July 10, 2020

Palm Springs, the new Andy Samberg movie that was just released today on Hulu (but I was lucky enough to see it in a drive-in yesterday night!) is the metaphor we need right now, but didn’t even know it.

This is a rom-com about a pair of less-than-desirable paramours who are stuck in an infinite time loop that resets whenever they fall asleep (or die) and brings them back to the morning of a wedding in the desert of Palm Springs. It is invariably compared to Groundhog Day, the Bill Murray/Remis masterpiece that we all have watched every year...

June 13, 2020

I want to preface this by saying that, going into the film, I wasn’t all too familiar with Pete Davidson’s work as a comedian on SNL. The little I did see of him, however, I didn’t particularly enjoy at the time. His delivery was always stilted, a little stumbled, and at most times I felt like he was just rambling. Still, despite my previous presumptions of him, while watching this film I tried my best to put aside any former opinions of Davidson’s work and judge the film solely on what is being presented on the screen. 

The plot of the film...

Families all have little secrets, but the Masons had a big one: The family business was porn… which sounds like the lead-in to a grim story of shame and abuse, of which the film is the exact opposite.

Directed by daughter Rachel Mason and featuring her parents, Karen and Barry, and brothers, Micah and Josh—Circus of Books explores the paradoxes of growing up the children of an ordinary, genial couple who owned and operated the most famous gay porn shop in West Hollywood. On the one hand, bar mitzvahs, family dinners, school life and trips to...

January 30, 2020

“José (magnetic newcomer Enrique Salanic) lives with his mother (Ana Cecilia Mota) in Guatemala City, where they survive on her selling sandwiches at bus stops and with him working at a local restaurant. In this poor and sometimes dangerous country dominated by conservative Catholic and Evangelical Christian religion, living as an openly gay man is hard for José to imagine. His mother has never had a husband, and as her youngest and favorite son, on the edge of manhood at 19-years old, she is determined to hold on to him. Reserved and priva...

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