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Cinema Verite

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Almost 40 years ago before our TV screens were over-run with excessive trivial drivel that, without a single hint of irony, is called Reality TV, there were The Louds, ‘An American Family’.  Documentary filmmaker Craig Gilbert had seduced this seemingly near perfect nuclear family into allowing his film crew to set up cameras all around their … Continue reading



Becoming Chaz

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This highly personal film documents part of the journey that Chaz Bono takes to become a transgendered man.  He is remarkably brave, strikingly honest and an extremely likable person who allows the cameras to record the crucial steps of taking the necessary hormones and then having the vital breast surgery and how all of this effects … Continue reading



Paul Goodman Changed My Life

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  I can hardly claim the authorship of this title because I must confess that before I sat down to watch this documentary, I have never even heard of Paul Goodman.  Ooops!  But I know now that he was man of many gifts; he was a critic, sociologist, philosopher, poet, novelist, playwright, essayist, practicing psychiatrist, an … Continue reading



Pariah

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A brilliant coming-of-age story of a butch black highly intelligent teenage girl who struggles to reconcile being gay within the confines of her conservative middle-class home. Her meddlesome bible-thumping mother is in denial of both her husband’s infidelity and her daughter’s sexuality thus creating more angst.    A thought-provoking film enlivened with some neat touches … Continue reading



Making The Boys

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‘Making the Boys’ is a fascinating look at the 1968 groundbreaking play ‘The Boys In The Band’, and a profile on its writer and creator Mart Crowley.  The breakthrough play about a Birthday Party full of funny, but self-hating gay men was the very first off-Broadway play written by an openly gay man which was all about gay man. Pre-dating … Continue reading



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