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David Ehrenstein

Kate Winslet mid-seduction in Mildred Pierce

Todd Haynes' Mildred Pierce Review

It's not your mother's Mildred Pierce. Todd Haynes' five-part HBO miniseries isn't a "remake" of the Joan Crawford classic or a radical reworking of its ideas, like the gay indie auteur's Douglas Sirk–inspired Far From Heaven. Rather, Haynes and co-scripter Jon Raymond have fashioned a scrupulously faithful adaptation of James......

The Lynch Touch

The most unique experimental stylist to enter the mainstream since Luis Buñuel, writer-director David Lynch, in startling films such as Mulholland Drive and the breakthrough TV series Twin Peaks, mixes seemingly placid images of everyday life with glimpses of the waking nightmare he shows to be lurking just beneath its......
James Franco as Allen Ginsberg in Howl

Howl: Ginsberg on Trial, on Film

"In some ways everything's changed, and it's a new world for gays and lesbians," says gay documentary filmmaker Rob Epstein. "On the other hand, if you're coming out now alone and isolated somewhere without any support system, it's the same as it ever was." Which is why, in their latest......
The Seven Madmen

The Best of the Past

While the spotlight is logically on the “new” at the Los Angeles Film Festival, much of the essential action springs from the “old,” thanks to numerous retrospective screenings of films both classic and obscure.Chief among them are two films about the decline of the aristocracy in their respective countries: Luchino......
A lover and a fighter: Tilda Swinton; Credit: PHOTO BY KEVIN SCANLON

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

"I have known women who have lived that life," says Tilda Swinton of Emma, the role she plays in her new film, I Am Love. "She wears the right uniform. She sits in the right position at the head of the table. She runs the show, she plays the part......
Belmondo

Sexual Politics: Godard and Me

"Everybody wants to tell you how it was," Anna Karina says exasperatedly. "I read strange things in the papers and for the most part they're written by people who weren't there. I get very upset about that." If anyone is an authority on "how it was" to be with Jean-Luc......
Can you say Uncle?

Uncle Remus Redux

As the Weekly’s Scott Foundas has noted, the newly minted Disney cartoon feature The Princess and the Frog is meant to be taken as “symbolic reparation” for the presumed insult of the studio’s 1946 animation-plus-live-action hit Song of the South. Speaking as an African-American who has always had a fondness......
Pillow talk: BFFs Firth and Moore get cozy in A Single Man

A VISIBLE MAN

“We’re invisible!” a young man (Matthew Goode) chides his older lover (Colin Firth), cheekily kissing him “where the neighbors can see.” It’s a brief but central moment in A Single Man, Tom Ford’s lushly appointed, deeply moving adaptation of Christopher Isherwood’s finest novel. Published in 1964, this day-in-the-life of a......

Jerry Lewis Retrospective at Cinefamily

“Just what is it that the French see in Jerry Lewis?” That has long been the watch cry of a supposedly intellectual American class. The answer: The French were simply faster on the uptake. They saw that this rubber-faced, twitchy-bodied, high-voiced comic was not only funny (as millions of moviegoers......
Director Kirby Dick on the set of OUTRAGE; Credit: Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Fear Itself: D.C. and Hollywood In and Out of the Closet

Read Scott Foundas' film review, "Outrage: Dicks Out, Gays Hide."   “Once it was ‘the love that dare not speak its name.’ Now it won’t shut up.” So quipped Mike Nichols back in the day — so far back, in fact, that it’s impossible he imagined then that five decades......