Celebrating Gay Pride

As a film journalist I have often tried to focus my attention on underappreciated films, actors and directors. Unsurprisingly, this has led me to write about a number of gay/LGBT films as well as gay/LGBT filmmakers and actors. So in celebration of Gay Pride weekend and the Supreme Court decision that now makes gay-marriage a … Continue reading Celebrating Gay Pride

An 80s Pop Music Extravaganza: Absolute Beginners (1986)

I recently wrote about the often overlooked 1980s pop music extravaganza ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS (1986) for The Cultural Gutter. The film has grown on me a lot over the years thanks to a central performance by the one and only David Bowie and a a growing respect for what (I believe) director Julien Temple was trying … Continue reading An 80s Pop Music Extravaganza: Absolute Beginners (1986)

Velvet Goldmine: Celluloid Pictures of Living

"Histories, like ancient ruins, are the fictions of empire. While everything forgotten hangs in dark dreams of the past, ever threatening to return.” - Todd Haynes, Velvet Goldmine When Velvet Goldmine was originally released in 1998 it confused and frustrated a lot of critics who were turned off by its uninhibited style, hyper editing, abundant … Continue reading Velvet Goldmine: Celluloid Pictures of Living

David Bowie is The Image (1967)

David Bowie in the '60s It's impossible to put into words the impact that David Bowie's music has had on me throughout the years, but there probably isn't another living music artist who I admire more. I started listening to Bowie's music when I was just 12 years old and one of my earliest concert … Continue reading David Bowie is The Image (1967)