Tag Archives: Homosexuality

Fragrance of the First Flower (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): Still attracted to each other

Taiwanese film “Fragrance of the First Flower” is a familiar but engaging melodrama about two women who still cannot help but attracted to each other despite several years of separation between them. As alternating between their past and present, the … Continue reading

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After I came out

Around 6 years ago, I came out of my closet just because I felt that enough was enough. I endured more than 10 matchmaking attempts made by my mother, and those meetings with young women only reminded me again and … Continue reading

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Fire Island (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): Pride and Prejudice on a gay village

“Fire Island” initially made me feel awkward for good reasons. Here is a little but funny and exuberant gay romance comedy film which is also quite frank and proud about the irrepressible homosexuality of many of its main characters, and, … Continue reading

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Firebird (2021) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Their forbidden romance during that grim period

“Firebird” is an old-fashioned tale of two gay lovers limited and suffocated by the grim oppression of their society. While it does not bring anything particular new to its genre territory unlike many notable predecessors such as “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), … Continue reading

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Days (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Those quiet wordless moments

Tsai Ming-liang’s latest feature film “Days”, which won the jury Teddy Award when it was shown at the Berlin International Festival early in 2020, is slowly and patiently observes two different gay persons at its center. While it feels so … Continue reading

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Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): A little Christian family birthday party

“Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party” is a modest but engaging drama mainly revolving around the family birthday party for its sexually repressed adolescent hero. While simply hanging around him and a bunch of Christian characters around him during one long day, … Continue reading

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Flee (2021) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A simple but extraordinary animated documentary film

“Flee”, which was recently selected as the Danish entry to Best International Film Oscar, is a simple but extraordinary animated documentary film. As sensitively and thoughtfully examining one real-life Afghan immigrant’s past which has been suppressed at the corner of … Continue reading

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Benedetta (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): Verhoeven strikes again

Paul Verhoeven’s new film “Benedetta” is a decidedly salacious period drama peppered with some nudity, violence, and cynicism. Although it is relatively less wild, violent, and sensational compared to many of Verhoeven’s notable works, the movie is still another provocative … Continue reading

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Operation Hyacinth (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): A grim but compelling Polish police noir drama

Polish film “Operation Hyacinth”, which was released on Netflix in last month, looks into its moody period background via a typical noir tale of obsession, confusion, and corruption. As steadily following a supposedly clean-cut young hero who becomes quite obsessed … Continue reading

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Perhaps Love (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): It’s complicated among them

South Korean comedy film “Perhaps Love” caught me off guard for several solid moments for laughs and chuckles. Cheerfully hopping among a number of different colorful comic characters, the movie frequently shines with considerable wit and humor, and then it … Continue reading

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