Tag Archives: Homosexuality

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) ☆☆☆☆(4/4): A painter and her challenging model

French film “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” is almost pure and perfect in its haunting romantic period drama with complex thoughts and emotions churning and swirling below its seemingly plain surface. Although the movie is quite more restrained than … Continue reading

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Pain and Glory (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): As he strolls in his creative crisis

Pedro Almodóvar’s latest work “Pain and Glory”, which was Spain’s official submission to Best International Film Oscar in last year, is a somber but undeniably poignant exploration of that fascinating interaction between life and art. I must confess that I … Continue reading

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Moonlit Winter (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A letter from her first love

South Korean film “Moonlit Winter” reminds me that it is always more compelling to observe star-crossed lovers in agony and restraint. Here are two very unhappy women who have quietly yearned for each other since they were separated from each … Continue reading

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Maurice (1987) ☆☆☆(3/4): A sumptuous queer period drama

James Ivory’s 1987 film “Maurice”, which happens to be released in South Korean in this week, is a sumptuous queer period drama to be admired and appreciated. Based on the novel of the same name by E. M. Forster, the … Continue reading

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Knife+Heart (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Who’s killing her gay porn actors?

French film “Knife+Heart” is a cheerfully gaudy and goofy mix of cheap gay porn flicks and campy giallo horror movies of the 1970s. Although it is a bit shame that the movie does not try to be something more than … Continue reading

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Futuro Beach (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4): After leaving the beach

“Futuro Beach”, a Brazilian-German film directed by Karim Aïnouz, is a dispassionate but interesting queer drama to observe and appreciate. Although it is often a bit too oblique and distant in terms of story and characters, the movie steadily engages … Continue reading

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Being 17 (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A tricky matter of their young hearts

French film “Being 17” is an intimate adolescent drama revolving around a difficult situation between its two young heroes struggling with a tricky matter of their young hearts. Calmly presenting the dynamic interactions between them, the movie gradually engages us … Continue reading

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