took a Swoon Dive this weekend.  I read André Aciman’s “Call Me By Your Name” while playing Sam Smith on endless shuffle.  It was almost irresponsibly intoxicating. Say It First – Sam Smith I first heard about the Gay … Continue reading

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QUEER NARRATIVES at the MOVIES

NewFest 2017 Feature Length Dramas: After Louie – God’s Own Country – Against the Law –  My Son is Gay – Discreet – The City of the Future – Professor Marston and the Wonder Women Last year I saw only … Continue reading

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QUEER SHORTS – The Fab and the Furious

Highlights from “Boys Shorts”, “Beyond the Binary”, “Drawn This Way – Animated” & “Faith and Fury” film shorts programs at Newfest – New York’s LGBT Film Festival   It probably plays to the stereotype of the typical NewFest attendee that … Continue reading

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QUEER SHORTS – The Young and the Resistance

Highlights from “Young, Queer and Woke” and “The Queer Resistance” film shorts programs at Newfest – New York’s LGBT Film Festival Another fall in New York City.  Another NewFest festival of LGBTQ films.  Last year I stuffed a dozen festival films … Continue reading

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Seeing BATTLE OF THE SEXES with the Next Generation

Ed’s and my thorough enjoyment of the movie “Battle of the Sexes” was both enhanced and tempered by the group of preteen girls the theater’s reserved seating placed to my right.  Tempered because of the above average distractions I have … Continue reading

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Will Whoopi Goldberg Get Andy Serkis his Overdue Oscar?

“War for the Planet of the Apes” has opened to universal acclaim and a renewed call to give an Oscar to Andy Serkis, the actor who pioneered and perfected motion capture acting as lead ape Caesar in the Planet of the … Continue reading

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