Archive for the ‘Movies and television’ Category

Moonlight

November 24, 2016

… the recent movie. Which I saw on Monday and am still in the grip of. A stunning film, tracking its central character from a small, weak boy (in black Miami) to a big, hard man (in black Atlanta), as he struggles to carve out a place for himself in the world and to come to terms with his sexuality.

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Trapped in the morning duff

August 12, 2016

Morning names from the 9th: a pair you can get stuck in (the Great Grimpen Mire and the La Brea Tar Pits) and the noun duff referring to decaying vegetable matter.

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binge-bingeing

May 7, 2016

The wonderful creation of Pierce in Zits:

binge-bingeing is the PRP form of a verb to binge-binge, which is an instance of one or the other of two different compound V constructions of the form to N + V, whose semantic and pragmatic differences are small enough to ignore here.

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Sex in the shadows

March 6, 2016

(There will be stuff about music and some incidental stuff on translation, but there’s also crude mansex in very plain language, so this is certainly not for kids or the sexually modest.)

The latest Daily Jocks ad, with a caption of mine (one you can sing!):

Randy Handy stands in the shadows
While his johns walk in the light
You see the rich guys shine in brightness
But their stud hustler’s out of sight

Randy is prime meat in his rentboy stable, so a 50%-off sale is a real money-saver, guys.

Some background notes on the fantasy in the caption, then lots of words on the source of the caption (meanwhile, think “Mack the Knife”).

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Getting Go

February 21, 2016

A wonderful gay-themed 2014 movie — sweet, very hot, touching, and funny — from the same people who brought us Were the World Mine (posted on here) back in 2008. Getting Go was done on an even more minuscule budget than the earlier movie, and with only two characters (called here Go — he’s a gogo dancer, among other things (like a painter) — and Doc — he’s a writer about to graduate from college and go on studying from there); Tanner Cohen, who plays Doc, was the star of the earlier movie, and Matthew Camp, who plays Go, is a designer and performance artist now retired from a solid career as a gogo dancer in NYC.

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The movie is not a porn flick, though it does have serious man-man sex scenes, as well as a lot of romance.

You can watch the trailer for the movie here.

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The Ascent of Bruce

January 21, 2016

In the February issue of Funny Times, this cartoon by political cartoonist Taylor Jones:

The third figure in the progression is Bruce Jenner, the fourth Caitlin Jenner.

Some words about Caitlin Jenner, and then a few on the Ascent of Man cartoon meme.

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Homoerotic horror

December 5, 2015

Comment from a Facebook friend on my posting about the tv series Saving Hope, with three acting hunks featured, Kristopher Turner being the youngest:

I thought I recognized Turner! He spent many scenes in just white boxer briefs in a homoerotic classic. Wiki: “…he was cast in the lead role of Lex in director David DeCoteau’s film The Brotherhood III: Young Demons (2002)”

(That’s Turner on the right, not in the cute-kid persona he projects in Saving Hope.)

Yes indeed. Homoerotic horror from DeCoteau, who has churned out the most amazing number of genre films, in all sorts of genres. I don’t seem to have posted about the director before. So now a few words.

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Monster Mash

November 30, 2015

In today’s Mother Goose and Grimm, a mash-up of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (the folk rock group) and Young Frankenstein (the movie), in a phrasal overlap portmanteau (POP):

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It’s a Monster Mash, as in the 1962 novelty song.

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Luis Valdez

November 22, 2015

From a server at Reposado recently, a recommendation that I should look at the work of the Chicano writer Luis Valdez (whose name was unfamiliar to me); I recommended to him the work of the Chicana writer Sandra Cisneros (whose name was unfamiliar to him).

It turns out that I didn’t recognize Valdez’s name, but I certainly did know some of his work. From Wikipedia:

Luis Valdez (born June 26, 1940 [in Delano CA to migrant farm worker parents]) is an American playwright, actor, writer and film director [not to mention activist for Chicano causes]. Regarded as the father of Chicano theater in the United States, Valdez is best known for his play Zoot Suit, his movie La Bamba, and his creation of El Teatro Campesino. A pioneer in the Chicano Movement, Valdez broadened the scope of theatre and arts of the Chicano community.

Oh my, Zoot Suit and La Bamba!

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Two obits

April 11, 2015

In my print copy of the NYT yesterday, two notable obits, for Ralph Sharon (the musician) and Richard Dysart (the actor).

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