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Orpheus’ Song: Porn scenario gets a touch of magic 

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  Orpheus’ Song is a deceptive movie. It borrows from buddy movies, porn scenarios and classical myth to create a movie that gently simmers in a touch of magic. Philipp (Sascha Weingarten) and Enis (Julien Lickert) are work out buddies in Berlin. That oddly fraternal situation where it’s OK to focus on each other’s narcissism and … Continue reading



Marriage Story : a tale about getting divorced

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  It’s been 15 years since filmmaker Noah Baumbach made his breakthrough movie ‘The Squid and The Whale‘ which netted him an Academy Award Nomination for Original Screenplay. In the years since he has helmed several intriguing and enjoyable movies such as Margot At The Wedding, Greenberg and Francis Ha, yet none of them captured … 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



Greta : a queer Brazilian sex drama that takes Greta Garbo”s name in vain

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  Poor Greta Garbo would turn over in her (lesbian) grave if she knew how her name was being taken in vain in this rather turgid queer Brazilian drama.  Its the feature film debut of writer/director Armando Praça who claims he adapted  it from a stage comedy, in which we think he means he drained … Continue reading



Copa 181 : the story of a gay sauna that is a home away from home

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  The immediate future of Brazilian queer cinema may not look to rosy right now after the vitriolic homophobic President Jair Bolsonaro  has recently declared that government funds will now be withheld from cinema projects containing LGBTQ content.  Hopefully this (and he) will not last long as Brazil has become such a valuable source for … Continue reading



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