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The Inspection (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): A gay marine trainee’s story

“The Inspection” is a fascinating coming-of-age drama which often swings back and forth between conventional and unconventional elements. As a queer film mainly set in the US Marine boot camp, the movie surely distinguishes itself to some degree in terms … Continue reading

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Peter von Kant (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): Fassbinder via Ozon

François Ozon’s new film “Peter von Kant” is often amusing to watch if you are familiar with not only its original version but also the legendary German filmmaker behind that version. The movie, based on Reiner Werner Fassbinder’s “The Bitter … Continue reading

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Close (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): A friendship shattered

I know it is a clichéd expression, but I sincerely advise you not to read the following paragraphs if you want to be fully impacted by Lukas Dhont’s latest film “Close”, which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film … Continue reading

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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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