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1917: Sam Mendes and a harrowing slice of WW1

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  It’s very rare that you will see even mention of a War Movie on QUEERGURU as that is one film genre we have too many conflicting issues and concerns about.  However once in a while we come across one that is so compelling and shows the sheer immorality of warfare that we simply cannot … Continue reading



The Disappearance of My Mother: Filmmaker’s ode to his elderly supermodel mother

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  Exactly why the veteran former supermodel Benedetta Barzini allowed her filmmaker son Beniamino Barrese to make this his very documentary on her is very unclear as most of the time she simply barks at him to F–k Off!  At 76 years old and with her well-worn face, it is still easy to see that … Continue reading



Queen & Slim : a black ‘Bonnie & Clyde’

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  The jump from directing Beyonce’s music videos to helming her 2 1/2 hour first feature film seemed to overwhelm Melina Matsoukas resulting in an intriguing but uneven film.  Hyped everywhere as a ‘black Bonnie & Clyde”  which was kind of a spoiler as to how this thriller would end, but saying that this, and … Continue reading



Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project: taping the TV News 24/7 for 30 years

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  Matt Wolf’s take on the oddball story of Marion Stokes has you wavering between the feeling that she was either a chronic compulsive obsessive hoarder, or that maybe her actions were the result of her ability to see the enormous value of recording the present for the future. African/American Stokes who had been born … Continue reading



Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer : an excellent telling of a dispiriting tale

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  Mark Landsman’s excellent documentary makes for depressing viewing . As he details the rise and fall of the scandal rag The National Enquirer he reminds us how the obnoxious self-serving Trump was one of the main instigators of the whole ‘fake news’ syndrome decades before he squirmed his way into The White House. The … Continue reading



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