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Why I'm Not Excited For 'The Normal Heart,' and It Troubles Me To The Core That Many Are

I’m not OK with 'The Normal Heart.' And it troubles me to my core that many are.
  • By Charles O’Malley
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  • May 7, 2014 1:50 PM
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Essay: But Why Are The Kids All Right?

"The Kids Are All Right" recently landed itself on BFI’s list of top ten great lesbian films. I’m not surprised, but I’m also not pleased. Since its debut "The Kids Are All Right" has found its way on to many best of lists, winning many awards along the way (including 3 major Oscar nominations). Its wide success was a goal, not a coincidence.
  • By LJ Slovin
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  • March 24, 2014 12:23 PM
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Essay: On Reading 'Velvet Goldmine' as a Reaction To AIDS Activism Burnout -- And How Todd Haynes Himself Doesn't Quite Agree

Two years ago I wrote a thesis about political tendencies in contemporary, popular American representations of HIV/AIDS, the thematic centrepiece of which was Todd Haynes’s 1998 glam rock retrospective Velvet Goldmine. In my thesis I argue that Velvet Goldmine, at the time of it was made, was reacting to the melancholic burnout that had affected AIDS activists in the 1990s. This previous autumn I had the chance to meet Todd Haynes at a special Q&A that was held at the Cinemateque in Vancouver, as a kick-off to a weekend-long retrospective of the director’s filmography. I took this event as an opportunity to share with Haynes my reading of his film. With utmost charm and cordiality he told me my reading was wrong.
  • By Gregory Rosebrugh
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  • January 31, 2014 4:03 PM
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