Posts Tagged ‘Movie

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

29
Feb
08

New Ways: Both for AIDS “and” Global Warming

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Bill Condon, 2004. Kinsey

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Thurman Rice: There’s a cure for syphilis… and it’s called abstinence.
Alfred Kinsey: Penicillin works just as well!

29
Feb
08

Tight Spot

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Bill Condon

“The real question is the tension between everyone’s specific sexuality and the desire to belong, to fit in, to feel like a part of the group.”
Bill Condon

29
Feb
08

It was the moment

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Stephen Daldry, 2002. The Hours. Meryl Streep

Clarissa Vaughn: I remember one morning getting up at dawn, there was such a sense of possibility. You know, that feeling? And I remember thinking to myself: So, this is the beginning of happiness. This is where it starts. And of course there will always be more. It never occurred to me it wasn’t the beginning. It was happiness. It was the moment. Right then.

29
Feb
08

Denial

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Stephen Daldry

“I get frustrated about it because they say, ‘How can a man talk about women?’ I say, ‘Steven Spielberg didn’t need to be an alien to talk about E.T. You don’t need to be a dog to direct Lassie.’ It seems to be a denial of the process of imagination, which is a posh word for ‘guesswork.'”

Stephen Daldry

28
Feb
08

The Handsomest Bludgeon

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 Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers of
No Country for Old Men, 2007. Winner of the 80th Academy Award for the Best Picture

“… This is also for my partner John Barlow. Without you, honey, this would be hardware. Thank you so much. Thank you.”

Scott Rudin