Archive for the 'Movie' Category

21
May
08

Daddy and Papa

Johnny Symons, 2002. Daddy and Papa

Daddy & Papa explores the psychological and social impact of four gay couples who are making a controversial decision that turns out to be the most traditional thing in the world: to parent children. This is now well known that single parenting is a major part of our understanding of “American family.” About 26.2% of all children under 21 living in families have a parent not living at home. But the “average” American still assume a gay couple walking with their child on the street as a straight dad with dad’s buddy hanging out with dad and child. This is not a culture war, but rather a battle of culture versus nurture. Are children raised by same sex (male) parents harmed by not having a mother? Should gay white men be raising African American children? What is the effect of sexual orientation on the children? Symons shows that many of the issues are simply those of parents wanting to raise their children well, and the fact that these parents are gay men is almost irrelevant. Many of the issues discussed could also be applied to single men or women who want to adopt.

09
May
08

Cagey

Alfred Hitchcock, 1948. Rope

“Most expressions of homosexuality in most of movies are indirect. And what’s interesting about that is of course that is what it was like to express homosexuality in life, that we could only express ourselves indirectly, just as people on the screen could only express themselves indirectly. And the sense in which the characters are in the closet, the movie is in the closet and we are in the closet.”

Richard Dyer

21
Mar
08

Bergen-Belsen

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1980. In a Year with 13 Moons

“Every seventh year is a lunar year. Those people whose lives are essentially dominated by their emotions suffer particularly strongly from depressions in these lunar years. The same is also true of years with 13 new moons, albeit not quite so strongly. And if a lunar year also happens to be a year with 13 new moons, the result is often a personal catastrophe.”

18
Mar
08

Streets of Heaven

 

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Tom Hanks

“Here’s what I know… I would not be standing here if it weren’t for two very important men in my life, two I haven’t spoken with in a while but I had the pleasure of just the other evening – Mr Rawley Farnsworth, who was my high school drama teacher, who taught me ‘Act well the part, there all the glory lies’, and one of my classmates under Mr Farnsworth, Mr John Gilkerson.

I mention their names because they are two of the finest gay Americans, two wonderful men that I had the good fortune to be associated with, to fall under their inspiration at such a young age. I wish my babies could have the same sort of teacher, the same sort of friends.

And there lies my dilemma here tonight. I know my work in this case is magnified by the fact that the streets of heaven are too crowded with angels.

We know their names – they number a thousand for each one of the red ribbons that we wear here tonight. They finally rest in the warm embrace of the gracious creator of us all – a healing embrace that cools their fevers, that clears their skin, and allows their eyes to see the simple, self-evident, common-sense truth that is made manifest by the benevolent creator of us all and was written down on paper by wise men, tolerant men, in the city of Philadelphia 200 years ago.

God bless you all, God have mercy on us all, and God bless America”

 

Accepting the award for best actor for Philadelphia in 1994

15
Mar
08

Cowardy Custard

 

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Alejandro Amenábar, 2001. The Others. [Nicole Kidman]

Grace: Whoever took the curtains wants to kill my children.
Mrs. Mills: Now, why do you think the daylight would kill them?
Grace: Are you mad? I already told you my children are photosensitive. THE LIGHT WILL KILL THEM.
Mrs. Mills: Yes, but that was before. The condition could have cleared up.

15
Mar
08

This house is ours

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Alejandro Amenábar

“This is a metaphor. This is a journey for Grace and her children towards light and discovery. Brightness is knowledge and in this case the darkness is a metaphor. This woman is blinded by her beliefs and the way she teaches her belief. In the film she begins to open her mind and open to the light.”

11
Mar
08

The Smouldering

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Francisco Bosch

“I started flamenco dancing in Spain, which is considered to be quite a masculine form of dance and I didn’t really think about my sexuality in relation, and how it would affect it. Personally, I didn’t realise I was gay until quite late into my training as a ballet dancer, but I have been lucky to feel that people accept you for what you are and not whom you sleep with.”