There are plenty of films about how the 1970s in America were a screwed-up time of bad drug trips, smoke-filled rooms, and questionable parenting. But Low Down differs from the rest of the genre in framing its story of the hazy decade from the perspective of a curious young girl.
Lez face it: when you're a ladygay like myself, cruising the internet for something to watch, you realize very quickly that there are a whole lot fewer gay films in the world to watch than straight flms.
I once dined in a restaurant with my boyfriend on Halloween while a white gentleman ate his meal across from us decked out in head-to-toe blackface. New film Dear White People seemed like it was going to put into more dignified words what I was thinking that fateful night: “Oh, no, this mofo didn’t.”
The premise of Pride sounds like a slog: the film by British director Matthew Warchus follows a London gay and lesbian group’s fundraising campaign for mine workers who are in the midst of the nation’s longest-running strike. But instead of being a gray grind, the movie is a joyous parade.
There are a few disturbing scenes in Wetlands. But they’re not the ones that are vulgar or sexual or unhygienic. In fact, the most bizarre scenes in director David Wnendt‘s new film are also surprisingly joyful.
Last week, the White House’s Hispanic Heritage Awards announced that actress Zoe Saldaña would be among its honorees. Saldaña, a Puerto Rican-Dominican-American actress, has become the most high profile Afro-Latina in Hollywood history, and it’s about time. However, in an industry that lacks roles for actors of color and is driven by name recognition, Saldaña’s status as racially black and ethnically Latina does present some challenges.